Let’s be honest, the quarantine lock down is getting boring. There’s only so much Animal Crossing one person can play. Then I spotted this hash tag floating about in twitter: #owlsreadathon2020. Some of my book blogging friends were getting really excited about it all so I did some investigating and now I’ve been lured in.
Readathons involve reading a certain amount of books in a set period. This one is Harry Potter themed! You basically look through the career book, pick a magical career, and for every O.W.L required there is a prompt for a book. I’ve opted for the ‘Hogwarts Professor’ path which has left me with seven prompts. Here are the seven books I’m about to commence reading:
Prompt 1: A book set at sea or the coast
Book: A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison
I tried reading this book last year but I wasn’t in a reading frame of mind. However, I remembered the town the book is set in as a coastal location and there was a boat on the front cover. This was the best bet I had in my collection for this prompt.
Prompt 2: A book with a white cover.
Book: The Cherries by D. B. Carter
I don’t have too many books with white covers so I was pleased that I was able to include this book in the readathon. It’s a book with kindness at its heart and about finding happiness after trauma and hardship. It’s also written by one of the nicest writers I know.
Prompt 3: A book to mostly be read at night.
Book: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
I chose this book mainly as a means of supporting my mental health. Times are tough right now, I’m not sleeping well, and I wanted to ensure my bedtime reading would be positive. Matt Haig’s books always have interesting reflections on mental health and life in general. I’m hoping this will get me into a good frame of mind.
Prompt 4: A book featuring a witch or wizard.
Book: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
This is a reread for me – I read it for the first time when I was about thirteen. It’s everything you would expect from a Pratchett novel and that includes a witch! I can’t wait to revisit this book.
Prompt 5: A book under 150 pages.
Book: The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
Do you remember the movie The Iron Giant? This is the book behind it. I loved the film as a child and I vaguely remember being read a version of it at primary school. A couple of years ago I bought a copy but I’ve not had an opportunity to read it until now.
Prompt 6: A book featuring shape shifting.
Book: Changeless by Gail Carriger
This is the second book in The Parasol Protectorate series. I read the first book last year and it’s essentially a steam punk fantasy series with a sassy female protagonist. There are vampires and werewolves involved so it met the shape shifting criteria and I’m hoping I’ll be able to read the next two books in the series when I’m done.
Prompt 7: A book selected at random.
Book: Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
This is another book which got left behind last year. I picked it up on a whim during a shopping trip. Mr Robinson helped me by picking up a few random books and this was the only one from his selection that I hadn’t read yet. I’m not completely sure what to expect from this read so that’s quite exciting (fingers crossed it’s not awful).