The Reading Rush | TBR

I know what you’re thinking: ‘Emma, you’re already trying (and failing) to take part in one readathon, adding another into the mix would be stupidity of the highest order’. If you thought that, you’d be completely right, but I must highlight for your consideration that this particular readathon I’m flirting with joining is The Reading Rush (formerly known as Booktubeathon) which has a whole website and BADGES. So you can see why it is so appealing, yes? Us readers are nothing if not predictable and easily swayed.

So, for those who don’t know, The Reading Rush is a week-long readathon that is taking place 22nd to 28th July. It has a whole bunch of challenges, including a bonus one that is a legacy from the readathon’s time as Booktubeathon. I’m hoping that taking place in this will serve as something of a last hurrah for the Book Junkie Trials too and help me finish some books/quests there.

Without further ado here are the Reading Rush reading challenges:

CHALLENGES & TBR

1/ Read a book with purple on the cover
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

2/ Read a book in the same spot the entire time
Paper Girls by Brian K Vaughan

3/ Read a book you meant to read last year
Uprooted by Naomi Novik

4/ Read an author’s first book
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

5/ Read a book with a non-human main character
Loki, Issue 1 by Daniel Kibblesmith, Oscar Bazaldua, and Ozgur Yildirim

6/ Pick a book that has five or more words in the title
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

7/ Read and watch a book to movie adaptation
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Bonus/ Read 7 books!
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

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It’s quite an optimistic TBR but I really need this extra push to avoid sliding into a reading slump (just in time for the NEWTS readathon to start!) and I’m looking forward to a shorter-length readathon too. I’m not sure what challenges (if any) I’ll be able to do on social media but here’s hoping I just participate as fully as possible and enjoy reading (hopefully) seven books in this coming week.

If you’re taking place in the Reading Rush this week please do let me know in the comments below and/or add me as a friend on the readathon website!


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A Game of Booksathon & Simsathon | Progress Update #4 aka Wrap Up

If you’ve seen my TBR post, my first progress update, my second progress update, or my third progress update, you’ll be well aware by now that in June I was taking part in two readathons this: A Game of Booksathon and Simsathon, based on A Song of Ice and Fire and The Sims respectively! This is by fourth and final progress update aka a wrap-up of how I did in the weeks gone by.

Reading Challenges & TBR

✓ Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand
The Game of Thrones: first book in a series/trilogy
Take a bubble bath: Read a book over 400 pages

Black Powder War (Temeraire #3) by Naomi Novik
House Targaryen: book with mythical creature or dragons
Make a friend: read a book that features friends

Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand
Daenerys: book featuring a strong female character
Meet the Grim Reaper: read a book featuring death

✓ Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
Westeros: book set in a fictional place
Create-a-sim: read a book that is first in a series

– Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
House Tyrell: book with plant or green on cover
Get a promotion: Read a book you think will be 5 stars

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
House Stark: book that has family dynamic or siblings
Fall in love: read a book with a romance element

– The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter
House Lannister: book with red cover
Reach the top of your career track: read a finale

The Assassin’s Curse (The Ananna Duology) by Cassandra Rose Clarke
House Greyjoy: book with pirates or story set at sea
Gain a fishing skill: randomise your TBR

A Princess In Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole
House Baratheon: book with king or queen or royalty
Woo hoo: read a smutty book

Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins
A Clash of Kings: a sequel
Buy a house: read a contemporary or book set in our world

Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) by William Ritter
Wildlings: paranormal
Get a job: Secret agent – read a mystery book

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So this week was something of a rush when it came to reading. I finished up a whole bunch of booksand I’m really proud of myself for that – I finished Ghostly Echoes, A Princess in Theory, Her Royal Highness and Kingsbane (this one literally was eleventh hour as I finished it at 11pm on 30th June!). If only I’d had that same ‘let’s finish ALL THE BOOKS’ ethic throughout the month, eh? I’m annoyed at myself for not finishing up The Dire King and Fragile Things, to be honest. I’d started both of them and could have finished them in time if I’d just foregone watching Gilmore Girls and Parks and Recreation on Sunday afternoon but my brain clearly needed the break and I wasn’t about to deny it that.

But, let’s put that behind us, and what did I achieve?

A Game of Booksathon – 8 books, 8/11 challenges completed = I’m a Queen!

Simsathon – 8 books, 3272 pages, 34 points

All things considered, I’m pretty damn pleased with that! Thanks to the lovely hosts for creating such fun and creative readathons – I hope Simsathon will happen again and I will be continuing onto Round Two of A Game of Booksathon so it’s not quite over yet!

 

Did you take part in Simsathon or A Game of Booksathon? How did you do? What was your favourite book you read in June? Leave a comment below!


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The Book Junkie Trials | Scribe Sign Up & TBR

What’s this, Emma has decided to participate in yet another readathon because she’s forgotten how else to pick what she wants to read next when she doesn’t have a set of challenges to fulfil? Yes, that’s alarmingly correct. For the next month I will be taking part in the Book Junkie Trials.

This month-long readathon is the brain child of Rachel Marie and she has gone above and beyond in terms of theming so I can’t pass up the opportunity to join in on the quest to find the bookie grail. For more context and to learn about the readathon in full, check out Rachel’s announcement video or head over to the readathon Twitter.

For this readathon you join a team (I love it when readathons do that), and I have taken the personality quiz provided by the readathon host and discovered that (surprise, surprise) I belong to the scribes, who will be lead by Sophie, Duchess of the Scribes! I will be following a certain quest path along with my fellow scribes. You have to do the challenges in order (which will be a struggle for me is I am a polygamous reader at best) and then you can decide to be extra and do other challenges from the quest map if you want. Although I might do that, I won’t decide on my TBR for those right now, because once you pick your TBR, you’re locked into it! For now, let’s just see what my Scribe specific journey includes, shall we?

About Scribes

Scribes are professional chroniclers who write accounts of important or historical events. They follow where the action is. However, they have been known to give rather conflicting accounts of battles, depending upon which side they favour.

ABILITY: The ability to rewrite their tale. Their unique ability is to read a book that wasn’t on their declared TBR.

WEAKNESS As scribes spend so much time documenting their findings, one of their challenges will take MUCH longer than normal. Read a book over 500 pages.

Scribes Challenge Path

1. Dwarf Mount: You spot a fair tavern wench, however the Dwarf Mines, grimey and dusty, didn’t evoke a very romantic feeling.
Read a book with a hint of romance to get you in the mood.
2. Apothecary Towers: Where the wizards dwell. Tricksters. They have blind-folded you and randomised all your books.
Choose a book at random from your bookshelf.
3. The Great Library: Ahh the great archives
Find and read a book that has been on your TBR forever.
4. The Drowning Deep: The Whirlpool… is so…. mesmerising.
Read a book with rich world-building that will suck you into its own world, instead.
5. The Bookie Grail: Here you find a lost manuscript, delivered on this forgotten island by a fallen star.
Read the group book: Stardust

My TBR

1. Dwarf Mount – The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
I’m determined to methodically re-read these books so I can finally pick up the fourth book and finish off this series. I never want it to end which is why I’ve been putting it off, but I really need to get past that and just READ IT ALREADY.

2. Apothecary Towers – The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
I haven’t read as many classics this year as I hoped to (especially considering I’m taking part in the Classics Club) so I’m hoping to re-ignite my desire to do so by including a classic on this unchangeable TBR.

3. The Great Library – Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I’ve been umming and aahing about reading this one ever since I first heard about it and put it on my TBR. I’ve always been hesitant because I actually DNFed Novik’s Spinning Silver which was a book people seemed to love and I just didn’t get the same feelings from it. However, I’ve been enjoying her Temeraire series so clearly it’s not her writing style that’s the problem, I just didn’t get on with the plot of Spinning Silver. I’m hoping that Uprooted will be a hit with me rather than a miss.

4. The Drowning Deep – The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
This is a series I’ve been meaning to start for so long. Is it foolish to pick such a long book to read during a readathon? Probably, but that’s a good way to make me prioritise reading it! (Plus I need a 500+ page book to match with my scribe weakness.) I’ve heard SO MANY good things about this fantasy book that I will be sorely disappointed if I don’t end up getting sucked into its world.

5. The Bookie Grail – Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Although I’ve read this book before and thoroughly enjoyed it, it might be nice to re-read it with a huge group of people. Plus, Neil Gaiman narrates the audiobook so, hey, any excuse to listen to Neil Gaiman telling me a story is always welcome in my world.

 

So there we have it, that’s the quest I will be doing over the next month. I’ll likely keep a Twitter thread of updates as usual so be sure to pop over to my Twitter if you’re curious as to how I’m doing on my quest during July. Otherwise, I’ll see you once I’ve successfully hunted down the Bookie Grail!

 

Are you taking part in the readathon? Which team are you on? (Any fellow scribes around?) Which books are you planning to read? Let me know in the comments!


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A Game of Booksathon & Simsathon | Progress Update #3

If you’ve seen my TBR post, my first progress update, or my second progress update, you’ll be well aware by now that I’m taking part in two readathons this month: A Game of Booksathon and Simsathon, based on A Song of Ice and Fire and The Sims respectively! I’m not doing as well as I hoped which means I have no time for chit chatting so let’s see how I did this past week, shall we?

Reading Challenges & TBR

✓ Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand
The Game of Thrones: first book in a series/trilogy
Take a bubble bath: Read a book over 400 pages

Black Powder War (Temeraire #3) by Naomi Novik
House Targaryen: book with mythical creature or dragons
Make a friend: read a book that features friends

– Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand
Daenerys: book featuring a strong female character
Meet the Grim Reaper: read a book featuring death

✓ Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
Westeros: book set in a fictional place
Create-a-sim: read a book that is first in a series

– Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
House Tyrell: book with plant or green on cover
Get a promotion: Read a book you think will be 5 stars

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
House Stark: book that has family dynamic or siblings
Fall in love: read a book with a romance element

The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter
House Lannister: book with red cover
Reach the top of your career track: read a finale

The Assassin’s Curse (The Ananna Duology) by Cassandra Rose Clarke
House Greyjoy: book with pirates or story set at sea
Gain a fishing skill: randomise your TBR

– A Princess In Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole
House Baratheon: book with king or queen or royalty
Woo hoo: read a smutty book

– Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins
A Clash of Kings: a sequel
Buy a house: read a contemporary or book set in our world

– Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) by William Ritter
Wildlings: paranormal
Get a job: Secret agent – read a mystery book

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Since last week I have finished my re-read of The Raven Boys (LOVED it, again, obviously) and I’ve also started Kingsbane (100 pages in) and Her Royal Highness (66% in), on top of the books I was already in the middle of (Ghostly Echoes, Fragile Things, A Princess in Theory). Because why try to finish books one by one in a sensible and logical fashion when, instead, you could be spreading yourself thin in trying to finish all the books at once?

I’ve done some quick calculations and realised that, at this rate, I need to finish off a book a day (plus an extra book on one really good reading day) to complete the readathons. Yeah… so… that’s fun. I’m REALLY hoping that my usual tactic of reading multiple books in multiple formats will pay off and I will somehow manage to get all of this finished in the final week of the month. Clearly this is no small feat but my housemate Liz is off to Russia on Tuesday so I’m thinking that being home alone for the rest of the month will be very conducive to reading. Let’s hope I’m proved right on that count because I think that’s the only way I’m finishing off this TBR!

Have you been taking part in Simsathon or A Game of Booksathon? How have you done so far? Even if you’re not participating, let me know what you have been reading this week because I’d love to know. Leave a comment below!


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A Game of Booksathon & Simsathon | Progress Update #2

If you’ve seen my TBR post, or my first progress update, you’ll be well aware by now that I’m taking part in two readathons this month: A Game of Booksathon and Simsathon, based on A Song of Ice and Fire and The Sims respectively! Let’s not waste any time and just jump in to seeing how I did with my reading this past week, shall we?

Reading Challenges & TBR

✓ Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand
The Game of Thrones: first book in a series/trilogy
Take a bubble bath: Read a book over 400 pages

Black Powder War (Temeraire #3) by Naomi Novik
House Targaryen: book with mythical creature or dragons
Make a friend: read a book that features friends

Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand
Daenerys: book featuring a strong female character
Meet the Grim Reaper: read a book featuring death

✓ Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
Westeros: book set in a fictional place
Create-a-sim: read a book that is first in a series

– Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
House Tyrell: book with plant or green on cover
Get a promotion: Read a book you think will be 5 stars

– The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
House Stark: book that has family dynamic or siblings
Fall in love: read a book with a romance element

The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter
House Lannister: book with red cover
Reach the top of your career track: read a finale

The Assassin’s Curse (The Ananna Duology) by Cassandra Rose Clarke
House Greyjoy: book with pirates or story set at sea
Gain a fishing skill: randomise your TBR

– A Princess In Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole
House Baratheon: book with king or queen or royalty
Woo hoo: read a smutty book

Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins
A Clash of Kings: a sequel
Buy a house: read a contemporary or book set in our world

– Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) by William Ritter
Wildlings: paranormal
Get a job: Secret agent – read a mystery book

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Since last week I have finished Nevermoor (which I ADORED and promptly bought the sequel to read) and I’m still reading/listening to A Princess in Theory (54% listened to), and Ghostly Echoes (11% listened to). I’ve also started reading Fragile Things (I took the book with me to Scotland but read maybe 80 pages total?) and The Raven Boys (which is a re-read so will fly by quickly). Although I know I should just focus my attention on one book and finish it off, multitasking my reading is what has always helped me succeed with reading challenge in the past so I’m hoping that proves true this time too.

You might be able to tell that after last week’s slow start, this week has followed much the same pattern. I mentioned in my last progress update that I had a trip away planned and, true to form, I did very little reading on the holiday because I was too busy wandering around the Scottish highlands, hanging out with friends, and petting their adorable cockapoo puppy. Priorities, eh? This upcoming week should be quieter though and I don’t have much planned outside of the house so I’m hoping to catch up and get back on track with these readathons in the next few days.

Have you been taking part in Simsathon or A Game of Booksathon? How have you done so far? Even if you’re not participating, let me know what you have been reading this week because I’d love to know. Leave a comment below!


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A Game of Booksathon & Simsathon | Progress Update #1

As you may recall if you saw my TBR post, I’ve decided to take part in a couple of readathons this month: A Game of Booksathon and Simsathon, based on A Song of Ice and Fire and The Sims respectively! I thought I would update for these two readathons every Monday, but there wasn’t much point in me updating you last Monday as I’d barely read anything… so here we are with the first progress update for how I’ve been doing in the readathons so far this month.

Reading Challenges & TBR

✓ Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand
The Game of Thrones: first book in a series/trilogy
Take a bubble bath: Read a book over 400 pages

Black Powder War (Temeraire #3) by Naomi Novik
House Targaryen: book with mythical creature or dragons
Make a friend: read a book that features friends

Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand
Daenerys: book featuring a strong female character
Meet the Grim Reaper: read a book featuring death

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend
Westeros: book set in a fictional place
Create-a-sim: read a book that is first in a series

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
House Tyrell: book with plant or green on cover
Get a promotion: Read a book you think will be 5 stars

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
House Stark: book that has family dynamic or siblings
Fall in love: read a book with a romance element

The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter
House Lannister: book with red cover
Reach the top of your career track: read a finale

The Assassin’s Curse (The Ananna Duology) by Cassandra Rose Clarke
House Greyjoy: book with pirates or story set at sea
Gain a fishing skill: randomise your TBR

– A Princess In Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole
House Baratheon: book with king or queen or royalty
Woo hoo: read a smutty book

Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins
A Clash of Kings: a sequel
Buy a house: read a contemporary or book set in our world

– Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) by William Ritter
Wildlings: paranormal
Get a job: Secret agent – read a mystery book

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As you can see I’ve completed one book so far which is… good, but not where I need to be if I plan to finish all of these books in June! However, i have also started a bunch of books; as you can tell I’m partway through Nevermoor (181 pages read), A Princess in Theory (35% listened to), and Ghostly Echoes (10% listened to) so I’m hoping that will work in my favour since multitasking reading usually works out well for me. Fingers crossed!

I will say that, overall though, it has felt like a bit of a slow start to a readathon. I guess that’s what I get for participating in a readathon when I have weekend trips away planned and I choose to read chunky books at the start of the month. I actually have another trip away planned for the end of this week/into this weekend so it’s highly unlikely I will make up for my lack of reading progress this week – however, you never know, maybe those 4 hour train journeys will be smooth enough rides that I can read without feeling sick. Here’s to hoping, right? I’ll update you on how that goes next Monday!

Have you been taking part in Simsathon or A Game of Booksathon? How have you done so far? Even if you’re not participating, let me know what you have been reading this week because I’d love to know. Leave a comment below!


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A Game of Booksathon & Simsathon | TBR

As we’re coming to the end of May and I’m (hopefully) coming to the end of reading Les Misérables I decided to look to the future outside of long French classics. However, because I’m a glutton for punishment, I’ve decided taking part in two readathons immediately afterwards is clearly the sensible thing to do. Luckily in June there are a couple of really great sounding readathons with challenges that (thankfully for my sanity) overlap quite well – A Game of Booksathon and Simsathon.

As you can probably guess from the title of the first one, A Game of Booksathon is based on the A Song of Ice and Fire series and is hosted by Noura and will be taking place from 1st June to 1st July. For this readathon the challenges are based on houses and places from Game of Thrones so you have reading prompts such as ‘Westeros’ or ‘House Stark’. You also pick a house to belong to during the course of the readathon and each book you read wins points for those houses. I found it a little tricky to choose a house because any personality quiz I do online tells me I’m a Targaryen. Whilst trying not to be alarmed by that fact, I was watching the Blackwater episode of Game of Thrones earlier and exclaimed “ooo WILDFIRE!” so perhaps I’m not not a Targaryen after all. So I’ll be reading for them during this readathon.

The second readathon is taking place between 1st and 30th June, the Simsathon, hosted by Bianca Reads, and is clearly based on the computer games series The Sims. I have a confession: I’ve never really played The Sims properly or for any length of time. I never really got the point of it much. Sorry/not sorry. (If it’s a saving grace I did enjoy comparable games like Theme Hospital?) However, regardless of how much I do or don’t like the game itself, the idea of a readathon based around its challenges sounds fantastic so I’m taking part.

Let’s see what books on my devised TBR will do for what challenge, shall we?

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Avengers Readathon 2019 | Wrap Up

If you saw my previous sign up & TBR post, you will have seen that, despite taking part in the month-long OWLs Readathon in April, I decided last-minute to also take part in the Avengers Readathon. Taking place between 14th April to the 14th May, the readathon was hosted by Noura from The Perks of Being Noura. I was a little sad to realise that I only discovered the readathon just before it started otherwise I would have tried to better calibrate my two readathon TBR to fully commit to this readathon too. Still I was determined to at least complete one of the Avengers’ character missions, and set out my TBR in my sign up post to focus on the prompts for Thor. Even though I devised this TBR with all confidence, I ended up actually changing a few of the books mid-readathon. Quelle surprise!

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Norse Mythology: mythology book
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell

Thor: Book with one word title
Jackaby by William Ritter

Thor & Loki: book with siblings
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

(1 of Iron Man’s assignments) Tony’s Suit: book with a red cover
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

(1 of Doctor Strange’s assignments) Master Sorcerer: book with magic/symbols
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Personally I’m quite surprised I managed to organise it to read enough to fulfil the challenges for the Avengers Readathon after already having fixed on a TBR for the OWLs Readathon. Although I wished I could have taken part more in the readathon (especially on social media and interacting with other participants), I’m still glad I managed to take part in a small way. Plus, I got to read some fantastic books too and that’s all that matters in the end!

Did you take part in the readathon? Or is it something you’d like to take part in if it happened again? (I know I would!) What have you been reading lately?


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OWLs Readathon 2019 | Week Four Progress

Hello my fellow witches and wizards! I hope you’re all doing well. This week I’ve yet again been working very hard on revising for my OWL exams.

(If you have no idea what I’m talking about and think I might have finally cracked and started hallucinating about going to a fictional wizarding school, don’t worry, it’s just a Harry Potter/Wizarding World readathon but hey, let’s make like Disney World and protect character integrity, shall we?)

If you saw my earlier entry about my revision schedule or you saw my week onemy week two or my week three progress updates, you will have seen that I’m studying hard because, once I graduate, I want to be a Hogwarts Professor, specifically teaching Charms. There are specific OWL and NEWT exams I will have to take to fulfil this dream so I thought, to keep me accountable, I’d do periodic weekly updates of how my studying is going! This is going to be my last weekly update, since we only have a few days left of the readathon/exam preparation but my monthly wrap up will basically be the final word on how I did with the readathon/my exams! For now though, here’s where I’m at, at this present moment in time:

OWL Requirements for Hogwarts Professor

Must pass 7 O.W.L.s in total:
A subject you wish to teach
Defence Against the Dark Arts
+ 5 additional subjects of your choice

TBR – Prerequisites 

✓ Charms – Age-line: read an adult work
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

✓ Defence Against the Dark Arts – Reducto: title starts with an “R”
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

✓ Arithmancy – work written by more than one author
Shades of Magic: Vol. 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab

✓ Astronomy – “star” in the title
The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford Smith

✓ History of Magic – Published at least 10 years ago
Betrayal by Harold Pinter

✓ Potions – Next ingredient: sequel
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

✓ Transfiguration – Sprayed edges or red cover
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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So I’ve officially passed all the necessary requirements (at least at OWL level) to become a Hogwarts Professor once I’ve finished school – yay! But, because I’m making like Hermione Granger and trying to get a full set of exams (because why not be an overachiever, right?), I also have been “studying” for many additional subjects too and I’m curious to see if I can finish off my revision in the remaining days of the readathon/month:

TBR – Extras

Ancient Runes – Retelling
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

✓ Care of Magical Creatures – Land animal on cover
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane

✓ Divination – Set in future
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

✓ Herbology – Plant on cover
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

✓ Muggle Studies – Contemporary
Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren

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In these dying breaths of the readathon, I just need to finish a book which is a retelling. Now, I could be a diligent student and read A Thousand Ships, as planned, or even one of my backup books (A Curse So Dark and Lonely or To Kill a Kingdom), or I could be a bad student, take a shortcut, and read a much shorter book, in the form of Odd and the Frost Giants which is kind of a retelling. Only time (i.e. the last couple of days of April) will tell.

Have you been taking part in the OWLs/Magical Readathon this year? How have you done so far? Even if you’re not participating, let me know what you have been reading this week because I’d love to know. Leave a comment below!


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OWLs Readathon 2019 | Week Three Progress

Hello my fellow witches and wizards! I hope you’re all doing well. This week I’ve yet again been working very hard on revising for my OWL exams.

(If you have no idea what I’m talking about and think I might have finally cracked and started hallucinating about going to a fictional wizarding school, don’t worry, it’s just a Harry Potter/Wizarding World readathon but hey, let’s make like Disney World and protect character integrity, shall we?)

If you saw my earlier entry about my revision schedule or you saw my week one or my week two progress updates, you will have seen that I’m studying hard because, once I graduate, I want to be a Hogwarts Professor, specifically teaching Charms. There are specific OWL and NEWT exams I will have to take to fulfil this dream so I thought, to keep me accountable, I’d do periodic weekly updates of how my studying is going!

OWL Requirements for Hogwarts Professor

Must pass 7 O.W.L.s in total:
A subject you wish to teach
Defence Against the Dark Arts
+ 5 additional subjects of your choice

TBR – Prerequisites 

✓ Charms – Age-line: read an adult work
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Defence Against the Dark Arts – Reducto: title starts with an “R”
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

✓ Arithmancy – work written by more than one author
Shades of Magic: Vol. 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab

✓ Astronomy – “star” in the title
The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford Smith

✓ History of Magic – Published at least 10 years ago
Betrayal by Harold Pinter

✓ Potions – Next ingredient: sequel
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

✓ Transfiguration – Sprayed edges or red cover
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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You may have seen in my last post that I decided to make like Hermione Granger and be an overachiever? So there’s also some other books I’ve been working on, aside from my “priority” TBR.

TBR – Extras

Ancient Runes – Retelling
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

✓ Care of Magical Creatures – Land animal on cover
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane

✓ Divination – Set in future
Scythe by Neal Schusterman Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
(I changed my mind since I’m not a huge sci-fi reader and I was always thinking I’d struggle with this challenge. As I started to read Red, White, and Royal Blue I realised from the time-stamped emails that it’s set in 2020… which makes this book definitely set in the (very near) future. So I’m counting it for this challenge instead. Cop out? Eh, only slightly…)

✓ Herbology – Plant on cover
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

✓ Muggle Studies – Contemporary
Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren

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So, I seem to be doing pretty well with my studies. I just need to finish off a couple of books/subjects and I’ll be well on my way to overachieving just like Hermione Granger. It will also mean my options are kept wide open for the NEWTs examinations later in the year which can’t be a bad thing. Wish me luck with the remaining two books?

Are you taking part in the OWLs/Magical Readathon this year? How are you doing so far? Even if you’re not participating, let me know what you have been reading this week because I’d love to know. Leave a comment below!


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