Weekend Reads #30: Exploring My Bookshelves

Weekend Reads is a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. At the end of the post, I’ll include what I plan to read on the weekend.

Exploring My Bookshelves is a weekly meme created by Victoria at Addlepates and Book Nerds and co-hosted with Shannon at For the Love of Words. Visit either blog for the list of topics.

This weekend, I’ve decided to combine the two. I’ll include the topic for the Exploring My Bookshelves meme and discuss what I read and am currently reading this weekend.

This weekend’s topic:

A book that mentions final exams

This topic is a little difficult if you’re trying to answer with a book that’s not Harry Potter. Well, it was difficult for me. For others who are better read, it’s probably an easy one.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is an obvious answer since the majority of the series takes place at a boarding school and school life is as much a part of the story as are all the crazy shenanigans Harry and his friends get involved in. In this one, Harry and his grade mates have to take the OWL exam — the Ordinary Wizarding Level exam. I think the majority of us who read these books when we were younger appreciated the inclusion of the OWL exams — the anticipation and stress to study for and pass it — since it’s similar to what we were experiencing at the time.

And just to include something different, I’ve added the second book of the Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce — In the Hand of the Goddess. In this installment, Alanna has to prepare for a final test that she has to pass to be qualified as a knight. The majority of characters are still unaware that she is a girl disguised as a boy.

What I’m reading this weekend:

I read and completed Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. It’s a young-adult fantasy story about an albino girl in Nigeria who discovers that she is a part of a secret, magical community. And since I’m in the mood for Harry Potter, I’ve decided to reread Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

What are you reading, or have read, this weekend?
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