The OWLS/Magical Readathon ended at the end of April and I completed the career of Alchemist! I believe this is the most difficult career that you can choose as you have to read a book from each subject.
So what did I read?
Ancient Ruins – a heart on the cover or in the title: I read Heartstopper Volume 3 by Alice Oseman. I am completely in love with Charlie and Nick’s story and was excited to dive into the latest volume.
Synopsis: In this volume well see the Heartstopper gang go on a school trip to Paris! Not only are Nick and Charlie navigating a new city, but also telling more people about their relationship AND learning more about the challenges each other are facing in private.
Arithmancy – read something outside your favorite genre: I read Body Respect by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor. I normally never read non-fiction and there is a reason why. It does not hold my interest at all. I wanted to like this book because it is very recovery oriented but I just don’t like non-fiction. I’m glad I read it, I gleaned a few nuggets of information from it, but I will be unhauling this book in the near future.
Synopsis: Dr. Linda Bacon and Dr. Lucy Aphramor’s Body Respect debunks common myths about weight, including the misconceptions that BMI can accurately measure health, that fatness necessarily leads to disease, and that dieting will improve health. They also help make sense of how poverty and oppression—such as racism, homophobia, and classism—affect life opportunity, self-worth, and even influence metabolism.
Astronomy – read majority of the book while it is dark outside: I read Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. This was a reread for me. I remember loving the blog when I was in high school/college. It’s funny and relatable.
Synopsis: Personal essays and comics by Allie Brosh.
Care of Magical Creatures – read a book with a beak on the cover: Another reread for this challenge as I read Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. This is the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy and I was rereading it to prepare for the new book coming out this month. I love The Hunger Games so much and I absolutely adore Peeta Mellark, he is one of my top five favorite fictional characters of all time.
Charms – read a book with a white cover: I read Nevernight by Jay Kristoff for this challenge. It took me a majority of the month to read this book, it is incredibly difficult to get into. It really starts to get interesting after about 100-150 pages, so it was quite a challenge to get there. Plus the footnotes really took me out of the story. Despite those things I really enjoyed this book and am excited to continue on with the series.
Synopsis: In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Defense Against the Dark Arts – read a book set at sea/the coast: I read The Deep by Rivers Solomon. I listened to the audiobook for this challenge because it was quite short and I did not have access the library to read a physical copy. I still enjoyed it, I just think I would have enjoyed it more if I could have read it physically.
Synopsis: The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater societyand must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future
Divination – read a book on your TBR picked by a number generator: This is the one challenge that I had to fudge a little. All of the local libraries were closed because of the pandemic and so I was hindered by what was available on my TBR that was available either through the library’s digital catalogue or Kindle Unlimited. I had to use the generator multiple times to finally get a book that I could obtain. I ended up reading His to Keep by Taylor Vaughn. I really did not enjoy this that much. It turns out it is the third in a series and while I don’t think I missed anything by not reading the first two books, I wasn’t into the plot of this at all.
Synopsis: My alien overlord is green, feral, and determined to keep me.
Herbology – read a book that begins with the letter “M”: I read Mistake of Magic by Alex Lidell. This is the second book in a series, I read the first book for the Transfiguration prompt. I made the mistake of reading two different series that involve fae, so I get this plot confused with the plot from the Lily Archer series that I am also reading.
Synopsis: Three trials stand between Lera and exile. Unless the training kills her first.
History of Magic – read a book featuring witches or wizards: I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This was a wild ride of a story. It is very whimsical and nonsensical. I hope to continue on and finish this series this year.
Synopsis: When Dorothy and her little dog Toto are caught in a tornado, they and their Kansas farmhouse are suddenly transported to Oz, where Munchkins live, monkeys fly and Wicked Witches rule. Desperate to return home, and with the Wicked Witch of the West on their trail, Dorothy and Toto – together with new friends the Tin Woodsman, Scarecrow and cowardly Lion – embark on a fantastic quest along the Yellow Brick Road in search of the Emerald City. There they hope to meet the legendary, all-powerful Wizard of Oz, who alone may hold the power to grant their every wish.
Muggle Studies – read a contemporary book: I read The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper. I was excited to read this one because it is set in my hometown of Houston, Texas. It was a cute, instalove story.
Synopsis: As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.
Potions – read a book under 150 pages: I read Fae’s Captive by Lily Archer. This one… I couldn’t tell you what it is about anymore. This is the first in a series of short novellas. I remember liking the story but because of the short nature of the books I have a hard time remembering what happens in each. I read the sequel to this also in April and I genuinely think this would be more memorable if the novellas were combined into a larger, normal sized novel. I still enjoyed it and will be continuing on with the series.
Synopsis: My college roommate is the worst. Cecile steals my food, brings guys over at all hours, and parties instead of studying. But those quirks pale in comparison to what she does next. She drugs me, and I wake up imprisoned in an alternate universe full of terrifying creatures.
Transfiguration – read a book that includes shapeshifting: I read The Power of Five by Alex Lidell. Another fae story. I was really into fae during the month of April.
Synopsis: Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera’s life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master’s advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out… Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera’s barn.
That’s all I read for the OWLS/Magical Readathon! What career did you go for? Were you successful?