Little late to the party posting this! But I have picked my books for the O.W.Ls readathon. This was started by Book Roast on YouTube as a way of blending lots of reading with Harry Potter. Not the biggest HP fan, but this just sounds like so much fun and I really want to get out of the mini reading slump I’m in at the moment. For all the info, visit the channel here. This year, you can also decide on a career you want at the end of this and the N.E.W.Ts later on in the year, which is super cool.
I’m just going to try and read as many books as possible, so we’ll see how that turns out. The only category I haven’t gone for is Astronomy – A book with ‘star’ in the title, because I don’t have a book with star in the title!
Let’s get to the books!
Ancient Runes – A Retelling
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. This is a fantasy, YA retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights and I have heard so many good things about it. I really like Ahdieh’s characters, so I’m really interested to see how this plays out.
Arithmancy – Work Written by More than One Author
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I kind of struggle with YA contemporary, but I have really enjoyed books by both of these authors, so I am intrigued to see how they work together.
Care of Magical Creatures – Land Animal on the Cover
When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman. I love Winman’s writing and her poignancy from such simple phrases has made me cry every time. I’m getting my tissues ready now …
Charms – Age-Line: Read an Adult Book
The Iliac Crest by Cristina Rivera Garza. I’ve loved dipping into translated fiction over the past year or so, and this slim book sounds like it deals with gender in a twisty dark kind of way.
Defence Against the Dark Arts – Reducto: Title Starts with an ‘R’
Red Rising by Pierce Brown. A high-action fast-paced read sounds perfect for a readathon, and I know this series has a lot of love for its speed and action.
Divination – Set in the Future
Neuromancer by William Gibson. I had originally planned on reading Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, but I picked up Neuromancer at the beginning of the month and dived straight in. The original ‘Matrix’, it is just my kind of mind-bending madness!
Herbology – Plant on the Cover
Harvest by Jim Crace. I read Quarantine last year and it was certainly thought-provoking. Crace has a way of turning longstanding ideas and beliefs on their head, so this should be interesting.
History of Magic – Published at Least Ten Years Ago
The Rapture by Liz Jensen. I have had this on my shelves since it published in 2009, so it’s probably about time I got around to reading it. Jensen has a very direct prose and her novels have a speculative edge that make for really engaging reading.
Muggle Studies – Contemporary
Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither by Sara Baume. A novel about an old man and his dog from an author that really pins down what loneliness and isolation feels like. Possibly another one to break my heart!
Potions – Next Ingredient: Sequel
Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh. Yes, another Ahdieh! This time the sequel to Flame in the Mist, which I enjoyed for its parallels to the Mulan story and its secretive cast of characters. The first book ended on a cliffhanger, and I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to find out what happens.
Transfiguration – Sprayed Edges or Red Cover
Macbeth by Jo Nesbo. An unusual one for me, as I tend not to read thrillers/mysteries/detective stories, but I have read all the other books in the Hogarth Shakespeare collection, so I am curious to see what Nesbo does with this. It is rather a large hardback, though, so we’ll see if I actually manage to get to it this month!
So, those are all the books I am going to try and read in April! Will I succeed? Who knows! We’ll find out together at the beginning of May …