#TheReadingQuest Wrap-Up

As you may know, I participated in The Reading Quest challenge hosted by Read at Midnight. The challenge started August 13 and ends today, September 10. I chose to participate as the knight, and outlined all the books I had planned to read for the knight’s quest and side quests here. Since I’m such a slow reader, I didn’t really have high expectations for the amount I would read, but the challenge really helped me make reading a priority this past month. I was able to finally get through books that have been on my tbr for ages! I was able to complete the knight’s quest, as well as two of the side quests.

I meant to read the books in order, but after I decided to put Ahsoka on the list for the weapons-on-the-cover prompt, I realized I had some problems. I was still in season 5 of Clone Wars, and my husband was currently reading the book. So before I could read it, I had to finish watching all of Clone Wars and wait for Deacon to finish reading it, which is why it was the last book I finished. Everything else was pretty much in order, though, with the side quests coming in the middle because I had requested those books from the library and wanted to return them as soon as possible.

I also finished reading Siege and Storm on audio during the quest, but didn’t count that in my totals because I had started reading it before the challenge started. I also didn’t count the time I spent listening to the audio of Ruin and Rising.

 

BOOKS READ

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the first book of a series:  Half Bad by Sally Green
a book with a verb in its title:  The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
a book with a weapon on its cover:  Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston
a book with a red cover:  Forgive me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
a book with a TV/movie adaptation:  A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
side quest // mini-game:  Lumberjanes, Vol. 3 by Noelle Stevenson & others
side quest // open world:  Lumerjanes, Vol. 4 by Noelle Stevenson & others

 

STATISTICS

Pages: 1,811    Level: 3    EXP: 110    HP: 182

 

THOUGHTS

Best Book: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
I gave this 4/5 stars, which I also gave to Lumberjanes, vol. 4 and A Monster Calls. Out of the three, though, I think I liked this one the most.

Longest Book: Half Bad, 394 pages
There was really no reason for this book to be so long. It could have easily been cut to 250.

Shortest Book: Lumberjanes (vols. 3 & 4), 112 pages each
I thought A Monster Calls would be the shortest, but these two graphic novels were both 112 pages each, making them easy to get through.

Surprises/Disappointments: 
Honestly, I thought a lot of these books would be better. I was pretty disappointed by Half Bad, but at the same time, I really appreciated the deeper meaning of the book. I loved The Rest of Us Just Live Here, but the last 20% just wasn’t very good. Ahsoka was interesting, but there wasn’t really a good plot. I was probably most disappointed by Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, which I’ve heard nothing but good things about but I just…I just didn’t really like it. It’s an emotional book, and maybe it just wasn’t great timing for me. It was well-written, it just didn’t resonate with me in th way that books like that normally good. A Monster Calls was pretty much what I expected, and while I didn’t care for the artwork in vol. 3 of Lumberjanes, I really enjoyed vol. 4.

 

–Emily
currently listening to // Your Heart is an Empty Room by Death Cab for Cutie

 

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Did you participate in The Reading Quest challenge?
How many books did you get through?
Have you read any of the books I mentioned?

3 Comments

  1. Katie
    September 10, 2017

    This challenge looked like so much fun, I want to try one someday. I have A Monster Calls on deck so I’m hoping I enjoy it. My husband is big on Star Wars books, so he read Ahsoka, but I judge them unfairly by just assuming they’re all quick money grabs. He insists Lost Stars is good though, and I’m going to give it a try one of these days haha. Congratulations on completing the quest, I loved following along.

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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      September 10, 2017

      It was my first time reading something from the Star Wars expanded universe and I really didn’t know how it would go, but I like E. K. Johnston and the cover is SO PRETTY. I’m glad I finished watching Clone Wars first, though…otherwise I would have been a bit lost. I think you have to be a certain type of fan to enjoy it.

      Make sure you’re at a good place emotionally before you read A Monster Calls. It’s definitely not light or fluffy. But it’s really good.

      I hope they do it again sometime! It was a lot of fun, and I would like to try some of the different characters. 🙂

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      1. Katie
        September 10, 2017

        I’ve been on a sad/heavy books streak so I’m fully prepared to be crushed lol.

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