OWL Readathon Wrap-Up

I did it. I finished the OWLs required to be a Curse Breaker…. and three extras. I did not follow my actual TBR though….

This readathon was hosted by G over at Book Roast. She put an insane amount of effort into making different tracks for careers. She put together classes and quidditch matches and so many things. Unfortunately I was at work during the majority of these things because it was Hogwarts (UK) time.

Cursebreaker track:

Ancient Ruins (retelling)- Alice by Christina Henry– This was quite possibly my favorite book of the month. It was insanely twisted and messed up. I haven’t read anything like it in such a long time if ever. It was a retelling of Alice in Wonderland.

Arithmancy (more than one author)- Mera by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne– Somewhere it was said the illustrator counts as an author for this challenge. If not, I guess my grade can be revoked. My full review is here.

Charms (an adult book)- Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid– I’m slowly making my way through all of her books and obviously everyone was raving about this when it was released. It was absolutely amazing and the emotions portrayed.

Defense Against The Dark Arts (title starting with “R”)- The Reader by Bernhard Schlink– I wasn’t in the mood to read the Real Lolita, my actual pick for this one, so I went to the library and just looked over shelves looking for titles starting with “R.” Then I saw this one and I actually already had it at home. It’s kind of like Lolita meets the aftermath of the Holocaust. I actually don’t like books about either of those things but I was shocked. I really loved it.

Potions (sequel)- The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith– I was down to the wire with my reading. I had three days left and I realized I still had two books so I tried to find books on audio. My library is really horrible about buying sequels on audio. This wasn’t as much of a disappointment as the first one was. There was some creativity again.

Transfiguration (sprayed edges or red cover)- The Library Book by Susan Orlean– I ended up not going to see her because the free tickets sold out. I was actually really disappointed with this one! Parts of it were good but it talked about the history a lot more than about the burning.

Other books:

Care of Magical Creatures (land animal on the cover)- Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality is, how it works and what it can do by Jeremy Bailenson– I was looking through the tech audiobooks from my library and found this. I’m glad I did. It was interesting and talked about the effects of VR on our brains. It also discussed the past and future of it.

Divination (set in the future)- Vox by Christina Dalcher– This was a dystopian where women are only allowed 100 words a day. It was good up until the ending which I can’t discuss because spoilers. My Goodreads review is here which does discuss the spoilers.

Muggle Studies (Contemporary)- My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite– This is the buddy read Amy picked for the month so obviously I had to read it. I’m not 100% sure it’s classified as a contemporary but it wasn’t super thriller-y and it was modern day so I’m going to claim it is. I actually loved this one.

What have you read this month? Have you read any of these?

7 thoughts on “OWL Readathon Wrap-Up

  1. I haven’t read any of those books. Great job on your O.W.L.s.

    I didn’t pay much attention to the readathon until the very end of the month, but if I had signed up and participated then based on what I did read in April I would have completed everything except Defense Against the Dark Arts and History of Magic. My 19 books read from April actually ended up covering most of the classes. I guess I should have signed up. Oh well, better luck next time.

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