And so, the Reading Quest is over. I had a lot of fun with this readathon, getting into the challenges and pushing myself to read. It’s been tough as work has been pretty heavy, but I’m happy with how I finished.
Let’s take a look at the second set of books I read, and work out my final score!
The Waking Land by Callie Bates
This took me a lot longer to get through than I thought it would. I just couldn’t get into the first half, at all. The constant repetition of the main character’s thoughts really dragged the plot. The second half picked up and became fascinating as the plot and the complexities of the world actually started to come together. With that in mind, I’m excited to see how the second book turns out now that the character building is out of the way.
Monstress by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda
I changed my mind about which book to read for this challenge (start of a series), and so went for this gorgeous graphic novel. Beautifully designed and drawn with an interesting storyline, it is a fantastic read. Plenty of twists and turns to keep me hooked and I really want to get my hands on the next one.
Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis by Wendy Cope
A bit of poetry to lighten the mood, as I’d read a lot of fantasy with fighting up until this point! I’m still getting used to reading poetry recreationally, so although this didn’t blow me away initially, there was a lot to admire. A short, sweet little collection.
Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. Truly strong, independent female character in an exciting and well thought-out story. The Japanese setting was rendered beautifully and the relationships were natural and not filled with the usual YA tropes. I was genuinely shocked by the plot twists at the end and absolutely devastated I have to wait until May for the next installment.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
There’s a bit of a theme to these last few books … I loved Kafka on the Shore by Murakami, and this is the first of his I picked up since then. Written with simple, elegant prose, it is both captivating and claustrophobic as it follows Toru and the relationships he builds in college after the death of his friend Kizuki when just seventeen. If you haven’t read Japanese novels before (or any Murakami) this would be a good place to start. One that I will be thinking about for a long time to come.
DeathNote Black Edition, Vol. 2 by Tsugumi Ohba, art by Takeshi Obata
Yep, definitely went for a Japanese theme! This series really is fantastic, full of twists and turns that literally made me squeal with each new revelation. I’m torn between wanting to know what’s going to happen next by jumping straight onto Netflix for the anime and waiting to buy the next manga! Classic and brilliant.
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
Finishing off with this side quest was a great way to round off the quest. This collection was filled with a variety of stories and poetry all in Gaiman’s signature style. Some were better than others, and it was so good to see what is happening to Shadow after the events of American Gods. I even adored the Doctor Who — and wish they’d made it an actual episode!
That’s my run! Drumroll for the final results …
I think … I didn’t keep such a good record of the HP, so I might have got that wrong! But I’m happy in myself for the results and managed to complete two sides of the board. This challenge has definitely helped me push towards my yearly reading goal of 100, but I still have a long way to go.
How are you getting on with your reading goals this year, and what are you doing to get yourself reading? Let me know down below!