March and April Wrap-up inc OWLs Magical Readathon 2020

Hello there!

I have been majorly neglecting the writing of wrap-ups lately so tadah – here is a combo wrap-up of March and April! These months have been absolutely crazy and I haven’t been able to read as much as I would have liked but that’s fine 😊 There’s no need to be super productive during a pandemic after all!

March and April were also special to my reading situation in other ways – in March I made myself a TBR flowchart for the first time and used it to select the books I read, and in April I took part in the OWLs Magical Readathon ✨ I loved doing both!

What I read in March

Here’s the March TBR flowchart that I tried my very best to follow:

I had such fun doing the flowchart and even more following it! But I have to admit that I wasn’t completely faithful to it 🙊

Books I read inspired by the flowchart

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The Confession by Jessie Burton

The Confession is a deeply emotional (read: soul-destroyingly good) story about Rose trying to find out what happened to her mother 30 years ago. This book has depth and complexity, and it was everything I wanted! Jessie Burton is the author of The Miniaturist, and so I didn’t expect anything but greatness from her, but The Confession managed to live up to my high expectations and it even exceeded beyond them.

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Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

I binge-listened to the audiobooks of The Infernal Devices during February and March, and really enjoyed all of the three books! I craved Clockwork Princess to have a more of an emotional punch to it, and I was nearly disappointed until the epilogue – and then the epilogue killed me. I was still crying 30mins after I finished it 😭

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Autumn by Ali Smith

Autumn is the first book in the Seasons series and it mesmerised me. This weird little thing feels realistic and relatable, but also pretty manic at times. It is political and follows events after the Brexit referendum in Britain – but it touches on so many common topics of injustice in everyday life that I believe it could also be easily enjoyed by someone who doesn’t know much about Brexit!

I also started Wicked as you Wish by Rin Chupeco but decided to DNF it early on – the writing style really didn’t work for me and I found it very infodumpy. I have a more elaborate exploration here in my Goodreads review. I also started Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart inspired by the flowchart but didn’t finish it before April.

I would declare the flowchart a success! It helped me to select books that fit my ever changing reading mood and I ended up really enjoying all of those three books.

Books I randomly read in March

or books I picked up even though they weren’t in my flowchart

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No One is too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

This short book is a collection of speeches by Greta Thunberg. The audiobook came suddenly available from my library and as it was very short, I flew through it in one evening while reorganising my bookshelves. It was very enjoyable and overall an empowering collection, although understandably repetative. I wished there was more of it; I wanted to see interviews with environmental researchers and explanations of the research that Greta references. It isn’t a self-help book or a manual on fixing the Earth – but hopefully it does make every reader act, move and think.

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

This one I should have just skipped. But I kept seeing glowing reviews everywhere about how the Bookish Life of Nina Hill is a booklover’s dream come true; a relatable story about navigating the busy world as an anxious bookwork. But it wasn’t that at all for me. My opinion is very unpopular, and I have a full rant-review here in Goodreads. But here is a summary of it: Nina isn’t that bookish but more of a collector of random information, she wasn’t relatable to me and she was pretty prejudiced and annoying. The plot is ridiculous when it shows up at all, and I simply hated reading it.

Books I started before March but finished in March


Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

I mentioned above that I binge-listened to the Infernal Devices, Clockwork Prince included. I really enjoyed this sequel to the Clockwork Angel although not quite as much (the first book got 5 stars from me). The plot wasn’t as gripping as in the first book but I still enjoyed it, and I grew to love the characters!

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The Corset by Laura Purcell

This beauty was a buddy read with Stephen @ Stephen Reads! I had such a great time buddy reading it, and we had amazing, detailed discussions of it. Stephen wrote a review of the Corset in his blog and I agree with everything he says about it whole-heartedly! Go check it out here. The plot was gripping but the book didn’t manage to hold my attention all the time. Even though the book had two POVs, I grew strongly attached with only one of these main characters and I found the other POV slightly uninteresting.

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Happy Fat: Taking up Space in a World that Wants to Shrink You by Sofie Hagen

Happy Fat is an impactful and empowering book against fatphobia and fatshaming. It is one of those rare nonfiction books that is actually successful in holding up both the enjoyable, light and funny tone, and the important, strong message. Sofie Hagen’s stand-up comedy is brilliant – she is witty, compassionate, feminist and really funny. Her personality also shines in the book and I laughed out loud quite a few times, but the light tone doesn’t dull the impact of the message. Sofie manages to convey painful experiences and stereotypes with care, and the book includes multiple interviews to gather together multiple perspectives of fatness. My only problem was that the beginning of the book could have done with a bit more editing – I felt like the writing style changed dramatically after the first 50 pages.

What I Read in April

Every year G @ The Book Roast organises a Magical Readathon, the OWLs in April. The month-long readathon is always a highlight in my reading year! This month my plan was to reach the career of a Spell Maker 💫

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But although I tried my best to reach the excellency of Hermione, my spell making was Ron-level at best 😂 For real, I somehow got distracted – ehrm I bought a Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing oops.

Here are the prompts that I aimed to finish. There were 7 of them which was pretty ambitious to begin with.

During the readathon I managed to finish:

  • Astronomy: Read a book when it is dark outside 🌘
  • Charms: A book with a white cover 🌟
  • History of Magic: A book featuring witches 🔮
  • Transfiguration: A book featuring shapeshifting 🐱

I started reading books for Ancient Runes and Arithmancy too, but I didn’t manage to finish them in April. I also pulled and stretched at the prompts to make some books fit that I reaaally wanted to read 🙊


The Reader by Traci Chee

Read for History of Magic 🔮

So this book kind of features witches – I counted it for the prompt as witchery was mentioned on the first page, but this witchery was a bit vague when I look back on it now. The Reader is a YA fantasy about a world in which reading is unheard of. I was completely immersed in it at the beginning and dying to find out what was going to happen, until the plot took a turn to pirates. I’m not a big fan of books about pirates, and my enthusiasm for The Reader also significantly deflected when I realised what it is about. But along with pirates came a shift in the plot; the story started to drag and some scenes didn’t make much sense to me. Overall, I found the worldbuilding confusing and by the half-way mark I felt detached and uninterested in the story. However, the way The Reader was written was beautifuly throughout, and I would love to read a contemporary by this author!


Queen of Ruin (Grace and Fury #2) by Tracy Banghart

Read for Transfiguration 🐱

The shapeshifting in this book isn’t the McGonagall type, but valid shapeshifting nevertheless; the characters in this series grow so much that they are nearly unrecognisable by the end of this second book! This series is cheesy yet empowering. It is an unapologetically feminist YA fantasy about women who have been treated badly and who are ready to fight their way to equality. It is so feminist that it becomes borderline preachy at times, and I’m so here for it – too many fantasies are described as feminist when they fail to address important issues or they tiptoe around difficult topics. Queen of Ruin didn’t hesitate to educate & entertain!

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Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury

Read for Astronomy 🌘

Hold Back the Tide is just enough horror for a chicken like me – about the same level of horror as Illuminae which also made me very spooked. I read it only when it was dark outside, and dang reading this in the middle of the night was terrifying. But I couldn’t stop because it is so immersive and addictive! An eerie atmosphere and Melinda Salisbury’s enchanting writing style made sure that I got chills from the very beginning. I highly recommend that you read this one without as much as a quick glance at the blurb! It was so enjoyable reading it without any idea about what would happen next. I’m only saying this; a girl who lives with her murderer-dad in the middle of the woods, and nearby villagers hate them both.


Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

Read for Charms 🌟

Blanca & Roja is just lovely. It is a story about sisters of whom one must turn into a swan so that the other gets to live as a human. This book has great pan and trans rep, and the fairytale atmosphere swept me away. It is a retelling of Snow-white and Rose-red which I have been intrigued by since I came across it in a storybook when I was 8, this book reignited my love for that story and now I’m eager to reread it. I have only one reason for not awarding Blanca & Roja with full 5-stars; within all the emotional conflict, I sometimes lost sight of the plot. I would be so immersed in the metaphors and beautiful scenery that I didn’t realise that something actually happened, which made me confused and pulled me out of the story.

It’s time to take a quick peek at the OWLs career guide to see if I qualify for a career with these OWLs…

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and after a quick browse it seems like I haven’t 🙈 To avoid turning into an unemployed witch, I think I’ll try to resit OWLs sometime before the NEWTs take place in August! This is actually quite fun, I have never resit an exam before 😂

What have you been reading lately? Did you take part in OWLs? Did you do better than I did (as in did you pass lol)? Did you read any good books? I would love to know!

Hope you’re safe and well, and I promise to work harder for the next readathon in May; the Medieval-A-Thon! Are you taking part?

Thank you so much for reading!

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.

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Currentathon Announcement: December 2019

Hello my fellow bookaholics ✨

Has your currently reading shelf on Goodreads grown way out of control? Do you have 7 books on your nightstand that you have half finished? Or could you just use a really exciting readathon to get you ready for 2020??

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This is fine because I’m here with a super exciting announcement: the next round of Currentathon is happening! This round will run for the entire duration of December and we have a bunch of exciting prompts 😍

I’m co-hosting Currentathon along with the wonderful Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Nook and Gina @ Randomly Bookish Gina 💞 It is a readathon dedicated for finishing up your current reads! Follow the Currentathon twitter account for a bunch of reading sprints.

We are bringing back the mighty bingo board and it has both reading challenges (in black) and more general bookish challenges (in green) so you can read as much or as little as you want to!

Tadah! Here is the December bingo board. You can try to get a bingo any which way you want, the diagonals are the most difficult and the vertical center is the least difficult. Or you could try to catch them all!

We have also taken into account that many other readathons are happening during December and you could easily match these prompts with them (we even included a cheeky little ‘A book you’re reading for another readathon’ prompt 😘)

I really hope that you’ll join us and participate in Currentathon 😊 I can’t wait to figure out my TBR!

Currentathon TBR

I’m extremely excited that Currentathon starts TOMORROW

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Soon soon soon soon soon. Very soon now.

If you don’t know what Currentathon is, check out my announcement post right here! Pssst there are challenges, a bingo, sprints and a star collecting game 😱

To satisfy the main challenge (pick one colour and find it in the cover of all the books you will be reading during the readathon)… 🥁 🥁 🥁 🥁

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… I have chosen yellow! 💫

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Currentathon Mini-round Announcement: 6th to 8th September

Today I have something incredibly exciting to share with you all!

I am a new co-host of Currentathon along with the wonderful Gina @ Randomly Bookish Gina (check her booktube here) and Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Nook (check her bookstagram here). For the past month we have been hard at work to prepare a weekend long round of Currentathon!

The Readathon will run from Friday the 6th of September to Sunday the 8th of September (next weekend!). The idea of Currentathon is to dedicate time for your current reads and for books that you started but then put down for some reason. I love this readathon so much because I always have a gazillion books that I’m reading at the same time. Join us for a weekend of reading and finishing current reads! We have two games and we will be running loads of reading sprints on the twitter account: @Currentathon

This round is centered around one big challenge: Colour. Choose one colour and find it in the cover of all the books you are planning to read during the readathon. While you read books with your chosen colour on the cover, complete additional challenges on our Currentathon Bingo!

Bingo Squares

I looove readathons with bingo cards and I’m so happy that we ended up including one for this mini-round of Currentathon. Bingo is entirely optional but a fun addition if you want to make the readathon weekend a bit more interactive. Most of the challenges are easy to do so no need to stress about finishing dozens of books within one weekend.

At the beginning of the readathon we will make a thread on the Currentathon twitter account where you can introduce yourself for the other readathon participants and leave your social media handles. You can also cross off squares by marking your chosen colour on the middle of the bingo, following a new friend from the Currentathon twitter thread, sharing your TBR and reading spot online and much more.

To complete the square ‘Read a book with a complementary colour on the cover’, you need to take a quick look at this graphic:

So if your chosen colour is white, read a book with black on the cover instead!

Collecting stars

We couldn’t be happy with just one game, so we added another one. Try to collect as many stars as possible during the readathon weekend by simply reading, taking part in sprints, posting online, and playing the bingo. Colour in the stars around the bingo squares.

You don’t have to take part in the bingo to collect stars and vice versa. Also, you don’t need to do either of the games to take part in the readathon!

I really hope you will take part in Currentathon! I’m super excited already!

Let me know in the comments if you’re planning to take part or if you have any questions.

We will be running loads of reading sprints on the Currentathon twitter account, and I’ll be running some for the first time ever. EEEK.

Do you tend to read loads of books at once? Do you put down books for various reasons before you have finished them?

I do both 🙈 Sometimes I’m really enjoying a book and it still gets neglected! Also, I tend to read so many books at once that I take a long time to finish one of them Next weekend will be a perfect opportunity to pick those books back up again 😂 Next weekend will be a perfect opportunity to pick those books back up again and finish some current reads 💪

Keep your eyes peeled for my TBR post later this week 👀

Thank you so much for reading!


If you know me, then you know that I get extremely excited about readathons. Especially G @ Book Roast’s Magical Readathons are amazing and I’m always squealing from joy whenever a new announcement comes up.

In August it’s time to dive into NEWTs, or the Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, that Hogwarts students complete on their seventh year of study to reach their preferred career. Book Roast has made it possible for us bookaholics to do the tests by reading! NEWTs is an extension of OWLs that happened in April (but you can still take part if you didn’t participate in OWLs). G gives you all of the details in her announcement video:

I am pursuing the career of a Metal Charmer, a mysterious profession of risky and careful work to produce intricate metallic objects with magical properties. Things like the time turner, the golden snitch, and much more!

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As the profession of a metal charmer is exclusive, reaching the career is very difficult. That’s why I need to read 12 books in August 😱 that’s about 5 books more than I usually take up and I have already lost 10 days of the month for moving house! I’m panicked, hyperventilating and still kind of exhilarated.

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Am I ready to give up all of my free time to reach this career? Yes. Am I ready to let my body decay while I stay in the same spot reading until I am a metal charmer? Yes. Will I procrastinate university work to reach my metal charmer magical career? Hell to the yes. Will I stop watching Netflix? NNnngggh, I don’t know man.

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Medieval-A-Thon Update & 24 in 48 TBR

Well hello all of my fellow bookaholics! I’m here today to write a reading update for Medieval-A-Thon and also list my TBR for the next round of 24 in 48! Are you excited? I’m pretty excited.

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I might or might not be going to see the Lion King tonight
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July: Medievalathon TBR

Hello bookaholics! Long time, no see. I have been forced on a short semi-hiatus to finish up my masters thesis, but I’ll soon spring right back in the blog (and I already have a bunch of posts that I can’t wait to share with you!). My thesis hand-in date is the 12th of July, and I hope to be back to blogging soon after.

But even my masters thesis couldn’t keep me away from sharing a July TBR. July has a bunch of amazing readathons happening; Medieval-A-Thon, Reading Rush (formerly known as booktube-athon), and The Book Junkie Trials, to name a few. As a lover of readathons I wanted to take part in everything, but I have forced myself to pick only one so that I’m not overly tempted to read away all the time I’m supposed to be finishing my thesis at the beginning of July.

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I have decided to take part in Medieval-A-Thon, hosted by the wonderful Holly Hearts Books (her announcement video is right here), because it seems fun, chilled out and interactive. Medieval-A-Thon runs for the entire month of July, and the idea is to build a medieval character. Your status is decided by the amount of books you read:

And you earn armour & weapons by reading books that fit certain prompts:

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The graphic by Holly Hearts Books

You can easily go for the nobility rank only if you don’t mind being naked and defenseless 😂

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April Wrap-up: Tome Topple and OWLs Magical Readathon

April, the Queen-Month of Readathons, has come to an end. I took part in two readathons: Tome Topple Round 8 in which the goal is to read tomes with more than 500 pages and the OWLs Magical Readathon which is a month-long readathon inspired by the magical exams that Hogwarts students take in their fifth year. Let’s see how the month of reading went!

An accurate representation of me wanting to continue reading books for the readathons even though the month has ended
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OWLs Magical Readathon Update & Tome Topple TBR

We’re almost halfway through April and in the middle of OWLs Magical Readathon. If you haven’t the faintest about what I’m talking about you can check out Book Roast’s announcement video here, or my TBR with info on the readathon here.

While I’m super focused on doing the best I can with OWLs, I simply could not ignore Samantha @ Thoughts on Tomes announcement of Tome Topple Readathon Round 8!! Tome Topple is one of all time favorite readathons, and the point is to read those big, intimidating tomes over 500 pages on your TBR. Tome Topple also hosts the most fabulous reading sprints I have ever seen so I simply have to take part (check their Twitter here for the sprints). But we have a problem: OWLs are about reading a crazy amount of books to reach a wizarding career while Tome Topple wants me to read a few humongous books. I’m here today to shuffle up my OWLs TBR to make room for Tome Topple!

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