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O.W.L.s Magical Readathon Wrap Up

I can not believe I made it through this readathon haha. While it doesn’t officially end until the 30th, I decided to go ahead and do my wrap up, since I managed to finish early.

My career choice was Alchemist, because I enjoy torturing myself with huge reading lists 😛 (My backup choice, which was such a close second it took me days to choose between them, was Librarian.) To pursue a career as an Alchemist, I had to read a book for all 12 O.W.L.s, and there were a few times this month when I didn’t think I could do it.

Somewhere along the way, I deviated from my original TBR, which I expected would happen, and I’m not upset about it. Well, I’m a little annoyed with my original choice for Astronomy, because I had to move that one to my DNF shelf on Goodreads. It worked out, though, because I ended up loving the book I did finish.

Okay, let’s get to the books!


Ancient Runes (Retelling)

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior (Twisted Tales, #1)

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan– I impulse-bought this book like 5 years ago from an Ollie’s or something like that, because the title made me snort. It was a forgettable, but fun-at-the-time kind of book, which I gave 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Arithmancy (Work written by more than one author)

Saga, Vol. 2

Saga vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples– I really love these comics, so far, but this is as far as I’ve read. I picked this up during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and I can’t wait to get vol. 3 ASAP. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

Astronomy (“Star” in the title)

Stardust

Stardust by Neil Gaiman– Somehow, I had not read this before. I’ve had it for a few years, but kept kind of forgetting :/ This is why I’m almost glad my original choice was a DNF, because I had to search through my Kindle for a replacement and found this gem, which I gave 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Care of Magical Creatures (Land animal on the cover)

Emily the Strange: The 13th Hour

Emily the Strange: The 13th Hour by Rob Reger and Buzz Parker– I loved Emily the Strange when I was a teenager, and I still have a soft spot for these comics. This particular topic was hard for me to find a book I haven’t read. Apparently, I just don’t have a lot of books with animals on the cover :/ But, Emily to the rescue, with the cats! I gave this one 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Charms (Age-line: read an adult work)

Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2)

Deadline by Mira Grant– I was originally going to read something else for Charms, but I got sucked into the Newsflesh series for Tome Topple and Spring Into Horror. April was filled with Seanan McGuire books for me, which I’m not complaining about because I love her writing, no matter what name it’s published under. I gave this one 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Defense Against the Dark Arts (Reducto: title starts with an “R”)

Redamancy

Redamancy by Kat Savage– April is also National Poetry Month, and I didn’t think I was going to be able to fit any poetry into the readathons, but I found this one on my shelf and read it during Dewey’s. I love Kat Savage, and I’m glad I hadn’t gotten around to this one yet because I also have very few “R” title books I haven’t read 😛 I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Divination (Set in the future)

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)

Feed by Mira Grant– The first book in the Newflesh trilogy, and one of my choices for Tome Topple and Spring Into Horror. I love zombie stories, and I think this one has made my list of favorites. I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Herbology (Plant on the cover)

Little Darlings

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding– I had an eARC of this, which I’d planned to read for Spring Into Horror (reviewed here). I’m still not sure if that’s submerged branches or weeds or what, but it’s plant-like enough, so I used it for Herbology 😛 I gave this one 4 out of 5 stars.

History of Magic (Published at least 10 years ago)

Fingersmith

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters– This 2002 novel was one of my picks for Tome Topple, and Spring Into Horror. However, now that I’ve read it, I’m not counting it for the latter. (It’s shelved as a mystery on Goodreads, but I try to stick more to thrillers and horror for things like Spring Into Horror, even though mysteries can be counted.) I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.

Muggle Studies (Contemporary)

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole– I don’t read many contemporaries, but thankfully my hold from the library came through in time for me to squeeze this in. This was a super cute and fun read, with some steamy bits, and I can’t wait to read the other Reluctant Royals books. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Potions (Next ingredient: sequel)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire– I know, this is actually a series of companion novels, but I’m counting it anyway. I have a review for this one coming soon, but I will say that I really enjoyed it. Jack was my favorite character from Every Heart a Doorway, so I’ve been dying to read this for a while. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

Transfiguration (Sprayed edges or red cover)

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik– I have very few red-cover books (I think I had 2, maybe 3, that I hadn’t read yet) and only one unread book with sprayed edges, so this topic was a struggle. I loved this book, which was my first of Naomi Novik’s books, and I can not wait to continue with the series. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.


Whew! That was a lot of books, even if a few of them were pretty short. Bless audiobooks ❤ I listened to three of these (Feed, Deadline, and A Princess in Theory), and listened while reading along to Fingersmith, and that really helped, I think.

I can’t wait for the N.E.W.T.s now haha. I didn’t get to participate in either readathon last year, and I’m really excited about all of this. I think G (BookRoast on YouTube, the creator of these readathons) has done such an absolutely amazing job, and you can really tell that she cares about this. There’s so much detail and thought put into it, and it honestly almost makes me cry happy tears when I think about it ❤

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Mid-month/Readathons Check In

We’re halfway through the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon, as well as Spring Into Horror, and Tome Topple began on Saturday. My original TBR for the O.W.L.s is here, and for the other two, it’s here, if anyone is curious.

Honestly, I did not expect to even come close to finishing any of my TBRs, because trying to juggle books to make things work for three different Readathons was a big challenge. Then Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon happened (my wrap up post is here), and that helped a lot. I’ll try to keep this as brief as possible, because it’s been a shockingly good reading month so far.


I’ve read:

Redamancy

Redamancy by Kat Savage– This one was read for Dewey’s, and I used it for Defense Against the Dark Arts for the O.W.L.s Readathon.

Emily the Strange Volume 3: The 13th Hour (Emily the Strange (Quality))

Emily the Strange Vol. 3: The 13th Hour by Rob Reger & Buzz Parker– Another Dewey’s book, which I also used for Care of Magical Creatures for the O.W.L.s (there are cats on the cover).

Saga, Vol. 2

Saga vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples– Yep, another for Dewey’s. I counted this one for Arithmancy for the O.W.L.s Readathon.

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik– I finished this one during Dewey’s, but I’d started it for the O.W.L.s before that as my Transfiguration book.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire– I barely squeezed this in before Dewey’s ended, and used it for Potions.

Little Darlings

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding– I read this eARC (review coming in a few days!) for Spring Into Horror, and used it for Herbology.

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior (Twisted Tales, #1)

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan– I picked this one up for Ancient Runes.

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole– I finally got this (audiobook) from the library and counted it for Muggle Studies.

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)

Feed by Mira Grant– This was my first read (well, listen, because my library only had the audiobooks of the Newsflesh series) for Tome Topple (which I’m counting as an Adult Book for the challenges), and it worked for Divination for the O.W.L.s, as well as Spring Into Horror.

Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2)

Deadline by Mira Grant– I just finished this one as my second book for Tome Topple (I’m using this for part of a series, for the challenges), and it also counts for Spring Into Horror. I swapped out my original choice for Charms so I could also squeeze this into the O.W.L.s also.


To break that down, here’s where I stand:

  • I’ve read 10 total books so far this month (4 were under 200 pages, with 2 being comics and 1 each of poetry and a novella, and 3 books I read were audiobooks).
  • That puts me at 10 of 12 books for the O.W.L.s Readathon (I still need Astronomy and History of Magic).
  • I’ve read 3 books for Spring Into Horror.
  • I read 4 whole books (and completed a 5th I was almost finished with already) during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon.
  • I’ve read 2 books for Tome Topple.
  • I’ve DNF’d 1 book for Tome Topple and the O.W.L.s Readathon (it was my Astronomy pick on my original TBR lists).

I have to say that I’m very grateful for audiobooks haha. But, after Blackout (the 3rd book in the Newflesh series, which I’m starting today), I think I’m out of audio options that I can use for more than one Readathon.

I did deviate from my original TBRs a bit, but I’m not unhappy about it. The plan was to focus more on books I own for Tome Topple, but oh well 😛 I’m really liking the Newflesh books, and they’ve been on my mental and goodreads TBR for ages.

(I really need to make a featured image for Readathon posts :/ )


If you’re participating in any Readathons this month, how’s it going for you?

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Wrap Up

You guys, I can not believe how successful the readathon was for me. I’m honestly in shock about it haha. See, I didn’t get started until like 9 or 10 hours into it, because things got in the way. I expected to not finish the 4 books on my TBR, but hoped to get through like 2.5 or maaaaybe 3.

Not only did I finish my TBR, but I also finished the book I’d been reading before Dewey’s started :O

I’m too exhausted to pull cover images or even link up my instagram posts, so I offer my apologies for this boring and media-free post. I’ll try to keep this wrap up brief, at least 😛


My first book was Redamancy by Kat Savage. It was pretty much the only poetry book I own but hadn’t read yet, and I really wanted to read at least one for National Poetry Month, but I didn’t think I’d be able to fit one into the O.W.L.s until I remembered this one. It also counted for Defense Against the Dark Arts for the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon (title starts with “r”).

Next up, I finally read Emily the Strange: The 13th Hour by Rob Reger and Buzz Parker, which was my pick for Care of Magical Creatures (land animal on the cover, because there are cats).

Then, I switched back to my previous read, of which I had about 150 pages left in. That was His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik, and I used it for Transfiguration (sprayed edges, or red cover). It also works for at leas one reading challenge prompt, but I can’t be bothered to seek it out right now.

My fourth book was another comic trade, which I’ve been wanting to read for ages and finally found a good excuse to read. That was Saga vol 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, and I used it for Arithmancy (more than one author).

Lastly, I threw myself into Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire, and ended up finishing it literally 2 minutes before the end of the readathon 😀 I picked this one for Potions (a sequel), which might be cheating since it wasn’t a direct sequel, and these are actually companion novellas, but I think it counts so I’m using it.


And that’s that. I’m so pleased, but also very shocked that I managed to get through all of them (although the total page count was only like 650). Now, I have a few days to recover before Tome Topple begins *laughs nervously*

I might write reviews for some of these, but I’m not sure yet. I’ll have to see how I feel later, after food and sleep 😛


If you participated, how did it go for you?

Anyone else preparing for Tome Topple?

If you’re participating in the O.W.L.s, how’s that going?

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April: The Month of Read-a-Thons (sign ups and TBR)

April is a busy read-a-thon month, holy crap. I’m participating in the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon (my post about it), but that’s not all! There’s also Spring Into Horror, Dewey’s 24Hour Readathon, and Tome Topple. I’m late in posting this because A) I wanted to wait for the Tome Topple announcement, and B) I was juggling around books trying to multi-task and see how many books I could make work for more than one readathon 😛 Finally, I think I have a plan.


The Readathons:

Spring Into Horror runs throughout the month of April (check out Seasons of Reading for more info and to sign up if you want to join in!), and I am at least going to try to participate. Basically, for Spring Into Horror, you should read at least one scary book. Horror is encouraged, but if horror isn’t your thing, you can also go for something like a Gothic novel, mystery, thriller, etc.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is happening this weekend (April 6th), and you can find more information here.

And, finally, round 8 of Tome Topple is happening from April 13th (12:00 AM in your time zone) until April 26th (11:59 PM in your time zone). I am so excited for Tome Topple, omg. I’ve been saving a couple of things specifically for this read-a-thon, because I knew I might need the extra motivation of a read-a-thon to get through it haha. Check out Sam’s announcement video here.


Read-a-Thons TBRs:

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Little Darlings

I have an eARC of this thriller (which comes out at the end of the month!), and I can use it for Herbology for the Magical Readathon as well as Spring Into Horror.

Feed by Mira Grant

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)

I’m saving this one for Tome Topple, but this zombie horror novel has been on my TBR for ages, so I’m really excited to finally get to it. In addition to Tome Topple, I can also count this for Divination for the Magical Readathon and use it for Spring Into Horror.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Fingersmith

This has been on my Tome Topple TBR in my head for months, but I think it can also count for Spring Into Horror? I’ve seen it listed as a mystery, so… But, it can also work for History of Magic for the Magical Readathon.

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1)

I’m using this for Astronomy for the Magical Readathon, and for Tome Topple.

Emily the Strange: The 13th Hour by Rob Reger

Emily the Strange: The 13th Hour

I’m planning on reading this one for Dewey’s, and it would work for Care of Magical Creatures for the Magical Readathon.

Saga vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga, Vol. 2

This was my pick for Arithmancy for the Magical Readathon, and I’m going to try to read it during Dewey’s this weekend.

Redamancy by Kat Savage

Redamancy

April is National Poetry Month, but this year I don’t think I’ll be able to read much poetry because I don’t have many unread collections, and I didn’t think I had any that I could work into a the Magical Readathon. Thankfully, I remembered this one, and I can use it for Dewey’s, as well as Defense Against the Dark Arts for the Magical Readathon (title starts with “r”).

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)

My final pick for the Dewey’s Readathon is this novella, which I can use for Potions for the Magical Readathon because it’s a sequel.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)

This one can be used for Tome Topple and the Magical Readathon, for Charms (an adult work).


This month is not off to a great start, as far as reading is concerned (I’ve only read about 10 pages for the Magical Readathon 😦 ), but I’m hoping it improves soon. I’m really excited to dive into these, but I doubt I’ll actually get through four books for Dewey’s, even if they are very short haha.

Let me know which book(s) from my TBR you think I should prioritize 🙂


Are you participating in any of these readathons? How about any others (or other challenges)?

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O.W.L.s Magical Readathon: Career Path and TBR

I am almost screaming with excitement for this read-a-thon, oh my gosh ❤ I missed out last year because I didn’t find out about it until the N.E.W.T.s (and like halfway through that one), so I’ve been waiting months for the next one. I did kind of participate in the winter one, but (again) I didn’t find out it was happening until it had already started 😦

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you should check out BookRoast’s video.

Basically, it’s a Harry Potter/wizarding world themed read-a-thon that runs the whole month of April, and there are prompts and you can choose a wizarding career to pursue. It. Is. AMAZING! G. has done such amazing work for this read-a-thon, and I’m honestly in awe. Like, I almost cried actual tears when I saw the booklet thing she designed and how detailed it is.

Before I dive into my (tentative) TBR, let’s talk careers. I spent way too much time reading the entire booklet and agonizing over what I wanted to do, considering this is all pretend 😛 I initially only narrowed my options down to seven, then five, then husband helped me narrow it down to my main goal and a fallback option.

I’m going for… Alchemist. Because I enjoy suffering and having too much work haha. For the Alchemist path, I need to read a book for all the prompts (there are 12). My fallback choice is Librarian (definitely check out the page in the booklet for this one, because it’s not like being a muggle librarian…more like Evy from The Mummy, or Indiana Jones). For that one, I need 5 O.W.L.s, so I’m prioritizing those, then hoping to complete the rest. But, if I don’t make it, that’s fine. It was a seriously close call between those two careers, and I feel like I’d be happy with either.

On to the (potential) TBR!

Because other read-a-thons are happening next month (Dewey’s 24-Hour, and Tome Topple), I’m hoping to multi-task a little, with a couple of 500+ page reads, and the shortest for Dewey’s. (The “*” is for books I need for both career paths.)

Hunted

*Ancient Runes (a retelling): I have 3 options for this one, but I think I’m going to read Hunted by Meagan Spooner. (My other two options are Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, or Sea Witch by Sarah Henning.)

My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies, #2)

*Arithmancy (a work by more than one author): I might read a comic trade, but I’m hoping to get to My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton.

Defy the Stars (Constellation, #1)

Astronomy (“star” in the title): I had a hard time with this one, but I think I’m going with Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray because I can double it up for Tome Topple (it’s just over 500 pages).

Opal Fire (A Stacy Justice Mystery, #1)

Care of Magical Creatures (land animal on the cover): I struggled with this one, but I’m thinking of re-reading Opal Fire by Barbra Annino. I want to finish this series now that I own it all, and Stacy’s dog (Thor) is in the background. If I don’t read this, I’ll probably read Emily the Strange: The 13th Hour, which has cats on the cover.

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)

Charms (Age-line: read an adult work): I’m not choosing a book for this one yet, because I have so many options, but I might read The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, which would also work for Tome Topple.

The Rithmatist (Rithmatist, #1)

*Defense Against the Dark Arts (Reducto: title starts with an “R”): I have a few options, but I’m kind of leaning towards The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, only because it’s been on my shelf for so long, and…I’ve never read any of his books :/

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)

Divination (set in the future): I feel like most of the sci-fi I have would work, but I’m kind of considering The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, because I still haven’t read it. I might pick up Ready Player One, either for this or DADA, if I change my mind about my current picks, though.

Little Darlings

Herbology (plant on the cover): I’m reading Little Darlings by Melanie Golding for this one. I think those are…branches? Roots? I’m not sure, but they look plant-like, and I need to read and review the ARC I have anyway.

Fingersmith

*History of Magic (published at least 10 years ago): I have way too many options for this one (yay, classics), but I’m thinking Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, because of Tome Topple. I might pick up His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik, or a classic, or Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. Or something else. I have tons of options.

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)

Muggle Studies (contemporary): I’m probably going to read A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole for this one, because I can use it for at least one reading challenge I’m participating in this year, maybe more. My backup option is All the Feels by Danika Stone.

Saga, Vol. 2

Potions (Next ingredient: sequel): I’m probably going to read Saga, vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples for this one, so I know I have something short and quick. But, I have several other options, if I read this for a different prompt. My top backups are Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (I finally ordered it!) and The Defiant by Lesley Livingston.

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

*Transfiguration (sprayed edges or red cover): If I don’t read it for History of Magic, I’m probably reading His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik for this one. If not, my first backup is Talon by Julie Kagawa. I only have one unread book with sprayed edges, and that’s Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann.


I’m looking at this TBR and kinda feeling like

This Is Fine GIF

*nervous laughter*

Honestly, I’m probably not going to be able to pursue Alchemy, but that’s fine. It’s the goal, but the Librarian path is awesome, too.


Are you taking the O.W.L.s next month? Tell me about your career and/or TBR!

Good luck to those sitting their O.W.L.s, and I hope everyone has a great reading month 🙂