Well, these last couple months have been…interesting to say the least. I’ve had brief bursts where I got a lot of reading done and days to weeks where I haven’t gotten any reading done.
For this month, I know I’m going to be focusing more on my school work at the end of the semester is right around the corner and my thesis is about to take all my free time. I have a smaller TBR in mind, but we’ll see how it actually goes.
O.W.L.s ReadaThon TBR:
Readathon created by Book Roast
Dates: April 2nd – 29th
I didn’t even start thinking about my April TBR until like April 4th, but then I saw the O.W.L.s readathon and HAD to take part. For those of you not familiar with the O.W.L.s, they are the Ordinary Wizarding Levels – the examinations students take in their 5th year at Hogwarts. These work like other standardized tests and assess the skills the students have learned in their first five years of study. They also help determine the classes the students can take in their 6th year and may affect job positions later on (a plot point in book 6 is Harry taking or not taking potions due to his score on the O.W.L.s and how the decision would affect his ability to become an Auror).
Like Hermione, I’m actually thrilled at the idea of being able to take these tests. Wizarding homework is infinitely cooler than muggle homework.
For this readathon, I’m going to sit for at least 5 O.W.L.s:
- Ancient Runes – Waking Gods by Sylvain Nuval
- Arithmancy – Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn
- Astronomy – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- Care of Magical Creatures – The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
- Charms – Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
- Divination – The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
- History of Magic – Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
I know I have more than 5 listed, but I want to at least get 5 of these done. More is, of course, better, but I don’t want to pressure myself too much.
If you’re interested in participating in this readathon, you can read the welcome letter with the challenges here. To connect with other wizards, you can follow the Twitter here.
Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – I’m still surprised I haven’t started reading this one yet. I can’t wait to finally dive in. I just need school to calm down for a minute so I can enjoy it.
Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn – This is one that I was genuinely contemplated picking up. Now that I have it, I’m actually pretty excited to check it out.
Ernestine, Catastrophe Queen by Merrill Wyatt – This book sounds super cute and with everything going on this month, seems like the perfect way to break up everything.
Furyborn by Claire Legrand – Okay, I’ve had an ARC since November, it’s time to finally read this beast. I’m actually really excited since this one has gotten some amazing early buzz, and I’m kind of itching for an epic fantasy.
New Releases & Backlist:
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel – I really enjoyed Sleeping Giants and am super intrigued to see how the series continues.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – How have I not read this one yet?! (well school, but still) I have the audiobook now and cannot wait to dive in…and get my heart crushed.
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli – I’m a bit ashamed I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m feeling a fantasy kick coming and I can’t wait to see if this one lives up to the hype.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Everyone I know loves this book and I can’t wait to see if it lives up to the hype. I have the audiobook and the physical one and will carve out some time to listen to this beast.
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – Book three comes out in a couple weeks and after having some meh books, I’m so excited to reread this series. Apollo is hilarious and Rick Riordan is still amazing at creating a fun world.
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – Everything about this book has captivated me and so many people have given this one great early buzz. I’m pretty sure it’s coming in a book box, so I’ll have this one soon!
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – I saw Love, Simon three times in theaters and reread the book and found myself too sad to part with these characters. I can’t wait to read a book from Leah’s point of view. Her deadpan snark is going to be amazing and it’s going to be great to see how everyone is doing!
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston – Sci-fi fairytale(/historical) retelling…? Yeah, that sounds amazing. I can’t wait to see how Poston takes on the story of Anastasia in this fun sci-fi world! Also, the edition of this book I have is STUNNING!
What books are you planning to read this month?
Are you participating in any readathons?
Let me know below!