O.W.L.s readathon wrap-up…

Today was the final day of the O.W.L.s Readathon hosted by Book Roast, and I’m still of the opinion that this is one of the most fun reading challenges ever. And maybe that’s what spurred me on to receive the highest possible passing grade of “outstanding” which required passing five subjects. To be perfectly honest, I was really hoping to do even better and complete all twelve of the exams, but well, that just didn’t happen. I did, however, pass eight subjects which should give me lots of options when Book Roast hosts the N.E.W.T. Readathon/Challenge in the future. These are the subjects which I sat for and  passed, along with the book I used to complete it:

  • Ancient Runes (a book with a symbol on the cover)–Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee.
  • Arithmacy (a book with a number on the cover or in the title)–Zone One by Colson Whitehead.
  • Astronomy (a sci-fi book)–Dawn by Octavia Butler.
  • Care of Magical Creatures (a book that includes magical creatures or features one on the cover)–Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling.*
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts (a book about or featuring a secret society/club)–The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart.
  • Herbology (a book with a nature-related word in the title)–The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms by Amy Stewart.*
  • Potions (a book about or with alchemy)–The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss.
  • Transfiguration (a book that deals with transfiguration/shapeshifting or a book with a cat on the cover)–Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.*

*Denotes a book where I read a different book than I originally planned.

April’s book pool…

Just a little bit (ha!) late in posting my potential reads for April. I’d started a post at the beginning of the month and then plum forgot all about it. Damn middle aged brain. Turns out I’m actually glad I hadn’t posted it though, because I heard about the most fun readathon/challenge yesterday, so I’ve adjusted the month’s book pool accordingly. More on that after I share the portion of my book pool not associated with said fun-ness.

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*Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

Why: Because I just bought it and am so bloody freakin’ excited to read it.

It begins: “Pick me.”

*The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie.

Why: Another I just bought. The first of the Miss Marple series, of which I’ve read none. Annie tells me this is a good one.

It begins: “It is difficult to know quite where to begin this story, but I have fixed by choice on a certain Wednesday at luncheon at the Vicarage….”

*Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

Why: Again, I just bought it, and am obviously keen to read it.

It begins: “I wasn’t prepared to meet a condemned man….”

*Dawn by Octavia E. Butler.

Why: Yep, keeping that theme going–I just bought it. Lilith’s Brood actually contains three books, the first of which is Dawn.

It begins: “Alive!”

*Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World by Mackenzi Lee.

Why: Okay, for the last time–because I just bought it. And yes that brings me to the end of the purchases made with my birthday gift cards.

It begins: “In college, I was a frustrated history major.”

*The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier.

Why: Holdover from last month. Really want to finish some of the books that I’ve already got started.

It begins: “When the second of her two children turned thirteen, my sister decided that it finally was time to let their membership lapse in two familiar family haunts: the science museum and the zoo….”

*Every Living Thing: Man’s Obsessive Quest to Catalog Life, from Nanobacteria to New Monkeys by Rob Dunn.

Why: Homeschool. And it sounds interesting.

It begins: “The idea of this book came to me in the middle of the Amazon….”

*Remarkable Plants that Shaped Our World by Helen Bynum and William Bynum.

Why: Again homeschool. And again it sounds interesting.

It begins: I have no clue, because my hold has not yet come in at the library.

*The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

Why: Homeschool. And because frankly I’m ashamed of myself for not having read this book already.

It begins: “A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over: ‘Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi! That’s all all right!”‘

*The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers.

Why: Ditto previous book.

It begins: “The town itself is dreary; not much is there except the cotton mill, the two-room houses where the workers live, a few peach trees, a church with two colored windows, and a miserable main street only a hundred yards long….”

And here is where things get super fun! I’m going to sit for my O.W.L. (Ordinary Wizarding Level) exams. 🙂  Yes, thanks to the lovely Book Roast on youtube, we can all participate in a challenge (running from April 2nd through April 29th) based on the classes at Hogwarts. The link to her introduction to the readathon/challenge is here.  In a nutshell: Choose which exams you’d like to take, and read a corresponding book. To pass with an “acceptable” you must complete two exams, with an “exceeding expectations” you must complete three exams, and with an “outstanding” you must complete five exams.” There are 12 classes you can choose to sit for their exams. And if you’re at all interested in this challenge, I encourage you to go watch the intro post–she explains it all in more detail, including how there will be N.E.W.T.s later, but you must have sat for the O.W.L. exam in your chosen subjects to take them. Not only that, but her giddy excitement is just delightful to see. 🙂

I’m not sure how many I will end up completing. In a wonderful, all-you-have-to-do-this-month-is-read world, I’d complete them all. Realistically I know that won’t happen, but I think I’ve still got plenty of time to pass with a grade of “outstanding.” I have, however, chosen a book for each of the exams…just in case. The courses and their requirements are as follows (and are followed by my particular choice of book):

  • Ancient Runes–Read a book with a symbol on the cover.

I didn’t need to search out a book for this one, because one of the books already in my tbr pool qualified. (Bygone Badass Babes by Mackenzi Lee.)

  • Arithmancy–Read a book with a number on the cover or in the title.

For this one, I’m using Zone One by Colson Whitehead, which I’ll be reading as an audiobook.

  • Astronomy–Read a science fiction novel.

Already have this one covered with Dawn by Octavia Butler.

  • Care of Magical Creatures–Read a book that includes magical creatures or features a magical creature on its cover.

I chose The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente for this one.

  • Charms–Read a fantasy novel.

I’m choosing a reread for this one, The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley.

  • Defense Against the Dark Arts–Read a book about/featuring a secret society/club.

I’m not 100% sure this fits the subject, but from my recollections of talk about it when first came out I think it does. The book is The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart.

  • Divination–Read a book featuring prophecies.

Finally! going to read Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

  • Herbology–Read a book with a nature related word in the title.

Already have this one covered with Remarkable Plants that Shaped Our World by Helen Bynum and William Bynum.

  • History of Magic–Read a historical fiction.

I’ve chose A Mercy by Toni Morrison for this exam.

  • Muggle Studies–Read a muggle non-fiction book.

A good excuse to move a book from last month’s tbr pool over to this month, I’m going with Pandemic by Sonia Shah.

  • Potions–Read a book about or with alchemy.

I’ve chosen The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss, which if I get to will be on audiobook.

  • Transfiguration–Read a book that deals with transfiguration/shapeshifting OR a book with a cat on the cover.

Glad she included that second option, as it allowed me to pick Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle which I’ve been meaning to read for years.

 

So there it is, another way too big tbr pool for the month. But thankfully, Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon will be happening on April 28th, just in time to squeeze in some last minute books for the month.