This past month I participated in the OWL Magical Readathon and I did so much better than I thought I would! When everything was up in the air I was barely able to focus on reading but when it became clear we weren’t going anywhere anytime soon I had plenty of time to read and be productive. I ended up reading 11 of the 12 prompts so I successfully completed the Mage of Visual Arts track I was on. I didn’t stick to my original TBR but I think I pretty close.
Ancient Ruins: Heart on cover or in title
The Unhonneymooners by Christina Lauren. I wasn’t impressed with this one. The writing was really good but I couldn’t get over the whole love interest is the sister’s husband’s brother.
Arithmancy: Book outside your favorite genre
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. I changed my mind on what to read for this prompt but I don’t read many books written in verse. Overall I loved this one. It was so realistically high school.
Astronomy: Read the majority of the book when it’s dark
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Changed my mind for this one too so I could read the Literally Dead bookclub. I have my full review here but overall I wasn’t that impressed.
Care of Magical Creatures: Book with a creature with a beak on the cover
Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman. This entire series was amazing and this was the conclusion. My thoughts from the first time I read them hasn’t changed at all.
Charms: White cover
Kill Creek by Scott Thomas. This was a classic haunted house story for the first half and then everything changed halfway through. There was quite a bit of build up but it was worth it in the end.
Defense Against the Dark Arts: Book set at sea or on the coast
Colorado Kid by Stephen King. This was completely different than a lot of King books I’ve read. I felt so connected to the characters in the story. The other thing I so want to talk about is a spoiler so I won’t be talking about it.
Divination: Random number generator:
The Magicians by Lev Grossman. This was just a coincidence but it works. I loved this book even more the second time. Pretty much all of the characters are stuck up but especially knowing that going in was even better.
Herbology: Title starts with an M
Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones. A novella that Luna passed onto me when I was looking for shorter reads. This was nothing like I was expecting and the writing wasn’t for me.
Muggle Studies: Contemporary
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes. I enjoyed this book as part of the Reading Rush Readathon. It was a cute contemporary romance but sometimes the relationship was wonky.
Potions: Book under 150 pages
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. This started out stating the obvious and got better as it went on. I feel like this was a good intro to all of the concepts but it could have talked about all of them more.
Transfiguration: A book with shapeshifting in it
Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop. This was the book I was most excited for during the Magical Readathon and I didn’t get to it.