The Reading Quest | Progress Report Week 2

It is week two of the fabulous, fun Reading Quest from Read at Midnight and I thought I would quickly check in and let you know how it’s going!

I’ve had a bit of a difficult time with exhaustion throughout the readathon so far, so I haven’t progressed as far as I’d hoped by this point. There’s a lot of catching up to do! But with some days off now and a big push, I should be able to get a few more titles under my belt.

So, what have I managed to read so far?

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Armada by Ernest Cline

This was a great way to start the Quest! I so thoroughly enjoyed Ready Player One last year, that I kind of knew in advance that I would love this too. Action-packed and super fun, full of all the nerdy, geeky references that just bring a smile to my lips. I’m not sure it’s as well-constructed as Ready Player One, but it is still just a big bundle of joy in a couple of hundred pages.

The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

A bit of grimdark fantasy to ‘lighten’ the mood. After flicking through the pages of SFX magazine and heading to the reviews section, I pretty much had to buy the book. I mean, there are dragons in it.

I’d say it’s a book of two halves, and the first half is far superior to the second. The plot itself isn’t unique for the genre, but the world and some of its characters are interesting enough to make it a really good read. However, there is one aspect of the book that jumps in around the halfway mark that meant the remaining story started to feel very flat and a little weak. Marith is an excellent character, who could have had significantly more depth and development if this plot point hand’t gotten her skirts in the way… Overall, a good read – and I do want to read the next one when it’s out – just lacking in places.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I am still slightly emotional over this book. Definitely one of my favourite reads of the year (Days Without End  has some serious competition now…!). It has been sat on my shelf for too long and I am a bad person. It really is a stunning novel, taking the myth of Achilles and Patroclus and turning it into a poignant and utterly beautiful narrative. I think it might be the only book so far this year that has made me bawl like a baby… I mean, sniff graciously into a handkerchief. I don’t bawl. What?

Anyway, now that I finally have this beauty in my brain, I am already eyeing up the pre-order button for Miller’s next novel, Circe, which will be out next year. Also, I now really need to read The Illiad. Because Greek myth. And maybe a holiday to Greece?

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Gaiman’s most recent short story collection, and one of my side quests. Achilles was so good, that I just couldn’t go straight into the next novel on my list without having an old favourite to rely on for a good read. I’m about halfway through the collection now, and I think I’ll be dipping in and out throughout the rest of the Quest. It’s suitably dark and supernatural, with some lovely little pieces in between. The anthology section from his Calendar Tales project is, so far, my favourite.

The Waking Land by Callie Bates

I’ve only just started this one, so no opinions yet! But I’m hoping to get it finished by the end of the weekend! Another fantasy, and one that I received as part of the Illumicrate box in May (which you should totally check out if you like cute bookish goodies!).

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That’s all so far. And here’s how the points are stacking up:

Level: 1

EXP: 40

HP: 139

That’s all for now, folks! Have you taken up the challenge? How are you faring? As always, let me know down below 🙂

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