My favorite readathon ever is starting up again – the Magical Readathon. Granted, I only took part on it one time before, for last year’s N.E.W.T’s, so this is my first time ever doing the O.W.L’s. But I love this readathon’s concept and I can’t wait to take part in both of them this year.
In case you’re not familiar, The Magical Readathon is hosted by @ Book Roast and it is a Harry Potter inspired read-a-thon, based off of the fictional tests the students at Hogwarts have to take: the O.W.Ls (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) and the N.E.W.Ts (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests). It’s a month-long read-a-thon, running from April 1st to April 31st.
For this year, I chose the career of a Hogwarts Professor. My idea initially was to go for Care of Magical Children, considering I am currently working at a kindergarten, so it would be a perfect fit. But, sadly, most of the prompts didn’t really fit with my existent TBR, so I decided to go for a Hogwarts Professor instead, as it is also in the field of education and works better for me.
As for my actual TBR:
Read something outside your favorite genre
AURORA RISING is my pick, as it is science fiction, and also because I feel like this is one of those books that I need the readathon’s motivation in order to pick up.
I don’t know why I am so hesitant, but probably because I’ve heard from fans of the Illuminae Files that this book isn’t actually *that* good, compared to their first series. But I’m going with low expectations and hopefully it will blow my mind?
Read most of the book when it’s dark outside
My choice is I HOPE YOU GET THIS MESSAGE BY FARAH NAZ RISHI, which is sci-fi with contemporary, so best of both worlds, I think?
From what I recall, this book follows multiple perspectives and their last days before the apocalypse. It’s probably not the best book to read during our current world climate, as the perception of the apocalypse is starting to get a bit more real, but oh well.
Hope y’all are staying safe, btw!
A book with a white cover
I am very excited to read SORTED, as I’ve been gravitating more and more towards memoirs and non-fiction lately.
Actually, I’m not familiar with Jackson Bird at all – even though I believe he’s a youtuber and I’m on YouTube for like 6 hours on a daily -, but this book is pitched as: “Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place (A Transgender Memoir)”, and that sold me.
I’ve also heard nothing but positive things about it and I really think it will be a very important, but still fun read.
DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS
Book set at the sea/coast
ALEX, APPROXIMATELY is a backlist title I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while. And it’s also the perfect choice for this one, as I believe this is set in a surfer’s town in California.
(I mostly would’ve just included it because there’s water in the cover, but the fact it’s actually canon makes me happy too).
Read a contemporary
This is actually the subject I’d like to teach if I do become a Hogwarts Professor. Obviously, magic is fun, but I find I work better with reality and muggle studies is interesting enough in my opinion.
Well, that and this was the class that allowed me to read a contemporary and I’ll finally pick up my most anticipated release of the year, YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER.
This book comes out on April, 7th and I freaking *can not wait*. This is adult romance and it’s enemies to lovers, but they’re already engaged? Basically, neither one of these characters are into the idea of getting married, but the one who pulls off will have to pay for the nonrefundable wedding bill. So they keep trying to make the other person give up, but then inevitably fall in love in the process of trying to break apart?
It gives me a lot of What Happens in Vegas vibes and I hope it will be as amazing as I expect.
A book under 150 pages
I am freaking finally carrying on with some of my manga series. I suck, I know.
Last year, for NEWT’s, I actually read the second volume, so it will probably become a tradition at this point to read AO HARU RIDE for the Magical Readathon, but then that means I’ll probably only finish this series in 2029.
I actually really enjoy it once I read them, but it’s the motivation to pick them up that I’m lacking on. Let’s hope I’m actually more consistent with my manga until the end of the year, otherwise we’ll have to wait until NEWT’s for the volume 4.
Book/series that includes shapeshifting
It was also for 2019 N.E.W.T’s that I read The Golden Compass, and now I’m carrying on with this series for another round.
My best friend gifted me this one – again – for my 19th birthday, last year, and I know he’ll do the same for the last book in this series for my 20th birthday, so I’m hoping to get to this one before that.
I literally have no idea what to expect from THE SUBTLE KNIFE. I didn’t particularly love the conclusion of the first book, but a lot of people have this one as their favorite in the series, so I don’t know what to feel. Hopefully, I’ll love it!
That’s it, friends! Are you taking part in the Magical Readathon? Which career did you choose? Have you already sorted out your TBR? Let’s chat in the comments!