Monthly Wrap Ups+Book Hauls

August 2018 Wrap Up

*This is a really geeky post that is about books I read for a Harry Potter themed readathon. If you don’t like Harry Potter then just read this for the book recommendations. If you really don’t like Harry Potter then just skip this and look for my next bookish blog post. Also, all book images are from Goodreads.

August 2018 Wrap Up + Magical Readathon Results

This was my first N.E.W.T.s Readathon. Well, this is the first N.E.W.T.s Readathon. So that would make sense. πŸ˜†
I had a lot of fun doing this readathon. I knocked a big hole in my TBR. Even though a lot of these were re-reads I had fun reading like I was in high school again. This is not a typical month for me. I’m lucky if I get 10 books in a month. It’s usually more like 5 or 6 books. I must say I feel really accomplished. 

If doing a Harry Potter themed readathon appeals at all to you then check out this YouTube video from BookRoast. She is turning this into an annual thing. We sit our O.W.L.s in April 2019.

I sat my N.E.W.T.s for Muggle Studies, Ancient Runes, History of Magic, and Care of Magical Creatures.

N.E.W.T.s: Muggle Studies

Pass Grade: Outstanding

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Pretties
By: Scott Westerfeld
Category: Favorite Author

I have previously read this book in high school. It was ok. Tally, the main character isn’t my favorite and the story wasn’t that good. It’s a nice dystopian YA novel though, which is why I liked it in high school. It was fun to re-read a book I loved in high school.

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Scrappy Little Nobody
By: Anna Kendrick
Category: A Biography

Even though Anna is pretty vulgar and frank about her love life it was a pretty entertaining book. I read parts of it to my husband and he thought Anna was pretty funny. It was fun to read about her early days in the film industry.

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Cinder
By: Marissa Meyer
Category: A Retelling

I liked this book. However, I felt that there was too much stacked against Cinder for most of the book. It was irritating but I pushed through it. It wasn’t until the very last chapter that I felt the story could turn around. Of course, it ended at just the right moment so now I want to continue reading the series.

N.E.W.T.s: Ancient Runes

Pass Grade: Outstanting

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No Time to Dream
By: Dorthea Jorgensen Ellsworth
Category: A Book Set in the Past

This is the story of a young girl growing up motherless in Montcalm County Michigan in the late 1890s. It’s told from the perspective of Agnes who is the author’s aunt and adoptive mother. Really great insight into the life and the community at that time.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
By: Stephenie Meyer
Category: An Unread Book I’ve Had on My Shelf the Longest.
 To be honest this book was annoying. But I guess it should be because it’s about brand new vampires and they are supposed to be annoying. I hated everything but the ending. It was nice to see how it tied with the rest of the Twilight Saga.

The Hiding Place
By: Corrie Ten Boom
Category: Book Translated from Another Language.
 I really enjoyed reading this book. It was really sad, but it was amazing to read about Corrie’s resiliency. I’ve read books about the Holocaust before but not many as a biography. I don’t have too much say about the book. I do recommend it if you are interested in the Holocaust. It’s told from a survivor’s experience. Much like The Diary of Anne Frank.

N.E.W.T.s: History of Magic

Pass Grade: Outstanding

Quidditch Through the Ages
By: J.K. Rowling
Category: A Book that Would Fit in at Hogwarts
 This was highly enjoyable. Filled will all the funny sayings and mannerisms that are part of the Wizarding World. I loved reading about the favorite sport of witches and wizards for centuries.

A Great and Terrible Beauty
By: Libba Bray
Category: A Book Published at Least 5 Years Ago
 This was another re-read for me. Like most 1st novels in a series, this one takes a slow start. The story itself isn’t slow but not much makes sense until the end, and even then I’m still not sure what’s going on. I read this trilogy a long time ago so I really don’t remember what happens. If you like Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series, you’ll like these too.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
By: J. K. Rowling
Category: A Book that’s at Least 400 Pages
 This was my 2nd read through the 5th book in the series. It was fun to re-read. I was a little late to the game and read the Harry Potter series in high school. Reading them in my teens gave me a better appreciation for everything that Harry and his friends endured. I know this won’t be the last time I read this book. My husband would tell you I’m absolutely obsessed. And I won’t deny it.

N.E.W.T.s: Care of Magical Creatures

Pass Grade: Outstanding

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
By: J.K. Rowling
Category: Animal on the Cover
 This was a quick read. If you’ve watched the movie you aren’t missing anything if you don’t read this one. It was fun to have a more abstract view of the characters and to see some of the emotions behind each scene. If you are a die-hard Fantastic Beast fan you won’t hurt to read this one. 

Found: God’s Will
By: John MacArthur
Category: A Book Under 160
Pages
 At just 75 pages I think I exceeded expectations in this category. 😁It was an extremely quick read and it was enlightening. I do think I’ll leave personal development books out of the equation next time I do a readathon. It was impossible to retain anything when I was reading it as fast as I could. I’ll have to read it again and go slower next time.

Eragon
By: Christopher Paolini
Category: Includes Dragons
 I absolutely love this story! It captured my attention when I was in middle school and it’s never let me go. It was terrible, finding a book that had just been released. I had to wait years to complete the series. With Eragon getting published in 2003 and Inheritance in 2011 I’m sure you can imagine the suspense. Eight years of waiting for the ending of Eragon’s story. Pure agony. Give this one a shot if you love fantasy stories. Daring adventures with dragons. dwarves, elves, humans, and a mad king. What’s not to like?

In Conclusion

I absolutely loved participating in the N.E.W.T.s Readathon hosted by BookRoast. You can follow her on YouTube and Instagram. You can find a Twitter account dedicated to the magical readathon here.

I managed to read 14 books this month. Two of which are not included in the Readathon because I didn’t have categories for them. They are Eldest, the second book in the Inheritance series and Scarlet, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Both of those books were highly enjoyed as well. I read Scarlet in one day. It was fast paced and the perfect amount of suspense for me.

The next Magical Readathon is the O.W.L.s. We will sit our O.W.L.s in April 2019. I look forward to it!

Happy Reading,
Alicen

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