O.W.L.s Magical Read-a-thon Week #4

She’s only gone and bloody done it! This month I managed to read 10 books in total, which means that I passed all of my O.W.L.s and I’m on my way to becoming a Hogwarts Professor and a Animagus! First and foremost I want to say another HUGE thank you to G over at the Book Roast, who has once again organised a wonderfully magical read-a-thon that I’ve fallen utterly in love with; everything from all the career paths to the reading sprints on Twitter have been perfect.

Throughout the read-a-thon I’ve been able to discover so many new favourite reads, my ultimate favourites were Normal People by Sally Rooney (which is truly incredible and deserves all the hype it’s been receiving) and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (which is another amazing series that I’ve fallen utterly in love with).

When I last posted I still had three books to finish and trust my luck that the final week in April was the most hectic week so far, but after various coffee filled late nights and early mornings I managed to get everything read!

Let me know how you did in the comments below!

Pages Read: 3646

Books Read: 10/10

Hogwarts Professor

Charms – Lumos Maxima: A Book with a White Cover

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Everyone told me that I was going to fall utterly in love with this series, and they were right. I’ve always been fascinated with ley lines and treasure hunts, so it was like this series was made for me. All the characters are loveable, complex and always full of surprises.

History of Magic – Witch Hunts: A Book Featuring Witches/Wizards.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. There’s clearly something in the water because everyone seem’s to be re-reading this series! I recently watched the film and finally dived into the TV show and have once again fallen in love with this world and its characters (except Clary, she still annoys me!). Anyway my plan for the month of May is to continue re-read the Mortal Instruments and finally start the Infernal Devices.

Care of Magical Creatures – Hippogriffs: A Creature with a Beak on the Cover

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. I loved the first book so much that I had to pick the second book up instantly!

Astronomy – Night Classes: Read a Book When it’s Dark Outside.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman.

Defence Against The Dark Arts – Grindylows: A Book Set Sea.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.

Potions – Shrinking Solution: Read a Book Under 150 Pages.

Cheri by Collette

Transfiguration – Animagus: A Book/Series that Includes Shapeshifting.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer.

Animagus Training

Arithmacy – Balance Opposites: Read Something Outside Your Favourite Genre

Normal People by Sally Rooney.

Potions – Shrinking Solution: Read a Book Under 150 Pages

The Grownup by Gillan Flynn.

Transfiguration – Animagus: A Book/Series that Includes Shapeshifting

Either A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer.

O.W.L.s Magical Read-a-thon Week #3

I knew things were going too well! This week I’ve hardly read anything on my TBR and I’m now a little worried that my TBR was too ambitious.

Like a lot of people, I’ve recently fallen down the Mortal Instruments rabbit hole and I am once again obsessed! After watching the film I thought I’d jump back into the TV series, which at first made me cringe but now I’m half way through season 2 and I’m really enjoying it! I’ve fallen hard down this rabbit hole so much so that I’m dedicating the month of May to re-reading the entire series again, and I’ve even been reading some fanfiction! For me there’s always been this stigma behind reading fan fiction, but recently that has all changed. It has allowed me to discover an entirely new storyline and adventure with some of my favourite characters and fandoms. Plus pretty much all of the fan fiction I’ve read recently has been incredible and I’m eager to explore more storylines soon!

I’ve still got to read Bloodwitch by Susan Denard, The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson and the rest of The Raven Boys in order to complete all of my owls, but I might play with my TBR and challenges to see if I could use my fan fiction as OWL for Potions (read a book under 150 pages)!

Anyway I hope everyone is doing well with their reading goals and that you are all staying safe!

Currently Reading: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Pages Read: 2313

Books Read: 7/10

Completed Owls

Astronomy – Night Classes: Read a Book When it’s Dark Outside

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. I’ve been reading this book for so long that I was getting annoyed at myself but now I’ve finally finished it! I definitely want to continue reading this series but right now I need a break!

O.W.L.s Magical Read-a-thon Week #2

I don’t want to toot my own horn but I am SMASHING this read-a-thon! So far I’ve managed to read 6 books and we’re only half way through the month. I’m still working so I am having to balance my time but reading has been the perfect distraction from everything going on at the moment! Due to my success I’ve decided to challenge myself and aim for the Hogwarts Professor as my chosen career path, which involves reading 7 books and who knows I might read a few more just for the fun of it!

I have also successfully passed my O.W.L.s to qualify for the Animagus Training, which involved reading something outside my favourite genre (Normal People by Sally Rooney), a book under 150 pages (The Grownup by Gillian Flynn) and a book/series that included shapeshifting (A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer).

Anyway, I hope the read-a-thon is going well for everyone and that you are all staying safe!

Currently Reading: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

Pages Read: 1809

Books Read: 6/10

Completed O.W.L.s:

Hogwarts Professor

Transfiguration – Animagus: A Book/Series that Includes Shapeshifting

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. I’m not usually a fan of cross-world fantasies but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I don’t think it lives up to all the hype it’s received but nevertheless its been a really enjoyable read and it feels only right to pick up the second book in this series.

Defence Against The Dark Arts – Grindylows: A Book Set Sea

 Truthwitch by Susan Denard. Like I mentioned in my last post, I really enjoyed this series so much so that I’ve changed my TBR to include the second book in this series.

Animagus Training:

Arithmacy – Balance Opposites: Read Something Outside Your Favourite Genre

Normal People by Sally Rooney. This is my pick for our Reading Between the Wines book club for April and I absolutely adored it. The story and its characters are so raw and complex creating a narrative that is more than just a romance. I don’t want to say too much about this book but if you haven’t read it yet then I would make sure that its definitely on your TBR.

Transfiguration – Animagus: A Book/Series that Includes Shapeshifting

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer. I just finished the first book in this series and really enjoyed it, so much so that I knew I had to read the next book asap. I was a bit apprehensive about the two new perspectives but once again I was pleasantly surprised.

O.W.L.s Magical Read-a-thon Week #1

One week down, another three to go! So far I’m really enjoying this read-a-thon and I have successfully managed to stick to all of my reading goals/plans. I’m loving all the Twitter spirts and G’s ability to create such an immersive reading environment with her storytelling. My goal for this read-a-thon is to read 10 books and I’m quietly confident that I’m going to reach my goal! Let me know if you’re taking part and how you’re finding this years O.W.L.s in the comments below!

Currently Reading: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. I’m not usually a fan of cross-world fantasies but this one is actually really enjoyable! I’ve only got about 100 pages left, which I know I’m going to fly through this evening.

Pages Read: 602

Books Read: 3/10

Hogwarts Professor/ Auror: 

History of Magic – Witch Hunts: A Book Featuring Witches/Wizards

Truthwitch by Susan Denard. I went into this book with high expectations as it includes everything I want out of a fantasy series, a group of strong characters, intricate magical/political systems and an intense storyline, and I wasn’t disappointed. I enjoyed this series so much that I’ve had to change some books on my current read-a-thon TBR as I need to keep reading this series especially after that ending!

Potions – Shrinking Solution: Read a Book Under 150 Pages

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. This is the perfect read for any read-a-thon, its a short and intense story that fans of Flynn will certainly enjoy. My only two disappointments were that a) it was too short and b) the ending, I just wanted more.

Animagus Training: 

Potions – Shrinking Solution: Read a Book Under 150 Pages

Cheri by Collette. I always love a bit of Colette, and Cheri did not disappoint. It was fabulous, french and fashionably outrageous!

O.W.L.s Magical Read-a-Thon TBR

It’s the most magical time of the year as it’s time for the first instalment of the 2020 Magical Read-a-thon, and it’s fair to say that I am beyond excited! I’ve been re-watching all the films in preparation. This is my first time participating and I’m already so impressed and amazed at all the resources and creativity behind this reading event, so I want to say a HUGE thank you to G over at The Book Roast for all of her hard work! It’s not too late to join so I’ll leave a link to the website here, where you’ll be able to find all the reading prompts and wizarding careers.

The magical read-a-thon is a month long reading event that celebrates the magical universe J.K Rowling has created and the love of reading. The read-a-thon has two main events: the Ordinary Wizarding Level Exams and the Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, two of the main exams that Hogwarts must sit during their time at Hogwarts. The read-a-thon is designed to mimic these exams in a creatively fun and reading manner by associating different subjects with various reading challenges. The first read-a-thon for the O.WL.s takes place in the month of April, whilst N.E.W.T.s happen during the month of August. Your results and success in the O.W.L.s also contribute to your N.E.W.T.s which in turn determine your chosen wizarding career.

I’d love to know if you’re participating this year and all about your chosen career and TBR, so please leave a link in the comments below!

Anyway, let me reveal my chosen careers and my ambitious TBR!

Auror (5 O.W.L.s)

The profession of an Auror has always fascinated me, and has been shown throughout the series to be such an adventurous, dangerous and intense job! I’m ready for the challenge, so bring it on!

Charms – Lumos Maxima: A Book with a White Cover 

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. It’s taken me almost two years to read this book so I’m hoping that the pressures of meeting my reading/career targets will finally motivate me to read this book!

Herbolgy – Mimbulus Mimbletonia: Title Starting with M

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, I know this doesn’t start with M, but there is a M in the title and there is a book in the series that starts with M? I found it really hard to find a book I wanted to read that started with M, if you’ve got any recommendations then please let me know!

Potions – Shrinking Solution: Read a Book Under 150 Pages

Chéri by Collette. This was our March book of the month for my Reading Between the Wines book club and I plan to read this at the start of the read-a-thon before our group FaceTime catch up!

Transfiguration – Animagus: A Book/Series that Includes Shapeshifting

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer or Socery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

Defence Against The Dark Arts – Grindylows: A Book Set Sea

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch or The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I’m torn between which book I want to read as both sound really good, this is definitely my favourite prompt!

Hogwarts Professor (7 O.W.L.s)

McGonagall and Lupin are some of my favourite Hogwarts Professor’s so I’d love to follow in their footsteps and be Head of Gryffindor House and an Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor!

Care of Magical Creatures – Hippogriffs: A Creature with a Beak on the Cover

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater or King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. The Raven Boys have been on my radar for a while now, I remember starting it but can’t recall why I stopped reading? As for King of Scars, Leigh Bardugo is one of my all time favourite authors and I can’t resit a bit of Nikolai!

History of Magic – Witch Hunts: A Book Featuring Witches/Wizards

Truthwitch by Susan Denard/ Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Both of these book have been on my TBR for ages, so hopefully that will help motivate me!

Astronomy – Night Classes: Read a Book When it’s Dark Outside

Legendary by Stephanie Garber. Another book that I’ve been going on about for months and now is the perfect time to finally cross it off my TRB list.

Also, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Charms, Transfiguration and Potions (above TBR)

Animagus Training

Arithmacy – Balance Opposites: Read Something Outside Your Favourite Genre

Normal People by Sally Rooney. I think this is going to be our Reading Between The Wines book for April as I’ve heard nothing but good things about it and I’ve been really craving a unique love story.

Potions – Shrinking Solution: Read a Book Under 150 Pages

The Grownup by Gillan Flynn. I was really struggling to find something short to read until I found this one! I loved Gone Girl so I’m hoping that this book has that same intricate and mysterious feel to it.

Transfiguration – Animagus: A Book/Series that Includes Shapeshifting

Either A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer or Socery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.