Middle Grade · Readathon

Middle Grade May!

I am always trying to work through my spectacular shelves of books and when I catch a reading mood I try to ride it for as long as possible. When Leslie @ Books Are the New Black mentioned that she was dedicating May to reading Middle Grade Books because there are two readathons, I knew this was an idea I could get behind. Will I stick to it? Probably not. I’ve fully embraced my mood reading during this quarantine. Still, good intentions are always…good right?


Embarrassingly, these aren’t even ALL of my middle grade books on my shelf. These are just the titles that leaped out to me first and the ones I am most excited to jump right into!


Tell me, please!

Do you enjoy reading middle grade books?


 

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Magical Readathon is Done!

The end of April is upon us and so is the due date for finishing our 2020’s Magical Readathon OWLs. I finished all of my requirements even though I didn’t follow my plan precisely proving, yet again, that I am more of a Ron than a Hermoine. I wanted to do all of the OWLs to become a Potioneer and that meant reading:

Arithmancy (Magical qualities of number 2: balance/opposites – read something outside your favorite genre)

The Real Michael Swann by Bryan Reardon

Care of Magical Creatures (Hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover)

Crown of Feathers by Pau Preto

Charms (Lumos Maxima: white cover) Thank goodness for my owl crate exclusive cover!

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Herbology (Mimbulus mimbletonia: Title starts with an M)

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Potions (Shrinking solution: book under 150 pages)

So, You Want to Be Canadian by Kerry Colburn and Rob Sorensen


The month (and the Readathon) started off strongly! These three books went according to plan. I read So, You Want to be a Canadian by Kerry Colburn and Rob Sorensen which was short and cute while managing to also be informative. Potions, Done!

Then I read The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones and it was heartpoundingly good. I felt like a kid again reading late into the night with a flashlight, scared but unable to stop. This book was spectacular. Charms, Done!

I’ve had The Real Michael Swann by Bryan Reardon on my bookshelves forever. I think I got it in a crate or subscription of some kind and, well, suspense is something I want to read but never feel precisely like sitting down and digging into. It turns out that reading suspense when your heart rate won’t slow down due to a pandemic actually makes perfect sense. Who would have thought?? In between The Bone Houses and this, I was finally able to sit down and read. This book was amazing. Arithmacy, Done!


I was supposed to read Crown of Feathers and The Map of Salt and Stars for my final two OWLs. I read the first few chapters of Crown of Feathers and, while I am sure that I will enjoy this book some day, I was having trouble with the drama and the shifting narratives. The only thing that has worked for me during this quarantine is to pivot away from things that didn’t feel right. And pivot I did. Right into a lovely re-read of…

I listened to these in audiobook format while I cleaned or did whatever movement I could to help stave off the worry and burn away the excess energy. I didn’t realize how much I hated Gale until I re-read this but hate him I do! Also, Katniss’ Mother is a real pooper. Care of Magical Creatures, Done!

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To finish I needed a book that began with “M” and, shockingly, I have five on my bookshelves. I picked this middle grade book, The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Noble because mysteries and suspense have been working so well for me and, like magic, I slipped into this book and couldn’t bring myself to stop reading until I was finished. I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book and continue the mystery. Herbology, Done!

And there, all of my OWLs have been completed and now I am officially a Potioneer!


Tell me, please!

Did you participate in Magical Readathon?


 

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Magical Readathon 2020

We could all use a little magic right now couldn’t we? And, I’d like to think if anywhere is safe it would be Hogwarts. I really can’t contain my excitement about this year’s Magical Readathon and, if you find yourself needing a little reading motivation, look no further.

The Magical Readathon is in its third year and is hosting and organized by G at Book Roast. You can find the introductory YouTube Video here, the home site here, and the Magical Readthon site here. Just in case you haven’t already figured it out, G puts a ton of work into this readathon every year and I intend (per my 2020 socializing resolution!) to fully take advantage.

This year, probably in large part because of the COVID19, I am selecting Potioneer. Not only have I been spending an inordinate amount of time in my kitchen brewing up ridiculous meals with whatever I find in my pantry but I, like so many people, feel powerless to help. I’m quite infatuated with the idea of mixing up a potion that will cure this whole virus. Now, the only trick will be waiting until April 1st to dig into these books!


O.W.L.’s

I am thrilled that I was able to find all of my prompts on my own bookshelf!

Arithmancy (Magical qualities of number 2: balance/opposites – read something outside your favorite genre)

The Real Michael Swann by Bryan Reardon

Care of Magical Creatures (Hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover)

Crown of Feathers by Pau Preto

Charms (Lumos Maxima: white cover) Thank goodness for my owl crate exclusive cover!

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Herbology (Mimbulus mimbletonia: Title starts with an M)

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Potions (Shrinking solution: book under 150 pages)

So, You Want to Be Canadian by Kerry Colburn and Rob Sorensen


Tell me, please!

Are you participating in the Magical Readathon 2020?


 

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2019 OWLs Readathon Results

Happy May 1st! I find it fitting that today is locally Law Day since I worked all last month to try and take enough OWLs to qualify for a cushy Ministry of Magic job in the legal department. Now, I tried to make a plan at the beginning of April. Here were my goals:

Charms (Age-line: read an adult book): The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey

Defense Against the Dark Arts (Reducto: Title Starts With an “R”): RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

History of Magic (Published at Least 10 Years Ago): Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Potions (Next Ingredient: Sequel): Arch Enemy by Frank Beddor

Transfiguration (Prayed Edges or Red Cover): Eon by Alison Goodman

Muggle Studies (Contemporary): Blue Lily: Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.


Half-way through the month it was clear that I wasn’t doing well sticking precisely to my reading list and I just gave in and went with the books that called to me. Thankfully, I read enough variety that I made it! I have come to the realization that as much as I want to think of myself as a Hermione, it turns out I am more of a Ron. If I reviewed the book, the link is in the title.

Charms (Age-line: read an adult book)Meet Cute by Helena Hunting, Last of the Summer Moet by Wendy Holden and Highland Crown by Mary McGoldrick.

Defense Against the Dark Arts (Reducto: Title Starts With an “R”): Red Rising, Sons of Ares by Pierce Brown

History of Magic (Published at Least 10 Years Ago): Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Potions (Next Ingredient: Sequel): Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan.

Transfiguration (Prayed Edges or Red Cover): Eon by Alison Goodman

Muggle Studies (Contemporary): Blue Lily: Lily Blue, by Maggie Stiefvater.

In the end, I read so many more books in April than I would have because of this delightful readathon. I have never participated in a readathon that was this well designed or had so much work and love clearly poured into it. If you get a chance, make sure and check out Book Riot’s channel on Youtube and follow all the Harry Potter love on Twitter – this woman deserves and award (and a vacation)!


Tell me, please!

What is the best readathon you have ever participated in? Why?


 

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2019 OWL Readathon Reading List

I realize that I am a day late in getting my reading list out but this was just TOO MUCH FUN to put together. After looking at my lame first quarter of reading I knew I needed a swift kick to the pants and so I went where all great minds seem to find inspiration lately – Twitter. There I witnessed burning excitement about this OWL Readathon and for good reason. G @ Book Roast has put together a truly magnificent program and I am so excited to participate! Make sure and check it out because even if you don’t have time to participate we all have time to admire the workmanship that has gone into setting this up. The O.W.Ls will take place during April and the N.E.W.Ts can be done during August!

The best part of this whole thing is that all of my picks are off my massive physical TBR!


Step One: Pick a Career!

This one took me forever but I finally have settled on working for the Ministry of Magic. I would like to be in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. It may sound boring to but I love rules and regulations and, frankly, I love working in a collaborative office atmosphere. Realistically, this is probably most like my day job too but with magic. Ministry work requires:

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And, if I want to actually work in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement I need to do a little more work:

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Step Two: What Books Will Fulfill My O.W.L Requirements?

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Charms (Age-line: read an adult book): The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey

Defense Against the Dark Arts (Reducto: Title Starts With an “R”): RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

History of Magic (Published at Least 10 Years Ago): Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Potions (Next Ingredient: Sequel): Arch Enemy by Frank Beddor

Transfiguration (Prayed Edges or Red Cover): Eon by Alison Goodman

Muggle Studies (Contemporary): Blue Lily: Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.


And, in the off chance that I have extra time (or I change my career path), I have selected books for the other categories.

Ancient Runes (Retelling): Scarlet by A.C. Vaughn

Arithmancy (Work Written by More Than One Author): Of Two Minds by Carol Matas and Perry Nodelman

Astronomy (“Star” in the Title): Catching Stars by Kayla Keenan

Care of Magical Creatures (Land Animal on the Cover): Shadow and Fox by Julie Kagawa – I realize that this is a mask of a fox but I am hoping that is enough!

Divination (Set in Future): William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.

Herbology (Plant on Cover): The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslie Walton


Tell me, please!

Are you participating in this Readathon?