Winter Magical Readathon Wrap Up

Winter Magical Readathon Wrap Up

Something is looming within the castle’s walls…

Will you look for it?

It is not a big secret that I am completely and utterly obsessed with Harry Potter. I have been since the first book has been released, and being part of the fandom has been a tremendous part of my life ever since.

Participating in the Magical Readathon, hosted by G from the channel Book Roast, is something I will keep doing for however long she decides to keep it up, so when she announced a month-long Magical Readathon Winter Edition, I couldn’t wait for it to start!

The Prompts
  • Let the de-gnoming begin! Pick a read from your existing TBR that is longer than 500 pages! Thinning the not-read pile one book at a time!
  • From mundane to magical: read an urban fantasy (usually a fantasy world that exist in secret from the muggle world), Harry Potter, for example!
  • Read a paranormal book or a book that has ghosts!
  • Read a book that has a dedication at the start of it.
  • Read a book that starts with the letter S for Slytherin
  • Read a book that has been written by an author who’s last name starts with either T, M or an R.
  • Read a book with a sword on the cover.

In the month of December, every Sunday a new chapter opened up on the website that G created this time around. Every chapter had a storyline to follow and could result in 1,2 or 3 prompts and for every prompt you get, a book has to correspond to read for that week.

The Books
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I was lucky the first and second week and got only 1 prompt to read. For week one, I choose to continue my audiobook for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I was only about 25% into the book, so I had quite a lot of pages/hours left of the book.

Chapter 2 was equally nice for me and with the whole build-up to Christmas, it was very welcome to only be ‘forced’ to read one book. I ended up reading A Boy Called Christmas and it’s 2 follow-ups by Matt Haig though, but as it wasn’t part of this weeks chapter, it was still easy going.

Chapter 3 opened up on December 15th. I knew it had to happen someday that I was going to get more than one prompt. This week gave me 2 and I decided on a continuation of The Toll by Neal Shusterman and finally starting the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor.

After reading Scythe and Thunderhead from the Arc of Scythe series by Neal Shusterman, I was incredibly excited to read the third instalment. Unfortunately, I had to give up after reading about 60% of the book, because I just couldn’t get through the story.

Quite a few months ago, I read Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (I still need to finish the series though), and I knew I wanted to read her earlier work as well. I decided to start reading the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series by starting book 1 for the prompt to read a paranormal book and I already cannot wait to finish the series this year.

Chapter 4 was equally annoying and gave me 2 books again. Luckily it was the week of Christmas, so I had a little bit more time on my hands this week. I choose to read a contemporary and a middle-grade novel, as both should be easy and quick reads (…they usually are).

This time wasn’t any different and I loved being back in the Shopaholic world as I hadn’t have read a shopaholic book in years. It was just as much fun as I remembered and I flew through this one in less than a day.

I pucked up Snow and Rose straight after and even though I have no recollection of the origin story (…the book is based on Snow White and Rose Red), I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Chapter 5 (the last chapter), finally opened on December 29th (and was thus going to head over into the new year). I had a few options of books I wanted to read, but none of those made it onto my January TBR. So, bending the rules a teeny tiny bit, I decided to count Vengeful by V.E. Schwab as my book with a sword on the cover. I mean, they look a little bit like swords (…even though they are daggers), but I just couldn’t work anything else in my busy scheduled and I already needed to re-read this one this month anyway.

The Winter Magical Readathon is over and we have to wait until April before we can sit down and take our O.W.L’s exams again. Is it April already?

Did you participate in the Magical Readathon? If so, which books did you read? Did you have some of the same prompts as I did?

Love,
Marloes

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