Magical Readathon: O.W.L.S. Results

Hello fellow wizards! I am proud to announce that I achieved exceeds expectations by completing six out of the twelve O.W.L.S. for the Magical Readathon. I was attempting to complete the requirements for the career of Herbologist and I succeeded in doing so! I’m really excited to continue my studies with the N.E.W.T.S. in August. I thoroughly enjoyed this readathon, Gee is simply the best host and I only wish I could have participated in all the Twitter activities as well but my schedule didn’t allow for it. The following are the books I read to complete each of the six exam prompts.

CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES: a land animal on the cover – Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS: begins with the letter “R” – Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

HERBOLOGY: plants on the cover – The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

HISTORY OF MAGIC: published 10+ years ago – The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

POTIONS: a sequel – Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

TRANSFIGURATION: red on the cover – Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

I would love to discuss what books you read for each prompt if you participated. Leave me a comment down below and lets chat!

This is my favorite readathon by far and I highly recommend it to everyone, even if you aren’t a fan of Harry Potter it’s still a lot of fun. If you want more information about this Harry Potter inspired readathon you can watch this video from Bookroast that explains it all.

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TTT: My (Belated) SpringTBR

My Spring TBR

Lately I am focusing more on the books I can’t wait to pick up instead of ARCs or new releases. (Although there are a few on this list) If I had to guess I would say all of these are going to be 4+ stars, and Truthwitch is a re-read. I read Bloodwitch, Susan Dennards fourth novel in the Witchlands series, and it was excellent so I’m rereading the series while I wait for the fifth. Aurora Rising is arguably the one I am most anticipating though, I love Amie and Jay and I can almost bet it’s going to make my Top 5 of 2019.

What are some books on your Spring TBR?

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Books I Read In 2019 #11-15

Lately, I’ve read some really good books, and that’s a relief because so far this year hasn’t held many five stars. Hopefully, the rest of the year is an improvement.

#11 – Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

3 stars – This was a lot of fun and very familiar to Percy Jackson, if you love those books you will love these. Because the target demographic is middle grade I, as an adult, found some moments cheesy and cringy but overall still enjoyable. Not sure I will continue with the series but I will read more of Roshani’s work.

#12 – The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

4 Stars This was such an unexpected delight that I highly recommend, even to those who don’t usually read graphic novels. I can’t wait for a sequel.

#13 – The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

3.5 stars – This was one of those times I read a book that had been on my shelves forever and wished Id read it sooner. I really enjoyed The Kiss of Decpetion and I can’t wait to continue the series. I don’t know if there’s going to be a love triangle but currently, I’m team Rafe.

#14 – The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

4 stars – This was a bit of a roller coaster. I loved the characters, their sass and chemistry almost gave me Six of Crows vibes. I also felt the pacing was good, pacing can really make or breaks a story for me. However, the magic system was so vague which meant anything could happen and that felt sloppy. There was also a lot of telling rather than showing when it came to many scenes especially puzzle solutions. This took away from the engagement. I would absolutely read a sequel but I hope it shows improvement in those areas.

#15 – A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

5 stars – It took me way too long to get around to this was worth the wait. I absolutely love Sabaa’s storytelling and the way things came together. She writes really flawed and realistic characters that you love to bits, I equal parts cheered and yelled at them for all their successes and mistakes. I’m really invested in them all. Also, I ship Harper and Helene so much they may be my new OTP of this series. These books have every fantasy element I love and I simply cannot get enough. I need book four immediately!

TTT: Buzz Words

My BUZZ Words

I have missed some pretty awesome Top Ten Tuesday topics while I’ve been absent. Todays topic didn’t inspire me so I chose a past one – buzz words. It’s pretty interesting to see them all together as a visual representation of my taste. If I see anyone using these words to describe a book or their included in the synopsis I am instantly intrigued. What are your buzz words? 

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Books I Read In 2019 #6-10

Well so far I’m meeting my goal of a book a week this year, I was hoping I would be able to surpass that though. School has just kept me so busy! I am going away to spend next week at a cabin so I’m hoping that means lots of reading time. Here are the books I’ve read recently:

#6 – My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

3 Stars – This was so much fun! Ghostbusters and historical fiction should be paired more often. My Lady Jane is still my fav of the series though.

#7 – Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

4 stars – This was my FIRST John Green and while I really enjoyed it I’m not inspired to read more of his work. That said I found this story incredibly relatable and I loved all the characters so much.

#8 – Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

3 Stars – Did I enjoy it? Yes. Was it all I hoped it would be? Not at all. It was very character driven and I didn’t like the characters much. I was also expecting magic, and there was none but I didn’t do my research before reading so that’s on me. I would read more by this author but probably not from this series.

#9 – City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

2 Stars – I LOVE some of Schwab’s other books but this was a big miss for me. I’m going to say that a large part of that is because it’s aimed at a middle-grade audience. That said I still felt it was lacking in plot and depth.

#10 – Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

I just really wanted to re-read this and see if it had as big of an impression on me as it did years ago. And it did! I found it interesting how relevant the message still is.