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.
1,342 Pages Read
Romantic Outlaws – 550 [finished] – GRIND
The Golden House – 400 pages* [finished] – A BOOK WITH <500 RATINGS ON GOODREADS
The House at the Bottom of a Lake – 118 pages [finished] – A BOOK PUBLISHED BY A SMALL PRESS
Jackaby – 146 pages – A BOOK COVER WITH A PARTIALLY OBSCURED FACE
The Tempest – 128 pages [finished] – A BANNED BOOK
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 – Tuesday, 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.