Magical Readathon O.W.L.s 2020

MAgical Readathon O.W.L.s 2020

INFO & TBR

I first learned about the Magical Readathon back in Fall of 2019 during the N.E.W.Ts and I was a little overwhelmed with the amount of information that was provided. I also realized that the 2019 readathon had actually begun in April of 2019 with the OWLs, so while I was interested I figured it was best to wait until the next readathon began.

As you can tell, I am late making this post because I seemed to have completely forgotten all about it until yesterday!

The Magical Readathon was created and is hosted by Book Roast on Booktube! You can find her announcement and extra information from that link. You can also click here for a direct link official readathon website!

The readathon takes place from April 1st through the 30th. All you need to do is select a career path and then follow all the prompts in order to pass your OWLs!!

Now time to get into the how I plan on tackling this readathon!

Choosing a Career

This was a tough one for me, as I wanted more than just one (which is acceptable) However, I was not prepared to take on the task of multiple prompts for multiple careers.

After much thought, I finally decided on the Journalist or Writer career. I thought it fit well with my personality and the prompts definitely looked achievable.

The Hogwarts subjects required for Journalist or Writer are:
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Arithmancy

Classes

Journalist or Writer

History of Magic:
Prompt: Witch Hunts: Book featuring witches/wizards
Planned Read: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Muggle Studies:
Prompt: Book from the perspective of a muggle (contemporary)
Planned Read: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Arithmancy:
Prompt: Magical qualities number 2: balance/opposites- read something outside your favorite genre
Planned Read: Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Courses, Seminars and Training

This section of the Careers Guide is not mandatory. It is a little something extra if you want to add some extracurriculars to your course load!

When I first looked at the list I thought for sure that I wanted to do the Dragon Tamer Training. While I still think that would be a fun training to take, it has a prerequisite of Magizoologist career. So that cancels out that for me, but there is always next year!

So after crossing off all the ones I was not quite wanting or didn’t have the requirements for, I finally settled on two:

Animagus Training

Arithmancy:
Prompt: Magical qualities number 2: balance/opposites- read something outside your favorite genre
Planned Read: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalo
Potions:
Prompt: Shrinking Solution: Book under 150 pages
Planned Read: Tales of Beetle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Transfiguration:
Prompt: Animagus lecture: Book/series that includes shapeshifting
Planned Read: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Magical Shop Management

Arithmancy:
Prompt: Magical qualities number 2: balance/opposites- read something outside your favorite genre
Planned Read: The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

I am excited to join this Magical Readathon! I saw everyone else having all the fun last year, so I can’t wait to dive in.

Are you doing the Readathon this year? If so, what career(s) and training(s) did you choose?

Magical Readathon Links:
Book Roast Booktube: Announcement Video
Magical Readathon: Official Website
Twitter: Challenges, Quizzes, House Points, and MORE!

Christie

First Line Friday

Welcome back, y’all! This week, I thought I would join in on a fun prompt called First Line Friday to get our minds off all current affairs. First Line Friday is a weekly feature hosted by Hoarding Books. I’ll be featuring the first lines from two books (one closest to me and one from a book on my TBR). See if you can guess what they are! 🙂

Book One:
“Everyone on the internet is a liar.”

Hint: This is the author’s second novel.

Book: Follow Me by Kathleen Barber

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About the book:

Everyone wants new followers…until they follow you home.

Audrey Miller has an enviable new job at the Smithsonian, a body by reformer Pilates, an apartment door with a broken lock, and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers to bear witness to it all. Having just moved to Washington, DC, Audrey busies herself impressing her new boss, interacting with her online fan base, and staving off a creepy upstairs neighbor with the help of the only two people she knows in town: an ex-boyfriend she can’t stay away from and a sorority sister with a high-powered job and a mysterious past.

But Audrey’s faulty door may be the least of her security concerns. Unbeknownst to her, her move has brought her within striking distance of someone who’s obsessively followed her social media presence for years—from her first WordPress blog to her most recent Instagram Story. No longer content to simply follow her carefully curated life from a distance, he consults the dark web for advice on how to make Audrey his and his alone. In his quest to win her heart, nothing is off-limits—and nothing is private.

Book Two:
“I have stopped loving you.”

Any guesses? (Hint: This book releases May 15, 2020)

Book: What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

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About the book:

Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.

They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her.

Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.

Let me know the first line in the book closest to you or your favorite book in the comments, so I can add some new books to my never ending TBR! 🙂

xoxo,
Thi


#WWW Wednesday

#WWW Wednesday: March 25, 2020

It is that time of the week again! I have been working from home for about a week and a half now and have had plenty of time to try and tackle my ever growing TBR pile.

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. If you want to join in on the fun, be sure to tag the original post in the link above. Or feel free to answer the questions in the comment section below!

What are the three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

It may come as quite a surprise that I am currently only reading two books! I do a yearly re-read of Harry Potter, and this year is no exception! I decided this time around to read the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I just recently got this edition and it is absolutely GORGEOUS! For anyone who enjoys Harry Potter, these editions are a must! This week I have also started Havenfall and buddy reading it with Thi! I haven’t made it too far in, but so far it has a promising start!

Recently Finished

Since last Wednesday, I have completed FIVE books! To be fair, I started Salt to the Sea at the beginning of the month and finally finished it up yesterday. All I can say is, if you haven’t read any of Ruta Sepetys’ books, I highly suggest you do. This is my second novel by her and I can honestly say she has become one of my favorite historical fiction authors. She gives voices to many events in history that should never be forgotten.

Can we stop and talk about Beartown for a moment? This book is likely to end up in my top ten pile for 2020. I really don’t have adequate words to describe my love for this book. It is such a well written book that tugs at your heartstrings and drags you into this small hockey town in the woods.

I did end up finishing Little Fires Everywhere just in time to check out the show! I binged watched the first three episodes and ready to keep going. The book was really well done and the tv show adaptation so far is living up to the hype.

Sadie was a book I completed on audio and I cannot recommend that format enough for this book. Since this book is written in part podcast form, the audiobook felt like I was really listening in on a true crime podcast. It is a unique experience and one I really enjoyed!

Lastly, I finished up a buddy read of The Downstairs Girl with some book friends and it was quite the read. I have not read many historical fictions written in Atlanta in the 1890s. I loved the writing style and found the story to be uniquely entertaining.

All in all, I highly recommend all five books! I had a very good reading week and here’s to hoping the trend continues!

What’s Next?

Ok, I know that Stalking Jack the Ripper was on my What’s Next from last Wednesday, and I had all intentions of starting it. This will be the week that I get it done! Darling Rose Gold and The Glass Hotel are both newly released books that I have been looking forward to and can’t wait to see if they live up to all of their hype!

As always, thanks for stopping by our blog! Please feel free to join in on the fun of WWW Wednesday on your own blog and leave a link for it so we can check it out, or comment your answers down below!

#Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole #1

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by @Lost in a Story that tries to help control our out of control TBR shelves on Goodreads. Here is how this works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order on ascending date added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: Keep it or Should it Go

You Can Stay FOr Now:

  • The Woman in the Window is a book that I have seen all over the place and have heard great things about. I also enjoy physiological thrillers and really want to watch the movie, so I really need to get on with reading this book
  • One of Us Is Lying is another book that I have seen all over Bookstagram and Facebook groups and it has such an intriguing synopsis.
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a book/series that I WILL read… some day…. I promise!
  • Eleanor & Park I am a lover of all things Rainbow Rowell, so I find it a bit crazy that I haven’t read this book yet. Also, Thi keeps telling me I need to read it!

So Long, Farewell

  • Matched is a series I put on my TBR shelf a long time ago and even found a paperback set for a really good price. However, I have never really felt the urge to pick this series up and it was just collecting dust.
  • Angelfall is another series I added to my TBR thinking I would try it out one day. However, I have way too many series on my to read list that I just don’t see myself getting to this one anytime soon.
  • Dark Places looks to be an interesting and quick thriller, I just don’t have much of a desire to read it.
  • Bloodleaf is ANOTHER series that was added when I thought I would get to. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking adding this many series to my TBR (facepalm)

Final Thoughts

Welp, for it being my first time doing Down the TBR Hole, I am actually proud that I purged my shelf of 4/8 books. I have a long way to go, as I am adding new books to the shelf DAILY. Have you read any of these books on my list?

Current Goodreads TBR Tally:

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Christie

#QuaranTBR

Hey peeps! How are you holding up with all the current events? Are you suffering from cabin fever yet? It’s funny because I’m such a homebody, so my life didn’t change drastically with the practice of social distancing and quarantine. Unfortunately, I do not have the option to work from home, so my reading time has not necessarily increased. However, I pre-ordered a bunch of books from the Target sale a while back and they are still continuing to roll in.

I am hoping to use this time to knock out quite a few netgalley arcs, but I am super excited to dig into most of the books I’ve recently received and a few that I have been hoping to get around to.

I’m a little over the halfway mark with My Dark Vanessa, and what a disturbing, uncomfortable, and unstoppable read that is! Have you read it? What are your thoughts? Have you read any others from this stack? If so, leave your thoughts in the comment below, so I can decide what my next read should be! 🙂


Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller
Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
The Operator by Gretchen Berg
Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Thi


March 2020 TBR

Ya’ll I am currently the driver of the struggle bus this month. I am a little late putting together my monthly TBR, but better late than never!

I might have gone a little too hard in the first two months of the year. By reading 16 books in January and 13 in February, I started to feel a bit overwhelmed with the amount of books that I was reading. I decided to take a small break the last week of February. For March, I figured I would put together a fairly smaller TBR pile to get myself started.

Another problem that I felt slowed down my reading was the fact that I was adding too many books that were outside of my favorite genre, YA fantasy. I really enjoy getting out of my comfort zone and reading things that I would not normally pick up, but I started to get too far away from my true passion of reading that it started to become a job just to get through a book.

Book Details:

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (WWII Historical Fiction)
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (YA Fantasy)
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (YA Fantasy)
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas (YA Fantasy)
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (YA Fantasy)
The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (Contemporary Fiction, Own Voices)
I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson (YA Mystery/Thriller)
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee (YA Historical Fiction)
The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren (Contemporary Romance) – e-ARC provided by Netgalley

With almost half of my TBR list being YA Fantasy, I am hoping that will be the pick me up I need to get me out of my slight reading slump! I may add a few books on here and there throughout the month, but these are the set ones I am committing to so far. I am really looking forward to a great month of reading and discussions! Have you read any of these books? If so, give me your thoughts.

Christie