Hi everyone! It’s been a while! I’ve been very busy with uni and writing my dissertation and with the state of the world recently everything’s just been a bit mad! I’m in my last week of teaching now (online) of my last ever semester of uni so it’s a bit bittersweet. Now that I’m at home though I decided to participate in the OWL’s readathon for the second year! If you don’t know what it is, it is a Harry Potter readalong hosted by G at Book Roast (one of my favourite booktubers!) that happens twice a year! There is a video where she explains the whole process and honestly every year I’m amazed by all the hard work she puts into it!
This year, like last year, I will be following the Auror career path, as when I read the series growing up I always wanted to be an Auror if I were in the Harry Potter universe! This year, however, there are also separate classes you can take, for example Merpeople Linguistics, and so I have chosen to do the Animagus training. All of these come with prompts so I’ve decided to compile a little TBR to show you what I’ll be reading throughout the readathon!
Charms – Lumos maxima: white cover
Valiant by Holly Black – I decided to go with the sequel/companion novel to Tithe which I read last year and had a ball reading! I ADORE Holly Black’s take on fairies and, although these books are nowhere near as amazing as the Cruel Prince series, they’re a whole load of fun! Valiant follows Valerie who ran away to New York and is currently living with a group of squatters who talk her into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature! I’m so excited to delve back into this world full of angsty, broody characters!
Defence Against the Dark Arts – Grindylows: book set at the sea/coast
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker – This one was a bit harder to choose – I was stuck between this book and House of Salt and Sorrow but I was needing a re-read of Seafire so I eventually decided on this one! Seafire follows an all-female pirate crew headed by Caledonia Styx. Caledonia’s family were killed at the hands of Aric Athair – a pirate ‘ganglord’ – and his crew of bullets. Caledonia and her and her crew are looking to get revenge for their families being taken from them but when an attack on a bullet ship goes wrong, a defected bullet ends up on her ship and Caledonia must decide what to do with him. I read this book at the very start of 2019 and I have the sequel ready to go, but after reading 100 books in 2019 I definitely needed a refresher before diving into the sequel and this gave me the perfect chance!
Herbology – Mimbulus mimbletonia: title starts with an m
Milkman by Anna Burns – This novel really intrigues me and I’ve been wanting to read it since it won the Man Booker prize a couple of years ago. I’m just going to give the synopsis from the back of the book for this one because I find it absolutely bizarre and I really don’t know how else to explain it! In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.
Potions – Shrinking solution: book under 150 pages
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller – It was so difficult to find a short enough book for this until I found this one on my shelf. This is another one I’ve been meaning to pick up for the longest time (literally around five years now!) after I read, and LOVED, The Crucible for Higher English when I was 16/17. This is a play that I know absolutely nothing about and the blurb gives nothing away. I think it is about a salesman (great deduction skills Althea!) who is at rock bottom in his life but other than that I know nothing and I don’t really want to know more than that!
Transfiguration – Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shapeshifting
The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta – This is another one I know little to nothing about. I think that it is an Italian inspired fantasy book and our main character, Teodora, is a ‘strega’, or a shapeshifter. One day her father gets poisoned and she has to travel to the capital transformed into a boy to save him. Although I haven’t heard much about this I’m very intrigued, particularly by the setting, and the fact that it has LGBT rep in it too!
Arithmancy (Animagus Lecture) – Magical qualities of number 2: balance/opposites – read something outside your fave genre
The Good Luck Girls – Charlotte Nicole Davis – Before I started reading this book I was very much under the impression that it was a historical fiction novel. Now that I’m about 20 or so pages in and its set in a place that doesn’t exist, I’m a bit unsure! This book follows Aster, Violet, Tansy, Mallow and Clementine who were all sold as children to a ‘welcome house’. On her sixteenth birthday, Clementine accidentally kills a man and the girls must go on the run from powerful forces who do not want them to get their freedom. I’m SO intrigued by this book and it features a black main character and there’s apparently a f/f romance too! I think this will be a fast, fun read and I’m excited to get my teeth into it!
Of course, because I’m the person that I am I have also filled out options for the other prompts if I manage to finish all those! They are as follows:
- Ancient Runes – Crier’s War by Nina Varela
- Astronomy – This is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El Mohtar and Max Gladstone / Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
- Care of Magical Creatures – The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
- Divination – Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller
- History of Magic – Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
- Muggle Studies – Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour
If you are taking part let me know what career you’ve chosen and what books you’re reading! Stay safe and stay indoors as much as possible! Happy reading!!