Weekend Reads #96: Week 3 — NEWTs Progress Report

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend. However instead of a topic, I’ll instead share my progress on my N.E.W.T.s (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests). 

Oh man! I’ve been reading so much, I’m surprised my eyes haven’t popped out yet.

Astronomy

All done. Yeahie me! 😀

Divination

All done. Yeahie me! 😀

Additional

Reading The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair. I’m nearing the end, y’all! I’m almost there. I can see the light!

History of Magic

Making progress. I’m close to the O.
Books read: Cinderella: or the Little Glass Slipper by Charles Perrault, illus. by Camille Rose Garcia; Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

Charms

I have an E! I’m considering to go for the O, but I think I’m gonna change my mind and not read much the last couple days of August.
Books read: The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill; Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 7-9 by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.)

Herbology

I’m reaching for E by reading Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen. I think I’ll get it.
Books read: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, narr. by Jim Dale

Transfiguration

I might also stop at E on this one.
Books read: Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, illus. by Shae Beagle

Still haven’t started Potions yet, but I might stop at A on that one since it’s not my favorite subject.


What I’m currently reading:

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair

I should be able to complete it this coming week. I’m only about 100 pages from the end.

The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

I’m currently buddy-reading this with Millie from Milliebot Reads as a reread because we both read it as kids. The story is slow and a bit of a bore, but I don’t mind reading it. Should be able to complete it next week.

Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen

I enjoyed the first book, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast, so much that I was eager to get going on this audio book. I’m enjoying it so far. I think I’ll be able to complete it next week too.


What are you reading this weekend?

Are you participating in the N.E.W.T. Magical Readathon? If so, what’s your progress so far?

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Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar, narr. by Harsh Nayyar, Annapurna Sriram, Bernard White, Nick Choksi, Rita Wolf

I get some of my audio books through Audible, mostly Harry Potter, Wheel of Time, and other audios of books I’ve already read. My plan was to get all the Harry Potter ones and then cancel my account, but sometimes when I want something to listen to, it has a long wait list at the library, so for now I still have my Audible account and with it the Originals — I get 2 Audible Original productions per month for free.

Until I listened to Evil Eye, I’d avoided the Originals. I didn’t know what they were and didn’t care, but Evil Eye convinced me otherwise.

Genre:

Thriller; Supernatural

Series:

N/A

Pubbed:

May 2019

Goodreads summary:

Pallavi is an aspiring writer living in California. Her mother, Usha, is thousands of miles away in Delhi – and obsessed with finding her daughter a husband.

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“The Last Olympian” by Rick Riordan

Back in 2016, I decided to take my time rereading Riordan’s Percy Jackson books. I’d enjoyed them when I first read them and was curious to know if I still would. I first read the books when I was in college. I wanted something light but similar to Harry Potter to read to break up the heavy texts I had to read for class. I was skeptical of the Percy Jackson books thinking they might be a rip off of Harry Potter and was pleasantly surprised to find that they weren’t.

I enjoyed the books back then and I still enjoy them now. However, I was worried at first because I read Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief by audio book and had such a horrible experience with it in that format that I wondered if the story had soured for me. It hadn’t. It was just that the narrator had done a horrible job. When I switched to the physical book to read the third book, Titan’s Curse, I quickly got swept up in the fun and adventure.

It took me almost three years to complete my reread because I took my time with it. There was no rush. I’d just pick up one of the books whenever I felt for something light and fun. I did so again in June this year after completing The Devourers by Indra Das, Tweak by Nic Sheff, and Becoming by Michelle Obama, all heavier, more serious reads. I needed something simple and light to cleanse my palate and The Last Olympian was just the thing.

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“Becoming” by Michelle Obama

By the time Michelle Obama’s book was published in November 2018, I’d gotten a part-time position at my dream job: I was FINALLY working as a bookseller in a bookstore. A few weeks had passed since I’d started, so I was still getting familiar with the process for books we weren’t allowed to sell before a specified date although customers would visit and call the store often asking “Is it there yet? Can I come by for a copy? Do you have it?”

It was the same with Obama’s book. There was a buildup of great excitement and expectation for her autobiography. People couldn’t wait to get it in their hands, and on the day it was released, we were sold out in minutes. Whenever we received another stack of books, they’d be gone in moments, sometimes before they even got on the shelves. It was even worse around Christmas time as people bought copies for themselves, friends, and family and would place five or 10 copies on hold at a time — all Christmas gifts, everyone in the family getting a copy. I also bought more than one copy. I bought one for myself and gave another to my aunt.

As usual, I didn’t immediately begin reading Obama’s autobiography when I got it. I don’t read many biographies, autobiographies, or even memoirs, and when I do, they’re never about political figures. I’m not a fan of politics, and I always mistrust political figures. But I liked the Obamas and really admired Michelle Obama. I loved her personality. What convinced me to finally purchase her autobiography was an interview she did with Oprah where she spoke about her book, growing up in Chicago, and her time as First Lady. I got curious. I wanted to know more. Furthermore, I loved how relatable Obama was in the interview. She seemed to just “tell it like it is” even when she was trying to be tactful or hold back a bit on some things, she came across as honest. I thought to myself, “I need to read her book.” And I’m glad I did.

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Weekend Reads #95: Week 2 — NEWTs Progress Report

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend. However instead of a topic, I’ll instead share my progress on my N.E.W.T.s (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests). 

I spent a couple days last week not reading anything, so I’m a little behind but still making decent progress… I think. 🙂

Astronomy

I exceeded my own expectations with this one and earned an Outstanding.
Books read: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF by Brandon Montclare & Amy Reeder, illus. by Natacha Bustos; In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey; Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clark

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Book Tag Week: Life’s a Beach Book Tag

Another tag post for BOOK TAG WEEK!!

I actually made it to the beach this summer. 😀

Although I make plans to go every summer, I never make it due to being too busy; but this summer I went on a reading retreat at the beach with a friend and had a great time. We only read a page each and instead spent our time people watching and talking. It was loads of fun.

Life’s a Beach Book Tag

The Life’s a Beach Book Tag was created by Lefty, the Left-Handed Book Lover.

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Book Tag Week: Quintessential Summer Book Tag

Onward and forward with BOOK TAG WEEK!!

You know what I’d like to do before summer’s end?

  1. Spend an entire day at the movies
    • I haven’t done this since college days. When exam week was over and my mind was goop from intense studying, cramming, and stress from the tests, I’d go to the movies and spend the whole day there watching everything I could sneak into. I’d like to do that again, although I’d probably fall asleep in the theater this time because those new chairs are so soft.
  2. Go on an architectural tour of a city
    • I really, really, really want to do this!! I even have a little pocket guide about architectural styles ready for such a tour.

Anyway, here’s the —

Quintessential Summer Book Tag

The Quintessential Summer Book Tag was created by the Bookish Kat. I consider myself tagged by Madame Writer.

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