The second I heard about The Reading Quest, I knew I needed to join in! This readathon looks so fun, and I love that you get to accomplish things that are a bit more than just reading. Plus, I’m a sucker for video games. Aentee is a genius for creating this. (Look how freaking adorable the graphics are!)
I’m not going to go into all the rules, so if you’re interested in participating, be sure to check out the original post for The Reading Quest! In short, I love the idea behind the quest, I love the point system, I love that it encourages reading marginalized authors (you earn more points), and I am so, so excited to play.
I only play one video game – Dragon Age II – that has these character options (because nothing is available on Macs), and, when I play, I am almost always a mage or a rogue. This time around, I decided to go with rogue, because it looks a bit more difficult, and I am always overambitious when it comes to reading. Keep reading for my TBR!
Isn’t the quest board the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?
The Rogue reading challenge is to complete the bottom row, and here are the books I’m planning on reading to do that:
A Book with a One Word Title – Hunger by Roxane Gay
I have yet to read a book written by Roxanne Gay, and I am particularly interested in this one, because it’s about something I’ve struggled with my whole life. I’m curious to see what this book has to say, and I’m excited to read some feminist literature, because I feel like I haven’t read enough this year.
A Book Published by a Small Press – A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Mallerman
This one was difficult. Mostly because I had to sort through books, and then Google all of the publishers I didn’t recognize. Fortunately, this book fit the bill. I’ve heard great things about it, it sounds pretty good, and it’s short, which is perfect for a readathon.
A Book with <500 Ratings on Goodreads – The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
Okay, this might be cheating just a tiny bit, because this book is not out yet. And I’m sure it’s going to be super popular when it is. But I need to read it before the release date, and it still technically fits the challenge. Rushdie is a slow read for me, so I’m hoping the readathon will keep me motivated.
A Book with a Partially Obscured Face – Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon
Since this readathon overlaps with Tome Topple, I decided to save this book for that final week, because it fits both readathons perfectly. It’s a bit of a slow read, but I am going to really try and finish it. I’ve read about 60 pages so far, and I’m really enjoying it. (And, don’t worry, I’m not planning on counting those pages towards my points for this readathon.)
In the likely event that I don’t finish this book, I’m planning on picking up either Eliza and Her Monsters or The Hate U Give. I haven’t decided yet.
A Banned Book – The Tempest by William Shakespeare
This readathon really fit perfectly into my reading goals for the month. I am starting my goal to read one Shakespeare play a month this month, and this was my first pick. I just ordered myself a nice copy – anything for reading motivation – and I am so glad it fits into this challenge. Apparently, it was banned in Arizona a few years back as part of a movement to curb “ethnic studies”. (The whole story just made me really angry, because the reasoning is complete racist bullshit. Anyway…)
That’s it for now! I’m really hoping to complete more than one of the challenges, since this readathon is four weeks long. Let me know in the comments what character you think I should go for if I complete the rogue challenge (and if there are any specific books you think might fit the categories)!
I will be doing a mini blog for this as well, so keep an eye out for it on Sunday. Hopefully, I can manage to readathons for a week without wanting to pull my hair out.
Happy reading to everyone else participating!