April/O.W.L. Readathon Wrap Up

As you may have seen both in my April TBR post and my post about a free O.W.L. Readathon “report card,” I participated in this super fun book reading challenge (hosted by Book Roast) this month and ended up finishing a lot more than I expected!

I’m proud to say that I successfully sat and passed ALL of my 12 (!) O. W. L.s. That’s right, I have surpassed Hermione Granger status. If I have a review posted, it’s linked in the title should you desire to see a more complete review.

Ancient Runes – The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon

Arithmacy – Fence Volume 1 by C. S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad

Astronomy – The Raging Ones by K. B. Ritchie

Care of Magical Creatures – Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce

Charms – The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca J. Ross

Defence Against the Dark Arts – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Divination – The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Herbology – Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

History of Magic – The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Muggle Studies – Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Potions – The Glass Spare by Lauren Destefano

Transfiguration – Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

My three favorites out of this long list were The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie, Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce, and The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca J. Ross

Did you participate in this reading challenge? Even if you didn’t how many books did you complete in April and which ones were your favorites?

O.W.L. Readathon!

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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Add it on Goodreads HERE!

​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.

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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 bookTheCruelPrince_9780316416948_OwlCrate_F1.indd

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 alchemy29622131

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)

  1. The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon
  2. The Raging Ones  by K. B. Ritchie
  3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  4. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  6. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
  7. The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
  8. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

What are you planning on reading this month?

 

O.W.L. Readathon “Report Card”

This month, I’m participating in the O.W.L. Readathon, which was created and is hosted by the lovely booktuber Book Roast so check out the announcement video if you want to learn more!

To help keep track of what books I’m reading (and for picture options later), I’ve made this printable O.W.L. “report card” where you can write down what exams you’ve taken (books you’ve read) in different subjects, and if you passed (finished) them! If you are interested in joining, more information on what books are for each category can be found in the link to the rules in the description of the announcement video.

If you choose to use this, please make sure you credit me because I did spend time making it! If you are a bookstagrammer or want to take pictures, you can tag me @emiesnook on most platforms!

I’m going to post more about what I’m planning on reading this month for the O.W.L. Readathon in my next TBR Tuesday post, so make sure you check back!

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