It’s the last week of our N.E.W.Ts!
I haven’t read as much in this past week as I’d hoped and, as always, my TBR has changed along the way, which I think is the most organic way to participate in a readathon anyway. I was hoping to achieve O’s in Charms and History of Magic and an E in Ancient Runes before the end of the readathon, and now I think I’ll be finishing the readathon with E’s in all three – but I’m glad I at least managed to get my O in Arithmancy first!
As always, I’ll list my progress so far below:
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 translate 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
Read a book published at least 5 years ago Heartless by Gail Carriger
O – Read a book of at least 500 pages
I achieved my E in History of Magic in the past week by reading Heartless, the fourth book in the Parasol Protectorate series. It got me into a bit of an urban fantasy/fantasy of manners kick, and while I was originally going to pick up Seanan McGuire’s Rosemary and Rue for my E in Ancient Runes and Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone for my E in Charms, I couldn’t resist immediately moving on to the final book in the series, Timeless, for my E in Ancient Runes. It’s another book that’s been waiting for me for far too long.
I’m hoping to finish that one tonight but it does make me sad that even though there’s so much more Carriger set in this world to read, this will be the last book with Alexia at centre stage. That being said, I’d much rather see a series end well (which I hope it will) than drag on until it’s rubbish.
Being the gran that I am, I’ve owned my car for over two years and only figured out how to hook up my phone to my radio this weekend. The best thing about this is that I can now use Audible and listen to audiobooks in my car, which is one of the only places I can concentrate on audiobooks for some reason. After listening to the first book in Marie Brennan’s Memoirs of Lady Trent series earlier this year, I decided to continue with the series and listen to The Tropic of Serpents.
For some reason I can’t get into these books when I try to read them, but the audiobooks I really enjoy – the narrator, Kate Reading, does a great job and I’m looking forward to listening to the rest of the series over the next few months. As I adore the covers for these books, The Tropic of Serpents counts towards my E in Charms! With any luck I’ll finish it in the next couple of days, especially if I listen to the last of it after work tomorrow.
If I can get to Children of Blood and Bone for my O in Charms I’ll be thrilled, but I don’t think I’m going to manage it and I don’t want to burn myself out in August and then end up not reading anything in September. This readathon has helped me find time to read this month, and I’d like to carry on reading as regularly as I have been so, either way, I’ll be getting to Children of Blood and Bone soon.
I’ve also started Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora for my O in History of Magic which I’d love to get through if I can but, again, I don’t know if I’ll manage it before the weekend.
This past weekend was actually a bank holiday in the UK, which means we get Monday off as well, and I surprised my parents with a visit over the weekend and took a bunch of books with me to try and get through. I ended up barely reading at all, which is a shame, but I was spending time with family and by the time I went to bed and opened a book I was far too tired to do anything but sleep.
That aside, I’m still really proud of how much I’ve managed to read this year and how much I’ve enjoyed so much of what I’ve read. After years of staying away from high fantasy and being terrible at finishing series, 2018 really does feel like the year I’ve rediscovered my love for that genre and rediscovered my love for series.
I’ll be back either this weekend or this time next week with my final wrap-up for this readathon – best of luck to everyone else sitting their N.E.W.Ts!