It’s my first N.E.W.Ts Readathon post on my new blog – woohoo!
And today I’m back with my third update for the N.E.W.Ts Readathon! I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun with a readathon, and because this one is so varied I know for a fact that it’s helped me put aside time for reading so that August has become one of the best reading months I’ve had this year.
As always, I’ll list my progress below and then chat about this past week.
Read a book set in the past Riddle of the Runes by Janina Ramirez
E – Read an ancient book on your shelves that you haven’t yet read
O – Read a translated book
Read a book of at least 300 pages The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Read a book that ends on an even numbered page Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
Read a book that’s not a first in a series The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
Read a book with magic in it The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
E – Read a book with a cover that charmed you
O – Read a book that you think will leave a mark
History of Magic
Read a book that you think would fit in at Hogwarts Library The Mabinogi by Matthew Francis
E – Read a book published at least 5 years ago
O – Read a book of at least 400 pages
As you can see this past week I achieved my first O – huzzah! – so I have officially ‘passed’ the readathon and I can start taking it easy. Am I going to? No, there are nine days left until the end of the month (and then it’s September – HOW?!) and I’m going to try really hard to get O’s in Charms and History of Magic and an E in Ancient Runes because I can’t be tamed.
Unsurprisingly I’ve given my TBR a bit of a shuffle, as I do every week. After reading The Stone Sky and finishing the Broken Earth trilogy – which was a superb finale, and I’m so thrilled that it won the Hugo and N. K. Jemisin has become the very first author to win the Award for Best Novel three years in a row – I needed something lighter. As much as I loved that trilogy it is absolutely heartbreaking, so I could feel myself leaning towards some lighter reading.
Arithmancy complete, I wanted to move on to Charms but as Children of Blood and Bone is the book I’m aiming to read for my E in that subject and it’s another one that sounds like it has some very dark moments in it, I decided to finally make a start on History of Magic instead with Matthew Francis’s The Mabinogi. It’s a poetry collection I’ve been meaning to read for a while now and I really enjoyed it.
The Mabinogi is essentially a poetry retelling of some of the stories from The Mabinogion, which are tales from Welsh myth and legend; given that Helga Hufflepuff was Welsh I see no reason why The Mabinogion wouldn’t be in Hogwarts Library in some form or another! I liked the collection a lot, and I can easily see it being one I re-read in future.
Next I decided to pick up Heartless by Gail Carriger, the fourth book in her Parasol Protectorate series, which was published back in 2011 and therefore counts towards my E in History of Magic. I’d like to finish this series this year and I always find Carriger’s books so easy to blast through, and so tongue-in-cheek funny!
Originally I was planning to pick up The Lies of Locke Lamora for my E in History of Magic and The Grace of Kings for my O, but The Grace of Kings is another darker fantasy and, while I’d really like to read it this year, I didn’t want to dive into it so soon after finishing the Broken Earth trilogy. So once I finish Heartless (which I should finish tonight!) I’m going to read The Lies of Locke Lamora for my O instead, as it’s also over 400 pages (and it’s another book I’ve been meaning to read for a long time).
My craving for lighter reads is also why I’m considering picking up Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire for my E in Ancient Runes instead of The Handmaid’s Tale. Again, I’d really like to cross The Handmaid’s Tale off my TBR this year, but I’m craving urban fantasy right now and the October Daye series is one I’ve been meaning to read for the longest time. I know Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies loves them, which makes me want to read them even more.
So, before the end of the month I’d like to try and read the following:
- Heartless by Gail Carriger (E in History of Magic)
- The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (O in History of Magic)
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (E in Charms)
- Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (O in Charms)
- Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire (E in Ancient Runes)
I’ll be back next week for one last update before my wrap-up at the beginning of next month, now let’s see if I can do this!