It’s time to start The Reading Quest, and I am so excited! I will be participating as a Rogue, following the path along the bottom of the game board. Since I was dumb and forgot to link my sign up post on time (even though I did it early enough), I won’t be competing for prizes, but I’m still participating, because I can’t resist.
4,697 Pages Read
Romantic Outlaws – 550
The Golden House* – 400 pages
The House at the Bottom of a Lake – 118 pages
Jackaby – 299 pages
The Tempest – 128 pages
Hunger* – 320 pages
Beastly Bones – 291 pages
These Shallow Graves – 488 pages
The Princess Saves Herself in This One* – 195 pages
Ghostly Echoes – 340 pages
The Raven Boys – 408 pages
The Archived* – 336 pages
All Our Wrong Todays – 373 pages
Down Among the Sticks and Bones* – 189 pages
Sourdough – 262 pages
Day 1 – Sunday, August 13
1:30 PM: Since I just saw that previously started books don’t count for this readathon, this morning I restarted Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon, which I’d previously read about 60 pages of for Tome Topple. I’m hoping to finish it this week since it counts for both readathons, and I have finally surpassed the spot where I was previously. Turns out, because I was reading at work, I missed a few things, so I’m glad I restarted it.
9:00 PM: I read a bit more of Romantic Outlaws this afternoon, and I’m really enjoying it so far! But, since I’m sick of carrying huge books back and forth to work, I decided to choose another one to start on my lunch break tomorrow. Since I don’t own physical copies of any of the other books on my TBR, I decided to complete one of the side quests and finally read Black Swan Green by David Mitchell and get myself an animal companion. I’m also planning on starting the audiobook of Hunger by Roxane Gay tomorrow morning. Because two books is just not enough.
Day 2 – Monday, August 14
7:15 PM: I had a very long day at work, and now I have a migraine and don’t feel like reading at all. I couldn’t get into Black Swan Green today, so I’m going to choose another book for that side quest. I did start the audiobook of Hunger, though, and I am liking it so far. Will add in the pages/points when I’m done. I’ve also started my eARC of The Golden House by Salman Rushdie and… it’s going to take me a while. I wanted to give Rushdie another chance, but I just don’t think his writing is my cup of tea. I am going to get through this book, though. And, since my Kindle app says it has 5,100+ pages (there are really only 400), I’ll be adding all those in at the end, too. I don’t want to have to do sketchy math. Right now, I might listen to a little more of Hunger, but I think I’m chalking it up to a bad reading day, and going to bed early. Meh.
9:30 PM: My headache went away, so I was able to read a bit more of Romantic Outlaws AND listen to a couple more chapters of Hunger. Really enjoying both so far! I’ve also decided to give Jackaby by William Ritter a shot for the side quest (Time Warp), because I’ve been really into historical mysteries lately, and this one sounds fun enough to stop me from going into a slump. Plus, I just (accidentally) ordered the third book in the series – I already own the first two – so I need to read it. Keep your fingers crossed that I like it enough to continue. (P.S. I’m considering counting this book for the “a book cover with a partially obscured face” challenge, and bumping Romantic Outlaws up to the “Grind” side quest, because that thing is massive.)
Day 3 – Tuesday, August 15
9:00 AM: I just finished reading The Golden House, and I’m not sure I liked it. To be fair, I just don’t think I’m a huge fan of Salman Rushdie’s writing (even though I want to be). I did like this one better than the last book I read by him, though I do think that’s in large part because it satirized a certain pseudo politician. I’m still making my way through Hunger, which I’m really enjoying, and I am about to jump into The House at the Bottom of a Lake because I have nothing to do at work today.
11:00 AM: So, I just binge-read The House at the Bottom of a Lake at my desk. And I liked it a lot more than I expected to! It was nice and short and thrilling, and I had a hard time putting it down even for a few minutes. I was feeling a bit of a slump coming on, but I think that brought me out of it. I’m definitely on track to finish the Rogue challenge, and I might attempt another (can’t decide between Mage or Bard). For now, I think I’m going to attempt one of the side quests. I’ll have to see what ebooks I have that fit any of the quests (I’m still at work, so can’t pick up a new physical book).
1:45 PM: I started Jackaby during my lunch break, and I think it’s going to be a quick read. I am really enjoying it so far, and I might have to find an excuse to read the second book during this readathon.
9:00 PM: I just finished Romantic Outlaws and I liked it a lot. Definitely glad to have finally knocked that one off my TBR pile. I’m kind of tired, but I might read a bit more of Jackaby before bed. (P.S. The last 100 pages of Romantic Outlaws was just appendices, so I am not counting it towards the challenge. Just in case you were wondering why the page numbers were off.) Three books down in three days… not bad!
Day 4 – Wednesday, August 16
6:30 PM: I had a busy day and didn’t read too much at work. BUT, I am absolutely loving Jackaby. I don’t understand how I let it sit on my shelf for so long. I may have to binge-read the series (sorry, not sorry). I actually think I can do some rearranging and get them to all fit on the quest board. I may try and finish Jackaby tonight. It’s so good!
10:30 PM: I did read a little bit more of Jackaby, but then I decided, since I was in the mood, to read some Shakespeare. I ended up finishing The Tempest, and I really enjoyed it! Definitely up there with one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, to be honest. I was waiting for my paperback to come in the mail, but it’s taking forever, so I just read it online. Definitely one I’ll read again. And, once I finish Jackaby and Hunger, I will have finished the Rogue quest and can move on! I may try and do the whole game board (overambitious, I know), so I think I might try for the Knight next. Mostly because that way, I can read the next two books of the Jackaby series and still count them for the challenge. This is going to be a VERY long post.
Day 5 – Thursday, August 17
7:00 PM: I finished Hunger today and I LOVED it! I am officially a huge fan of Roxane Gay. I still can’t get over the courage it would take to write something like that, let alone publish it. I’m about to jump in the shower, but I am planning on finishing Jackaby tonight, and then starting on the sequel tomorrow. I know this is super over-ambitious, but I do want to fill the game board. I even found a buddy-reading partner for the first time ever! We’re going to be reading These Shallow Graves this weekend. I’m excited!
10:00 PM: Finished the last of Jackaby, and I really enjoyed it! I can’t decide what to read tomorrow, but, since I finished the Rogue quest, I’m going to start on the Mage books, because that means I get to read the next book in the Jackaby series: Beastly Bones. P.S. if you hadn’t noticed yet, I updated my game board! So now you can see what I’ve read so far! I’ll keep updating it periodically.
Day 7 – Saturday, August 19
8:30 PM: I’ve been feeling pretty off the last two days, and haven’t read as much as I’d hoped to. I did start reading Beastly Bones yesterday, and am kind of hoping to finish it this weekend. However, I am also starting my buddy read for this challenge tonight, These Shallow Graves. I am really into Victorian historical mysteries right now, so I’m really excited to read it!
11:45 PM – I just flew through the first twenty chapters of These Shallow Graves, and I am really starting to enjoy it! I may read a bit more tonight, but I’m not sure if I want to try and finish (or at least make some progress on) Beastly Bones or keep going in These Shallow Graves. I’m also a bit stuck on what to read for a book based on mythology. I can’t find much I’m interested in that I haven’t already read. And I was going to read Wonder Woman, but I preordered a signed copy along with Artemis and it looks like they’ll both be shipping in November. So… I don’t know. But I’ve planned out the rest of the board, and I’m pretty excited about it.
Day 8 – Sunday, August 20
12:15 PM: I just finished reading The Princess Saves Herself in This One, and it is just as great as everyone says it is. I don’t read a lot of poetry, but I think this is easily my favorite modern collection. And it took me way too long getting around to reading it. But now I have, and it’s going on my shelf right next to Emily Dickinson. P.S. I’ll update my game board once I’ve finished a few more books.
Day 9 – Monday, August 21
7:30 PM: I read a decent amount of Beastly Bones during my lunch break today, and I am really enjoying it! It’s such a fun story. And I’m excited that I can fit the entire series into this readathon, because I am just really into it at the moment. I am going to try and finish this book tonight, and I’m torn over whether I should start Ghostly Echoes, The Bear & the Nightingale, The Raven Boys, or His Majesty’s Dragon next. I’m planning on reading all of them for the readathon, I just don’t know what I’m in the mood for at the moment. But, first, I have to finish Beastly Bones.
8:45 PM: Finished Beastly Bones, and I liked it just as much as Jackaby. I’m still not sure what to read next, so I might read a few pages of each and decide. Or do a Twitter poll. Because I’m bad at decisions. Though, I have to admit, I am kind of in the mood for dragons at the moment, so His Majesty’s Dragon or A Natural History of Dragons are both distinct options.
9:30 PM: Super quick update: I’ve decided to just jump straight into Ghostly Echoes because Beastly Bones ended on a little bit of a cliffhanger and I just need to know what happens. I may read a bit tonight, but I will probably just start it tomorrow. P.S. I updated my game board again! Also, adding up all those page numbers is beginning to be a pain in the ass. I need to find a better way to keep track.
Day 10 – Tuesday, August 22
10:00 PM: I didn’t get as much reading done today as I would have liked – partly because I had to take time out to write tomorrow’s blog post – but that’s okay. I did start reading Ghostly Echoes, because I cannot stop reading the Jackaby series. I also figured out what I’m going to read for the Respawn side challenge: The Magician King by Lev Grossman. I DNFed it three years ago, largely because I thought it went backwards from book 1 and I didn’t want to read a story that was so similar. But it’s been long enough that I think I can appreciate it. (I watched the TV series a while ago, so I feel like I’m sufficiently familiar with the story to continue on.) I started the ebook on my phone at work today, so I’ll add in the pages when I find my hardcover copy of the book (or when I finish reading). Because it’s probably not fair to claim 1,236 pages for a 350(ish)-page book. I think I’ve mostly planned out the rest of the challenge, and I’m excited about all the books on my list.
Day 11 – Wednesday, August 23
10:00 PM: Ugh, 10 PM again? And, like yesterday, I did not read as much as I wanted to today. I was planning on finishing Ghostly Echoes, but now it’s late and I didn’t. I need to finish it tomorrow, though, if I want to stay on track. I’m going to do nothing but read this weekend. That has to happen.
Day 13 – Friday, August 25
8:00 PM: It’s been a long couple of days, and I have not been reading nearly as much as I want to. However, today I finished These Shallow Graves, which is what I’m reading for my buddy read. (I got a bit ahead of myself, but it just got so good!) I’m going to take a break, and then hopefully read a bit of Ghostly Echoes later, because I am a bit behind schedule overall.
Day 14 – Saturday, August 26
12:00 PM: I stayed up late last night and finished Ghostly Echoes, which I think it my favorite book in the series so far. I am excited for the final novel, but I have to wait until I get to the Knight quest, which means I have to read three more books before then. So, I think I am going to start The Raven Boys today, which is my book based on mythology (I have no idea why that category was so hard to find a book for). I’ve been meaning to read it for a while, so I’m excited to start.
Day 15 – Sunday, August 27
3:30 PM: I’m about a quarter of the way through The Raven Boys, and I am starting to really get into it. I don’t know that I love it as much as I was expecting to, but I am enjoying it, and I’m excited to read more. Hopefully I can get another hundred pages in before Game of Thrones. Because I don’t know that I’m going to be able to get anything done after tonight’s episode.
Day 17 – Tuesday, August 29
8:00 PM: I’m getting worse about updating this. Oh well. Today was a pretty good reading day. I finished The Raven Boys, which I loved. I wasn’t sure about it in the beginning, but it really grew on me. I can’t wait to get to the rest of the series. I also started reading my book for “a book set in a different world”, All Our Wrong Todays. It’s an ebook, so I’ll add the pages in at the end. I’m a bit behind overall, but this weekend is a long one, so I can just read for three days straight. Now I need to decide what to read next..
Day 19 – Wednesday, August 30
2:00 PM: I started readhing The Archived on my lunch bread today, and I’m really enjoying it! I’m also reading All Our Wrong Todays on my phone at work because I don’t actually have all that much to do today. I was going to go home and relax and try to finish at least one of them, and then I remembered I have an event to go to tonight. So there won’t be much reading happening. And I just had to finish tomorrow’s blog post at my desk, because I don’t know how much time I’ll have to do anything. Oh well.
Day 22 – Saturday, September 2
11:30 AM: It’s been a while since I’ve updated this post, but I’ve just had a lot going on the last couple of days. My reading pace has slowed down quite a bit, but it’s fine. Life got in the way. It happens. But I finally finished The Archived this morning, and I really enjoyed it! I’m glad I had a chance to read it (finally), and I am definitely excited to read the sequel. Since it’s a long weekend, I’m planning on getting a lot of reading done. I’m hoping to finish another book today, I just haven’t decided whether I feel like continuing All Our Wrong Todays, or going with Down Among the Sticks and Bones.
Day 23 – Sunday, September 3
1:30 PM: Ok, so new goals for this readathon: I want to complete the Rogue and the Mage quests, and maybe finish a couple more of the side quests. I don’t think I’m going to have time for much else this week, and I also just really want to move on to some other books. As of right now, I am about halfway done with All Our Wrong Todays, which is my book set in a different world, and the last book I need to complete the mage quest. As for everything else, I’m not sure what I’m going to be able to finish, because I’m honestly not feeling The Bear and the Nightingale or The Magician King. I still think I did really well so far, though. I just haven’t really been in a reading mood lately. And I’m loving All Our Wrong Todays, but it’s a bit of a slower read for me, so I’m just taking my time with it. We’ll see what happens.
Day 26 – Wednesday, September 6
7:45 PM: I’m getting worse at keeping up with this thing, but it’s almost over! Yesterday, I finished All Our Wrong Todays, which was amazing, and also means I have completed the mage quest! Which is really satisfying. Currently, I’ve put both The Bear and the Nightingale and The Magician King on hold, because I just don’t feel like reading them right now. Instead, I started Down Among the Sticks and Bones, which I’m enjoying so far, and Sourdough, by Robin Sloan, which I got on Audible on a complete whim and is turning out to be an amazing book! If I do manage to finish both books by Sunday, they will go towards the Expansion and Open World side quests. If not, well, I’m super happy with what I’ve done so far, and there are a lot of other books I need to get to. Hopefully I’ll check back in soon!
Day 29 – Saturday, September 9
7:45 PM: Okay, I am officially done reading for this readathon, and I am really pleased with what I was able to accomplish. Since I updated last, I read Down Among the Sticks and Bones and Sourdough, both of which I loved. I cleared more than half of the board, finished two character quests, and read a ton of books. Overall, I’d say this readathon was a success, and I cannot wait to do it again!