#TheReadingQuest wrap-up

As of yesterday, #TheReadingQuest is over, and for the first time ever I finished a read-a-thon with no stress and plenty of time!

For this read-a-thon, everyone chose to play as one out of four characters – Knight, Bard, Rouge, or Mage. Each character had its own path to travel, which was done by the reader fulfilling the five different reading prompts laid down on the path. After the reader had read the first five books, thereby completing the ‘thon, they could chose to continue on as a different character, or start working on the nine extra prompts – the side quests. During the read-a-thon, you gained Experience Points by finishing books (with #ownvoices books giving you twice as much EXP) and character paths, and you gained Health Points by reading as many pages as possible, and tweeting with the hashtag #TheReadingQuest. Graphic novels only gave half the points that “normal” books did. Everyone started out with 10EXP and 10HP.


I chose to play as the Mage. These are the five prompts on my path, the books I ended up reading for them, and the EXP and HP I earned for each one:

  • A BOOK WITH A ONE WORD TITLE: Want by Cindy Pon
    323 pages = +32HP
    Finished book = +10EXP
    #ownvoices book = +10EXP
  • A BOOK THAT CONTAINS MAGIC: The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
    445 pages = +44HP
    Finished book = +10EXP
    #ownvoices book = +10EXP
  • A BOOK BASED ON MYTHOLOGY: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee
    310 pages = +31HP
    Finished book = +10EXP
    #ownvoices book = +10EXP
  • A BOOK SET IN A DIFFERENT WORLD: A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
    508 pages = +50HP
    Finished book = +10EXP
  • THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
    169 pages = +16HP
    Finished book = +10EXP
    #ownvoices book = +10EXP

After having read these five books, I was up to 100EXP and 173HP. Because I had then finished my character’s path before the read-a-thon was over, I gained another +50EXP.

These are the side quests I finished:

  • A BOOK SET IN EITHER THE PAST OR THE FUTURE: DC Comics’ Bomshells, vol. 3: Uprising by Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage, Laura Braga, and Mirka Andolfo
    200 pages = +10HP
    Finished book = +5EXP
    #ownvoices book = +5EXP
  • READ WHATEVER YOU WANT: Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
    272 pages = +27HP
    Finished book = +10EXP
    #ownvoices book = +10EXP
  • READ A GRAPHIC NOVEL/NOVELLA/POEM COLLECTION: Tyson Hesse’s Diesel GN by Tyson Hesse
    208 pages = +10HP
    Finished book = +5EXP

After these three, I was up to 185EXP and 220HP. The only things left to count are my tweets using the hashtag #TheReadingQuest. There are thirteen of them, earning me another +13HP. For good measure, here are the links:

  1. https://twitter.com/wyvanekk/status/896610248299073537
  2. https://twitter.com/wyvanekk/status/896667153876885506
  3. https://twitter.com/wyvanekk/status/898074901193650177
  4. https://twitter.com/wyvanekk/status/898791281295360002
  5. https://twitter.com/wyvanekk/status/899340001242218498
  6. https://twitter.com/wyvanekk/status/901135099504328704
  7. https://twitter.com/wyvanekk/status/901206871268372484
  8. https://twitter.com/wyvanekk/status/901756237263630337
  9. https://twitter.com/wyvanekk/status/901778739142561792
  10. https://twitter.com/wyvanekk/status/901892045379440644
  11. https://twitter.com/wyvanekk/status/904797704886382592
  12. https://twitter.com/wyvanekk/status/906029639008526343
  13. https://twitter.com/wyvanekk/status/906826100092882944

That gets me up to 185EXP and 233HP. The final thing to track my progress is that all characters levelled up after each 50EXP, making me a level three Mage. Here is my final character ID card:

thereadingquestmage5


I know some people finished all character paths, or all side quests, and read thousands of more pages than I did, but I’m really happy with my results. This is the first time I’ve ever finished the “required” parts of a read-a-thon without stress reading the fast few hours. I had several days to spare after I finished the books for the Mage path. I’m not sure if this read-a-thon was more relaxed than many others, or if I just managed my reading time better than I usually do, but I’ve never been so relaxed during a read-a-thon.

I’d like to once again thank Aentee from Read at Midnight for hosting this read-a-thon, and CW from Read, Think Ponder for creating the adorable character art.

If you participated in #TheReadinQuest, how did it go for you? Are you happy with the books you read?

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