This is a readathon that was created and hosted by Book Roast that I have been taking part in for the majority of April. It came with 12 challenges based on Hogwarts subjects and I was attempting to complete all of them. However I wasn’t quite able to do that.
Ancient Runes – A book with a Symbol on the cover: For this I was supposed to read H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker, which was on the Women’s Prize longlist. But I never got around to it.
Arithmancy – A book with a Number on the Cover or Title: I read Call The Midwife: A True of the East End in the 1950s. I love this TV show and after reading the original book I can see why it’s so brilliant.
Astronomy – A Sci-Fi book: I ended up reading The Giver by Lois Lowry for this during cosy reading night. This was a reread and I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time round. I think this book is a great introduction into the dystopia genre.
Care of Magical Creatures – A book that has Magical Creatures: Saturday was Deweys and I read Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire for it which has Vampires in it. So far I’m finding this series to have a better concept than execution.
Charms – A Fantasy book: For this I read A Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor, which is a novella following Zuzana and Mik. I love these two characters, they’re the light comic relief who are so cute and must be protected at all costs. I’m very scared to start the last book.
Defence Against the Dark Arts – A book with a Secret Society: I read Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire for this. This is a series where children who have visited another world (like Narnia or Wonderland) come back and struggle coping with normal mundane world who don’t believe in the adventures they’ve been on. They’re sent to a rehabilitating boarding school by their parents, hence the secret society. I’ll do a full review of these books once I’ve read the third one.
Divination – A book featuring Prophecies: I decided to reread Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief for this and again I’m always shocked by how much I’d forgotten. I’ve read this book maybe four times now but I barely remembered anything.
Herbology – A book with a Nature Related title or cover: I read The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins this month in preparation for the new BBC Adaptation (which I’m thoroughly enjoying.) The cover has trees on it basically.
History of Magic – A Historical Fiction: I wasn’t able to complete this challenge unfortunately. I was meant to read The Trick to Time, another longlisted book, but I’m going to save it for another time.
Muggle Studies – A Non-Fiction book: I read A Room of One’s Own during Deweys which is a non-fiction ‘essay’. It’s a very interesting look on how a women’s place in society affected the literary world which admittedly is something I’d never thought of before.
Potions – A book with Alchemy: For this I read Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. There’s a kind of Frankenstein like alchemy in this. I struggled with this book not going to lie but I will still be reading the last one.
Transfiguration – A book that deals with Transfiguring/Shapeshifting: In Stardust by Neil Gaiman a Star transforms into a woman so I’m saying that counts. I love this book a lot and I’m hoping to watch the movie very soon (although I hear they’re very different.)
Let me know if you took part in this readathon and how you did!
Thanks for reading,