Last week I was a little disappointed that I ‘only’ had 6 subjects under my belt – as if that isn’t plenty – and this week I somehow find myself on the cusp of achieving all 12!
Ancient Runes: Read a retellingMiranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett Arithmancy: Read a book by more than one authorThe Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling and Chris Riddell Astronomy: Read a book with “star” in the titleThe Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book with a land animal on the coverWithin the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan Charms: Read an adult bookThe Breakthrough by Daphne du Maurier Defence Against the Dark Arts: Read a book beginning with an “R”The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher
- Divination: Read a book set in the future
Herbology: Read a book with a plant on the coverThe Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi History of Magic: Read a book published at least ten years agoDaughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier Muggle Studies: Read a contemporary bookOnce Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole Potions: Read a sequelThe Wicked King by Holly Black Transfiguration: Read a book with sprayed edges or with red on the coverNought Forever by Malorie Blackman
This week I finished and loved Daughter of the Forest, which I read for History of Magic, and it’s such a chunky novel that I was content to read it and then read Record of a Spaceborn Few for Divination. Then I came to the realisation that the illustrated edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling and Chris Riddell that I bought earlier this year and still hadn’t read would count towards Arithmancy. With only five stories it’s the kind of book I could read within an hour and I had a lot of fun with Arithmancy during the N.E.W.Ts Readathon last year, so I decided I’d pick it up over the weekend.
Recently Penguin released a series of Penguin Moderns, tiny little books celebrating 50 different authors who are generally considered to be authors of modern classics. I’ve owned a couple for a while, one of them being The Breakthrough by Daphne du Maurier, and I had a sudden urge to pick it up while having a break from Daughter of the Forest. This little sci-fi/horror novelette was so well written, but it’s du Maurier so I’m not surprised, and it’s the kind of story I would have loved to see her expand upon. Despite its short length, though, I could count it towards Charms and I was really pleased with that! Considering how much adult I generally read compared to YA, it would have been disappointing if I didn’t manage to tick off Charms.
After I finished Daughter of the Forest I was in the mood for another fairy tale retelling – retellings seem to have been my thing so far this year – and I recently picked up a copy of T. Kingfisher’s The Raven and the Reindeer on my Kindle because it’s an f/f retelling of The Snow Queen. Upon realising it was a fairly short novel, I curled up with it on Friday night and finished it on Saturday morning, giving me my O.W.L in Defence Against the Dark Arts!
When I realised that I’d be able to tick off History of Magic, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts and Arithmancy this week, and therefore only have Divination and Transfiguration left, I figured I might as well see if I could find something fairly short for Transfiguration so I could focus on Record of a Spaceborn Few for the last days of the readathon. Luckily for me, Malorie Blackman released a short for World Book Day, Nought Forever, ahead of her new novel Crossfire which is out this summer and I just happened to pick up a copy earlier this year and, like The Tales of Beedle the Bard, hadn’t got around to reading it yet. It wasn’t anything mind-blowing, but it did remind me of this alternate world Blackman has created in her novels and how much I love them so I’m really excited for Crossfire.
With red on the cover, I ended my Saturday having also achieved an O.W.L in Transfiguration, leaving just one O.W.L left!
I can’t believe the end is in sight and I actually have a chance at achieving all 12 O.W.Ls, just like I hoped I would. The best thing about this is how much freedom it’s going to give me when the N.E.W.Ts Readathon rolls around in August! Whatever the prompts I’ll definitely want to achieve an O in History of Magic, I am a history nerd after all, but I can do whatever I like with the other subjects.