O.W.L.’s Magical Readathon 2019: It’s A Wrap! #OWLsReadathon2019

I had such a great time participating in this readathon! It started on April 1st and runs the whole month until April 30th… But I’m happy to announce that I’ve been able to complete all twelve O.W.L. exams already with three days to spare! It was a close call, mostly because I had a pile of ARCs I had to go through as well, but I’m happy to have finished all titles in time. Before I continue: if you want to learn more about the readathon, you can hear all about it in Book Roast‘s video below.

I’ve decided to officially go for the Magizoologist carreer this year, which means I will be concentrating on the N.E.W.T.s for Care Of Magical Creatures, Charms, Herbology and Potions when the N.E.W.T.s Readathon goes live in August. First things first though… Below a complete list of the books I read for my O.W.L.s. Covers of the books read for the different Hogwarts subjects are shown first in the order I read them and then marked green with the date I finished them added in the list that follows.

PROGRESS REPORT

Passed Hogwarts subjects: Charms // Muggle Studies // Defense Against The Dark Arts // Potions // Herbology // Ancient Runes // Transfiguration // Divination // Care Of Magical Creatures // Arithmancy // History Of Magic // Astronomy

#LIBRARIAN#
Ancient Runes: SONG OF SACRIFICE by Janell Rhianonn (finished April 9th 2019)
Arithmancy: THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (finished April 21st 2019)
Defense Against The Dark Arts: RELEASE by Patrick Ness (finished April 4th 2019)
History Of Magic: THE MURDER ON THE LINKS by Agatha Christie (finished April 24th 2019)
Transfiguration: HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center (finished April 13th 2019)

#MAGIZOOLOGIST#
Care Of Magical Creatures: THE WOLF BORDER by Sarah Hall (finished April 20th 2019)
Charms: DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid (finished March 28th 2019)
Herbology: THE MURMUR OF BEES by Sofia Segovia (finished April 7th 2019
Potions: THE DARE by Carol Wyer (finished April 5th 2019)

#OTHERS#
Astronomy: THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner (finished 27th 2019)
Divination: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis (finished April 14th 2019)
Muggle Studies: THE SILVER LADIES OF PENNY LANE by Dee MacDonald (finished April 2nd 2019)


Have you joined the challenge? How are you doing so far?


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O.W.L.’s Magical Readathon 2019: Mid Exam Progress #OWLsReadathon2019

I’m very excited to be participating in this readathon again! It started on April 1st and runs the whole month until April 30th… Today it’s April 15th which means we are already halfway done with our exams; I thought it was time for a little progress report of how I’ve been doing so far. If you want to learn more about the readathon, you can hear all about it in Book Roast‘s video below!

I’ve decided to narrow it down to two possible careers and then figured I will decide with the N.E.W.T.s which one I will be going for officially this year… Although so far I’m rooting for Magizoologist.

O.W.L.s needed for each career:

Librarian: Ancient Runes // Arithmancy // Defense Against The Dark Arts // History Of Magic // Transfiguration

Magizoologist: Care Of Magical Creatures // Charms // Herbology // Potions

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O.W.L.’s Magical Readathon 2019: Sign Up #OWLsReadathon2019

It’s that time of the year again!! I first discovered the Harry Potter themed Magical Readathons last year, all hosted by the wonderful Book Roast. I joined the O.W.L.s late last year, so I’m so excited to be joining this April with everyone else! She also has some surprises in store this year as she has designed the most gorgeous guide and we will all be reading ourselves to a magical career of our choice! ❤ Find out more in her video below.

I’m very excited to be joining this readathon again, which is starting April 1st and will run the whole month until April 30th. I also earned five extra days for the Charms exam with a previous Christmas readathon hosted last year… Which basically means I can start reading my Charms title on March 27th already and have extra time for the other ones.

I have said it before but the wizarding career guide is so freaking gorgeous! There are so many careers to choose from and I had a hard time just choosing one… So I’ve decided to narrow it down to two, try and read all the O.W.L.s for both and pospone the decision until August when the next N.E.W.T.s readathon is hosted. So which careers did I pick? It was really REALLY hard narrowing it down, but in the end it’s between Librarian and Magizoologist for me. Librarian because I love books and I would love to spend my time in a magical library. And Magizoologist because I love animals and I would love travelling the world seeing all those magical creatures.

O.W.L.s needed for each career:

Librarian: Ancient Runes // Arithmancy // Defense Against The Dark Arts // History Of Magic // Transfiguration

Magizoologist: Care Of Magical Creatures // Charms // Herbology // Potions

Sadly none of the O.W.L.s overlap, so this means I will have to read at least 9 books in total to be able to still have a choice between both careers when the readathon ends. So what will I read for each prompt? A tentative TBR:

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2018 When Are You Reading? Challenge: DONE!!

It was getting a close call, but I finally managed to finish the fifth edition (and my fourth) of the WHEN ARE YOU READING? challenge! I had a lot of fun during the previous three years (click to see lists for 2015 , 2016 and 2017), and this year was no different… This challenge is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about reading books either published or set in twelve different time periods… The perfect way of reading books of different eras!

Below a list of titles I read for each era (only one or two this time; including all read titles was just too much to keep up with). I have divided my reads into two categories: books by publish date and books by setting. When the setting is not specified or is roughly the same as the publish date, I will use this color.

This is what I read for the following eras:

  • Pre 1500
    # The Year Of The Snake – by M.J. Trow (1st century)
    # Jilliand – by Clare Gutierrez (800s)
  • 1500-1599
    # A Castle In Romagna – by Igor Stiks (1535/1948/1995)
  • 1600-1699
    # Girl With A Pearl Earring – by Tracy Chevalier (1660s)
  • 1700-1799
    # The Unbinding Of Mary Reade – by Miriam McNamara (1704-1720) 
    # The Poison Plot – by Elaine Forman Crane (1738-1739) DNF
  • 1800-1899
    # The Elephant Keeper’s Daughter – by Julia Drosten (1803-1822)
  • 1900-1919
    # All Things Bright And Strange – by James Markert (1917-1920)
  • 1920-1939
    # Murder On The Orient Express – by Agatha Christie (1926)
    # What Blooms From Dust – by James Markert (1935)
  • 1940-1959
    # Salt To The Sea – by Ruta Sepetys (1945)
  • 1960-1979
    # The Letter For The King – by Tonke Dragt (1962)
    # The Silent Kookaburra – by Liza Perrat (1970s)
  • 1980-1999
    # Born a Crime – by Trevor Noah (1990s)
  • 2000-Present
    # Barbed Wire Heart – by Tess Sharpe (2018)
  • The Future:
    # Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2044-2045)
    # Prodigy/Champion by Marie Lu (2132)

Have you read any of these titles yourself? Do you tend to read a lot of books set or published in different eras? Feel free to comment! 🙂


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2017 When Are You Reading? Challenge: DONE

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I honestly wasn’t expecting I was going to make it this time,  but I managed to finish When Are You Reading? 2017 with only hours to spare! It was my third time participating in this challenge (click to see lists for 2015 and 2016) hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words. It is all about reading books either set or published in twelve different time periods. The perfect way of reading books of different eras!

Below my list of books I managed to read for each era…I have divided my reads into two categories like last year: books by publish date and books by setting. When the setting is not specified or is roughly the same as the publish date, I will use this color. For a full list, check out my update post.

    • Pre 1500
      # The Song Of Achilles – by Madeline Miller (800)
      # The Book Of Whispers – by Kimberley Starr (1096)
      # Court Of Lions – by Jane Johnson (15th century/present)
      # And I Darken – by Kiersten White (late 15th century)
      # Now I Rise – by Kiersten White (late 15th century)
    • 1500-1599
      # Utopia – by Thomas More (1516)
    • 1600-1699
      # Captain Alatriste – by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (17th century)
    • 1700-1799
      # Alex And Eliza – by Melissa De La Cruz (1770s)
    • 1800-1899
      Life Sentence- by Lily Luchesi (1810-present)
      # Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – by Lewis Carroll (1865)
      # Little Women – by Louisa May Alcott (1868)
      # The Merchant’s Pearl – by Amie O’Brien (1875)
      # The Jungle Book – by Rudyard Kipling (1894)

      # The Invisible Man – by H.G. Wells (1897)
    • 1900-1919
      # Sherlock Holmes And The Nine-Dragon Sigil – by Tim Symonds (1906-1907)
      # The Lifeboat – by Charlotte Rogan (1914)
    • 1920-1939
      # A Gentleman In Moscow – by Amor Towles (1920s)
      # The Color Purple – by Alice Walker (1930s)
      # The Last Valentine – by Felix Alexander (1930s)
    • 1940-1959
      That Burning Summer – by Lydia Syson (1940)
      # The Thankful – by Jamie Campbell (1940)
      # The Dollmaker Of Krakow – by R.M. Romero (1940s)
      # The Diary Of A Young Girl – by Anne Frank (1942-1944)
      # Devastation Road – by Jason Hewitt (1945)
      # The Diary Of A Young Girl – by Anne Frank (1947)
      # Can’t Buy Forever – by Susan Laffoon (1950s)
    • 1960-1979
      # The Rules Of Magic – by Alice Hoffman (1960s)
      # We Have Always Lived In The Castle – by Shirley Jackson (1962)
      # Flowers For Algernon – by Daniel Keyes (1966)
    • 1980-1999
      # The Color Purple – by Alice Walker (1982)
      # IT – by Stephen King (1986)
      The Impossible Fortress – by Jason Rekulak (1987)
      # The Gypsy Moth Summer – by Julia Fierro (1992)
      # Captain Alatriste – by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (1996)
      # Stardust – by Neil Gaiman (1999)
    • 2000-Present
      # Making Faces – by Amy Harmon (2001)
      # Never Let Me Go – by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)
      # Still Alice – by Lisa Genova (2007)
      # The Ask And The Answer – by Patrick Ness (2009)
      # Room – by Emma Donoghue (2010)
      # A Monster Calls – by Patrick Ness (2011)
      # Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe – by Benjamin Alire Saenz (2012)
      # Making Faces – by Amy Harmon (2013)
      # Bird Box – by Josh Malerman (2014)
      # Mosquitoland – by David Arnold (2015)
      # Heartless – by Marissa Meyer (2016)
      # The Hate U Give – by Angie Thomas (2017)
      # Herding Cats – by Sarah Andersen (2018)
    • The Future
      # The First City – by Joe Hart (2030s)
      # Americosis Vol. 4 – by Haydn Wilks (4046/present)

 


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Happy New Year and 2018 Goals

First of all I want to wish everybody a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2018!! May this year be filled with happiness for all of you. ❤

Now that it’s January 1st, it’s time to think about my reading goals for 2018. I still can’t believe I was able to read over 180 books for the third year in a row, and I don’t pretend I will be able to reach that amount again… So I have decided to not stress myself and keep my challenges reasonable, especially considering I’ve been in a slump for the last couple of months. The reading slump is mostly defeated, but the blogging slump is still lingering and I’m taking things slowly to not suffer from any relapses. 😉 The new feature Yvo’s Shorties is definitely helping getting rid of that book review backlog though! Also, I’ve decided 2018 will be all about having fun reading and reading more of my own books. As much as I love my ARCs, last year a whopping 66% of the books I read were ARCs and I really need to focus on all those poor neglected books collecting dust on my shelves again.

So these will be my goals for 2018, besides the fact I want to take things slower and read more of my own books:

READING:

  • I have set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 100 books.
  • Read at least 3 classics (rereads don’t count)
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count)
  • Reread at least 2 books
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 300 books and keep it that way.
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages
  • Read at least 1 book in Spanish
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch
  • Read more international authors/translations (at least 10)
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80%


BLOGGING/LIFE:

  • bloggingUpdate more frequently and try not to get too behind with reviews
  • Be more active in the community and try to comment more. I always try to, but somehow it is hard to find enough time to read, blog AND comment on the blogs I follow…
  • Get fit, eat more healthy and participate in a 5km run! I really have to focus more on my running this year. Again. But this time I’m determined to make it!

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Hooked To Books Reading Challenge: It’s A Wrap! @Hookedtobooks

Anitya from Hooked To Books is hosting the The Hooked To Book Reading Challenge 2017 this year; a challenge all about reading as many books as possible during the twelve months of 2017. You can participate on four different levels and there are some pretty awesome rewards to win!

There is still time until September 15th to sign up!!

Levels Books Read & Reviewed Number of Rewards Rewards
Keen Reader 30+ 1 $50 Amazon Gift Card
Avid Reader 70+ 1 $75 Amazon Gift Card
Bookaholist 120+ 1 $100 Amazon Gift Card
Bookworm Extremist 200+ 10
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1 Kindle Paperwhite
$150 Amazon Gift Card

I personally signed up for the 120 books: Bookaholist level… And last month I somehow managed to reach that goal already (way earlier than expected). I knew I should have tried the 200 goal instead haha. But happy to be finishing this challenge!! 😀

Now on to a long list of the books I’ve read and reviewed this year so far… WARNING: there are a LOT. xD  Didn’t review two of these, but there are still 120+ reviewed titles here like the challenge asks for.

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