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Pondathon update!

We’re half-way through the Pondathon, so I thought I’d touch bases with how it’s going!

As a reminder, this is a readathon that is hosted by CW @artfromafriend who blogs at The Quiet Pond, with drawings also by CW. It’s super cute, and there are many different ways you can earn points to save the Pond. I love that this readathon is story-driven. CW put so much energy into creating this! It’s super impressive and adorable and I just love it.


In addition to the regular methods of earning points, there are side quests!

The first side quest ran from January 25 to 29 and its purpose was to protect Xiaolong while she cast a spell. You do this, of course, by reading! You get 2 points for every 10 pages you read. I read 268 pages for this quest, so I got 52 points for the challenge. There was also a bonus reward if you read more than 60 pages that counted for the side quest! (Which I did.) I was awarded the Mark of the Brave!

The second side quest ran from January 30 to February 3. Its goal was to help support Cuddle as she cared for the Pond friends who were scared and hungry. Here again you are awarded 2 points for every 10 pages read, plus 5 points if you tweet about your current read, and if you did something nice for someone else plus something nice for yourself, you were awarded the Recipe for Compassion, this side quest’s bonus reward. For this one, I got 50 points for the challenge as well as the bonus award.

Side quest number three helped Gen make potions. For this one, you made one healing potion for every 30 pages you read — earning you 4 points! You could also grab a friend who was also in the readathon, and if you got a combined total of 100 pages read, you were both awarded the Potion of Trust. I read 125 pages for this quest, and was awarded 16 points. Sammie @ The Writerly Way and I teamed up for this one, and we easily passed the 100 pages total requirement.

And um… I kinda missed the fourth side quest. I was busy, and trying not to get the cold Mr. Wyrm had been fighting, and so I never participated with quest #4. Oh well.

BW Side Quests

Book One: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden, finished 1/28/2020 (published in 2018; 7,547 ratings on Goodreads) ~ 30 points

Book Two: Gone With the Witch by Heather Blake, finished 1/30/2020 (published in 2016; 1,895 ratings on Goodreads) ~ 40 points

Book Three: I’m Too Young to Be Seventy by Judith Viorst, finished 2/2/2020 (published in 2005; 286 ratings on Goodreads) ~ 40 points

Books Four and Five: Home and The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor, finished 2/7/2020 (published in 2017 & 2018; 15k & 11k ratings on Goodreads) ~ 60 points

Book Six: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, finished 2/9/2020 (published in 1934; 330,240 ratings on Goodreads) ~ 30 points

Book Seven: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, finished 2/13/2020 (published in 2015; 34,582 ratings on Goodreads) ~ 30 points

team gen full

(Side note, it looks like the graphic for Team Gen was finished before the final point decision. Everywhere else says 30 points per book, so that’s what I’m going with.)

Total books read so far: 7
Point Tally:

210 points for the finished books

plus 20 bonus points for books with few ratings

plus 118 points for side quests

for a total of 348 points to date

Not bad! And this has been so much fun so far. (And oh so cute! The side quests are adorable.) I’m really glad Sammie convinced me to play along!

11 thoughts on “Pondathon update!

  1. I’ve been keeping tabs on Pondathon even though I’m not participating more than in spirit. I love the side quests and how they build out to a story in itself. It sounds like you’re doing really well even if your mister’s cold stymied your 4th side quest. 😉

    1. This one is just super cute, and honestly it was the concept of the side quests that convinced me to join! I feel like I’m doing well on it, and I think not catching Mr. Wyrm’s cold was a bigger win than completing the 4th side quest. 😉

  2. Look at you goooo! I totally did not keep track of my points as we went. I’m just sort of trusting the spreadsheet at this point. xD I missed quest four, too, but there’s a way to get the reward still! So that’s exciting. I’m not sure if I’ll do it, though. It seems like a lot of work, and I’m being incredibly lazy right now haha. Haikus really aren’t my thing, either.

    1. Um yeah… I love spreadsheets, so I have one for my reading challenges. Even when I forget to update the challenge itself, I remember to update my spreadsheet. (Because have I mentioned that I love spreadsheets? 😉 )

    1. Thanks! 🙂 I’ll be honest, CW’s graphics are what sold me on this particular challenge.

      Small Spaces was a lot of fun. And it’s a quick read, so even if it’s not for you, you won’t have spent much time finding that out.

      1. Haha – I’ll check it out! I’m trying hard to de-stress my reading life right now so I don’t know if I even have time to track the pages, but I definitely want to try it next time.

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