O.W.L.s Readathon 2020: TBR

Last year I loved to participate in the Magical Readathon organized by G from Book Roast on YouTube! This readathon consists of two parts: the O.W.L.s and the N.E.W.T.s. Hogwarts students in Harry Potter take the O.W.L.s in their fifth year and the N.E.W.T.s in their sixth year. We take the O.W.L.s in April and the N.E.W.T.s in August. I was immediately excited when I saw the announcement for this year. Of course there are new reading prompts. Just like last year you can choose a career. There are also new careers available! This time I would like to become

Librarian  OR  Trader of Magical Tomes

Librarion - Magical Readahton Trader of Magical Tomes - Magical Readathon
Click on the images to read the whole Wizarding Careers Guide made by G from Book Roast.

Which career I am going to choose depends on how many books I will be able to read. To become a Librarian I have to get five O.W.L.s, but to become a Trader of Magical Tomes I need only four O.W.L.s. I am going to try to read books for all subjects. So I can still choose what suits me best when I take the N.E.W.T.s in August. Here are the books I want to read in April for each prompt:

O.W.L.s Readathon 2020 TBR part 1

Ancient Runes – Heart rune: heart on the cover or in the title: Tash Heart Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
After buying it a few months ago, this book is still on my TBR-pile. This prompt is the perfect opportunity to finally read it. It’s about Natasha, “Tash”, who is a huge fan of Anna Karenina. She made a modern adaptation of the story. After a shout-out from a popular vlogger, her show goes viral. Next to this pressure, Tash also has to figure out how to tell her crush that she is asexual.

Charms – Lumos Maxima: white cover: In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
The Dutch edition fits the prompt with its white cover. This is the ninth book by Isabel Allende I will read. She writes beautiful and I always like her stories. I try to read at least one of her books every year.

History of Magic – Witch hunts: book featuring witches/wizards: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
I read this book four years ago and really loved it. I wanted to read the sequel, but still haven’t. By now I don’t remember a lot about the first part and I don’t even know if I still love it. So it’s time for a re-read! I actually love to re-read books, but there are so many new books to read that it’s hard to find time for it.

O.W.L.s Readathon 2020 TBR part 2

Transfiguration – Animagus lecture: books/series that include shapeshifting: Soulless by Gail Carriger
I would like to read more steampunk, because I love the fact that steampunk is basically a mix of my favourite genres: fantasy, science fiction and historical fiction. I put this book on my TBR-list in SciFiMonth, and now I finally ordered it. According to the description one of the characters is a werewolf, so it suits the prompt. I really hope I will love it!

Arithmancy – Magical qualities of number 2: balance/opposites – read something outside your favourite genre: Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
Since fantasy and science-fiction are my favourite genres, I choose a contemporary novel for this prompt. I am currently reading The Testaments by the same author. She writes well, so I’d like to read more of her books.

Defence Against the Dark Arts – Grindylows: book set at the sea/coast: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
The main character of this book is violinist who turns out to be a time traveller. When done well, I think time travelling in books can be really interesting. At least a part of this book is set at sea, so it also fits the prompt.

Another plan for this spring will be to participate in Wyrd & Wonder in May. More about this in a few weeks! Because this post is a spring TBR, I tag along with Top Ten Tuesday. This weekly meme is managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. What are your spring reading plans? Tell me in the comments!

Five books I hope to give 5 stars

This post was inspired by Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic of this week is ‘Books I predict will be 5-star reads.’ I usually know I’m going to like a book, but it has to be really good to get 5 stars. A story that gives me teary eyes, strong female characters and a unique fantasy world are definitively plus points. Although the number of stars really is more a feeling than math. So it’s quite hard to predict if a book will be my next 5-star read. But there are always book I expect to really love. You can never be sure, but I hope to give these books on my TBR 5 stars:

Five books I hope to give 5 stars

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
A fantasy book sets in a magical library seems perfect for me! Many book bloggers put this book on their top ten of 2019. So there is a big chance this book will also be one of my next favourites!

Ruse by Cindy Pon
Want was amazing! I’m quite sure the sequel will be just as good. I was planning to read Ruse immediately after finishing Want. But I could only buy a hardcover, and I wanted a matching paperback. Sadly the paperback of Ruse will only be published in May…

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
In my review I wrote that I almost gave Aurora Rising five stars. I’m looking forward to the sequel. I really want Aurora Burning to be a five-star read! I hope for a more comprehensive plot and some interesting character development.

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
After reading the Wayfarers trilogy, Becky Chambers became one of my favourite writers! To Be Taught, If Fortunate is her only book I haven’t read yet. I’m quite sure I will like the book. It may even be a new favourite!

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Between Shades of Gray was a beautiful book that really touched me! I’m definitively going to read more books by Ruta Sepetys. Especially The Fountains of Silence appeals to me, because I’m interested in Spanish history.

Have you already read one of these books? Did it meet your expectations? Tell me in the comments!

Pondathon: sign-up & TBR

The Quiet Pond is an amazing book blog with the most beautiful art, good book recommendations and multiple readathons! From January 24th to March 7th 2020 they organize the Pondathon. I totally encourage you to read the whole story set at the Pond: Something’s Wrong… & It’s Time to Protect and Fight.

I love how original and creative this readathon is! In short you can collect points by reading books in order to help the characters from the story. All the participants work together, but you must join one of the five teams: Team Xiaolong, Team Varian, Team Gen, Team Sprout or Team Cuddle. Each team has a different way to earn points. I am going to join Team Varian!

Team Varian banner - Pondathon

In this team we are challenged to read books of different genres. I will get 35 points for every book I read that is a different genre to the last book I read. Every time I read three books of a different genre in a row I get 20 extra points.

On The Quiet Pond you can also find all the resources to make your own Pond character. Of course mine is a cat! She is named after a goddess of ancient Egyptian religion that was often depicted as a cat. Meet Bastet:

Character card Bastet for the Pondathon

Pondathon TBR

I hope to read at least five books for the Pondathon. It wasn’t hard to find books of different genres. I always like to alternate between genres. As usual, this TBR is not fixed. It’s totally possible I will find other books along the way.

Pondathon TBR

This Cruel Design (This Mortal Coil, #2) by Emily Suvada (science-fiction)
This trilogy is set in a future when people are able to recode their DNA and change their bodies. It’s an interesting idea that was well executed. The first part ended with a huge cliff-hanger, so I am looking forward to reading the sequel!

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (magical realism)
This is a perfect read for the winter. The story is set in Alaska during 1920. The childless couple Jack and Mabel are drifting apart. During the first snowfall they are in a whimsical mood and make a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone, but they do glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

A Mercy by Toni Morrison (historical fiction)
February is black history month in the United States. I don’t live there, but I do want to read more historical fiction by writers of colour. Toni Morrison is famous for her beautiful writing style. I’d love to read one of her books next month!

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (fantasy)
This book is described as a fairy-tale for adults set in medieval Russia.  Just like The Snow Child it seems like a good book to read when it’s cold.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee (contemporary)
I found this book last year in a second-hand bookshop. It’s seems an interseting book after reading Anna Karenina myself. Natasha, “Tash”, is a big fan of the book and made a modern adaptation of the story. After a shout-out from a popular vlogger, her show goes viral. Next to this pressure, Tash also has to figure out how to tell her crush that she is asexual.

Winter TBR: Books I haven’t got around to in 2019

There are a couple of books I wanted to read in 2019. But I didn’t get to them on time. So I hope to read these books during January and February next year. Even though I don’t always stick to TBR-lists, I like to make them. So here is my winter TBR. This post was inspired by this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme managed by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Books I haven't got around to in 2019 part 1

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
I wanted to read this book for The Literary Grand Tour of the World. There is still some time left to complete the challenge, but I probably won’t read it this year. Main characters of the story are the Nigerian Ayoola and Korede. Ayoola has a habit of dispatching her boyfriends. Korede should go to the police to report her sister. But she loves her and family comes first. Until Ayoola starts dating a man Korede has long been in love with…

Tash hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
I found this book in a second-hand bookshop. It caught my eye, because I read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy this year. Natasha, “Tash”, is a big fan of the book and made a modern adaptation of the story. After a shout-out from a popular vlogger, her show goes viral. Next to this pressure, Tash also has to figure out how to tell her crush that she is asexual.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Another book I found in second-hand bookstore. I heard many good things about this story and the title is so intriguing. So I decided to buy it. During a celebration Evelyn dies. But she will keep dying until Aiden can solve her murder. Each time the day begins again, he wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping…

Books I haven't got around to in 2019 part 2

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
This book seems like the perfect read on a cold winter day. According to the reviews it is a beautiful story that mixes historical fiction and magical realism. It’s set in 1920. The childless couple Jack and Mabel are drifting apart. During the first snowfall they are in a whimsical mood and make a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone, but they do glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

The Storm Sister (The Seven Sisters, #2) by Lucinda Riley
This month I read The Seven Sisters. Now I totally get the hype. The series is about six sisters who come together at their childhood home after their father died. Pa Salt adopted them when they were babies. All sisters get a letter and are given a clue to their true heritage. I feel like this series has it all: mystery, historical fiction and romance. I really want to continue reading!

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orïsha, #2) – Tomi Adeyemi
This sequel would originally be published in March, but the date changed to December. According to Goodreads the book now is published, but I haven’t heard anything about it in the book blog community. Since I loved Children of Blood and Bone, I’d like to read it next year.

Alternate history: Steampunk & Dieselpunk TBR-list

Two interesting subgenres of science fiction are steampunk and dieselpunk. Both can be described as “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.” Steampunk books are usually set in the 19th century. The name comes from the steam-powered machines that were used at that time. Dieselpunk books are set at the start of the 20th century and feature diesel-powered machines. In both subgenres the characters use imagined machines or modern technology invented earlier than in reality.

Leviathan - Scott WesterfeldSo steampunk as well as dieselpunk is basically a mix of historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy. My top three favourite genres combined! Yet, I haven’t read a lot of steampunk and dieselpunk books. One I did read and loved is Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. It’s set during an alternate version of the First World War. There are the Clankers (Austria-Hungary and Germany) that use steam-powered war machines. Prince Aleksander is on the run for his own people with such a war machine. The Darwinists (the United Kingdom, France and Russia) have fabricated beasts. Deryn is brilliant in flying them. However, she could only join the British air service disguised as boy. But there is always the danger of being discovered….

In the future I hope to read more steampunk and dieselpunk. These books are on my TBR-list:

Alternate history - Steampunk & Dieselpunk TBR-list

Soulless by Gail Carriger
This book is said to be a funny steampunk mystery. Main character Alexia has three problems: she has no soul, she’s a spinster and she was rudely attacked by a vampire. Even worse, she accidentally killed the vampire. The appalling Lord Maccon, a gorgeous werewolf, is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. Alexia has to figure out what is really going on.

Everfair by Nisi Shawl
This is an alternate history set in Belgian Congo. The story explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. This will be an interesting book, because I haven’t read other books about this period in history.

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda
This is a graphic novel set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia. It tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war. On top of that she shares a mysterious psychic link with a powerful monster.

SciFiMonth 2019 – TBR

After Wyrd & Wonder in May, I love to join Imyril from One More and Lisa of Dear Geek Place in SciFiMonth! This is an annual celebration of science fiction during the whole month of November. Imyril posted a prompt list I’m going to use to make a couple of SF-themed posts. This first post of the month features four science fiction books I definitively want to read. Before continuing a confession: I’m actually not a huge science fiction reader. My favourite genre is fantasy. By participating in SciFiMonth I hope to find more SF-books to put on my TBR-list!

SciFiMonth - TBR

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
I actually wanted to read this book for the Hogwarts House Battle readathon. When I heard about SciFiMonth, I decided to save it for November. This book is described as feel-good science fiction and the diverse cast of characters is often praised. The third part, Record of a Spaceborn Few, is actually the book chosen for the SciFiMonth read-along. If I like The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet I also want to read the rest of the trilogy.

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
This book is on goodreads tagged as both fantasy and science fiction, according to the reviews it can be both. Because it’s set in post-apocalyptic Africa (and I really want to read it this month) I will count the book as science fiction. The main character is Onyesonwu, which means “Who Fears Death?” in an ancient African tongue. Her mother is one of the few surviving members of an Okeke village that was attacked by Nurus. Onyesonwu’s father is a Nuru who brutally raped her mother.

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
The main character of this book is Catarina, a gene-hacking genius. She lives in a world where people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. Her father is a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But he is kidnapped and may or may not be killed.

Artemis by Andy Weir
I actually wanted to read The Martian, but for some reason they don’t have it at my library. They did have this book from Andy Weir. Artemis is about a heist on the moon. So that does sound interesting too!

My TBR-list for The Literary Grand Tour of the World

This autumn I am going to participate in The Literary Grand Tour of the World, organized by Kat from Minas Morgul. This reading challenge will take place from 1st October till 31st December. During these three months we have to read as many books set in different countries as we can.

We get points for every country we “visit”. How many point depends on the country:
1 point: United States, United Kingdom
2 points: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Russia, Scotland, South Korea, Spain
3 points: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland
4 points: any European country not already listed
5 points: any non-European country not already listed
You can get extra points if the book has a non-White protagonist/largely non-white cast, LGBT+ protagonist/mainly LGBT+ cast or a disabled character.

It’s hard to estimate how many books I’m going to read this autumn. Ten books seem like a good start. Linking up with Top Ten Tuesday, here is my TBR-list.

My TBR-list for The Literary Grand Tour of the World part 1.jpg

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
Setting: The Balkans (the country is not mentioned)
The main characters of this book are Natalia and her grandfather. He recently died under inexplicable circumstances. In search for clues Natalia turns to the stories he told her when she was a child.

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Setting: Barbados
This looks like a great book for the challenge! The elven-year old slave Washington Black is chosen to be the manservant of Cristopher Wild. This explorer invented a flying machine. After an incident the two have to get away. What follows is flight along the eastern coast of America and beyond.

The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
Setting: Brazil
Multiple people have recommended these books to me. The series start in Geneva, at the childhood home of the sisters. Six sisters are told that their father, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each book of the series is about one of the sisters. The first part tells Maya’s story.

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
Setting: France
This book has two stories. One is about a young woman in 1200s, the other about an archaeologist in the present. I usually like it when a book alternates between characters in different times. So I am looking forward to reading this book!

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Setting: Italy
This book is about the friendship between two girls. After the book was made into a TV series, it became really popular. I am curious to find out what I will think of this story.

My TBR-list for The Literary Grand Tour of the World - part 2

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Setting: Mexico
I’m very excited about this book! Not a lot of other fantasy books are set in 1920s Mexico. The story is also inspired by Mayan mythology.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Setting: New Zealand
This is a historical mystery set in the nineteenth century. The structure of the book is especially interesting. The first chapter has the most pages, the second chapter is half as long, the third chapter has half the pages of the second, etc.

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Setting: Nigeria
The title is quite striking and got me interested in this book. Ayoola has a habit of dispatching her boyfriends. Korede should go to the police to report her sister. But she loves her and family comes first. Until Ayoola starts dating a man Korede has long been in love with…

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson
Setting: Sweden
Just like other books by Jonas Jonasson, this is a humorous story with a couple of bizarre characters. The three main characters are a Hitman who is just out of prison, a female protestant vicar who happens to be atheist and a homeless receptionist of a former brothel.

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
Setting: United States, asexual & aromantic MC
Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable until Corey has to move away. Just before she returns, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated, but also knows something is wrong.

Five books on my TBR I’m avoiding reading

When writing about my TBR I am usually talking about a list with books I want to read. I do have some unread books at home. Currently I own 10 books I haven’t read yet. I managed to neglect some of them for ages… I also have a couple of library books, but I usually read those within a month. This post was inspired by the Top Ten Tuesday of this week. That is of course a weekly meme managed by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Five books on my TBR I'm avoiding reading

1. Zenith (Exodus, #2) by Julie Bertagna
I found a Dutch edition of Exodus, the first part of this trilogy, at a library sale. It’s an amazing dystopia about the consequences of climate change. After reading it, I immediately put the sequel on my TBR-list. But two years later I still haven’t bought Zenith. I would like to have a Dutch edition of the book. I could totally read it in English, but I want the books to match. The problem is that Zenith is never translated in Dutch (as far as I know). I could totally buy the whole trilogy in English, but for some reason I haven’t done this yet…

2. Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson
My mother found this book in a street library and gave it to me. I own it for a while now. The writer is famous for his book The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. I enjoyed reading that book. So I’m probably going to like his other books too. But I often prefer to read books I borrow from the library. Those books have a due date and the books I own haven’t. For this reason I have avoided reading Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All.

3. Want by Cindy Pon
I want to read this book since I first heard about it. However, I still haven’t bought it… I don’t know why, because I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it!

4. Het Levende Labyrint (De Verborgen Universiteit, #2) by Natalie Koch
I loved the first part of this Dutch trilogy; De Erfenis van Richard Grenville. The sequel bored me, so I put it down and never finished the book. I hope to give it another try this month. Just like Want, I put Het Levende Labyrint on my TBR for the Hogwarts House Battles.

5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I feel like everyone has read this book, except me. It’s so popular. Due to this hype I’m afraid it will disappoint me. But I have read other books by Maggie Stiefvater and liked all of them. So I really should buy this book and just see if I will like it.

Hogwarts House Battle readathon – TBR

Before participating in the Magical Reathon I thought readathons weren’t my thing. But I really came to love them! Especially if they are Harry Potter-themed! So I decided to take part in another readathon in September: The Hogwarts House Battle. It is created by Katie of BookMarked. Everything is explained in the video and on this twitter page. The idea of the readathon is that you can get a house point for every page you read. You get 50 extra house points for every class challenge you complete. There is also a group assignment and special weekly tasks to earn even more house points.

Hufflepuff badger - from Pottermore
I belong to Hufflepuff!

There’s a reading prompt for every class, fifteen in total. I won’t be able to read so many books in a month, but I did make an extensive TBR for the class challenges. In this way I can choose what books I want to read during the month.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky ChambersAlchemy – New Forms: Read a recommendation (from a friend)

It wasn’t exactly recommended by a friend, but this book is specifically recommended for Hufflepuffs by multiple bloggers. That makes it a great choice for this readathon. I’m talking about The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. The story is described as feel-good science fiction and the diverse cast of characters is often praised. The book has 404 pages.

Apparation – Teleportation: Only read this book in public

This is a fitting prompt for me, because I usually read a book while traveling to and from work. So for this class I could choose any book. I’m going for one I recently borrowed from the library: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. The Dutch edition has 364 pages.

Arithmancy – Numbers: Read a book with a number in the title

Since I found out that Gabriel García Márquez was a big source of inspiration for Isabel Allende, I want to read one of his books. For this prompt I have chosen One Hundred Years of Solitude. I am probably going to read the Dutch edition with 491 pages.

Astronomy – Reading Under the Stars: Only read this book at night

Sometimes I read before I go to bed, but not always. So usually there aren’t any books I only read at night. For this challenge I am choosing a small book: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald. The book has 163 pages, so I can easily read it on a Friday evening.

The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle

Care of Magical Creatures – The Beasts: Read a book with an animal on the cover

Years ago, before watching Sherlock, I read A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. I liked the book, but I wasn’t very fond of it. This year I found The Hound of the Baskervilles on a library sale. I am curious if I will like the Sherlock Holmes books more now. I did enjoy the episode in Sherlock based on this story. The book has 214 pages.

Charms – Something New and Unexpected: Read a new-to-you book

For this class I want to read The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli. The main character of this story is a female dragon slayer. It sounds like a story I will love. The Dutch edition of the book has 379 pages.

Defence Against the Dark Arts – Can’t Last: Read a book you previously put down

I’m not entirely sure if I am going to do this prompt. But there’s one book I DNF’d a while ago that deserves another try. It’s a Dutch book called Het Levende Laybrint, written by Natalie Koch. This is the second part of a trilogy. I loved the first part, De Erfenis van Richard Grenville. The sequel bored me, so I put it down and never finished it. This definitively had something to do with the length of the book, it has 663 pages.

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

Divination – The Future: Read a predicted 5-star read

For this prompt I want to read Cloud Atlas from David Mitchell. I never read anything from this writer, but I am very curious. The book has six stories that are in some way linked to each other. It is said that the book has an unusual narrative structure. Just like some of my favourite books. So this could be a new 5-star read! The Dutch edition of the book has 551 pages.

Flying – Fly High: Read your most anticipated book

Since the start of the year I want to read Want by Cindy Pon. And I still haven’t read it… The book sounds so interesting. It’s set in a future where the place Taipei is plagued by pollution. Rich people can wear special suits, but the rest gets sick and dies early. The main character, Jason Zhou, will do everything to change this. The book has 328 pages.

Herbology – Caring: Read a book that means a lot to you

This seems like a great opportunity to re-read an old favourite! It will be hard to choose, but I would love to read Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor again. Another posibility is one of the Harry Potter books.

History of Magic – Historical: Read a book from another generation

I struggled a bit with this prompt. But I decided to go for a book from Isabel Allende. She is definitively from another generation than I am. And the book I am going to read, Eva Luna, was first published in 1987. The Dutch edition I have at home has 305 pages.

Muggle Studies – Blending In: Read a hyped book

It seems like everyone has read The Raven Boys. I did read other books written by Maggie Stiefvater, but never this one. By now I want to find out if the story is worth the hype. The book has 409 pages.

The Swarm - Frank SchätzingPotions – Mixing: Read a genre you wouldn’t usually pick up

I don’t read a lot of thrillers. The books I did read in this genre weren’t that memorable. This is probably because I like character-driven books more than plot-driven books.  But The Swarm by Frank Schätzing sounds like a thriller I might enjoy. It’s an apocalyptic thriller with all kinds of natural disasters. I enjoy watching disaster movies, so chances are I also will like this book. The Dutch edition has 704 pages.

Study of Ancient Runes – Ancients: Read a classic novel

For this class I want to read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The book is set in a dystopia. That already raised my interest. The story is also said to be powerful and thought-provoking. I’m curious what I will think of this book. It has 324 pages.

Transfigurations – Change: Read the last book you bought

I already read the last book I bought, but I may buy a new book later in September.

Magical Readathon – N.E.W.T.s 2019

In August the second part of the Magical Readathon takes place! This reading challenge is organised by the amazing Book Roast on youtube. She also came up with prompts for the N.E.W.T.s, but they work slightly different than the O.W.L.s. For the N.E.W.T.s you can get different grades for each subject: Acceptable (A), Exceeds Expectations (E), and Outstanding (O). For every grade you have to read a certain kind of book. Watch Book Roast’s video to get a detailed explanation.

To become a journalist/writer I need an E for History of Magic, an A for Muggle Studies and an A in an subject of my own picking. I chose Transfiguration. In total I have to read four books this month.

History of Magic

A – Read a fantasy book: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
E – Read a book that includes a map: The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel

The Bone Witch - Rin Chupeco  The Valley of Horses - Jean M. Auel

Muggle Studies

A – Cover that includes an actual photo element: The Throwaway Children by Diney Costeloe

The Throwaway Children - Diney Costeloe


A – Read a book with LGBTQIA+ representation: Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Timekeeper - Tara Sim

This August I am going to work as recreation worker. I may not have time to write blog posts, but I hope to find some spare time!