#TheReadingQuest TBR

Hello Paperbackers!

I’m excited to share with you the exciting new reading challenge I’m embarking upon this month- #TheReadingQuest, hosted by Read at Midnight! It’s part reading adventure, part role playing game, and, overall, just a great way to join a reading community and tackle my TBR with a series of quests.

First, I chose my character. All characters are linked to specific quests, so I spent way too much time pondering the various books I wanted to read and which character would allow me to make the most out of my TBR. I finally decided upon:

The 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.”

(In the end, I was kiiiiind of swayed by Shakespeare’s nickname. And that awesome blurb above. I mean, intimate knowledge of songs and stories is me to a T. #nerdstatus)

My Character Card…

And the game board…

(All of the awesome artwork is by CW of Read, Think, Ponder!)


This means that my first quest as a bard is to read five books. Here are the categories and my TBR plans:

A book that has a TV/movie adaptation: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A fairy tale retelling: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

A book cover with striking typography: Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saeñz

A book translated from another language: In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

A banned book: George by Alex Gino

That’s all I’m planning as of now – I can gain more points by embarking upon other character quests, or do the side quests, but I’m going to put all of my focus on these five books before I get too carried away. Below, I’ve outlined the other quests and side quests of the challenge just as placeholders for filling in some of the titles at the top of my TBR pile. I’ll definitely update this post if I get past the Bard quest!


A banned book: (same as Bard)

A book cover with a partially obscured face: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A book with <500 ratings on Goodreads: Finding Wonders by Jeannine Atkins

A book published by a small press: Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis

A book with a one word title: Heartless by Marissa Meyer


A book with a one word title: (same as Rogue)

A book that contains magic:

A book based on mythology: Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief

A book set in a different world:

The first book of a series: The Raven Boys


The first book of a series: (same as Mage)

A book with a verb in its title:

A book with a weapon on its cover: Throne of Glass

A book with a red cover: Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda

A book that has a TV/movie adaptation: (same as Bard)


Potions (a book concocted by 2+ authors): Flying Lessons

Multiplayer (buddy read a book):

Grind (a book with 500+ pages):

Respawn (read a book you previously dnf):

Open World (read whatever you want): All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

Time Warp (a book set in either the past or the future):

Expansion (read a companion novel or short story):

Mini-Game (read a graphic novel, novella, or poem collection):

Animal Companion (book referencing an animal in the title): Six of Crows

I read so much after joining the Booktubeathon reading challenges in July, so I’m really excited to get started TOMORROW (August 13th) with The Reading Quest!

Are you thinking of joining? Check out the sign up post here and reply below with your character choice/tbr/link to your post/etc!