End of Year-A-Thon!

Hello book friends! I am here to tell you some exciting news!

I have joined up with Vicky @ What Vicky Read to host a reading challenge for the end of the year! We have decided to host a reading challenge to help everyone read just a few more books from their 2018 TBR List! This challenge will start December 26th and last until January 1st.

I don’t know about you, but I have a huge TBR list that seems as if it will never end (because it probably won’t.) There are some books that I need to read before 2018 ends or I will not be too happy with myself.

I’m sure there are many people who still need to meet their GoodReads reading goal for the year. So we are here to provide you all with an opportunity to buckle down and read some books before the year is over!

We have come up with five challenges for this readathon! Feel free to make a TBR list using them or don’t, all that matters is that you’re reading! Make sure to tag us in your TBR lists for the reading challenge! And check us out on Twitter and Instagram, use our hashtag #EndofYearathon so we can see what everyone is reading! We will also be periodically hosting some reading sprints, so make sure to find us on twitter (Amanda’s Twitter & Vicky’s Twitter). You don’t want to miss out!

Reading challenges are as follows:

Read a book released in 2018

Read a book with Christmas colors on the cover (Red, Green, Gold, or all three!) 

Read a book that is a part of a series

Read a book that is 400 pages or more

Read a book that was released before 2018

 

Follow the readathon’s Twitter here!

Check out the more recent rounds of this readathon below!

End of Year-A-Thon Round Two (2019)

End of Year-A-Thon Round Three (2020)

End of Year-A-Thon Round Four (2021)

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Bookish Bingo – Fall 2018 (Wrap Up)

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Happy December bookworms!  If you don’t know, Bookish Bingo is a seasonal feature wherein we try to expand our reading horizons a bit and cover as much of the bingo card as possible. You can only use one square per book, and all books must be read in September, October or November. This feature is hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews go check them out! We have come to the end of this awesome reading challenge, so we are here today to share our wrap up with you all!

Antonia’s Completed Books
Mystery – Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts
Purple Cover – The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Dual POV – A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Scares You – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Made Into Movie – A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
Features Animals – A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
LGBT+ – The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey

Amanda’s Completed Books
Made Into Movie – Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
One Word Title – Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Fire in the Title or on the Cover – Fire Falling by Elise Kova
Mystery – Up Shutes Creek by Denise Grover Swank
History with a Twist – My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
Set in a School – Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Witches – The Magician King by Lev Grossman
2018 Debut – The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Black Cover – Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Space or Stars – Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
Fall Release – An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Purple Cover – The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Dual Point of View – Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Copper, Bronze, or Gold Cover – Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Found Family – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Scares You – The Diviners by Libba Bray
Legend or Myth – Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Set in Another Country – The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
Pretty Spine – The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Killers – City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Less Than 300 Pages – Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
Features Animals – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
LGBT+ – Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

These were all the books we read for this challenge! Did anyone else play Fall Bingo this year? How many books did you read? Let us know in the comments!

Tome Topple Readathon Wrap Up

Hello again bookfriends! We have finished another round of Tome Topple Reading Challenge. For those of you that are new here, feel free to watch Sam’s video about Tome Topple here! I usually set high goals for myself, but tried to aim a little lower this round.

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Here’s my bookish breakdown:

A tome that is a part of a series

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

An adult novel

The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison

Read more than one tome

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare & The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I managed to read four whole books for Tome Topple. I listened to The Recovering as an audiobook that I borrowed from my library. I thought it was incredible well written and thoughtful. I own the other three books so I read the physical copies. I’m super happy with my results for this reading challenge!

Did you participate in Tome Topple this round? What / how many books did you read? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Tome Topple Readathon – TBR

Hello again bookfriends! It’s time for another Tome Topple Reading Challenge. For thoses of you that are new here, feel free to watch Sam’s video about Tome Topple here! Essentially I’m going to be reading books that are ‘tomes’ meaning they are over 500 pages. This will be going from November 16th to November 29th. There are a few challenges provided but the only requirement is to read books over 500 pages! I’m only going to list the challenges that i am attempting to fulfill.

A tome that is part of a series

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas is the book I’m most excited to read. I’ve been rereading the rest of the series to have them fresh in my mind and it’s just in time for tome topple! I do have to finish Tower of Dawn before starting KoA, but I’m hoping to get through both of these.

An adult novel

In my attempt to read more nonfiction i came across The Recovering: Intoxication and it’s Aftermath by Leslie Jamison. I’ve heard good things and this is an issues that I’ve been effected by. So I’m going to give the audiobook a try.

More than one tome

I am hoping to read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak which is the book we’re reading in the local book club I’m in for the months that Barnes and Nobel doesn’t have book club. Another is Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast. Also, if possible I’d like to read City of Glass by Cassandra Clare because I’m trying to reread all the books in anticipation of Queen of Air and Darkness coming out next month.

I’m also totally willing to do a buddy read, so if anyone’s reading any of these books or has one like it that they suggest let me know!

What are you reading for tome topple?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Bookish Bingo – Fall 2018 (Update)

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Happy November bookworms!  If you don’t know, Bookish Bingo is a seasonal feature wherein we try to expand our reading horizons a bit and cover as much of the bingo card as possible. You can only use one square per book, and all books must be read in September, October or November. This feature is hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews go check them out! We made a TBR list for this challenge if you’d like to look that over, click here! We have made it into the final month of this reading challenge so we thought it was time to give an update about how we’re doing!

Amanda’s Completed Books
Made Into Movie – Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
One Word Title – Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Witches – The Magician King by Lev Grossman
2018 Debut – The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Space or Stars – Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
Fall Release – An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Copper, Bronze, or Gold Cover – Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Found Family – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Scares You – The Diviners by Libba Bray
Legend or Myth – Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Set in Another Country – The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
Pretty Spine – The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Killers – City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Amanda’s In-Progress Books
History with a Twist – My Plain Jane by Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand, & Brodi Ashton
Set in School – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Dual Point of View – Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast

Amanda’s TBR Books
Middle Grade – Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Fire in the Title or on the Cover – Fire Falling by Elise Kova
Mystery – Up Shute Creek by Denise Grover Swank
Black Cover – War Storm by Victoria Aveyard
Purple Cover – Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast
Less than 300 Pages – The Gilded King by Josie Jaffery
Features Animals – The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
LGBT+ – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Antonia’s Completed Books

Mystery – Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts
Purple Cover – The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Dual POV – A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Scares You – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Antonia’s In-Progress Books

Middle-Grade – Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan
Set in Another Country – The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Antonia’s TBR Books

Made into a Movie – Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
One-Word Title – Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Fire in the Title/ On the Cover – The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
History with a Twist – Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Set in a School – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Witches – The Night World by L.J. Smith
2018 Debut – Everless by Sara Holland
Black Cover – This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Space or Stars – Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
September, October, or November Release – Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
Copper, Bronze, or Gold Cover – Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Found Family – The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Legend or Myth – Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Pretty Spine – Joust by Mercedes Lackey
Killers – The Liar by Nora Roberts
Less than 300 Pages – You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith
Features Animals – Mossflower by Brian Jacques
LGBT+ – Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

There’s one more month to go for this reading challenge. If you’re playing Bookish Bingo with us, what’s your progress like?

Happy reading!

 

Halloween-A-Thon

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Halloween-A-Thon TBR List:

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
Neverworld Wake Marisha Pessl
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Out of this overly ambitious i managed to finish two books!

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Siefvater

The first i read while handing out candy to the kiddos trick or treating in my neighborhood. It was excellent and i wouldn’t change a thing. I love the characters, the story, the cover. It was creative and insightful and well written. I listened to the second on audiobook. I honestly wasn’t sure I’d finish listening because it was a male narrator and i usually prefer females, but he did an excellent job and kept me listening and interested. The story was fabulous and i loved learning more about Ronan.

What did you do for Halloween-A-Thon?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Bookish Bingo – Fall 2018

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If you don’t know, Bookish Bingo is a seasonal feature wherein we try to expand our reading horizons a bit and cover as much of the bingo card as possible. You can only use one square per book, and all books must be read in September, October or November. This feature is hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews go check them out! We’re a little late starting this, but we’ve been a little busy with Antonia moving and Amanda having a baby! So here is our TBR list for this reading challenge.

Made into a movie:

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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Middle-Grade:

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Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

One word title:

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Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Antonia-

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Fire in the title / On the cover:

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Fire Falling by Elise Kova

Antonia-

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Mystery:

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Up Shute Creek by Denise Grover Swank

Antonia-

Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

History with a twist:

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My Plain Jane by Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand, & Brodi Ashton

Antonia-

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Set in a school:

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling

Antonia-

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

Witches:

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The Magician King by Lev Grossman

Antonia-

The Night World by L.J. Smith

2018 Debut:

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Antonia-

Everless by Sara Holland

Black Cover:

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War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

Antonia-

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Space or stars (interpret however you want):

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Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Antonia-

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

September, October, or November release:

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

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Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Purple Cover:

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Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast

Antonia-

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Dual POV:

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Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast

Antonia-

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Copper, Bronze, Gold Cover:

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Antonia-

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Found family:

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Scares you:

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Legend or Myth:

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Antonia-

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Set in Another Country:

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The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

Antonia-

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Pretty Spine:

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Antonia-

Joust by Mercedes Lackey

Killers:

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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Antonia-

The Liar by Nora Roberts

Less Than 300 Pages:

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The Gilded King by Josie Jaffery

Antonia-

You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith

Features animals:

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Antonia-

Mossflower by Brian Jacques

LGBT+

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Antonia-

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Are you going to play bookish bingo? What will you be reading for this fun challenge?

 

Magical Readathon – O.W.L.s Wrap Up

For those of you that missed my TBR post for this reading challenge (find it here) or my mid-readathon update (find it here) here’s the deal. A YouTuber by the name of Book Roast created this awesome reading challenge. We read books that meet certain requirements for each of the classes that you could take an O.W.L. exam for. I chose a book for each of the provided courses but definitely didn’t plan to read them all. Just as many as I can to have more options when I decide to do the N.E.W.T. Exam reading challenge.

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So I’m going to go over the books I read and those that I didn’t manage to get around to or finish before the readathon ended. I had fun with all my choices on my TBR list. Without further delay here’s my wrap up!

O.W.L. Exams Completed

Ancient Runes – A book with a symbol on the cover

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (print book)

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Divination – A book featuring prophecies

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (ebook)

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Defense Against the Dark Arts – A book about or with a secret society or club

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (print book)

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History of Magic – A historical fiction novel

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton (print book)

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Muggle Studies – A muggle non-fiction novel

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (audiobook)

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Potions – A book with or about alchemy 

Allies by Bella Forrest (ebook)

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Transfiguration – A book with transfiguration / shapeshifting or a book with a cat on the cover

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (audiobook)

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O.W.L. Exams Not Completed

Arithmacy – A book with a number on the cover or in the title

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti, & Margo Lanagan (print book)

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Astronomy – A science fiction novel

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (print book)

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Care of Magical Creatures – A book that includes magical creatures or features magical creatures on the cover

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (print book)

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Charms – A fantasy novel

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (print book)

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Herbology – A book with a nature-related word in the title

Air Awakens by Elise Kova (ebook)

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Pass

Outstanding – sit and pass at least 5 OWLs
Exceeded Expectations – sit and pass at least 3 OWLs
Acceptable – sit and pass at least 2 OWLs

Fail

Poor – sit only one OWL
Dreadful – start but not finish any OWLs tasks
Troll – do not show up at your OWLs examinations

So according to our grading scale for these exams, I will be receiving an O for Outstanding. I completed seven books during this reading challenge. This was so much fun and I look forward to taking part in the N.E.W.T.s magical readathon in the near future!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

Hey, bookworms! It’s that day of the week again where we participate in the wonderful bookish post that was formerly hosted by Should be Reading and was recently taken over by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer three questions to give an update about what you’re currently reading, going to read next and have read recently. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments or link your post!

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What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare in a print book. I’m doing a reread of all of Cassie’s books before Queen of Air and Darkness is released this December. I’m currently listening to Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I’ve heard so many book bloggers rant and rave about this book and I’m excited to be listening to it.

Antonia- I just started the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova. Amanda absolutely loved this series and she’s talked about it so much that I had to give it a try.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda- I recently finished listening to Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. It was a great listen and I will be posting my review later this month. I also recently finished Allies by Bella Forrest (book six in the Hotbloods series) and will be posting a complete series review once I’ve finished the last two books.

Antonia- I just finished Celtic Magic by Linsey Hall. I love all of these books so much and can’t wait for the next one. Expect to see a review soon.

What do you think you will read next?

Amanda- My next audiobook with be Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxaum. I started listening to this a few weeks ago and then got distracted by other stories. I will be reading Stargazers by Bella Forrest – the final book in the Hotbloods series – on my Kindle. I’m not sure what print book I’ll pick up next, but I have a small stack that I’d like to get through this month.

Antonia- I’m really not sure. I’m moving next week so all my books are currently in boxes and I’m stuck with my Kindle for a bit. I might continue the Air Awakens series or The Paper Magician series by Charlie N. Holmberg.

Thanks for reading. These are our W’s for this week! What are your answers? Feel free to leave them in the comments or a link to your post.

Magical Readathon – O.W.L.s Update

I’m here to give an update on my progress for the readathon that I’m doing this month! For those of you that missed my TBR post for this reading challenge (find it here) here’s the deal. A YouTuber by the name of Book Roast created this awesome reading challenge. We read books that meet certain requirements for each of the classes that you could take an O.W.L. exam for. I chose a book for each of the provided courses but definitely don’t plan to read them all. Just as many as I can so that I have more options to take when I decide to do the N.E.W.T. Exam reading challenge.

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So I’m going to go over the books I’ve read and those that I still have left now that I’m just about two weeks into this reading challenge. I’ve had fun with all my choices for my TBR list so far. Without further delay here’s my update!

O.W.L. Exams Completed

Divination – A book featuring prophecies

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (ebook)

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History of Magic – A historical fiction novel

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton (print book)

my lady jane

Muggle Studies – A muggle non-fiction novel

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (audiobook)

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Potions – A book with or about alchemy 

Allies by Bella Forrest (ebook)

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Transfiguration – A book with transfiguration / shapeshifting or a book with a cat on the cover

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (audiobook)

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O.W.L. Exams In-Progress

Defense Against the Dark Arts – A book about or with a secret society or club

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (print book)

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Herbology – A book with a nature-related word in the title

Air Awakens by Elise Kova (ebook)

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O.W.L. Exams Still TBR

Ancient Runes – A book with a symbol on the cover

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (print book)

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Arithmacy – A book with a number on the cover or in the title

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti, & Margo Lanagan (print book)

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Astronomy – A science fiction novel

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (print book)

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Care of Magical Creatures – A book that includes magical creatures or features magical creatures on the cover

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (print book)

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Charms – A fantasy novel

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (print book)

ADSOM

Pass

Outstanding – sit and pass at least 5 OWLs
Exceeded Expectations – sit and pass at least 3 OWLs
Acceptable – sit and pass at least 2 OWLs

Fail

Poor – sit only one OWL
Dreadful – start but not finish any OWLs tasks
Troll – do not show up at your OWLs examinations

So according to our grading scale for these exams, I will already be receiving an O for Outstanding. I still have until the 29th to finish the books I’m currently reading and get to the ones that are still on my TBR list. I’ll see you readers in two more weeks for my final update of the Magical Readathon!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

 

Tome Topple Challenge – TBR

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Hey, bookworms! We discovered the Tome Topple Readathon at the perfect time! Tome Topple round six starts on Friday, June 29th, 2018 (and ends July 12th). If you’re not familiar with the Tome Topple Challenge you can watch the video with a detailed explaination from the challenges creator Samantha on her YouTube channel, Thoughts on Tomes, or read my brief description below.

How Tome Topple Works: We’re going to try to topple some of the tomes that have been hanging out on our TBR lists. Tome meaning any books that are over 500 pages. Books that may be sitting on our TBRs. This is our chance to knock out some of those big books that we haven’t gotten around to reading yet.

Read more than one tome 

Amanda- I just went on a library adventure and got four new books. Three of these books are over five hundred pages and are also part of a series. I’m not going to aim too high, but I would like to read at least the first book in the series. The Diviners by Libba Bray is the first book in the uncompleted series of four books (there’s no release date on the fourth book). It sounds really interesting, so I’m excited to read it.

Antonia- I’ve been meaning to read the Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke for forever. This challenge is the perfect time to finally get into them.

Read a tome that’s part of a series 

Amanda- I’m probably going to finally read the third book in the Shattered Realms series that was released recently by Cinda Williams Chima. I’ve read and reviewed the first two books, Flamecaster and Shadowcaster, but then I got distracted by other books and I haven’t managed to make time to read the third book yet. So hopefully Tome Topple can help with that.

Antonia- The Inkheart series counts for this but if I manage to get through both of those (I don’t have the third book in the series yet), I’m planning on reading The Shattered Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima.

Read an adult novel

Amanda- Triangles by Ellen Hopkins is a book that I received in the first of two hauls from Book Outlet during the sale they had a few weeks ago. This readathon challenge is the perfect excuse to read this new book instead of another that’s been on my list for longer.

Antonia- I’ll be skipping this category because none of my adult books right now are long enough for the challenge.

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These are the categories that we will be trying to cover for this book challenge! Are you going to try to topple some tomes for this challenge? If so, what’s your TBR?

Thanks for reading!