TBR: April 2020 OWLs Edition

Good Morning! I’m a bit late getting this TBR up, given that the OWLS are already underway and I am cracking on with my ambitious TBR.

The OWLs Read-a-Thon is a Harry Potter Read-a-Thon that lasts the whole month of April and is created by the wonderful BookRoast.

As I’m yet to choose a magical career path I’m aiming to get all twelve of my OWLs. Or at least I’m going to try to get all twelve, and we will have to see how much I actually achieve.

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Heart Rune: heart on the cover or in the title.

Jack of Hearts by Lev A.C. Rosen, read by Drew Caidan

As I write this I’m listening to the audiobook of Jack of Hearts which I was able to get via BorrowBox, which is my library’s ebook and audiobook service. This book is a YA contemporary that follows a gay seventeen year old boy called Jack, who takes on an advice column for his friend’s website. While this is going on he also attracts the attention of a secret admirer, only the cuteness doesn’t last long when secret admirer quickly becomes a stalker. It’s part Pretty Little Liars and part Simon Vs the Homeosapiens Agaenda, at least judging by the trailer of Love, Simon.

Magical qualities of number 2: Balance/Opposites- read something outside of your favourite genre.

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes, read by the author.

Even though I’m doing the OWL’s this month I’m still doing what I can with the Women’s Prize Longlist. Like Jack of Hearts I managed to get the audiobook via BorrowBox, and my hold came in this month. Similar to last year’s Circe or The Silence of the Girls, this book takes Greek myth and retells it from the point of view of a female character. In Haynes’ case she takes the story of the Trojan War and tells is from multiple female persepctives.

Night classes: read the majority of this book when it’s dark outside.

I have yet to decide this one for sure, though there are many options, so you will have to check out my wrap-up find out.

Hippogriffs: a creature with a beak on the cover

The Goshawk by T.H. White

I’ve only just ordered this so let’s all hope that it doesn’t take too long to arrive, or I don’t know what else I will read. The Goshawk is a non-fiction book written by T.H. White who is probably most famous for being the author of the Arthurian epic, The Once and Future King. I menationed this book recently in my post on the longest books I’ve read. The Goshawk charts his attempt to train a wild goshawk using out-of-date falconry guidebooks. And just to clarify there is a huge goshawk on the cover.

Lumox Maxima: White cover.

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This month I want to re-read my favourite Fitzgerald novel, Tender is the Night, using my shiny new Folio Society edition. The novel follows a married couple, Dick and Nicole, on the French Riviera, before going back to examine thier past. It’s full of all the glamour and tragedy that you would expect from Fitzgerald. If you think that The Great Gatsby is good, then prepare to be blown away by Tender is the Night.

Grindylows: book set at the sea/coast.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee

This is a novella which was originally given away as the incentive to pre-order the second book in the Gentleman’s Guide series. Now available as an ebook and audiobook, I also got this from Borrow Box, and given how short it is am confident that I can finish it in a weekend. Set in the 18th century, this YA historical fiction novella follows Monty and his boyfriend Percy in Santorini as they’re new life proves to be less than idyllic.

Third Eye: Assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The number I got was 17 and that translated to this book. The Wrath and the Dawn in a YA fantasy novel, that retells the story of A Thousand and One Nights. Khalid, a cruel boy-king, chooses a new bride every night only to kill them by the morning. After the death of her best friend Shahrzad volunteers as his next bride and to avoid her death she tells him story after story to keep him interetsed. And maybe they fall in love along the way, as she discovers why he has a bride-murdering kink.

Mimbulus mimbletonia: Title starts with an M.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie is a YA contemporary novel from 2017, and was part of Zoella’s Book Club from that summer which is why I have a copy sitting around. We follow teenager Vivian Carter who is at her wits end when it comes to the attitudes of the football team. To combat this she launches a feminist zine which makes waves at her high school.

Witch hunts: a book featuring witches or wizards

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

This is the third and final book in the Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E Schwab, and will be a re-read. Shades of Magic is set in a world where four parallel versions of London exist on top of one another. We follow Kell, an rare antari magician in Red London, who is able to move between the Londons. One day he inadvertandly smuggles a dangerous object back with him and causes chaos.

A book from the perspective of a muggle (contemporary)

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

Asking For It is a YA contemporary novel that deals with themes of sexual assault, so consider this a trigger warning. The book starts at the beginning of Summer with eighteen-year-old Emma going to a party. While she doens’t remember what happneed that night there are photographs to remind her, only she’s not sure that what did happen was consensual. Things get more complicated when the boys that she accuses are beloved by the small town they live in, and people seem happier to belive them over her.

Shrinking Solution: a book under 250 pages.

Shades of Magic, Vol. 2: Night of Knives by V.E. Schwab and Andrea Olimpieri

Apparently one V.E. Schwab book per read-a-thon is just not enough for me, because I have a second on my TBR. Night of Knives is the second volume of Schwab’s Shades of Magic prequel. This comic book series follows the father of Rhys, one of the main characters from the novel series, and his adventures before he becomes King Maxim. Knight of Knives follows Maxim as he enters a dangerous magical contest that involves ofur different trials.

Animagus Lecture: a book/series that includes shapeshifting

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

Technically I am not a hundred percent sure that this includes shapeshifting. I do know that it is set in the strangest town in America, Midnight, where everyone has a secret. It’s been adapted into a TV show, and I have seen the first episode. I remember witches, vampires, and psychics. Having read one of Harris’ other series’, The Southern Vampire Mysteries, I am trusting that there will be some sort of were creature at some point. Let’s hope so! The book follows newcomer Manfred, a psychic with a secret, who is eager to settle down when he finds this town full of secrets.

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Are you participating in the OWLs, and if so which ones are you aiming for? If not what else are you reading this month?

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