Why?? Why can’t I post on time? Ever? But honestly, it’s kinda my brand by now … ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I don’t know how that happened, but I missed the OWL readathon by @BookRoast in April and since she recently announced the NEWTs readathon taking place in August (and of course you can only take the NEWTs for the classes you got your OWLs in) …
A few other people missed it the first round, too. And just like them, I am sitting my OWLs this month!
I really want to get to all 12, but that is quite ambitious, so I do have priorities. As I would love to be a healer I would need my NEWTs in Potions, Herbology, DADA, Charms and Transfiguration.
I had a really hard time compiling my TBR for all the challenges because the first two weeks I’m still here because I have some last exams for this semester and then I am home at my moms for the rest of the summer.
I do have a lot of books still at my moms, so it’s not that much of a problem. It’s just that I am not 100% sure what books I have there, so the planning was a liiiittle difficult at first.
BUT I just signed up for Scribd and can now read all the books I want everywhere! Which is heaven because I don’t have to finish the book I’ll be reading before travelling back home.
Did I make any sense? I hope so? I’m terrible at explaining things …
And this was a really long intro, so without further ado, here are the challenges.
Ancient Runes: A Book with a Symbol on the Cover
I want to read either Avenged by Amy Tintera or Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. It depends if I get to it before I go home mid-July or not. I have the ebook for Never Fade so I can read that one at my moms, too.
I’m very excited for both of those. I just recently read the first in each series and really enjoyed it. In Ruined I loved the MC especially and her way of thinking. I have a review for that one if you want to check it out.
And since The Darkest Legacy is coming out soon-ish I wanted to finally get to this series and I liked The Darkest Minds more than I thought. Which is always a nice surprise.
Arithmancy: A Book with a Number in the Title
And with this I want to go with Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
I know. Shame on me and shame on my cow.
I still haven’t read the SoC books. I had them for forever, I even preordered Crooked Kingdom … I just never got around to it.
I’m simultaneously scared of loving it too much and not loving it at all. You know? With all the hype surrounding this. And no Nikolai. That’s my main fear. No Nikolai!
Astronomy: Read a Science fiction novel
Now, Sci-Fi is not really my genre. I don’t think I’ve ever read a ‘real’ sci-fi book. You know … in space and things like that. I want to try Red Rising some day, but not right now.
So for this challenge I’ll go with a book that was already on my Cramathon TBR and that is Water & Glass by Abi Curtis.
It sounds really cool. Has a lot of animals, science and character studies. So, I think I’ll enjoy this one. It’s still a little intimidating for me.
(If you have any Sci-Fi recommendations for a newby like me, please tell me!)
Care of Magical Creatures: Read a Book that includes Magical Creatures
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli or Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett.
Both of these books have dragons in them!! If that doesn’t make you want to read them, I don’t know. I loooove dragons. I would be a dragon if I could.
And I got both of these books in a FairyLoot Box and I want to read them all as soon as possible. Actually, I have two copies of Onyx & Ivory. I also got a special copy in a LitJoy Crate.
Charms: Read a Fantasy Books
For this one, I could read practically every book on my shelf 😀
Most of my books are fantasy so I’m not really concerned about this one.
But some of my options are: Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart, The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (already started that because I’m doing a Buddy Read for that one and I really like it so far) or Die Blutkönigin (The Queen of Blood) by Sarah Beth Durst.
I got the German translation of Queen of Blood for review and I’m soooo excited to start it. It sounds amazing and right up my alley.
I’m sure you’ve heard about The Poppy War. It’s incredibly hyped right now. I only heard great things so far. Just be aware that it comes with a lot of Trigger Warnings. You can find them on R.F. Kuang’s blog. She wrote a post of why she included all the brutality and I encourage you to check it out.
Defence against the Dark Arts: A Book about/featuring Secret Societies/Clubs
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare or Nachtland by Kai Meyer (not yet translated into English, sorry)
I read the first three book in The Mortal Instruments and couldn’t stand Clary which unfortunately made me hate the books. But I did like the world (I think) and so I wanted to give Cassandra Clare another chance. The synopsis for this trilogy sounds like something I would enjoy and I’ve heard that these books are better than TMI. So I still have hope.
Nachtland is the second book in a trilogy where books give some people magic. There is an academy that operates in secret and is most definitely corrupt, people are in hiding and a resistance is forming. I really loved the magic system of the first book and can’t wait to see it being explored more.
Divination: Read a Book featuring Prophecies
Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake
I can’t believe I haven’t read this already. I bought it the day it came out. I took it with me on vacation … and I still didn’t read it?!
It’s definitely time to remedy that. And since one of the two short stories revolves around a young Oracle Queen I think it’s safe to assume there will be some prophecies and predictions.
I really wanna know more about my little Katharine. She is definitely my favorite sister, though I do like them all.
Herbology: Read a Book with a Nature related Word in the Title
Acofas by SJM, Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo or Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence.
As you can see I have no shortage of books with nature-related words in the title.
I would love to read Prince of Thorns but it’s relatively long and I’m not sure that would be wise considering I want to finish 12 books this month …
History of Magic: Read a Historical Fiction
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes is a new release. Coming out July 10th.
I have an e-arc of this and it sounds really cool. It blends historical fiction with fantasy. This is a reimagining (?) of the gunpowder plot and Guy Fawkes. It’s narrated by his son and there are magical elements woven into the story (a plague that turns you slowly into stone). I am quite intrigued and was so happy when I got approved for it. I didn’t really know anything about Guy Fawkes but I did a bit of research so I know what’s going on.
Muggle Studies: Read a Muggle Non-Fiction Book
Hunger – A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay is a book I’ve heard so much about. It’s said to be raw, emotional, unfiltered and powerful. And I’m here for that.
I wanted to read it for a while now, but I needed the right mindset.
Eating disorders and difficult relationships with food are topics that are really close to my heart.
Potions: Read a book about or with alchemy
Gentleman’s Guide for Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
I already started listening to the audiobook and I am honestly surprised by how much I enjoy it. I heard it was fun, and it is. But there are also some very heartwarming and sad moments in between. Monty is an idiot and a darling and I love him.
I might actually go and buy a hardcover copy of this because I really do love it so far.
Edit: Because I posted this so late I already finished reading this book and I gave it 5 stars. Review will come in the next few days.
Transfiguration: Read a Book that deals with Transfiguration/Shapeshifting or a similar theme OR A Book with a Cat on the Cover
The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill or Linger by Maggie Stiefvater or Red Glove by Holly Black would all fit this prompt.
Honestly, The Surface Breaks has such a stunning cover! But it’s not the only reason I want to read it.
“Hans Cristian Andersen’s world-famous fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens by one of our most talented writers.”
“This is a book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.”
Linger and Red Glove are my backup books. I read Shiver a year or so ago and honestly wasn’t a fan. But I dislike not finishing series. And I suspect that a part of me disliking might be due to listening to the German audiobook. So I might give this series a second chance with the English audiobook this time 😀
Red Glove is the second book in the Curse Breaker trilogy and I did enjoy the first book. I read I during Cramathon. And I don’t think that I’ll pick up the second book if I don’t do it relatively soon. I wasn’t that invested in it.