#TheReadingQuest Sign Up

The Reading Quest Sign Up Post

The Reading Quest IntroductionHello Adventurers,

Welcome to #TheReadingQuest! I invite you to join me on a reading adventure based entirely on a video-game quest. In this challenge, you’ll be embarking on a journey to conquer your TBR pile through a series of stages. You’ll read new stories, gain experience, and level up a character of your choosing.

The quest will take place between Sunday 13th August to Sunday 10th September, 2017All adventurers are encouraged to register their interest in the sign up form below, which will be open from now until Sunday 13th August. SIGN UP IS NOW CLOSED. FEEL FREE TO READ ALONG FOR FUN, HOWEVER IF YOUR CORRECT LINK IS NOT IN THE INLINKZ LIST YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBILE FOR THE PRIZES. No exceptions. 

I want to give a huge thank you to CW of Read, Think, Ponder. She is the amazing artist behind all of the character illustration you’ll see within this post. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter, and her stunning blog! Please go give her all your love, because I cannot think of anyone more deserving of unadulterated adoration!

The Reading Quest GameplayThe basic mechanics of the reading challenge is simple: it’s based on a bingo board (termed The Quest Board for our purposes), each square on the board represents a stage (or reading prompt) you must complete. There is one crucial variation, the path you take on the bingo board is entirely dependent on your chosen Character Class.

For the Character Class selection, you have the following 4 Options:

The Reading Quest Character Classes
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KNIGHT: These players are warriors skilled in direct combat. On their quest, they are will fight their way through the First Across path. The stages within this path are inspired by action and weaponry.

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.

ROGUE: These adventurers have absolute mastery over stealth and speed, and they slip in and out of the quest through the Fifth Across path. They celebrate underappreciated books and half-forgotten stories.

MAGE: As wielders of spells and witchcraft, these players will conjure and summon their way through the First Down path on the quest. Their tomes contain magic and whispers of alternate lands.

Along with the separate Character Class quest levels (Purple Squares), the centre of the Quest Board is a conglomeration of Side Quests (Blue Squares)! Complete these challenges to earn extra points and bonus experience for your character.

You can find the full Quest Board below:

Reading Quest Board
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Note: Once you pick a character, you must stay on their path (or the side quests) before you can proceed to another character. E.g. If I am a Knight, I cannot do the Bard’s ‘Fairy Tale Retelling’ prompt until I’ve completed all 5 of the stages for the Knight.

If you do complete your first chosen character’s quest before the quest period is over, you can follow a new character path for additional points.

You only need to read one book for each of the four corner stages on the quest board (e.g. I can read Want by Cindy Pon for the ‘Book With One Word Title’ prompt and it will count towards both the Mage and the Rogue path).

The Reading Quest PointsAs with all my previous reading challenge, this Quest comes with an additional competitive element. Keeping scores and leveling up is entirely optional, but if you want to be eligible for the prizes, you should be keeping scores.


  • 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.


  • 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!
  • For funsies, you can create and customise your own character ID card:

Download the PSD to create your own (requires Photoshop)
Blank Base Image + Character Artwork (you can edit text into it using Canva/PicMonkey)

Some people are having issues downloading the blank base image so here’s the picture for it:

The Reading Quest Character Card Creator Blank.png

NOTE: The fonts I used are Westminster Gotisch, Blackwood Castle, and IM Fell, all available for free personal use via 1001fonts.com.

  • As mentioned above, the character art are created by CW of Read, Think, Ponder. CW is such an amazing artist, I cannot thank her enough for her beautiful work!
    Please do not use her art for any purposes outside of this reading challenge, unless you are given her express permission. Please credit her with a link back to your blog in your sign up post.

The Reading Quest TreasuresThe Quest Champions will be awarded with treasures as befitting of their status. They will be the adventurers with the most EXP and HP at the end of the quest.


  • FIRST PLACE: A Pre-order of a 2017 or 2018 book of your choice, up to $30AUD in value.


  • FIRST PLACE: Dymocks is kindly donating a prize to our Aussie champion! More details to come.

More Prizes to be confirmed. If you’re an author or publisher who are interested in donating a prize to this event, please contact me via email: readatmidnighreviews@gmail.com

The Reading Quest SignUpPlease just add your links to your sign up post/TBR for #TheReadingQuest to the link aggregate below, and youโ€™ll automatically be eligible to enter the Quest. The following information should be included in your sign up form:

  • Your chosen character class, and the books you intend to read for the Quest Period (you can change these as the quest progresses, I am usually flexible on this rule).
  • A link back to this post.
  • Credit CW of Read, Think, Ponder for the artwork within the post.

The sign up form will be active until Sunday 13th August, 2017.

The Reading Quest Sign FAQHereโ€™s some curly questions I usually get asked when I organise one of these.

1. Do I have to read the books in order of the Quest Board?
As long as you stay within your character’s predetermined path (cursed destiny!) you can complete those particular stages in whatever order you like. E.g. for the Mage you could finish the One Word Title book before reading the Alternate World book.

2. Can I use the same book for two or more of the Quest Board’s Stages?
No. Rereads also do NOT count. You must use a unique book for each of the square.

3. I am participating in another reading challenge, can I use the same books for both?
Of course, as long as it matches the prompts listed. Check with me if you are unsure, but I know ARC August and Tome Topple are running within the same month, and they should mesh well with this challenge.

4. How do I count Health Points for audiobooks?
Every 20 minutes will give you +1HP. Completion of the audiobook gives +10 EXP, unless it’s written by an #ownvoices author, in which case it’s +20 EXP

5. I can’t figure out which book to read for xx stage, can you help me?
Gladly! I’ll be posting recommendations on twitter for the more difficult stages – and I’ll be providing resources so that other adventurers can help you on your way. Keep posted by following #TheReadingQuest hashtag on twitter.

6. Do I need a blog to join your #TheReadingQuest?
You can join as long as you have a place to document your reading journey. Be it blog, booktube, tumblr etc…

7.  Can I start a book before August 13th, or use a half-finished book for the challenges? No, the book must be started on August 13th, no rereads or half completed books.

8. What is a marginalised author? An author who identifies with one or more of the following marginalised identities: race, ethnic, cultural, disability, religious, mental illness, LGBTQIA+, Native or Indigenous.

9. Can I repeat any of the challenges once I’ve finished? No.

10. I want to join in but I don’t have a book blog or booktube account, can I use my Twitter/Instagram? No. I find it very hard of keep track of things on Twitter and Instagram – but you can join by posting a Sign Up thread in the #TheReadingQuest Discussion Board on Goodreads!
If you have any other questions, please comment or contact me via twitter.

551 thoughts on “#TheReadingQuest Sign Up

  1. I’m so excited to be joining in!! My TBR was posted here on my channel Sam’s Nonsense: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=H-8IHW1eTg8

    Starting Character Class: Rouge
    Experience: 10
    HP: 10
    Level 1

    A Banned Book: Fight by Sherman Alexie (also a marginalized author)
    A book with a partially obscured face: The Beastly Bones by William Ritter
    A Book with <500 Ratings: And Blue Skies from Pain by Stina Leight
    A book published by a small press: The Woodcutter King
    A Book with a one word title: Freya by Matthew Laurence

    In my video i was going to be reading The Return of the King for a banned book I just realized you can't do a reread so I've changed it to Fight by Sherman Alexie since that was recently banned in Idaho Schools.


    1. Actually I read so fast I didn’t notice you aren’t accepting IG posts and that it was an actual link that isn’t available any longer. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’ll still participate unofficially ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Okay so I found the section in the blog post about the good reads group and I signed up there!

    *Sorry for the constant confusing post*


      1. Hey there I’ve read your comments and I know we’re on two totally different time zones which is why I’m sure you’re getting a lot of “late” request. What I’m wondering is by the 13th which it is still here in the US you meant 11:59pm August 12th or 11:59p August 13th which in our time zone hasn’t happened yet. The link on your blog has been closed to me since this morning when I first saw this cool challenge on a youtube channel. The Good reads group and the blog didn’t specify so I just wanted to get it clarified and hope that my comment helps others in my situation as well. Also I signed up there as I wasn’t sure. I’m still participating for fun but for future challenges have all my questions previously answered. Sorry for the tons of questions ๐Ÿ™‚


      2. No. The sign up link up itself stated how much time, down to the minutes, until it won’t accept any further entries. The challenge itself was also promoted to the best of my ability for several weeks, but obviously there’s no way I could notify everyone on the book internet in time before the sign up closed. So feel free to join in for fun but there’s no way to now enter “officially”.


  3. Hi ! I’m very interested in this challenge but I do have two questions :
    1- I can’t add my link because the Registration/trial expired. So What do I have to do ?!
    2- Can I read some books in different languages ( french or Arabic) ?!
    Thanks a lot


      1. So there is no chance for me to “officially” play and to sign up ?
        I can’t let my link in the comment ?
        Thank you for your help.


  4. Hello,
    I’m hoping to sign up for the reading challenge for Habitica.
    Class: knight
    Verb: Killing Adonis
    First: Divergent
    Weapon: The Beast of Aros Castle
    Red: The Rules Do Not Apply
    TV/ Movie: Sense and Sensibility


  5. I just found your blog today. This challenge looks so fun! I am still going to try to participate, even though I missed the sign-up. Hopefully you will be doing this challenge again!


  6. OMG this is SO cool and I want to jump up and down! I am so sad I won’t be able to participate because of exams, but I honestly cannot wait until next round. You’re totally amazing and this is the BEST reading challenge I’ve ever encountered!!!


  7. Quick question! I’ve already joined and everything, but I was a bit confused on one point about leveling up. Do we level up at every 50 EXP interval, or every 60 EXP interval? As we all start out with 10 EXP, and it just says 50+ EXP for leveling up.


  8. I am participating in the challenge and have a question. It says that my character levels up with every +50 EXP. Since my character starts out with 10 EXP I was wondering if he/she’d level up when I reach 50 EXP in total (so after reading 4 books) or when I have 60 EXP total (so after reading 5 books and actually gaining +50 EXP)?!


  9. I joined for fun. Actually on the knight’s path and made an entry on my bullet journal about the challenge in order to keep track (I’m planning to do every square -it’s probably going to take a while but it’s so much fun and helps me chosing books to read next) Anyway, this quest is such a great idea, thank you for it ! And good luck to everyone who signed in.


  10. i missed the sing up so i am going to do this fo rfun if that is ok with you??? and if it’s okay can i use your bingo board on my post for this??? It said that we had to ask you if we wanted to use your pictures so i am asking…thanks


  11. Ahhhi am so mad that i am seeing this now, Looks like a ton of fun. Is there will be another one like this, i mean do you think to do it every year, or every 6 months ?


  12. Hey there, I have a question about the marginalised authors. Here on this page it says:

    8. What is a marginalised author? An author who identifies with one or more of the following marginalised identities: race, ethnic, cultural, disability, religious, mental illness, LGBTQIA+, Native or Indigenous.

    And on goodreads I found a statement that said it’s to be considered from the readers point of view. Do American/English authors to me as a German count as marginalised because of cultural differences?

    Thanks for coming up with this fun challenge! I really enjoyed picking the books and checking the squares on the Quest Board so far ๐Ÿ™‚


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