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Wrap Up |April | #OWLsReathaon2020

Wrap Up

Hello and welcome to my April and OWLsReadathon wrap up! This month has been an outstanding reading month in my eyes. I did not expect I would be reading nearly this month, but with everything going on I found I had more free time and books filled that time up. Since I have so many reviews in this post I am going to just get to it.


Read 2

How to Read LiteratureHow to Read Literature by Terry Eagleton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One person blurbed the back of this book as ‘Lively and engaging…English 101 in a book.” I would say Michael Lindgren hit the nail on the head with the description. If you need a refresher on reading critically and activity. It is throughout and well done.

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The Scorpio RacesThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I will be 100% honest about this, I had no idea what to really expect when I jumped into this book. I mean I obviously read the description and I knew I would be reading about kids riding on water horses, which sound amazing by the way, and there would be a race. I also knew our main character was going to be a girl. I am not sure why, but I got hunger game vibes and for me personally that isn’t a good thing.

When I actually got to reading  I liked the writing style, but I have always enjoyed the style of Maggie Stiefvater. I read the first two books in The Raven Cycle and liked how lyrical and her sentences felt, they just had a good rhythm. This book also had that feeling of magic, if that makes sense? I will say, that this novel was written before The Raven Boys and you can tell. That is not to say the writing is bad in anyway, but you can see how much her writing improved.

One thing I really liked about this story was the fact that the love was not the main driving force of this book, but working together to make it through this dangerous race. Nothing felt forced or just there for the sake of the plot, which annoys me to no when when that happens. The plot overall was good, I enjoyed it from start to finish for the most part. There were times I just wanted to skip a few pages because got bored, but as soon as the thought entered my mind something would happen to pull me back in. I will say, I was slow though even with all the action. Which is a bit confusing for me.

Overall, I am glad read it and Meeghan picked it for me. It was enjoyable and it was nice to read something different from Maggie Stiefvater. Was it my favorite by her? No, I still prefer what I have read of The Raven Cycle. Take that as you may, I still enjoy her style.

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Beach ReadBeach Read by Emily Henry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! I had a feeling I would because it had a few of my go to keywords, writers and not a great first impression. What really stood out to me about this book was the dynamic the two main characters had. It was fun, light hearted, but also serious. I really loved the style of this book and will read more from her  easily.
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The Widow of Pale HarborThe Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wonderful gothic mystery novel, including murder, witches and a secret hidden in a house located in a coastal Maine town. I was enthralled from page one. It was wonderfully written, a great plot, and it has a perfectly creepy and eerie atmosphere.

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Girl, Woman, OtherGirl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another book on my quest to read all the 2019 shortlisted books! I am pleased to say that reading this book was a very different experience than reading the previous book I read in this challenge. I truly loved the writing style of this book and how it was set up. The is a collection of short stories where all of the characters are connected in one way or another. I personally have never read a collection like this, but it made all the difference for me.

Every voice in this book has a powerful story to tell, each perspective is of an individuals who is minority in the Britain. Each one of the authors story was wonderfully written, their writing talent is truly something of wonder, their voice is strong and confident, which I truly enjoyed. As I read I was invested in the characters even though we were not with them the entire book. I tend to have difficulty doing this in short stories since we spend so little time with characters. But, the quality of these stories really elevated my reading experience. Also, really liked how the author discussed huge topics such as feminism, racism, different forms of abuse, love, and many more. I am thankful that this book was on the shortlist, because sadly this book is not talked about otherwise and it truly is a shame. I honestly think she should have been the only winner as well.
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Salvation StationSalvation Station by Kathryn Schleich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review to come soon!
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Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am glad II finally got to this book, but I don’t think it is for me. I don’t see myself continuing wth the series. I bought this book years ago on my kindle and this type of story just isn’t my thing anymore. Funny how reading tastes change.

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Middle Mark Books 2

Full Throttle by Joe Hill, My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Girls of Gettysburg by Bobbi Miller, My rating: 3 of 5 stars

They Will Drown in Their Mothers’ Tears by Johannes Anyuru, My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Macbeth by William Shakespeare, My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Magician King by Lev Grossman, My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Magical Readathon Update

Seer Profession

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

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

Divination – Third eye: assign numbers to your TBR and use random number generator

Animagus Training 

Arithmancy – Magical qualities of number 2: read something outside your favorite genre

Potions – Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages

Transfigurations – Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shape shifting

Magical Shop Management 

Arithmancy – Magical qualities of number 2: read something outside your favorite genre

Bonus OWLs

History of Magic – Book that features witches/wizards 

  • The Magicians King by Lev Grossman

Muggle Studies – Contemporary

  • Beach Read by Emily Henry 

Defense Against the Dark Arts

  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Charms

  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Beat the Backlist 2

Start of 2020: 51

Current: 11


Reading Stats

  • Number of Books: 15
  • Number of Pages: 5,097
  • Fiction: 13
  • Nonfiction:2
  • DNF’ed: 0
  • Ebook: 3
  • Audiobook: 1
  • Paperback: 4
  • Hardcover: 7
  • Library: 1
  • Owned: 14
  • 5 Stars: 6
  • 4 Stars: 4
  • 3 Stars: 4
  • 2 Stars: 1
  • 1 Star: 0

What was your favorite book this month?

How did you do in your OWLs? 

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Wrap Up

Middle Mark |April | #OWLsReathaon2020

Middle Mark

Hello and welcome to my Middle Mark post for the OWLs Reeadathon! First I am going to be doing what I normally do in these posts, I am going to share my mini reviews of each of the books I read. Following that I will go through the OWLs that I have made progress on. Then, I will share what books I am in the middle of as of writing this post. I hope you enjoy the mini reviews and looking at my OWLs Reathon progress. I am actually quite proud of my progress.


Read 2

Full ThrottleFull Throttle by Joe Hill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Joe Hill continues to impress me with his writing. But, like any story collection there were some I loved, some I liked, some that were okay and one I ended up skipping.

Overall, this was a really good collection of creepy and disturbing stories. If you enjoy his other works you should enjoy this as well.

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The Girls of GettysburgThe Girls of Gettysburg by Bobbi Miller

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a really well created fictional novel that interwoven the tales of three different girls that all end up at Gettysburg. I really liked how the author told the experiences of many within these three characters. The writing was donee very well and it was an enjoyable read. I recommend to anyone who wants to know more about the subject.

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They Will Drown in Their Mothers' TearsThey Will Drown in Their Mothers’ Tears by Johannes Anyuru

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I am not really sure how to rate or review this book. I feel like something might have gotten lost in translation. But, from what I did read it was very intense sense and the beginning. Plus, reading it was a bit disorienting, but I think that was the point.

Overall, I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t really enjoy reading it either.

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Macbeth Macbeth by William Shakespeare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review to come shortly! I am saving this review for when I do my Shakespeare challenge post later this month, keep an eye out!

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Norse MythologyNorse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great collection of Norse Myths. Neil Gaiman is a talented writer and his style and strong voice is present in this collection. It mainly focuses on Thor, Loki and Oden with other Gods thrown in. The selection that Gaiman choose were a good introduction to Norse Myths, but also a good recap as well. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys mythology.

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The Magician King (The Magicians, #2)The Magician King by Lev Grossman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series continues to be vey interesting and engaging. It truly is a great second book to a series. In my eyes a great book in a series continues to demonstrate which I enjoyed about the first one and doesn’t seem like just a filler to get from book one to book three. This book continued to grow the world(s) of this series and maintained its appeal. I don’t want to say much, because it is the second book in a series, but the story has become more complicated and intense.

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Heart-Shaped BoxHeart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have had this book sitting on my shelf for almost a year and I am mad that it took my this long to get to it. This is a true ghost story, but the worst kind of one. It is brutal, but is perfect for a horror read. It has a monster, gore, and an interesting plot that kept me reading.

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Magical Readathon Update

Seer Profession

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

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

Divination – Third eye: assign numbers to your TBR and use random number generator

Animagus Training 

Arithmancy – Magical qualities of number 2: read something outside your favorite genre

Potions – Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages

Transfigurations – Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shape shifting

Magical Shop Management 

Arithmancy – Magical qualities of number 2: read something outside your favorite genre

Bonus OWLs

History of Magic – Book that features witches/wizards 

  • The Magicians King by Lev Grossman

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Currently Reading 2

I am currerntly 74% through Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I am liking this book a lot more than I originally thought I would. I have not been into this type of book for some time and I really only picked it up because I am buddy reading it, but I am so glad that that pushed me into reading it. I only have about a forth of the book to go, so we shall see what my feelings are later on. I am hoping they are good.


What was the last book you read, did you like it?

How are your OWLs coming along? 

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Writing and More

Bullet Journal | April 2020

Bullet Journal

Hello and welcome to my April Bujo post! This month is actually my last month in this notebook, which is a little sad since there are so many memories attached to it. But, I am kind of execited about my new notebook as well. It feels like a refreshing new start and I kind of wanted to pull that into this month’s spreads. My new notebook has a snake on the front so I wanted to bring the snakes to April as well. Now, without further ado, here is my bujo spreads for April.


Items Used

Archer & Olive Bujo

Tombow MONO drawingpen 05

Inspiration 

thebujophase on instagram


This is my magical readathon spread this time around. I left another page blank if I want to make a progress spread, but I have not made up my mind if I I want to or not. I did want to make a spread with the information for my career and optional training I am trying for. If you want to see the books I picked for this years OWLs, you can see that in my post,  To Be Read | April | #OWLsReathaon2020.

This is my monthly spread for the month. I am giving this new spread a try, using a method called Dutch Door. I decided to have my daily page count present on the peek through. I figured with the OWLs it would be fun.

On the other side of the Dutch Door I put my Blog Notes and my TBR list and a little print out of a snake. I am looking forward to using this during April, it is always fun to try something new.

This month I made my weekly layout a bit different this month. I wanted to give each day its space and its own to do list space. With working from home I really felt the need to keep everything in one place, I am hoping this spread and and cute snake can help me with that.


Do you enjoy snakes?

Are you participating in the OWLs? What are you reading for the OWLs? 

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TBR

To Be Read | April | #OWLsReathaon2020

To Be Read

Hello and welcome to another TBR post! This month I am super excited because it is April and that means it is time for the OWLs Examinations! If you are unfamiliar with the OWLs Readathon, it is a month long Harry Potter themed readathon hosted by Book Roast on youtube. She does an outstanding job, she puts in so much effort and I could honestly just gush about her for a while. She is a very smart, talented, and dedicated woman. If you want to hear all the information from the creator herself ; the magical careers, prompts and bonus trainings you can do so on announcement video here: Year 3 of O.W.L.s Magical Readathon – Announcement! | Book Roast and you can find the prompt and career information on the Magical Readathon website here: magicalreadathon.com – 2020 Magical Readathon Links


This round I am going to take it a bit easier on myself and I picked the career of Seer. This one only entailed reading three books for the OWLs and three books for the NEWTs later this year. I picked this one for a few reasons, the first being it is interesting. The second being it gives me the opportunity to go for a few of the “extras” this year. So, I will first explain the books I am reading for Seer and then go into the bonus stuff a bit more.

Prompts

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

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

Divination – Third eye: assign numbers to your TBR and use random number generator


Animagus and Magical Store things

Animagus Training 

Arithmancy – Magical qualities of number 2: read something outside your favorite genre

Potions – Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages

Transfigurations – Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shape shifting

Magical Shop Management 

Arithmancy – Magical qualities of number 2: read something outside your favorite genre

 


Another Unrelated Book

I am buddy reading The Magicians series with Jenna and Reg and I will probably fit The Magician King by Lev Grossman into a prompt somewhere, but I did not just yet. Since it is something I plan on reading I wanted to share it anyway.


Are you joining in for the OWLs this month?

What career did you pick? 

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TBR

April TBR | OWLs Magical Readathon 2019

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It is the wonderful time of year once again, it is time for the OWLs Readathon hosted and created by Book Roast on Youtube. This year she made it even more exciting by create guides for quote a few wizarding professions. I really loved this addition and after a few days of thinking it over I decided to try for Herbology. I thought it would be a good complement to my potion focus reading from last year, TBR | Magical Readathon OWLs Exams, which were built off of her tweet for potioneer last year.

Key Traits as described in the guide, “Gentleness, Patience, Green Thumb, and Intuition”, since I am know to others to be gentle, kind, and very patience and I personally aspire to have a green thumb I thought this would be a good pick for me. In addition, I am a proud Hufflepuff and the Herbology professor is the head of my house! So, between all of those things, I think it would be a good fit. Now, on to the books!

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Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill

Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul

This was a great suggestion by Amy, from Tomes With Tea, I don’t know why I never thought of this book because last year I read another one of the authors collections, Your Soul is a River, and loved it. So I am really excited to have this on my TBR for Care of Magical Creatures. In total there are 3 land creatures that stand out to me.

Herbology- Plant on the Cover

The Overstory by Richard Powers

The Overstory

This book has been one I have been reading to read for months. I picked it up for my year long goal to read a shortlist. This was on the shortlist for The Man Booker prize. It seems like it is going to be a memorizing and enchanting.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Virgin Suicides

This is a secondary choice I am giving myself for this month. Incase I am not in the mood to read The Overstory for one reason or another. This book has been a classic that is much talked about and discussed and I am curious to see what I will think about it.

Potions-sequel

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)

Oddly enough, I looked through my entire owned TBR and this was the only sequel I had. I really have stepped away from series, but I did not think I stepped away from them so much. But, I am happy to get to this book in April. I read the second book in the series in the first part of March and I don’t know why I waited so long to continue. So, I am going to make sure I get to this one sooner rather than later.

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Chances are I will be updating the most frequently on my progress with this readathon over on twitter. I know that the readathons official  hashtag is I plan on hopping onto that to jump in on the fun. From my understanding she is going to have trivia, matches, and a few reading sprints. Anyway, if you are participating study hard and pass your exams!

What Profession are you aiming for? Which books did you pick?

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TBR

Christmas at Hogwarts | TBR

 

So, this past year they have been very many different Hogwarts themed readathons boasted by bookroast on youtube. There have been the OWLS, NEWTS, and a few extra credit ones as well. Now it is time for Christmas at Hogwarts and our goal is to make it to the Christmas Feast. If you want a lot of details about the readathon I suggest looking at her video, which you can find here.

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  • December 17th- December 26th
  • Follow the foot prints to the feast
  • Complete 6 challenges that are connected by footprints.

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  • This will honestly depend on where I am with my books on Monday. I am currently reading a few books so this one I can’t quite say just yet.

Have a snowball fight with the Weasley twins – a book you think will be humorous

I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks

Visit 3 Broomsticks for muller pixie wine – a read that should only take you a day/evening

  • Fresh Ink: An Anthology by Lamar Giles, I have had this since bookcon 2018 and it is about time I read this small anthology!

Fresh Ink: An Anthology

Attend a Yule Ball – book you’ve been preparing yourself for

  • The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, I picked this book up when I was on vacation where the House of the Seven Gables is, even though that is technically fake. It was inspired by a house then it was turned I into the house. It was all rather weird honestly. But, I have been putting this off because I hated The Scarlet Letter and this is by the same author. I am hoping I like this one more.

The House of the Seven Gables

Use your Invisibility Cloak to get to the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library – read a banned book

  • The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson, I am really looking forward to reading  more of Shirley Jackson’s books.  I have really fallen in love with her writing over the past year and I thought this would be a good way to end the year.

The Lottery and Other Stories

Attend the Christmas Feast – watch a Harry Potter movie

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I have been meaning to watch this movie again. For some reason this is the movie I always stop right before when I rewatch the movies.

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What prompt are you most looking forward to?

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Wrap Up

Wrap Up | #NEWTsReadathon2018

NEWTs

The NEWTs Examinations are complete! What happened to the month of August? I feel like it flew by. I sat for so many exams and read as much as I could. I have to admit I did not read all of my TBR, which you can find here TBR| N.E.W.T.s Readathon 2018, but I did read quite a lot so that is a win in my book.

Overall I loved this readathon and would not hesitate to participate in it again in the future. It was a lot of fun and was challenging at the same time. I give a lot of credit to Book Roast who came up with the OWLs and NEWTs readathons. You can tell she put in a lot of time and effort into creating them and making them fun for all. Anyway, here are the details and my wrap up for the NEWTs!

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NEWTs I Was Eligible to Take

Potions – Attempted – Grade: O

Charms – Attempted – Grade: E

Arithmancy – Not Attempted

Herbology – Attempted – Grade: E

Muggle Studies – Attempted – Grade: ODivider

Requirements Check List

  • Must have O in one subject – DONE!
  • Must pass at least 2 examinations – DONE!

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Books I Read

 

The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson

5stars

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

2stars

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

2stars

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

5stars

Night Shift by Stephen King

3stars

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

3stars

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

4stars

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood

My full review:REVIEW |Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Edited by Tess Sharpe & Jessica Spotswood

5stars

The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer

3stars

Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel

4stars

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Wrap Up

#NEWTsReadathon2018 | August 13th – August 19th

NEWTs

Books I Finished

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

I can finally say I read Strange the Dreamer! I feel like I have been wanting to read this book for so long, I am glad I did. I really ended up enjoying myself while reading it and I plan on getting the next book from the library as soon as it comes out and I can put it on hold. Reading this allowed me to get an O in Potions. Also, can I say, WOW that ending?!

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

So, this book I was not meant to actually finish this week, but I am a bad reading buddy and I was loving the book so much I ended up reading and finishing it a bit too early. I know that my reading buddies do not mind and are really enjoying it too. If you like magical realism type books I recommend this. It is a lovely book, it was cute and had great characters. Finishing this allowed me to get an A in Herbology.

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NEWTs Progress

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I am Still ReadingToil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Edited by Tess Sharpe

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

So I am currently reading Toil and Trouble and I am LOVING these short stories. Right now I am about 60% through and they are all so varied and unique from one another. When I finish this collection it will earn me an A in charms. When I am done I will share a full review with all of you.

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NEXT BOOK

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)

I have been wanting to pick up this book so much for the past month so I am going to be picking this up sometime this week. Doesn’t that cover just look magical? I think it is perfect for this readathon. When I finish this one it will give me an A in Arithmancy 

Fresh Ink: An Anthology

Fresh Ink: An Anthology

This upcoming week I want to pick up Fresh Ink, I think it will be perfect to pick up at the end of the day and read one or two short stories. This will work for an E in Charms. 

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