There is this amazing new readathon from Read At Midnight with a Fantasy, Bingo, Video Game vibe which has me pumped to join in! This is The Reading Quest! This readathon will run from the 13th of August to the 10th of September. I will include information from the readathon page to explain this readathon.






Hello 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, 2017. All 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 anyone more deserving of unadulterated adoration!






The basic mechanics of the reading challenge is simple: it’s based on a bingo board (termed The Quest Board for our purposes), each square on the board represents a stage (or reading prompt) you must complete. There is one crucial variation, the path you take on the bingo board is entirely dependent on your chosen Character Class.

For the Character Class selection, you have the following 4 Options:




KNIGHT: These players are warriors skilled in direct combat. On their quest, they are will fight their way through the First Across path. The stages within this path are inspired by action and weaponry.

BARD: While the bards may not engage in direct combat, they make up for it with their intimate knowledge of songs and stories. They will travel through the Fifth Down path on the quest board, reading famed tales and singing lost songs.

ROGUE: These adventurers have absolute mastery over stealth and speed, and they slip in and out of the quest through the Fifth Across path. They celebrate underappreciated books and half-forgotten stories.

MAGE: As wielders of spells and witchcraft, these players will conjure and summon their way through the First Down path on the quest. Their tomes contain magic and whispers of alternate lands.

Along with the separate Character Class quest levels (Purple Squares), the centre of the Quest Board is a conglomeration of Side Quests (Blue Squares)! Complete these challenges to earn extra points and bonus experience for your character.






Note: Once you pick a character, you must stay on their path (or the side quests) before you can proceed to another character. E.g. If I am a Knight, I cannot do the Bard’s ‘Fairy Tale Retelling’ prompt until I’ve completed all 5 of the stages for the Knight.

If you do complete your first chosen character’s quest before the quest period is over, you can follow a new character path for additional points.

You only need to read one book for each of the four corner stages on the quest board (e.g. I can read Want by Cindy Pon for the ‘Book With One Word Title’ prompt and it will count towards both the Mage and the Rogue path).






All characters will start off with 10 Experience Points (EXP), and each book (in any format: physical, eBook, or audiobook) they complete for the Quest Board will add another +10 EXP. The exception are graphic novels/manga, which will give +5 EXP.
The exception is for books written by marginalised authors. These books will earn your characters bonus EXP. For each book completed for the Quest, you will gain +20 EXP.
Adventurers who complete their character’s quest before the challenge period will earn a +50 EXP. You will earn an additional +30 EXP for any additional character quest you complete after that.
Because I am not interested in employing polynomials or convoluted equations for a reading challenge, I’m going to go ahead and say your character will level up with every +50 EXP. They all start at Level 1.



All characters begin with 10 Health Points (HP). Every 10 pages you read during the Quest will give you +1HP. The exception are graphic novels/manga, which will give you +1HP every 20 pages.
Tweeting on #TheReadingQuest hashtag (with meaningful tweets about your current reads, roleplay with your current character, book recommendations) will earn you +1HP each. You can have a maximum of +20HP from Social Media interactions
Photos of your #TheReadingQuest books or TBR pile will earn you 1HPeach. This contributes towards the maximum of +20HP from Social Media interactions mentioned above.
We will catalogue the points at the end via a masterpost, and find out who The Quest Champion is! This requires all participants interested in the prizes to link up in the Masterpost at the conclusion of the Quest!




The Quest Champions will be awarded with treasures as befitting of their status. They will be the adventurers with the most EXP and HP at the end of the quest.


FIRST PLACE: A Pre-order of a 2017 or 2018 book of your choice, up to $30AUD in value.

FIRST PLACE: Dymocks is kindly donating a prize to our Aussie champion! More details to come.







Thank you Read, Think, Ponder for the artwork




A book with a one word title

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff



A book that contains magic

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

girl at midnight


A book based on mythology

The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater

raven boys


A book set in a different world

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige



The first book of a series

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger 







The first book of a series

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger 



A book with a verb in its title

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

catching jordan


A book with a weapon on its cover

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews



A book with a red cover

The Best Possible Answer by Katherine Kottaras




A book that has a TV / Movie adaptation

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepherd

pretty little liars






A book that has a TV / Movie adaptation

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepherd



A fairytale retelling

Cress by Marissa Meyer



A book cover with striking typography

Trick by Natalia Jaster



A book translated from another language

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier



A banned book

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling







A banned book

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling



A book cover with a partially obscured face

Pirate Princess by Catherine Banks 

pirate princess


A book with <500 ratings on Goodreads

Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland

hello sunshine


A book published by a small press

Akarnae by Lynette Noni



A book with a one word title

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff









Expansion: Read a companion novel or a short story

Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

assassins blade


Time Warp: A book set in either the past or the future

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria



Potions: A book concocted by 2+ authors

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

tiny pretty things


Multiplayer: Buddy Read a book

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

little monsters


Grind: A book with 500+ pages

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

heart of betrayal


Respawn: Read a book you previously DNF’ed

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce



Animal Companion: A book referencing an animal in the title

The Swan Kingdom by Zoë Marriott

swan kingdom


Mini Game: Read a graphic novel, novella or poem collection

Saga Vol #3 by Brian K. Vaughan 


Open World: Read whatever you want

Royally Roma by Teri Wilson






Wow, that is quite the long sign up post. Well, that’s my plan for the #readingquest I am really looking forward to this readathon and will try to update regularly. Are you participating?


Keep Calm and Read On,


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