O.W.L’s Readathon – April Reads

Hey guys, hope you’re all having a great week!

You’ve probably seen this everywhere as it’s one of the biggest readathon’s in April. I was humming and harring about being a part of this as I wasn’t sure how well I’d do but it sounded so good and so creative I had to at least attempt this. I’ve never participated in a readathon before or anything like this so it’s very exciting! And what a readathon to start me off, one that’s based on the O.W.L’s exam in Harry Potter, I mean, how cool is that! If you’re wondering about the O.W.L’s Readathon I’ll link the YouTube video here.

My first challenge was choosing a career so I could work out what and the amount of books I needed to read to pass the exams. I was contemplating a few but decided on Herbologist as a career. It’s all about having an apothecary, working in your garden and around plants to create potions to help heal others. Immediately I pictured creating potions and having my own sanctuary filled with nature, it created a peaceful image in my head. I wouldn’t want to be a doctor or medic because I’m the worst at situations with blood and all that so this seems like a good compensation as I can help heal others but more in the background but it’s still important work! Also, the careers pamphlet created by Book Roast is beautiful and incredibly detailed. I’m in awe.

Now, based on a Herbologist career I’ll need to pass Care of Magical Creatures, Herbology and Potions. So if I’m correct I’ll need to read one book for each of the prompts that coincide with these classes.

Section from Careers pamphlet by Book Roast

Care of Magical Creatures – Land Animal on the Cover

Book: Shiver by Maggie Steifvater

Pages: 392 pages

Shiver by Maggie Steifvater is my chosen book to revise for this topic. I read this book years ago and I’ve been drawn back into reading it again as it’s been a while. I was reading some reviews on Goodreads and I was surprised how many people disliked this book. It’s one of my favourites books and after reading some reviews it seems I’m an unpopular opinion. Honestly, I enjoy it because it feels like how a werewolf/shifter would actually be if it was a reality. Nothing full on fantasy just a tone down version of supernatural books. All in all I enjoyed re-reading it.

Rating: 4/5

Herbology – Plant on the Cover

Book: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Pages: 304 pages

I’ve seen the movie starring Vannessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer and decided to read the book. It’s a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, set in NYC. I enjoyed it for different reasons. It was obviously a lot more detailed than the film getting more involved with Kyle’s back story and his urge to find love as well as being able to see his change of character/growth over the two years. As I’m very familiar with the film version it did take me a while to get into the book, as the descriptions of the characters were different to what I am accustomed to. So it was a bit hard to forget the actors and the way they looked and focus on the book version of Kyle and Lindy. I feel as though the book has a lot more similarities to the classic version of the tale than the movie did. Kyle as the beast was more taken over by a beast, covered in fur and claws. Had the running theme of vanity (obviously) and finding true love to break the curse. I wish in the movie they incorporated the mirror as well as the romance was more expanded. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and was glad I finally got around to it. It’s an easy read, simple language only took me a three days to finish.

Rating: 3/5

Potions – Next Ingredient (sequel)

Book: Linger by Maggie Steifvater

Pages: 362 pages

By next ingredient it means a sequel, the next part to the story. I was deciding between two books. Last month I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bones. I need to start the next book in the trilogy but haven’t. My second book was Linger by Maggie Steifvater, the next book after Shiver. I ended up choosing Linger as I had just finished the first book and was on a roll and wanted to keep going.

It had the same feel to the first book and I enjoyed reading it but there’s nothing like the first book.

Rating: 3/5

*Muggle Studies (Contemporary)*

Book: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Pages: 355 pages

Now as you probably saw Muggle studies was not on the list. As I had met the requirements and read for the three O.W.L subjects I needed for a Herbologist (yay!) and still had time to read another book before the month was up (double yay!) I thought I would do an extra exam (something I never would have done if it was an actual exam haha).

I’m so happy I finally read this book. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is one of my favourite movies. I love Lara Jean’s character. I feel like I can relate to her as her ideal night is to skip socialising and parties and just hang out with family or curl up with a book. Literally me! This was a breeze to get though. Writing was big and language wasn’t complex, just a lovely read. Although I will say I prefer Kavinsky and Kitty in the film than the book. He was just a lot more arrogant and it was hard to tell when he started to actually really like Lara Jean as in the book it was easy to see him drft away from Gen but in the book I was like when is it happening?! Was that just me? Probably. Kitty was a lot more childish and acted more babyish where it got kinda annoying. I didn’t feel like that when watching the film, only when reading the book. Oh and Chris was a lot more wild and not as reliable as she was in the film, not too sure how I felt about that.

Rating: 4/5

It would have been ideal to upload this at the beginning of the April like a lot of other people’s posts about this readathon, but, I just wanted to start reading haha. So, I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Did you guys take part in this readathon? I would love to hear about it in the comments 🙂

I’m proud of myself for reading 4 books this month. That may seem little to some but for me I’m happy with how well I did. I was able to read for all three subjects in my career as well as an extra book. If I’ve added this correctly I’ve read a total of 1,413 pages. That’s so cool!

Until next time…


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