In an effort to shake up my reading (which is feeling borderline slumpy) and to tackle some of the long overdue titles on my TBR, I’ve decided to join a new Harry Potter themed challenge for April. Book Roast is hosting O.W.L.s Magical Readathon, which I learned about over at Jessticulates, and now I feel like I’ve just activated some blogging super power. (Powers, activate! Form of an owl!)
If you feel so inclined to join, check out Gi’s awesome intro video here, or skip straight to the prompts – which is gorgeously crafted. I am going all in, because I need the motivation goodness, and have also chosen a Wizarding Career and plan to do my N.E.W.Ts in August.
My picks are below, and because I’m not trying to go too crazy, you’ll see some overlap with The List and other spring TBRs that I have recently posted.
Ancient Runes – Retelling
Circe by Madeline Miller
Because: The Odyssey is one of my all time favorites. I love it so much that my dog is named after it.
Arithmancy – Work written by more than one author
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Because: I requested this book like a year ago for review when I was all hopped up on Simon love after the movie. It’s one of my overdue review books that I feel most guilty about not having read yet.
Astronomy – “Star” in the title
Star-crossed by Minnie Darke
Because: Yet another review book, but it’s a newbie that I’m really excited about.
Care of Magical Creatures – Land animal on the cover
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Because: I’m pretty sure I own the whole trilogy and haven’t cracked the first book. I always cruise by this book and think WHY HAVEN’T I READ YOU YET.
Charms – Age-line: Read an adult work
Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Because: I love Penumbra, and I was so excited about this book that I signed up for Book of the Month to get it early, AND baked bread. In true *me* fashion, something shiny caught my eye and I never circled back.
Defense Against the Dark Arts – Reducto: Title starts with “R”
Divination – Set in the future
Herbology – Plant on the cover
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Because: I just read an loved a review book, and as a follow up, the publisher sent me some recommended titles. This one has been on my mind, and the library had it available to borrow immediately. Seemed like a sign to me!
History of Magic – Published at least 10 years ago
Replay by Ken Grimwood
Because: This is one of the first audiobooks I ever bought during an Audible sale…YEARS ago. For some mysterious reason, it’s just been there, unlistened to even though it completely sounds up my alley.
Muggle Studies – Contemporary
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennet
Because: You guessed it, review book. Also everyone and their sister is talking about this book.
Potions – Next ingredient: Sequel
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
Because: I thoroughly enjoyed books 1 and 2 of this series (that I lovingly call Icy Hot since I’m bad with names and just look at the cover of book 2). I got book 4ish/1 of a spinoff series for review, but pesky book 3 has been standing in the way. No more!
Transfiguration – Sprayed edges or red cover
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Because: I just found out about this when Goodreads exploded about news of book 2, read the blurb, and immediately bought it. I also haven’t read any Schwab and shamefully own a lot.
P.S. Totally had to ask was “sprayed edges” meant. So fancy.
I’ll check back in in a month to let you know if I got O’s or if I’m just a Troll.