It’s that time of year again! Happy OWLs! If you’re not sure what the Magical Readathon is, you can find out all you need to know from G at Book Roast’s video here.
This year I’m being ambitious with my career prospects and my TBR seeing as we have to stay inside for the foreseeable future. So I’ll be aiming for the Alchemist career path, meaning I’ll have to read 12 books. This will also mean I’ll need to read 17 books for the NEWTs, but who knows how long we’ll need to be inside for (eek).
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (Ancient Runes – read something with a heart on the cover/in the title)
I’ve been meaning to pick this one up since I first got it almost two years ago, so now is the perfect time. I’m really in the mood for a kind of underground criminal group type of book and of course there are many hearts on this cover.
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston (Arithmancy – read something outside of your favourite genre)
My favourite genre is fantasy, so I think choosing sci-fi, a genre I really don’t read much from, is perfect for this readathon. I’ve enjoyed Poston’s Geekerella so I’m really intrigued to read something not contemporary from her.
On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden (Astronomy – read the majority of a book when it’s dark)
I had to pick a graphic novel for this prompt, especially since the clocks have now gone forward and there’s less dark outside of an evening and I’m really not that much of a night-time reader. I hadn’t heard of this graphic novel before I checked it out from the Library – all I know is that it’s sci-fi and sapphic.
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas (Care of Magical Creatures – read a book with a creature with a beak on the cover)
Listen. I know I said I was done with Sarah J. Maas after I finished the Throne of Glass series, but when I saw this become available as an e-book at my Library, I could not resist. Something just keeps drawing me back to her works, I don’t know what it is. I’m going into this with the best intentions, but I really don’t know what to expect with this one. And, of course, there’s a bird that has a beak on the cover on the left-hand-side.
Sword In the Stars by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy (Charms – read a book with a white cover)
I really enjoyed the first book in this duology series and read it during last years’ OWLs, so thought it would be the perfect time to read the sequel. I did have a few pacing issues with the first, but loved the world-building and the characters, so excited to see how it all turns out in this instalment. And this one fits the prompt exactly!
To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (Defence Against the Dark Arts – read a book set at sea/the coast)
I’ve had this one on my shelves for quite some time now, too, so it’s about time I picked it up. I’m not usually one for mermaid/siren stories, but this one has really great reviews, so we’ll see. And as it’s about a siren, of course it’s a book that’s set at sea.
Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo (Divination – read a book chosen by a random number generator)
I’m really glad the random number generator picked this one as I’ve been itching to pick it up since I got it for Christmas. It gives me Six of Crows vibes and that is all the motivation I needed to pick this one up.
The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski (Herbology – read a book beginning with ‘M’)
The glowing reviews for this one are what sold it to me. It had been on my radar previously but I hadn’t really been too interested in picking it up. But knowing that it’s sapphic and seeing everyone gush over it has put this immediately at the top of my TBR. It’s also one of the few books I managed to find that begin with ‘M.’
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White (History of Magic – read a book featuring witches/wizards)
This is the perfect choice for this prompt – what’s better than one of the original wizards, Merlin!? I adored Kiersten White’s And I Darken trilogy so I have very high expectations for this one.
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi (Muggle Studies – read a book from the perspective of a muggle)
Out of all the contemporaries I currently have in possession, this is the one I’m most excited about. My favourite type of contemporary is one that follows two perspectives as they’re dealing with their own issues, but their paths cross and drama ensues. I’m such a sucker for that set-up and this one is no different.
The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James (Potions – read a book less than 150 pages)
I’ve never read a Lauren James before but have been interested in all her books for a while now. Since this is pretty much the only book I have that’s less than 150 pages in my possession, it seems that this is the one I’ll start with.
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (Transfiguration – read a book featuring shapeshifting)
Similar to Sword In the Stars, I read the first book of this series, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, for last years’ OWLs. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and am very excited to get into this one. It wasn’t the most unique fantasy read, but it was a lot of light-hearted, addictive fun, which is exactly what I want at this time.
I also have a number of audio books that I’d like to get to outside of the OWLs, in case I get bored of reading with my eyes. All of these, apart from King of Crows, I have a physical version of, too, so will be reading along.
King of Crows by Libba Bray
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Emma by Jane Austen
Back list: 12
New release (2020): 5
Audio book: 5
Graphic novel/comic/manga/picture book: 1
Novella/short book/anthology: 1
Full length print book: 10
Library book: 6
TBR book: 10
Owned book: 1
So that’s it for all the books I plan to read this month. What are some of the books on your TBR this month? Are you participating in the Magical Readathon? If so, what is your chosen career path?