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Charms Extra Credit and the spooky – TBR


Hi fellow booklings

I know I’ve absent a little while and owe you a few wrap-ups and reviews etc. Especially the N.E.W.T.s wrap up.* In my September Wrap Up I’ll talk a bit more about why I wasn’t posting anything the last few weeks.

*I don’t know if anyone is still interested in that one considering it’s been in August, but I am still very excited about it, so have to deal with that.

But today you’ll get my, admittedly also a little belated, plans for October.

If you’re also part of the whole magical reading group thing from Book Roast you already know about the Extra Credit, but for all the others I’ll explain.

Basically, this is already in preparation for the O.W.L.s next year. We have a week (8th-14th) to read up to 5 books to get a few days (one per book) of a headstart in April. Meaning one could start the book pertaining to the prompt for Charms (this is Charms Extra Credit) up to 5 days early. Which is really awesome. April is normally a relatively hectic month for me, so every little thing that makes it a bit easier is a big heck yes!

So, I hope I explained it somewhat understandable.

There are five spells each with a prompt that fits it.

Alohomora: The first book in a series (ya know, opening the series for you?)

The Cruel Prince

I already finished this an hour ago or so. I chose this book because a) it can fit nearly every one of the prompts, so if I decide to switch a book it’s a bit easier to rearrange everything and b) because I thought this would pull me out of my little reading slump because I was almost sure I would love it (I was right) and it sounded like it could be an addictive book (it was) and it did. I’ll post a review for this soon-ish. But holy shit, Jude is cool. And Cardan. And heck the world is intriguing. Then the end … I don’t know how I am supposed to wait till January for The Wicked King?!

Accio: A book that’s on top of your TBR

Monstress Vol 2 - The Blood
I’ve recently bought this because I really enjoyed the first one. And it’s on top of my TBR because I think I should read it fairly quickly while the first one is still fresh in my mind. Also, it does fit the Halloween-y monster-y vibe of October.

Incendio: A book with the word ‘fire’ or ‘flame’ in the title or series name

Duel of Fire

I’ve heard about this book on Merphy’s channel and she highly recommended it, so I’m intrigued. Also, it’s available as an audiobook on Scribd which is very convenient. I don’t think I could read 5 books in seven days if I didn’t include at least one audiobook.
It has elemental magic, sword fighting, political intrigue and of course romance. Colour me excited.

Rictusempra: A book that tickles you the right way (exciting trope/theme/genre etc)

I love Walter Moers and his Zamonia books. So it’s a shame I haven’t read all of them yet. And a thing I intend to rectify. This one sounds also perfect for october as there is alchemy, a crat (something like a cat) agreeing to a contract which allows the Alchemaster to kill him at the next full moon, but not really intending to die. There are bats and creepy dark dungeons and everything you could wish for. And I am so hyped for this. Walter Moers’ books are so imaginative and unlike anything I’ve read before. And yes, they tickle me the right way!

Lumos: A book with a light cover

Der Fänger im Roggen
I got the German edition of Catcher in the Rye for my birthday from my mom and since I want to read more classics anyway and the cover is nearly all white, it fits!
I was warned that the main character can be a bit … let’S say annoying, but I still think I could love this.
As I said earlier, I might switch some of the books around a bit.
Other options are The Winner’s Curse (I just got the German copy from NetGalley) or Izara: Stille Wasser which is the second book in a new German series and I adored the first book and am so frickin’ excited that I got the second one from NetGalley as well!

  • The English cover is way more beautiful than the German one imo.

Now for the rest of October I tried to pick books that are either spooky or thriller/mystery etc.
Bonus points for books that have been on my TBR for about 3 years or longer!

I won’t get to all of them, but … well one can dream, right? But my priority is Lair of Dreams probably in the German edition as that is the one I own. But I might switch to the English audiobook. We’ll see.

Other than that Uni started again this month, but I was ill right from the first day. Talk about a good start in the new semester …
But I’m hopeful it will be better. It’s also quite a stressful one, but I’ve only one book left to reach my Goodreads goal so I can out reading a bit on the backburner and focus only on my review copies or some really exciting new releases (Kingdom of Ash and Vengeful anyone?)

Anyone else doing the Charms Extra credit?
Has anyone read any of the books I’m planning to this month? What did you think about ’em?

7 thoughts on “Charms Extra Credit and the spooky – TBR

    1. Ah, I’m so sorry. I didn’t see your comment earlier. I did very well and finished books for all 5 spells. That surprised me a bit honestly 😅
      How did you do?
      And I’m still thinking about The Cruel Prince. Really loved that book and all the characters and it’s the perfect set up for book 2!

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    1. They are! Although I suppose they are not for everyone. Very unique. For one they don’t have any humans in them and have the weirdest creatures in them. But I love them all so much! The City of Dreaming Books might be my favourite so far, although it changes a lot. But I mean … a book about books is always a win. Oh and I don’t know how well the translation is. Fair warning. He uses a lot of ouns, plays with words and sounds, so … yeah, the translator had a really hard job.

      And Cruel Prince was so so good! I might have to preorder The Wicked King now 😀

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