Throughout April the majority of my reading has been driven by the OWLs prompts, I didn’t initially set out to complete all 12 prompts, I was aiming for 8 to carry on with in August with the NEWTs but with the extra time spent at home this month I managed to get to all of them. I have loved taking part in this, G @ Book Roast really has thought of everything with the magical readathon and am looking forward to August!
Herbology ~ Title starts with an ‘M’ ~ Mrs Dalloway ~ ★★★☆☆
A classic I’ve had on my kindle for a while, I read this over a weekend and initially I found it a bit confusing as it flows from character to character throughout the day without any chapters or structure . Once I’d got used to that and I was about a quarter or so through I quite enjoyed it – I’d like to find a TV adaptation to give a go soon.
Care of Magical Creatures ~ Creature with a beak on the cover ~ Fierce Fairytales ~ ★★★★☆
In my original TBR I said I was going to finally read To Set a Watchman for this, until I noticed that this collection of poems actually have five birds on the front. This collection looks at the untold sides of fairytales such as the backstory of Cinderella’s step-mother and the sea-witch from The Little Mermaid.
Astronomy ~ Read the majority at night ~ Heartstopper ~ ★★★★☆
With the recent release of volume 3 I’ve heard so much about this series in the last month so thought I’d give it a go as I don’t think I’ve ever read a graphic novel. I read this over a couple of nights just before bed so it would fit with the astronomy prompt. While I’m not really the target audience for this I still really enjoyed it and I’d be up for reading the sequels or other graphic novels a go.
Muggle Studies ~ Contemporary Book ~ The Switch* ~ ★★★★★
While I didn’t need to complete Muggle Studies for my chosen career I knew I wanted to read The Switch during April so since it fits the prompt. I really enjoyed this, it’s a new release for April 2020 and you can see my full review here.
Potions ~ Under 150 pages ~ The Little Snake ~ ★★★★☆
Originally I planned to read a a Penguin Modern Classic for this but when March’s reposed box contained this beautiful little book I changed my mind. This was the lovely story of Mary who as a child befriends a golden snake called Lanmo, it felt like a bit of a cross between a fairy tale and a fable with some lovely magical realism and a great talking snake.
Arithmancy ~ Outside your favourite genre ~ Is Butter a Carb? ~ ★★★★☆
Did I enjoy this, yes! Am I going to go read lots more books on nutrition/diet, probably not. This does make nutrition very accessible, its full or infographics which didn’t look the best on my kindle screen but overall this was a really engaging overview of the key areas involved in nutrition.
Ancient Runes ~ Heart on the cover or in the title ~ The Tell-Tale Heart ~ ★★★☆☆
This is a short story collection, I’ve read the title story previously at school but the others follow a similar theme of a slightly creepy story involving a heart.
History of Magic ~ Features witches or wizards ~ Harry Potter & The Philospher’s Stone ~ ★★★★★
Another prompt I didn’t have to complete for my chosen careers but it felt right to read some Harry Potter as part of a Harry Potter readathon!
Defence Against the Dark Arts ~ Book set at the sea/coast ~ The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy ~ ★★★★☆
This didn’t have quite as much sea/coast as I was hoping but there is some time spent on boats, on islands and with pirates particularly towards the end so I’m counting it; this is the sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue which I listened to last month and the main character focus switches from Monty to his younger sister Felicity who is trying to pursue studying medicine and being continually pushed back because of her gender. Much like the first book this is a journey around different parts of mainline Europe, plenty of action while continuing to be quite funny along the way.
Transfiguration ~ Book that includes shapeshifting ~ Wolf by Wolf ~ ★★★★☆
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this, as a child Yael was experimented on while at a concentration camp which has left her with the ability to transform her appearance into someone she’s seen before from as little as a photo of them. In this alternative 1950s where World War 2 was won by Germany and Japan, the victory ball of an annual motorbike race between Berlin and Tokyo is one of the few remaining events the Fuhrer still attends in person. Yael’s biggest chance to attempt to assassinate him is to take on the appearance of a previous victor, win the race and get to that ball.
Divination ~ Randomly selected ~ The Spare Bedroom* ~ ★★★☆☆
To randomly this I looked at all the Netgalley ARCs I have that are released before the end of May, ordered them by release date and used a number generator on google which picked out number 3. When Jess moves to Sydney for a new fresh start she couldn’t have imagined she’d end up in the spare bedroom of her ex-boyfriend and his fiance, there’ll be a full review of this up soon.
Charms ~ White cover ~ Quiet ~ ★★★☆☆
I’ve owned this for a while, this book focuses on introverts vs extroverts; the pros and cons of both, exploring whether we’ve geared the world up generally favour extroverts and because of this are many introverts trying to keep them true nature a bit of a secret? The information was very interesting but I did find myself glancing at the ‘time left in chapter’ corner of my kindle quite frequently.
Did you take part in the OWLs? Let me know what your favourite prompt/book was in the comments.