Hello everyone! This month I’ve decided to participate in the O.W.L. marathon run by Book Riot (check out her announcement on BookTube!). You can also check out the different prompts and instructions HERE if you so desire. If you’re already a part of this readathon, I made my own “Exam Report Card” to help me keep track of what books I’m reading for which prompt. You can find it HERE.
Some of these I’ve already read, but I thought I’d put them on here anyway. I’m trying to keep my list a little lighter this month because work is really picking up so I don’t expect to get through all of these, but I hope to finish as many as possible!
Ancient Runes: A book with a symbol on the cover
I’ll finally be picking up The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon for this one! I’ve been meaning to read this prequel novella to the Bone Season series (which is one of my favorites) for a long time. The symbol for SCION is located on the cover, so it makes it perfect for this challenge!
Astronomy: Read a Science Fiction Novel
I received the book The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie from NetGalley last month, and I finally read it this month! The Ritchie sisters write some of my favorite NA romance series, so I was so excited to read their foray into YA science fiction! I’ve included the synopsis below if you’re interested in reading more about it, and will be posting a full review soon!
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In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.
Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.
Until the day she does.
Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.
Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.
With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.
Defense Against the Dark Arts: Book featuring a secret society or club
I didn’t knock all the books I wanted to off last month, so Nevernight by Jay Kristoff will be carrying over. Mia is a part of a secret society of assassins, plus I think she would appreciate the subject so I’ll be using this book for the DADA challenge!
Charms: Read a fantasy book
I’ve really been wanting to read a book with fairies lately, so I’m planning on reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black which I’ve heard such amazing things about. I may end up switching it out for another book depending on my mood when I need to start it, just because I have so many fantasies on my TBR!
Herbology: Read a book with a nature related word in the title
The classic that I’ve chosen to read in April is Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I’m also stretching this one a bit, but I’m going to count it as my “Herbology” exam because “North” is technically located in the title (just go with it). Even though I love Austen, I still haven’t read all of her books! I’ve been trying to keep my Classic of the Month shorter the past few months, both because classes are at fool swing, and I’m also reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. War and Peace is a MONSTER of a book, so I’ve been slowly but surely working through it and am hoping to finish it by the month of May.
History of Magic: Read a historical fiction
I’ve read The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, which is a historical romance novel for this O.W.L.!
Potions: Read a book about/with alchemy
I’m finally picking up The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano which I received in an OwlCrate last year for this challenge. The heroine’s brother is an amazing alchemist, and she herself can change things to gemstone with a touch! I’m excited to dive into this Midas inspired fantasy retelling.
Transfiguration: Read a book that deals with shapeshifting
For this one, I read Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce which includes a shapeshifting mage! I also know that later the heroine learns how to shapeshift, but that’s because I don’t read Tamora Pierce’s series in chronological order. (whoops)
Summary of April TBR (and what I’ve already knocked off)
- The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon
The Raging Ones by K. B. Ritchie
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
- The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
What are you planning on reading this month?