O.W.L.S 2020 Readathon TBR

I am so excited that the O.W.L.S are upon us. This is one of my all time favourite readathons, hosted by Gee from Book Roast on YouTube. The O.W.L.S have happened every April for the past 2 years with this being the 3rd year its run. It really couldn’t come at a better time either!

Gee has also created a careers guide which is linked to her announcement video each time and has this year added some more career options. Even with these awesome additional careers I still chose one that was in the original guide and that is…

This means that to pass my O.W.L.S I need to read 8 books, for each of the subject prompts which are as follows.

These are the books I’m picking up for each prompt.

Heart Rune: Read a book with a heart of the cover or in the title

I’ve decided to reread ‘Wild at Heart’ by K.A. Tucker for this prompt. I know that its one that I enjoy and even though I only recently read it for the first time, I cannot wait to get back into it!

Magical Qualities of Number 2: Balance/opposites: read something outside your favourite genre

For a book outside my favourite genre I decided to go with ‘Empress of a Thousand Skies’ by Rhoda Belleza, a science fiction. I don’t really have many genres I don’t like but I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy and contemporaries lately.

Lumos Maxima: White Cover

I’m not really sure yet which book I want to read with a white cover yet so I’ve got three options to choose from ‘The Dream Thieves’ by Maggie Stiefvater, ‘Nevernight’ by Jay Kristoff and ‘The Dragon Republic’ by R.F. Kuang. I am leaning towards ‘The Dragon Republic’ since I recently completed ‘The Poppy War’ and I want to be up to date before the third book is released.

Grindylows: Book set at the sea/coast

After watching Emma at Drinking by my shelf, do a 24 hour readathon where she read all the Lemony Snicket, I knew I wanted to read them again since I realised that when I read them as they came out I never finished them. I got up to book 3 which I remember being set by the sea so I decided to save ‘The Wide Window’ for the O.W.L.S.

Mimbulus Mimbletonia: Title that starts with M

After narrowing it down from my three options, I decided to pick up ‘Maybe This Time’ by Kasie West for the prompt. I want something fun and light to throw into this TBR so a contemporary seems like the best option.

A book from the perspective of a muggle (Contemporary)

For the contemporary I wanted to mix it up a little bit and pick up ‘Heartstopper: Volume 3’ by Alice Oseman, a contemporary graphic novel. This is one that I am so excited to pick this one up!

Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages

I actually found it really difficult to find a book that filled this prompt and after going through my graphic novel collection and found that ‘Thor: God of Thunder Reborn’ by Jason Aaron, Mike Del Mundo and Christian Ward fit the bill perfectly!

Animagus Lecture: Book/series that includes shape shifting

I don’t think I have any other books on my shelf that have shape shifter as a feature which works out perfectly because I am almost done with my Twilight reread, which means I can fill this prompt with ‘Breaking Dawn’ by Stephenie Meyer.

I am so happy that it’s O.W.L.S season again and I really cannot wait to get into all these wonderful stories. This readathon could not have come at a better time, so if you have the chance, join in, let me know if you will be participating and we can connect as a community and read some amazing stories together!

O.W.L.S Readathon: What Exams Did I Pass?

I can’t believe the O.W.L.S readathon is done and dusted! I had so much fun participating in this readathon hosted by Gee at Book Roast.

Now that the month is over lets get into what exams I passed and what that means for my career goals within the Wizarding World.

I feel like I worked extra hard during the O.W.L.S season this year and this is reflected in what I achieved. Before the end of April I was able to pass:

Overall I managed to pass 7 exams! I am so happy with this achievement. The exams I passed were:

  • Potions: read a sequel (for this I read ‘Exile’ By Shannon Messenger)
  • Defence Against the Dark Arts: Read a book beginning with R (For this I read ‘The Red Queen’ By Victoria Aveyard)
  • Care of magical Creatures: read a book with a land animal on the cover (for this I read ‘The Outcast’ By Taran Matharu)
  • Herbology: Read a book with a plant on the cover (for this I read ‘Estranged’ By Ethan M. Aldridge)
  • Arithmancy: Read a book with multiple authors (for this I read ‘Skyward: My Low G Life.’ By Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett & Antonio Faela.)
  • History of Magic: Read a book that was published 10 or more years ago (for this I read ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ By Cressida Cowell)
  • Charms: Read an Adult Work (For this I read ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally)

This means that I passed all the exams needed to pursue my goals of being a Care of Magical Creatures Professor.

Now bring on the N.E.W.T.S in August!

Did you participate in the O.W.L.S? How did you go?

Weekly Update: 21.4.19

Over the last few weeks I’ve finished 5 books. Honestly this month has been a crazy good reading month for me and I am so excited!

I’ve managed to finish reading ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman which I listened to on Audible. I started reading ‘Outcast’ By Taran Matharu and ended up switching to Audible again. I’ve started to find that I can play my video games and read (by listening) at the same time and I’m not going to lie, I love it! I also completed ‘Red Queen’ By Victoria Aveyard on Audible. The other two books I finished were graphic novels so I definitely did not listen to these books but I read ‘Skyward: Volume 1: My Low G Life’ By Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett and Antonio Fabela and ‘Estranged: Volume 1′ By Ethan M. Aldridge.

I am currently about 20 pages into ‘The Geography of Lost Things’ By Jessica Brody.

I am really hoping that I can finish this before the end of the month!

I am also about 6 chapters into the ‘Fever King’ By Victoria Lee.

This is another one I am, really hoping to finish before the end of the month!

So far through the read-a-thon I’ve completed:

  • Potions: ‘Exile’ By Shannon Messenger
  • Defence Against the Dark Arts: ‘Red Queen’ By Victoria Aveyard
  • Care of Magical Creatures: ‘Outcast’ By Taran Matharu
  • Herbology: ‘Estranged’ By Ethan M Aldridge
  • Arithmancy: ‘Skyward: My Low G Life’ By Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett & Antonio Fabela
  • History of Magic: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ By Cressida Cowell
  • Charms: ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman

Currently working my way through:

  • Muggle Studies: ‘Geography of Lost Things’ By Jessica Brody
  • Divination: ‘The Fever King’ By Victoria Lee

The holidays have been a busy time. To start them off I was baptised which was a really interesting experience. I also did a ton of reading (as you can see from this update) as well as heading to Shepparton for a short trip to visit my Nouna/soon to be sister in law where I also did a ton of reading as well as dealing with internet companies (not my favourite thing) We have also done some more organising for the wedding because honestly its coming up! We are also getting ready for organise all the exciting things for Greek Easter!

How has your Easter been?

Weekly Update: 9.4.19

Over the last couple of weeks I have completed 5 books!

I finished ‘Keeper of Lost Cities’ By Shannon Messenger, which I was 200 pages into. I then read ‘The Doughnut Kingdom’ By Gigi D.G. which is the first volume in the Cucumber Quest series of graphic novels. I also finished my audiobook, ‘Girl, Wash Your Face’ By Rachel Hollis.

I then finished ‘Exile’ By Shannon Messenger, the second book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities’ and just yesterday I completed ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ By Cressida Cowell.

I have just started reading ‘Outcast’ By Taran Matharu.

This is the prequel to The Summoner series.

So far I am really enjoying it and I am hoping that I can finish it this week!

I am also half way through ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.

I am absolutely loving it!

I decided to listen to this on Audible and I am definitely loving that decision!

Now for an update on the O.W.L.S read-a-thon.

So far I’ve completed:

  • Potions: by reading ‘Exile’ By Shannon Messenger
  • History of Magic: by reading ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ By Cressida Cowell

I am currently working on:

  • Charms: Currently reading ‘The Greatest Love Story Ever Told’ By Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
  • Care of Magical Creatures: ‘Outcast’ By Taran Matharu

The last 2 weeks have been pretty crazy! We ended a busy first term, we finished our move out of our apartment. It is holidays which is amazing and I am so happy for! I am hoping that in this time I can get a ton of reading done and finish out the O.W.L.S with a bang!

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