Magical Readathon | Charms Extra Credit TBR

In August I took part in Book Roast‘s N.E.W.Ts Readathon and had so much fun – I read so much in August – and for a week in October we have a chance to get ahead in Charms for the return of the O.W.Ls Readathon next April.


I’m not sure how much reading I’ll get done because this week is a little busy for me – it’s actually my birthday on Wednesday, so I’ll be seeing family and it’d be pretty antisocial of me to sit and read instead of talking to my parents, but hopefully I’ll be able to fulfill one or two challenges!

The challenge runs from today, the 8th, through to the 14th October. There are five prompts, and essentially for each prompt completed we can start reading our book for Charms next year an extra day ahead of the start of the readathon, so if you complete all five you could have almost an entire week to complete your Charms O.W.L before the readathon officially starts.

It’s all a bit of fun and because I got so much reading done with the N.E.W.Ts Readathon I can’t resist taking part.

That being said, I have found myself struggling with my TBR for this one because I prefer month-long readathons to readathons that only last a week where I can realistically attempt a 300 page novel for each challenge. So hopefully I’ll be able to get to these!



Read a book that’s first in a series

I’ve been listening to (and loving) the audiobook of Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer so I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish it during my commute to work this week.


Read a book that’s at the top of your TBR

I started reading Kate Summerscale’s The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House this past weekend after picking it up for £1 in a secondhand bookshop and I’d like to try and focus on it this week. I haven’t read any non-fiction in ages, and as this is a true crime Victorian murder mystery it’s an ideal read for October. I always lean towards stories like this close to Halloween.


Read a book with the words ‘fire’ or ‘flame’ in the title/series name, or a flame picture on the cover

I’ve been meaning to read The Book Collector by Alice Thompson for a while now, I’ve heard it’s a real Gothic tale which will fit right in for the spookier books I’m trying to read this month, and it’s less than 200 pages so hopefully I’ll be able to fit it in!


Read a book that ‘tickles you the right way’

One of the reasons I want to try and read more horror is that I absolutely loved ghost stories when I was little, even though they scared the crap out of me. Katherine Clements’ The Coffin Path has been described as a ghost story set in the Yorkshire countryside after the English Civil War. So not only is this spooky historical fiction, but it also takes place in the county I’m from. I’m hoping to love this one!


Read a book with a light cover

I don’t read a lot of poetry but I loved Megan Beech’s previous collection, When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard, so it’s about time I checked out You Sad Feminist which came out last year.

Are you taking part in this reading challenge? What kind of books do you turn to for a week-long readathon?

5 thoughts on “Magical Readathon | Charms Extra Credit TBR

  1. Emma says:

    Happy Birthday! And best of luck with the readathon, it looks like you’ve picked out a great TBR!

    How is the audiobook for Strange the Dreamer? I’m still yet to pick up the book (despite having bought it on publication day, eek!) mostly because I’m too nervous to take a pretty edition out of the house with me so I might give the audiobook a go if it’s a good one.

    Week-long readathons can be a little bit of a case of ‘blink and you miss it’ for me but I’m hoping to get some reading done anyway, and I hope you do too! 🙂

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Thanks, Emma! I have to be honest I’m completely failing so far, but hopefully I’ll get a bit of reading done over the next few days.

      I’m really enjoying it, I like the narrator a lot! Plus Laini Taylor’s writing is so beautiful that it’s a real treat having it read aloud to me, so I recommend it if you’re looking for a new audiobook. 🙂

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      1. Emma says:

        It’s ok, I’m failing too, but there’s still time! 💪

        That’s great to hear; I wasn’t sure how her writing would work when read aloud but if you say it’s a brill audiobook then I’ll give it a go!

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Thank you! I’m really enjoying Strange the Dreamer so far, so I’m hoping I love it enough to jump straight into the sequel.


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