The Reading Quest | Sign Up Post

This may be the most exciting readathon I’ve ever contemplated participation in. Based on videogames, it rewards finishing TBR books with EXP and HP points. It sounds so ridiculously fun that there was no way to resist.

This reading quest was created by the brilliant Aentee from Read at Midnight, and all the glorious artwork was done by CW of Read, Think, Ponder.

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Action Plan (a.k.a. TBR)

You pick one character (to start with) and follow its path on the board, earning EXP and gaining HP along the way. I will post the instructions regarding EXP & HP after my ambitious TBR for the main character and side quests. For the full info, check out Aentee’s post at Read at Midnight.

My TBR will be ambitious to say the least. I intend to start with the Mage pathway and then progress through the other main character quests, picking up side quests here and there. Also it may change but I’m pretty excited about this TBR so here goes.

Character Challenges:

  • (Mage/Rogue) One Word Title
    • Lexicon by Max Barry
  • (Mage) Contains Magic
    • Fire Boy by Sami Shah
  • (Mage) Based on Mythology
    • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  • (Mage) Set in a Different World
    • Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
  • (Mage/Knight) First in a Series
    • Air Awakens by Elise Kova
  • (Knight) Verb in the Title
    • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • (Knight) Weapon on its Cover
    • Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn
  • (Knight) Red Cover
    • The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
  • (Knight/Bard) Has a TV/Movie Adaptation
    • Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
  • (Bard) Fairy Tale Retelling
    • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  • (Bard) Striking Typography
    • The Collector by John Fowles
  • (Bard) Translated from Another Language
    • The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • (Bard/Rogue) A Banned Book
    • Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • (Rogue) Cover with a Partially Obscured Face
    • Ache by Eliza Henry Jones
  • (Rogue) <500 Ratings on Goodreads
    • Please Do Not Disturb by Robert Glancy
  • (Rogue) Published by a Small Press
    • Lightspeed Magazine Issue 82 by John Joseph Adams

Side Quests

  • Potions: Concocted by 2+ Authors
    • We Are All Stardust edited by Stefan Klein
  • Multiplayer: Buddy Read a Book
    • N/A (not sure I’ll get to this side quest)
  • Grind: A Book with 500+ Pages
    • 1Q48 by Haruki Murakami
  • Time Warp: Set in Either the Part or the Future
    • The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley
  • Open World: Free Choice
    • Will choose during Quest
  • Respawn: Previously DNF’d
    • The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath
  • Expansion: Companion (Sequel?) Novel/Short Story
    • Grass for His Pillow by Lian Hearn
  • Mini-Game: Graphic Novel
    • Fables Vol. 3 by Bill Willingham
  • Animal Companion: Referencing an Animal in the Title
    • H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

Experience Points

This is copied from Aentee’s sign up post.

  • 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.

Health Points

This is also copied from Aentee’s sign up post.

  • 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!

Other Info

This quest is a decently long one, running from Sunday 13th August through till Sunday 10th September. I will be updating on here weekly, and more often on Twitter (@foliomusings).

So initiate training, pack your daggers, we’re going on a quest.

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Love Shouldn’t be Creepy | A Book Review

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Title: I’m Still Here

Author: Clélie Avit

Pages: 240

Catchwords: Coma, French, Non-consensual romance


I’m going to admit right off the bat, I borrowed this purely because of its pretty cover. I guess after reading the blurb, I was intrigued to see if this story could be pulled off in a non-creepy way. Yeah, I don’t think that was ever gonna happen.

At first I thought it might be due to the translation. Then I realised it’s just overall poor writing. I get that it’s drawn it’s inspiration from Sleeping Beauty, but it was nigh impossible to get over the creep factor. Since the plot is predictable, the focus was largely on the characters, yet they both felt inconsistent and very underdeveloped. It was filled with irritating cliches with little to no explanation of how it fit in with their identity.

Essentially Thibault is on the fifth floor with his Mum who is visiting his brother who he doesn’t want to see. He wanders around and accidentally goes into Elsa’s room where she is in a coma. He then proceeds to talk to her and falls asleep in the chair next to her bed. She hears him despite her coma and isn’t creeped out by this stranger who thinks he is entitled to be her friend and even KISS her. He is confronted with her ACTUAL friends, and isn’t even slightly embarrassed by his total lack of etiquette. And neither are the friends! They indulge his budding infatuation even though it is very creepy to be “drawn” to this unconscious girl.

He continues to visit her and fall in love, despite having nothing to go off about her except that she’s in a COMA. Apparently she is also inspired by him and sees him as her rainbow willpower to finally wakeup. People have been visiting her pretty consistently during the past 5 months and yet the novel sort of focuses on how he is an unwitting hero, which is kind of ridiculous. His automatic infatuation with this unconscious girl that he doesn’t even know is due to his longing for the perfect family. There is a reoccurring metaphor where he visualises his life as a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book called ‘The Book in Which I am The Hero.’ Blurgh. The complete lack of consent and the total creepiness of his “love” is super unnerving. It’s also inconsistent at times which would make sense because she is really only an object to which he can project his ideals of a perfect family. There is literally one part in the book where he forgets about her for a whole week even though he is totally in love with her right?!

This book was absolutely cringe worthy with a major creep factor. Had to skim read to the end cause it was just that bad. There were other problems, such as the poor writing (it was quite bad, and this may or may not be the fault of the translation) and the unbelievable relationships between Thibault and everyone in his life. It almost felt like the author only understood communication through the lens of daily television soaps. Thibault’s habitual pineapple juice and Elsa’s glacial mountaineering characteristics felt so overtly forced into the story that they just felt like paper dolls of characters instead of people that I actually could believe in.

Suffice it to say, I did not like this book.

1 out of 5 stars

Inconsistent Blogging Doesn’t Nullify the Title

I have always been this way. It’s hard to change and I’m constantly trying not to judge myself too harshly.

I am a inconsistent blogger.

I know, the SHAME. I’ve been blogging for years and years, yet I can never stick to a schedule or even post somewhat consistently. Even with this blog that I created at the end of 2016, I haven’t posted since New Year. As more time when on, I felt ashamed that I hadn’t kept up with blogging like I had wanted to.

But then I realised something. I arrived at an epiphany. It doesn’t matter. I can blog whenever I feel like it, even if the mood for it happens in between months. This is my blog and my life, and I’m entitled to be inconsistent.

I read a lot, and whilst this is great for my Goodreads goal, it impacts on how I prioritise my time, and blogging, as the consistently neglected, always falls to the wayside. This doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy blogging, or that I’m not a blogger, just that, for me, my blogging happens in waves.

So is this me stating another unrealistic goal? Am I saying that I’m jumping back on the bandwagon that I keep missing? Not really. I would like to make writing and blogging a higher priority. But there will be no unreasonable promises coming from me. I will not make 2 posts weekly ad infinitum. I will not resign myself to an unsuccessful schedule that will just enforce shame around an activity I enjoy.

Though I am a blogger, just on my own terms. Those being – whenever I feel like it.