#TheReadingQuest Wrap Up

Hello!

These are the books I got through during #TheReadingQuest, which took place between Sunday 13 August to Sunday 10 September.

#TheReadingQuest is an awesome four week reading challenge based on video games that was hosted by Read at Midnight. The challenge runs from Sunday 13 August to Sunday 10 August. The challenge runs like a bingo board with each title representing a stage (reading prompt) you must complete. The difference is that you’re starting point on the grid depends on the character class you chose.

I chose the Mage and I was able to get through 4 of the mage quest and 1 side quest. I would’ve liked to have got through more books but a reading slump hit week 3.

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★★★

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay – Open World 

I have done a full review for this one if you want to know more of my thoughts. This collection is filled with  hard hitting and dark theme. It’s not one I can say I enjoyed reading, in the tradition sense on the word. These stories opened my eyes to worlds I’m lucky enough to not have experienced—sexual assault, abortions, losing a child, mental and physical abuse. This collection with tear out your heart, make your skin crawl but ultimately leave you more empathic.

 

The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley – A Book Based on Mythology 

I am looking forward to reading The Mists of Avalon but my love of the Trojan War myth made me pick this one up first. The Friebrand looks at Kassandra and the people of Troy from her brith to the horrific fall of the city. I did enjoy this, but I think having read a few Trojan War retellings in quick succession meant that this isn’t a favourite of mine. I adore how Bradley portrays her female characters, Helen in particular. I also loved the female friendships in this books. I wasn’t a big of fan of her portrayal of Hector, but I understand why she chose to show him as less of a hero. The narrative sticks quite close to the original myth but nothing felt forced. If you’re a fan of myth retellings, in particular retellings of Troy I would highly recommend.

 

Windwitch by Susan Dennard – A Book With Magic 

I have mixed feeling on this book, most of which I won’t go into as it is the second book of the series. I still adore Safiya and Iseult’s friendship and I love that we got to see more of the world and the different cultures. For me it was a bit of let down. The first book ending on such as high that I immediately pick Windwitch up. However, I found it really hard to get into. It took about 100 pages for me to want to keep reading I think there was one narrative, Merik’s, I didn’t gel with and wished got less page time. I do still love this world and these character so I will continue this series.

 

★★★★

Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr – First Book in a Series 

This book was a lot of fun and I’m excited to get to the other two in this trilogy. In modern day South Dakota there is a town, Blackwell, where all the people are direct descendants of Norse Gods, Thor and Loki, including our three protagonists Matt Thorsen, Fen and Laurie Brekke. The adventure beings when rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and the kids, led by Matt, must stand in for the gods. I adore these characters and love that they each have their own voice. I didn’t want to skip over any. The addition of the illustrations worked really well. These pages are filled with all the humour, confusion and fear of having to stop the end of the world at 13. I highly highly recommend for fans of Rick Riodran

 

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – A Book Set in a Different World 

This wasn’t a series I was really excited about when it first came out. I picked up the books because a friend one mine really loved it and I trust her judgement when it comes to YA Fantasy.

I love this world and magic system, it is nothing like anything I’ve read and Dennard has done a really fantastic job at making this world visceral and fully formed. I adore that the main relationship in this book is a female friendship. I was getting so sick of girls competing against each other for a boy. Safiya and Iseult are amazing. I love that their differences aren’t stereotyped. For example just because Safiya’s outgoing that means Iseult has to be more reserved. There personalities are so well developed and complex that I feel like I know these girls and at times I relate to both of them. This is a fantastic start to the series, I didn’t give it 5 stars because I felt a little lost about the magic system, it took 100 pages or so for me to feel like I knew what was going on but at the same time I enjoyed that there was no info dump.

 

The Quest Board artwork has been created by the wonderful CW of Read, Think, Ponder.

That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know how your reading challenge went.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

#TheReadingQuest Sign Up

I enjoyed the BookTubeATon so much that I’ve decided to take part in #TheReadingQuest! See my TBR on Instagram @wordsoftheroses!

Let me know if you’re joining it and what character you’ve chosen!

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The Reading Quest Sign Up PostThe Reading Quest IntroductionHello Adventurers,

Welcome to #TheReadingQuest! I invite you to join me on a reading adventure based entirely on a video-game quest. In this challenge, you’ll be embarking on a journey to conquer your TBR pile through a series of stages. You’ll read new stories, gain experience, and level up a character of your choosing.

The quest will take place between Sunday 13th August to Sunday 10th September, 2017All adventurers are encouraged to register their interest in the sign up form below, which will be open from now until Sunday 13th August.

I want to give a huge thank you to CW of Read, Think, Ponder. She is the amazing artist behind all of the character illustration you’ll see within this post. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter, and her stunning blog! Please go give her all your love, because I cannot think of…

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2016 Reading Goals

Hi all! I’m here today to share with you my, slightly ambitious, reading goals for 2016.

I have decided to part take in the Goodreads Reading Challenge but setting my goal at 50 books. I decided to set my goal low so not to make me anxious about my reading next year. Also it’s the first year I will be doing this challenge and I thought this would be a good starting point.

On top on this, I have decided to do not one but two reading challenge! The second challenge I will doing is another Goodreads challenge called, Around the Year in 52 Books. As the title suggests, the goal is to read 1 book for every week of the year. The Goodreads group has set a different challenge for each week – for example, a book with blue on the cover.

Listed below are the books I have hoping to get to next year! It will be fun to check in at the end of the year to see how well I stuck to my plan.

 

 

1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn’t: Skin by Ilka Tempke

2. A book set in a different continent: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renne Ahdieh

4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

6. The highest rated on your TBR: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
7. A book about books: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

8. A classic book with less than 200 pages: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

9. A book that was mentioned in another book: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

12. A childhood classic: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

13. Reader’s Choice: The Chimes by Anna Smaill

14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How): Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago): The Song of Achilles by Madeline Millwe

16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels: The Women in White by Wilkie Collins

17. A book with a beautiful cover: The Forbidden by F.R. Tallis

18. A book on a summer/beach reading list: Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel

19. A non-fiction book: History of the Mafia by Neigel Cawthrone

20. A book with a first name in the title: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page:Insurrection by Robyn Young

22. The first book in a new to you series: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Ashes

23. The next book in a series you are reading: Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman

24. A “between the numbers” book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.): The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you: Medea’s Curse by Anne Buist

26. A book everyone is talking about : The Dumb House by John Burnside

27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion): After Alice by Gregory Maguire

28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name: The Green Mile by Stephen King

30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own: The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Anderson

31. A work of young adult fiction: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanses

32. A historical fiction book: The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman

33. The 16th book on your TBR : The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

34. A book about mental illness: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

35. An award winning book: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbra Kingsolver

36. An identity book – a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

37. A book that you’ve seen the movie of but haven’t read: Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

38. A book about an anti hero: Killing Sarai by J.A Redmerski

39. A poetry collection: No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay

40. A novella from your favourite genre: Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde

41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction): The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

42. A top 100 fantasy novel: The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night: The Shining by Stephen King

44. A book you’re embarrassed to read in public: The Blood Countess by Tara Moss – purely for the cover

45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have: The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell

46. A crime story: The Godfather by Mario Puzo

47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Shop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

48. A dystopia: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

49. A book with a great opening line :The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

50. A book originally written in a language other than English: The Blue Fox – Sjon

51. A short story from a well-known author: Afterlife by Stephen King

52. A book published in 2016: The final book in Conn Iggulden’s The Wars of the Roses series – title not yet released

 

So there is my ambitious reading goals for 2016. Comment down below if you’ve read any of these or what your reading goals are.

Until next time, happy reading

Dearna