You may have noticed, if you’ve been here for a little bit, that I’m quite fond of Readathons. I just love all the excitement, the preparations and the community aspect.
If you thought last year the Magical Readathon was the best thing ever … this year it’s even better! Yes, that is actually possible. G is just absolutely amazing and went over and beyond!
She created this amazing booklet with different magical career choices, ones we already know and love like Auror and Potioneer, but also cool new ones like Aurologist and Metal Worker! All with the corresponding OWLs and NEWTs you’ll need to be eligible and vacancies etc! It’s the coolest thing!
If you have no clue what I’m talking about, here is her announcement video.
So, I decided to go for Alchemist as my career. This is quite ambitious because I will need all 12 OWLs and for my NEWTs: 5 Os (Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Herbology, Potions, Transfigurations) and an E in Astronomy. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and just focus on the OWLs for now and leave future me to worry about my NEWTs.
I mean I keep all my options by going for 12 OWLs anyway.
So, here are the prompts!
Since I was a good student and did all the Extra Credit for Charms I was able to start my Charms read 5 days early. Which means I already completed my first OWL!!
CHARMS – Age-Line: Read an adult work
I chose A Darker Shade of Magic for this. I preordered this collectors edition and then just … never read it!
I mean, I have an excuse. Somewhat. I thought that I would probably read them back to back and back then it wasn’t known yet if the other two books would get a collector’s edition, too.
(I still haven’t bought book 2 in this edition, even though it’s out already because I can’t figure out which one is the correct one … )
Anyhow, I loved ADSOM! Lila is now definitely up there with my favourite characters and I really like Kell, too. And am looking forward to getting to know Rhy more .. and possibly Holland??
ANCIENT RUNES – Retelling
Well, to be quite honest with you I’m a bit hesitant about reading this. I’ve seen Common Spence’s video (hot garbage) and .. he wasn’t exactly loving this ^^
But I own this, the cover is beautiful and I like to give books a chance. I might still enjoy it or even love it. Not every book is for everyone, right?
I love the tale of The Little Mermaid (the original one, not the disneyfied version – I don’t know that one) and I’m curious to see what Louise O’Neill did with that.
ARITHMANCY – Work written by more than one author
I’ve heard so much good about My Lady Jane (which is the first one in this .. companion series?) and when I saw this beautiful hardcover for really cheap I just had to buy it.
I don’t know a lot about this besides that it is a retelling of sorts? Jane Eyre … but different?
I’m probably gonna listen to this on audio over Scribd though. I’m home (at my mom’s) for half of the month and I can only take so many books with me.
I also have a backup book for this prompt in case I’m not in the mood for this one. Beautiful Creatures was also written by multiple authors
and has been on my shelves … for ages.
ASTRONOMY – ‘Star’ in the title (or series title)
This was quite a hard prompt! I’m trying to only use books that I own because a) I wanna reduce my physical TBR and b) am currently on a book buying ban. And the only two books that I own that have star anywhere are Even the Darkest Stars or All the Wandering Light (Book 2 – Series title is Even the Darkest Stars).
Even the Darkest Stars would be a reread but I think I will enjoy AtWL more if I refresh my memories. I do remember all the relevant info, but I think I will feel more for the characters if I read them shortly one after the other.
I really loved the atmosphere in the first book and am looking forward to that feeling of Fernweh again
CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES – Land animal on the cover
This is perfect for the prompt! Two Dark Reigns is book 3 in the Three Dark Crown series, a series which I love quite a lot! Katharine is my queen!! And it doesn’t hurt that there is a snake on the cover considering that I’m a Slytherin ^^
Also, I have this book still at my mom’s because I couldn’t fit it in my backpack the last time.
I can’t wait to dive back into this world again. I’m really excited to see what happens next because One Dark Throne left off on quite a cliffhanger.
P.S. Please read this series! I need people to talk about these books to!
DEFENCE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS – Reducto: Title starts with an ‘R’
Now this one was difficult not because of the lack of options but the opposite! Too many to choose from! I’m bad at decisions! But I went for Red Queen. Simply for the fact, that I could listen to the audiobook on Youtube. I needed an audiobook and Scribd blocked me til the 3. But I’m really enjoying it so far!! I hadn’t expected that since I’ve heard some mixed things and people saying it’s just like any other YA dystopian/fantasy book. And yes, it does have some tropes, but I’m fine with that. I’m having a good time ^^
DIVINATION – Set in the future
The ONLY book I own that I’m sure is set in the future is King of Thorns. Which really surprised me when reading Prince of Thorns (book 1). It looks and feels more like a fantasy book set in a medieval Europe inspired world, but no. It’s set in the future. Actually quite cool! And I really liked Prince of Thorns. Jorge is … different than other characters. He is a jerk, a 14-year-old psychopath! (Which you might have guessed looking at the pile of bodies under his throne …)
But I enjoy reading about his journey and am curious to see what he’s up to next.
HERBOLOGY – Plant on the cover
I don’t know much more about this book than that it is about Lottie, a girl who collects dead animals, care for them and preserves them and that her mother died …
I got this eARC from Netgalley and even though it comes out in August and I have a lot of time, I’d like to get to it now. It’s a bonus that it is a ebook, so I can read it at home over the holidays no problem.
I really like the cover and am quite curious to see what this little book has to offer. It’s supposedly very sad.
HISTORY OF MAGIC – book published at least 10 years ago
I also have another option for this, depending on whether I get to it before or after I go home. I don’t wanna take the book home with me only to bring it back and option number two (The Queen of Attolia) I could listen to in audio through Scribd (that app is so helpful during readathons! Seriously).
I am gonna try and read Catcher in the Rye though because I got it from my Mom and I’d love to read it in a timely manner. It’s also rather short-ish so It shouldn’t be that much of a problem. People seem to be divided in whether the like this book or not. Fingers crossed I’m in the ‘like’ camp!
MUGGLE STUDIES – Contemporary
For this prompt, I went for a book I’ve been eyeing for ages and finally bought it second hand a few weeks ago. Ketchup Clouds is about a girl who has a dark secret. The book is told through the letters she writes Mr S Harris, a man on death row.
I started this today and I’m already hooked. The first paragraph is amazing and I really like the writing style. The way it’s slowly revealed what she did.
Also, this was the only contemporary on my shelves that I haven’t read yet …
POTIONS – Next ingredient: sequel
Another prompt with quite a lot of books to chose from! I’m apparently very good at starting series and not so good at continuing them. I actually have no clue yet which one I will choose. We’ll see what I’m in the mood for that particular moment. The ones I could read are Glass Sword. Since I’m reading Red Queen now and really enjoying it I could use this prompt to binge read the books. Another one I’m really excited to get to soon is The Heart Forger. I read The Bone Witch last month and it’s now one of my all time favourite books!! I preordered Shadowglass, too but Amazon is horrible and emailed me a few days back saying I’ll get the book by May 30th … I should already have it!! But I’ll stop ranting now or I won’t stop at all.
Option 3 would be The Winner’s Crime. Another series I just started. I really enjoyed The Winner’s Curse (also read that last month) and would love to continue soon-ish. That one is also available as an audiobook so I guess it depends on when I have time to read.
Oh and of course All the Wandering Light. Depending on whether or not I read Even the Darkest Stars for Astronomy …
TRANSFIGURATION – book with sprayed edges or a red cover
I could go for basically any of the recent Fairyloot books (I haven’t read most of them yet) but I think I’ll actually go for The Orphanage of Gods which was in the February Illumicrate box, sounds amazing aaaaand would work for my other readathon, the Alphabeton, too (this time it’s all about the letter H and it’s written by Helena Coggan)
I know nothing about this, I just remember reading the synopsis when I opened the box and being intrigued. I’m gonna go in blind with this one. The title intrigues me enough already.