Magical Readathon: O. W. L.s 2020 – Weeks 1 and 2

Hello, hello! I’m back with my O. W. L.s update!
Yeah, I was planning to write a weekly post, but I did not read that much in the first week, so I decided to write one once I “pass” more exams.

Here we go: sofar on my O. W. L.s journey I’ve finished four books for my selected classes and three more for classes that are not required for my career. I just felt my inner Hermione wanting me to be a little overachiever and to complete all the classes (for the O.W.L.s, I will not try to do the same in August). I’ve read about 2700 pages for this readathon and I have to say that I am really proud of myself.

Books I’ve finished and the classes I’ve passed:

Ancient Runes – Heartless by Alice Oseman

I love it! I knew I will love it. My favourite thing about these is how Alice Oseman manages to add all those important topics into a graphic novel as nice and cute as this one. To be honest, the plot isn’t something special, but I’ve grown so fond of these characters that I can not give it a lower rating. It is intended for a younger audience so I tend to keep that in mind while rating. I do believe that it is a decent story and that teens could learn something from it.

Charms – 20000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Now, I am a huge geek and all those dull parts describing Nautilus and the ocean were like heaven to me. I do not even want to explain my rating. I just love everything Jules Verne writes even though it’s a bit dry at times and there’s not much action.

Defence Against the Dark Arts – Lord of the Flies by William Golding

How to rate this one?! I feel like I need so much time to process this book. I understand how important it is and I am so sad that we didn’t read it in school, but then again I feel it’s one of those books you need to read a couple of times in your lifetime just to remember all the important topics discussed in it.

Transfiguration – City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

It’s a funny story. (okay, not actually, it’s just funny to me). You know that intro post with my TBR where I said that I was not in the mood for any of the books for transfiguration? Well, I posted it and I was like: okay, it’s April let’s start!!! ooh, I don’t know…I’ll pick the one I said I don’t feel like reading because ten minutes ago I did not want to read it! Ten minutes, that’s how long it took me to change my mind. I’m a weird kid.

BONUS

Astronomy – Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

Nothing much to say about this one. It’s just a fun little read to boost my mood (and readathon progress). I love Sarah’s scribbles they make me laugh so hard.

Divination – The Diviners by Libba Bray

If it weren’t for this challenge I probably would have never picked this one up. It’s there on my TBR for ages and I was just waiting for the right moment and it never came. So, here I was making my list for this class and I was thinking why not… and yay, the random number generator decided that it was finally time for me to read this book. I have to say I did enjoy it, but I do not get the hype. I guess I will continue with the series and maybe it will grow on me, but right now it’s okay… I love the atmosphere and the fact that it is a paranormal mystery so I’ll give it a chance to impress me.

History of Magic – City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

I am finally done with this series. I do not like TMI. I know my rating says otherwise, but listen: I read City of Bones back when I was like 13/14 and I liked it back then, but, I never continued with it. Then I read TID and fell completely in love with that trilogy and the world, sadly two years ago when I finally got the rest of TMI we just didn’t click. They all are fun, fast reads and they weren’t bad, but I rated them based on nostalgia. It’s not the same as if I had read them when they came out, and I do not like the characters that much. Other than Magnus and (I can’t believe I’m writing this) Simon… well I do not care about them. Now, I will read other books in the Shadowhunter world, because I do like it and it just takes me back to the time when I was a kid and in love with anything that was magical.

Looking at all of these ratings I can not believe I gave them all a similar rating, they did not all feel the same on my rating scale, but still I also feel like they are all around 4 stars. Decisions are hard.

Also, I finished a book that does not fit the criteria for any of the classes but I will talk about it in a separate post.
Talk to you soon. Bye.


All the images of books I’ve used in this post belong to Goodreads.

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