Aentee of Read At Midnight is hosting a video game-based reading event known as #TheReadingQuest, which will run from Sunday 13 August – Sunday 10 September 2017. Character art designed by CW of Read, Think, Ponder.
Update: Readers can still participate in #TheReadingQuest for fun after the official sign-up closed on 14 August but won’t be eligible for the book prizes.
To join, adventurers pick a character from a class to play: knight, bard, rogue or mage. Adventurers can tackle books on their TBR by following their character’s marked path on the game-board above.
Books by marginalised authors earn a reader a bonus of +20 experience points. Both Lauren and Austine have created spreadsheets that automatically calculate points for anyone to use during #TheReadingQuest.
*Though readers who are not interested in calculating points for the book competition can still participate in this reading challenge.
‘ROGUE: These adventurers have absolute mastery over stealth and speed, and they slip in and out of the quest through the Fifth Across path. They celebrate underappreciated books and half-forgotten stories.’
For #TheReadingQuest, I have chosen the Rogue’s path because the path fits my ARC & library book pile:
Laurinda is a contemporary Australian YA book that Wendy lent me, so it comes with the best recommendation. On the other hand, Vixen draws on Vietnamese mythology and history around a fox spirit who comes to live in Australia. Aliette de Bodard, one of my favourite authors, recommended Vixen, so I have good choices.
- A book published by a small press – Sacrifice by Cindy Pon:
Coming-of-age YA fantasy that draws on Chinese mythology. The library finally accepted my request and ordered Sacrifice, the sequel to the lovely Serpentine.
- A book with <500 ratings on Goodreads – Bugs by Whiti Hereaka:
- A book cover with a partially obscured face – Option 1: Born Confused by Tenuja Desai Hidler – or – Option 2: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Many friends have recommended these two YA contemporary books with fantastic heroines named Dimple. I can’t wait to read both. (One will count for a side-quest bonus blue square.)
- A banned book – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
My library copy arrived after #RamadanReadathon ended but I was surprised to learn that Persepolis was once banned in some US-based schools and in Iran, the author’s native country. Let me know if you’ve read this graphic novel/memoir.
#ARCAugust Side-Quest Square note: If I have time after the above, I’ll pick up some books from my ARC pile for the bonus side-quest points:
- #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women (non-fiction)
- Starswept by Mary Fan (YA SF Romance)
- Food of the Gods by Cassandra Khaw (SFF)
- A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe (YA Fantasy)
You’ll probably see my reading updates on social media:
*Amazing character art above created by CW of Read, Think, Ponder.
#TheReadingQuest Sign-up post includes all the graphics to make an optional character card but if you need any help, I made a few character cards for friends (see Anisha and Nadia‘s TBRs), so I can create a card if needed. I’ve also made a tutorial on how to make your own card in 6 steps using the free Photopea site.
I hope to see many rogues, mages, knights and bards over the next few months!
Update: If I finish the Rogue’s path, I plan to read these books for the side-quests as mentioned above or for the Mage’s Path.
Contains magic – A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars (YA fantasy ARC)
Mythology – Food of the Gods (Fantasy ARC)
First book in a series – Saga, Vol. 1 (SFF Graphic novel)
Red cover – Vixen (Fantasy – I borrowed the red cover)
Fairytale retelling – Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling (Fantasy)
*Sharing a few book recommendation strategy guides to help below. For the full Twitter thread, scroll up from here to boost.
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