OWLs Magical Readathon TBR: April 2020

Hello! Welcome to my April TBR 😊

April is the magical time we have all been waiting for – the time for another round of OWLs! G @ The Book Roast organises magical readathons like the OWLs, which is based on ordinary wizarding levels in Hogwarts, multiple times every year! These readathons are always over-the-top kind of amazing because not only should you read a lot, you can complete prompts to gain your own magical career that you can select from G’s career guide! So if you have ever wanted to be a dragon tamer or a defence against the dark arts -teacher, now is your time!

Below is the introduction video by G, check it out for all the deeds on OWLs.

TBR

Last year I took part in OWLs and NEWTs and managed to scrape my way to the career of a metal charmer. This year I’m trying something different, and I’ll be trying to achive the career of Spell Maker! It intrigues me because it calls for a curious mind, and even though it would be difficult work, it would be incredibly rewarding to succeed.

Picture from G @ Book Roast’s Wizarding Careers Catalogue!

Here are the OWLs that I have to pass in order to embark on the journey towards my dream job:

🏺 Ancient Runes – Heart rune: heart in the cover or the title

🦦 Arithmancy – Magical qualities of number 2: balance/opposites – read something outside your favourite genre

💫 Astronomy – Night classes: read a majority of this book when it’s dark outside

✨ Charms – Lumos maxima: white cover

🔮 Divination – Third eye: assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read

🔭 History of Magic – Witch hunts: book featuring witches or wizards

🦄 Transfiguration – Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shapeshifting

Although I’m eager to participate in the OWLs – for some odd reason I haven’t been able to build a proper TBR for myself! I feel like my reading tastes are all over the place 😵 So instead of one book per prompt, I’ll list multiple for each one, then I’ll try to pick one book for each prompt when it is time to start reading.

Heart in the Cover or the Title

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Pieni Elama by Hanya Yanagihara (A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara in Finnish). I have already been working at this 930-page beast for some time, but although I started it before OWLs, I would be so impressed with myself if I managed to finish it that I would definitely count it! I’m only slightly stretching this prompt: one of the decorations on the red railing kind of makes the shape of a heart so it counts!

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows. This book was on my March TBR but I didn’t quite get to it! Maybe April is the time for My Lady Jane. It has some little hearts at the back of the cover 😁

A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer. I have been wanting to pick up this sequel to A Curse so Dark and Lonely – but I’m so worried that it won’t live up to my expectations after seeing some negative reviews! Yikes!

Read Something Outside your Favourite Genre

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Do No Harm by Henry Marsh. This nonfiction by a brain surgeon has been sitting patiently in my shelf for about 3 years. I’m very intrigued by it and maybe now is the time to push myself to pick it up!

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite. I pretty much never read any romance – but this one looks like the one book that will hook me into the genre! It has been described as a sciencey LGBT+ romance and I’m here for it.

Rose on Poissa by Katja Kettu. I got this Finnish contemporary romance from my sister after she fell in love with it. I’m really intrigued by it and the edition she got me is absolutely breathtaking!

Read Majority of this Book when it is Dark Outside

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The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller. Ever since I got this beauty in a fairyloot box, I have been eager to pick it up! It is said to be a slytherin romance that is completely unputdownable. I would definitely love to disappear into an addictive read.

Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury. The author’s other book, State of Sorrow, is one of my absolute favourites, and so I can’t wait to pick up this new book by Melinda Salisbury. If it is anything like State of Sorrow, the darkness of it will be great for reading in the dark!

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez. This cover is so fricking cute! Whereas the Shadows Between Us would promise cunning plots and Hold Back the Tide has some strong emotions in store, I have a feeling that Woven in Moonlight would be an amazing feel-good read for the dark hours.

White Cover

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Winter by Ali Smith. In March I devoured Autumn by Ali Smith and now I can’t wait to continue on to Winter! It is manical, crazy, nonsensical and beautiful all at once. I have been on a kind of literary fiction kick lately and this will be perfect if it keeps on rolling!

Niemi by Juha Hurme. AAAh don’t hate me – I know it’s the THIRD book in Finnish on this list. I usually never read in Finnish but because of the crazy situation going on, I wanted to push myself a bit and try to make myself topple the scariest books on my shelves. This is definitely one of the scariest. It is a narrative nonfiction about the history of Finland but also the entire world. It also goes through everything in 400 pages on full steam. If I pick this one for Charms, it will definitely be a wild journey.

Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson. This is the perfect option in case I’m suddenly scared stiff by the two other options for Charms. I love Brandon Sanderson and this “novella” of 260 pages (I think that’s a bit long for a novella but okay) is the next in the Stormlight Archives series.

Assign Numbers to Your TBR and Choose a Random Number Generator to Pick Your Read (I did this 3 times with various TBR sets)

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The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young. This book was the random number that got picked from my entire Goodreads TBR. That’s from 687 books! I really want to read it (and I’m in love with the cover!) but I don’t have a copy yet. If I find one that is affordable, I’ll definitely pick it up. Maybe this is the universe telling me that I’ll love the book 🤩

Let Her Fly by Ziauddin Yousafzai. This book was the book that got randomly picked from all of the books I had tagged as ‘owned’ in Goodreads! Ziauddin Yousafzai is Malala Yousafzai’s father and I really admire them both. I met him 2 years ago in a book release event and got my copy personalized. I think it is high time I read it.

The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves. This book got randomly selected from a set of 35 books that I listed when I thought about what I might want to read this month (I usually do that, I list every realistic option and then pick some of them). It is a contemporary about a couple who have been together for years but for some reason they completely stopped speaking to each other 6 months ago! I expect (and kind of hope) it to break my heart.

Book featuring Witches/Wizards

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The Reader by Traci Chee. I don’t honestly know if this book has any witches but the first page mentions them! So that kind of counts right? I have heard that this book can accurately describe the act of reading and how magical it is! YES PLEASE!

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. Well this definitely has some witches in it! It is about a witch who has to marry a witch-hunter and I’m definitely intrigued. I’m only hesitant because I have seen some mixed reviews of it, I’m really hoping that I’ll fall in the positive extreme.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. Also definitely witches. This one sounds amazing: sisters were killed in a village a long time ago and now they come back once a summer to prey on boys to drown them 😱

Includes Shapeshifting

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Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart. I don’t know if this is kind of far-fetched but I’m counting this book for this prompt because the two sisters in this book have changed dramatically since the beginning of the first book (Grace & Fury)! I loved the first book and would love to continue on.

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore. I have been eyeing this book for 2 years but haven’t managed to find a copy yet. A couple days ago I realised that I could listen to the audiobook of it! 🤯 And I happen to have an extra audible credit!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I have already read City of Bones once, and that time I didn’t really like it. But I recently binged The Infernal Devices for the first time and now I feel like I’m appropriately invested in the shadowhunter world to try again.

Whew that’s my entire TBR for the OWLs happening in April 2020!

Are you taking part in OWLs? Which career are you going for?

Have you read any of these books? Which one should I pick for each prompt? I would love to hear your opinions!

TW: Covid19 below

Hope you’re doing well and staying safe, I’m sending a lot of love and good vibes your way! I’m in Scotland and staying in self-isolation & working from home for the 4th or 5th week now. I’m good but unfortunately quite busy with university, sorry that I haven’t been blog hopping much lately! I sometimes get very anxious with everything, and in case you do too, I really recommending watching these bookish ASMR unboxings by Melanie @ Mel to the Any! She always makes me feel much better and I hope it helps you too in case you are struggling with similar problems 😊 We will get through this!

How has the situation impacted your reading and blogging? I’m hoping to find a better balance between working & life soon and maybe I can then read a bunch of books and blog hop more!

Thank you so much for reading!

3 thoughts on “OWLs Magical Readathon TBR: April 2020”

  1. Wow, this is an ambitious list! I can totally see al the work that went into writing this post!!
    I went and picked one that’d fit what I can usually read in a month(how do some people find the time to read so much? what’s your secret??), which is around 4-6. I also grabbed the Scribd 1-month free membership so there are books there that I wanna read, too. I also have 2 library books that I need to finish >.<

    And it's completely ok if you chose 3 Finnish books! I actually think there should be more diversity in the book community and always am on the look out for good translated books. Just read a German contemporary romance(translated of course! :D) called A Castle in the Clouds and enjoyed it.
    I think if you enjoyed the ACOTAR series you'll love Serpent & Dove. I'm guessing this after watching a commentary/review video readwithcindy made on Youtube(it has major spoilers). The Girl The Sea Gave Back is available on Scribd if it's not blocked for you. And lol, I was wondering where the heart was in 'Pieni Elama' until I saw the railing xD The fact that it's quite camouflaged makes it more fun! Kinda like find-the-object or Where's Waldo.

    I'm glad to hear that you're coping well!! We gotta boost our immune systems and stay vigilant. I feel like this will be here for some time but I hope I'm wrong! Take care ^_^

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  2. I’m so happy to see that you’re participating in the Readathon as well, Spell Maker sounds like a super amazing career 🥰 Good luck with your TBR! I personally loved My Lady Jane and The Wicked Deep! I’m also hoping to read Serpent & Dove because I heard that it has a swoony romance and is really witchy ✨ I hope you’re also doing well 🌸

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