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#TheReadingQuest Wrap Up

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Wow. The last month or so has been awesome. I wish it went a little longer because I’m sure I could have finished a lot more! This week I wrapped up 3 books this week. Considering I’ve been extremely busy this week I’m pretty proud of that accomplishment.

Finished This Week:

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Respawn: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova 

EXP: 10

HP: 78.05

I’m so glad I finished this. I left it almost finished when I was in college and never went back. BIG MISTAKE! If only because the book is the length that I always struggle with.  For some reason under 20 hours and over 30 is my sweet spot for audiobooks. I kept finding myself not interested. I would have gotten way farther in this challenge honestly if I had just powered through this one quicker. I couldn’t though. It was too long and drawn out. It’s not as good as I remember. I just felt meh about it. It’s a 3/5 for me.

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A Book Based on Mythology: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

EXP: 10

HP: 37.6

So I finished Percy Jackson loved it. Never finished another Riordan series. Not because i didn’t like them, but other books ya know? You get side tracked and read other series at least if you are me. Anyways back to goodness. This one was great. I really enjoyed it and read it super quickly over a few days. 4/5 fun times with Greek mythology:

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A Book Set In Another World: The Demon In The Wood by Leigh Bardugo

EXP: 10

HP: 3

I’m not gonna lie. I picked this because it is 30 pages and I wanted to finish the Mage quest line before the reading quest ended. Really enjoyable gives good backstory to the darkling character. 3.5/5

Final Stats:

Exp: 285

Level: 6

HP: 365
Final Thoughts:

I loved this reading challenge. It’s going to live on my must participate list for a long time. I think next time I will plan my reading out better and stick to shorter reads as much as possible. 

Did you participate? Let me know how your quest went in the comments!

Miscellany, readathon

#TheReadingQuest August 28-September 3

 

 

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Week 3 is over and I didn’t read enough, but I’m planning to spend my holiday either A) finishing 1 audio book or B) finishing at least one book. I figure between that and a few other options I can finish up a few more quests. I really want to finish up the Mage path and at least a few more extra quests before next Sunday.

 

 

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First Book in a Series: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

EXP: 20

HP: 43.3

WOAH. This book was a great introduction to the start of this series. So freaking good. I’m excited for the sequel. Can not wait for that to release this month. 4/5

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A Book that contains Magic: Dead Light March by Daniel Jose Older

EXP: 20

HP: 8.3

I’m a big fan of the Shadowshaper series. It’s ridiculously good and well written. I knew I wanted to finish this novella before Shadowhouse Fall releases later this month so I took the time to read through this quick novella. Though it’s short it adds a lot to the world and the characters. 4/5

In Progress Books:

Respawn: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – Slowly working my way through this one. I should be done this week though I’m about 25% through the book, but as it’s audio it’ll take me most of next week to finish.

A Book Set in a Different World: This Savage Song or A Court of Mist and Fury are top on my list for this one, but I may go with something shorter to finish this quest path.

A Book Based on Mythology: Magnus Chase and Apollo is sitting on my TBR pile so I think I will dive into that. I abandoned the rest of the Riordan series books because I got so behind. Also I think I can finish it in a day.

This Week’s Stats:

XP Earned: 40 Total HP: 225

Level: 5

HP: 245

 

Miscellany, Reading Recaps

August Wrap Up


Every month I think about wow that was a quick month, but damn I read a lot of books. So Here we go through my August Wrap up… I definitely finished a lot more books than I ever expected to. Also I think I’ve narrowed my book likes in enough to avoid reading books I won’t enjoy. Though they do pop up occasionally. I’m currently 20 books ahead of schedule for my reading goal of 100 and I’m hoping to possibly hit 150 this year.

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire 5/5 – my library finally got this in and I finished it very quickly. This was delightful and nothing like what I expected. It’s a really cool world and I can’t wait to read the other ones in the series.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon 4/5 – Can you just say cute? Like this book is the definition of gushy mushy sweet. I adored the characters and how it all unfolded. It’s sweet it’s a sugary treat on a bad day. Can’t recommend the cuteness enough.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton 4/5 – This was part of my #makemereadit challenge. I was surprised by it.  It’s magical realism so not  for everyone, but my god was it a beautiful read.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 4/5 – My first time reading Agatha Christie. I might be hooked now and need to work through some of the backlog. I knew the premise for this one a good bit, but I didn’t know the whole story.

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 4/5 – Another super fun one that I read because of the #makemereadit challenge. It was enjoyable even gave me cravings for oreos.

Sanctuary by Rebekah Weatherspoon 4/5 – Full review here go read this series it rocks!

Levar Burton Reads – has become an essential for me every week. Okay I’m not caught up, but I love listening to these and experiencing so many incredible short stories.

What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky 4/5

Graham Greene by Percival Everett 4/5

The Second Bakery Attack by Haruki Murakami 4/5 

Chivalry by Neil Gaiman 5/5

Reading Quest Week 1 Reviews:

Greedy Pigs by Matt Wallace 4/5 – this is talked more about in my reading quest week 1 wrap up, but I enjoyed it a lot.

Tampa by Alissa Nutting 3/5 – This is the most fucked up book I’ve ever read. I don’t know if I’ve ever rooted more for a main character to get in trouble, but Tampa does that. It’s not for everyone and I think you can easily tell from the plot summary if you could read it.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 5/5 – This was book club this month. Amazing beautiful story. You can watch us discuss it here. I also go more in depth on it during my Reading Quest wrap up.

Reading Quest Week 2 Reviews:

Hamilton The Revolution by Lin Manuel Miranda 4/5 – Great audiobook! Enjoyed the back story.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 4/5 – So glad I read this and I wish I read it sooner.

The Ghost Bride 3.5/5 – I wanted more from this. I wanted more story it ended too soon it didn’t give me enough. Still worth a read.

 

What book did you read this month that you loved?

 

readathon

#TheReadingQuest August 13 – September 10

I’m embarking on a quest August 13th until September 10th. I will attempt to complete the following board below. If you want to join me check out Read at Midnight’s blog!

The beautiful art around this challenge is from CJ at Read, Think, Ponder.

Here is the game board. I’m going to start with the Rogue Quest! reading-quest-board1.png

I’ve got somewhat of a gameplan and here is my Rogue strategy.  I plan to move right onto Mage after completing Rogue and make my way around the board clockwise. I’ll use my audio book or break reading to fill in the mini quests.

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I will be posting a weekly update on my level and details as I journey. All books are being selected from things I already own or got from the library. Hopefully this can help me knock my TBR down a few notches before fall book release season!

Let me know if you are participating and what character class you started with.