Taking part in this year’s OWLs Magical Readathon has been so much fun! I managed to complete all the OWLs I needed for the career of Hogwarts Professor, plus two extras, giving me a total of nine and an overall grade of Outstanding! I was off to a slow start due to a busy beginning of the month but I soon picked up speed again. I did deviate a little from my original TBR (full post here).
I DNF-ed Man in the High Castle at 16% because it wasn’t holding my interest at all. It’s been on my TBR for a couple of years because I’d heard good things about the TV show but the book did nothing for me. I think I’ll just watch the show instead! I also swapped out East West Street for a short story but I’m definitely still planning on reading it, and soon. Once I completed my seven books, I tried to squeeze in a couple more during the final few days, including a book that wasn’t released until the last day of the readathon – my read for Potions. I finished with just an hour and a half to spare!
My reading was a bit up and down, some books I loved whilst others were underwhelming. Here are all my reviews:
- Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filipović – 2 stars
- Bleaker House by Nell Stevens – 2 stars
- Borne by Jeff Vandermeer – 5 stars
- Red Clocks by Leni Zumas – 2 stars
- Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta – 3 stars
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – 4 stars
- Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras – 5 stars
- Everything Under by Daisy Johnson – 4 stars
- Last of the Magpies by Mark Edwards – 4 stars
I’m looking forward to a bit more of a relaxed reading month in May but I’m already thinking about NEWTs in August! As I’ve done nine OWLs, I’m in a good position for NEWTs as there are only three subjects which I didn’t complete prompts for and therefore can’t progress with at NEWT level: Astronomy, Arithmancy and Transfiguration. My career choice for the OWLs was Hogwarts Professor – teaching subject of choice: Divination – but I thought it would be interesting to look at what other careers I can still try for with the OWLs I’ve achieved. So Arithmancy seems to be quite common to most of the careers, meaning that if I choose not to continue with the Hogwarts Professor career, my only other options are Herbologist, Journalist or Writer, and Magizoologist! But for now, I’m getting back to tackling my TBR.
See you in August