Day 10 Update – OWLs Magical ReadAThon

So it is the 10th day of OWLs Magical ReadAThon and I thought I would do a little update of what I’ve read so far and what challenges I’ve completed so far!

Physical Reads

I read 3/4 of A Curse So Dark and Lonely after the ReadAThon started. So I decided to count it towards the Ancient Runes challenge as it is a Beauty and the Beast retelling!

I planned to read The Song Rising but decided to reread the first 2 books before reading it as it had been a while and I couldn’t remember as much as I liked. I decide to use this one for the Divination challenge as this is set in the future.

Audiobooks

I’ve been slowly making my way through the Hercule Poirot series and I have so far read these 2 this month. I used Murder in Mesopotamia for the History of Magic challenge & Cards on the Table for the Charms challenge.

I have started rereading The Medoran Chronicles by Lynette Noni via audiobook. So far I have read Akarnae, Raelia & Draekora. I have used Akarnae for the Herbology challenge & Raelia for the Potions challenge. Draekora doesn’t fit in any of the challenges unfortunately.

Currently Reading

I’m reading The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon as part of my reread before starting The Song Rising. I’m also rereading Graevale as the next part in The Medoran Chronicles series. Graevale also doesn’t fit in the challenges anywhere. I am using The Mime Order for the Transfiguration challenge.

Let’s Chat!

Are you participating in OWLs Magical ReadAThon? How many challenges have you finished so far?!

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Scallywagathon Round 2 TBR

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Okay, so some of you may remember me participating in round 1 back in November and guess what it is happening again! This ReadAThon was not on my May ReadAThon Guide as it was only announced 2 days ago. I am going to copy and paste the info section from my the round 1 TBR as it is all working the same, the only difference is the challenges. This ReadAThon is pretty complex and can be confusing, so I hope my explanation helps you!

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This ReadAThon starts at midnight on the 20th of May & ends at 11:59 on the 27th of May.

You can watch Ali’s video HERE for a whole in depth desrciption of the ReadAThon along with an example TBR but I am going to try and explain it!

Firstly, the map!

*This was taken from the link in Ali’s video.*

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Every number and letter on the map corresponds to a challenge in the graphic below!
Okay, so how this map works is first you pick a number between 1 & 5. Once you pick your starting point you follow the corresponding coloured line to the next challenge. Most of them have more than one option you can choose from. Then when you get to your first stop you then follow that number or letter’s corresponding coloured line to the next challenge until you get to the treasure chest. All of the tracks you take will have 4 challenges but if you finish those 4 in the week you are welcome to continue onto any of the other challenges you wish.
So, here is an example of how to navigate the map. I am going to start at 1, from there I will follow the dark purple line to 6, from there I will follow the orange line to A and then from A I will follow the dark blue line to 9 and then to the treasure! Hopefully, that makes sense.

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The path I will be following is:

5 > 8 > A > 9

5: Calm before the storm – The first in a series

A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss

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This is an Adult Mystery that I received an ARC of and need to read by the end of June. This one comes out 28th of June in Aus.

8: Yo Ho Ho! – Book that starts with ‘RRRRRR’

Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan

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This is the second book in the Reign of Shadows duology. I listened to Reign of Shadows a while ago and really enjoyed it! Reign of Shadows is a dark Rapunzel retelling and it ended on a rather large cliffhanger so I’m keen to continue.

A: Marooned: Standalone

Endless Night by Agatha Christie

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There is a heap of Agatha Christie books on Scribd, so I hunted through her standalones and came up with this one!

9: Blow down the man – A book by a woman author

The Theft and the Miracle by Rebecca Wade

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This is one of the books I am reading for the Book to School challenge. It is also by a female author, so perfect!!

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Fall Bookish Bingo 2017 Wrap Up

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I just realised that I haven’t posted my wrap for Fall Bookish Bingo that finished 12 days ago!! So here it is!

I didn’t do as well as I did last season when I completed every square but I’m still pretty happy! I have 5 bingos and completed a total of 19 challenges and the ‘Free’ square!



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Mental Health: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Different Culture: The Girl from Munich by Tania Blanchard
Illustrations: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Black Cover: Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast
First in a Series: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Set in another country: Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Person on cover: Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
Magic in the real world: The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
Over 500 pages: Neverfade by Alexandra Bracken
Co-Authored: Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Ensemble Cast: One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
2017 Debut: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
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American History:
Witches: Half Lost by Sally Green

Fall Release: The Last Namsara by Kristin Ciccarelli
Horror: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Asian American Author: Warcross by Marie Lu
Translated:
LGBT: Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler

Yellow Cover: Paper Girls #1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Required Reading:
Set at a school: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
Poetry or Verse:
Paranormal:



That is everything for this wrap-up!! How did you go? Let me know in the comments?!
My possible reads post for the winter Bookish Bingo will be up by tomorrow!

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ScallyWagAThon TBR

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Okay, so I am utterly fucking crazy! This will be ReadAThon number 4 in November. You can find my #HouseCupReadingChallenge TBR HERE & Read-A-Thin HERE if you wanted to know about those. My TBR for Duodecathon will be up closer to the dates of it.

Okay, so as this was a late announcement and it didn’t make it onto my November Reading Guide till about half an hour ago I am going to put all the info below. I’ll just copy and paste it straight from my guide! If you already know then just skip the the ‘My TBR’ header.



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Okay, so this is a really fun looking ReadAThon and I’m thinking about adding it into my crazy November!!

This ReadAThon starts at midnight on the 5th of November & ends at 11:59 on the 11th of November. There is alsoa Pirates of the Caribbean WatchALong happening from the 12th to the 18th.

You can watch Ali’s video HERE for a whole in depth desrciption of the ReadAThon along with an example TBR but I am going to try and explain it!

Firstly, the map!

*This was taken from the link in Ali’s video.*

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Okay, so how this map works is firstly you pick a number between 1 & 5. Once you pick your starting point you follow the corresponding coloured line to the next challenge. Most of them have more than one option you can choose from. Then when you get to your first stop you then follow that number or letter’s correspoding coloured line to the next challenge until you get to the treasure chest. All of the tracks you take will have 4 challenges but if you finish those 4 in the week you are welcome to continue onto any of the other challenges you wish.
So, here is an example of how to navigate the map. I am going to start at 1, from there I will follow the dark purple line to 6, from there I will follow the orange line to A and then from A I will follow the dark blue line to 9 and then to the treasure! Hopefully that makes sense.

When you complete the 4 challenges you can enter your email in the link on Ali’s video to get some free printables from Ali!

Okay, next is the Pirates of the Caribbean WatchALong. Here is a calendar that can be downloaded from the link in Ali’s video. It has the dates on the sides for each of the movie WatchALongs. However follow Ali on Twitter as she will be announcing closer to the date the times that they will be watching each movie.

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And finally she is holding a giveaway! All you have to do is post your TBR to either YouTube, Blog or Tumblr and leave the link in the comments of Ali’s video. Also make sure you leave a way for Ali to contact you in your TBR post.



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So the path I am following is:

5 > 8 > A > 9

5: Open Waters – Blue on the cover

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8: Tell it to the parrot – Over hyped book

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A: Marooned – A standalone

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9: Clear the deck – From your owned TBR

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I own both a physical copy and the audiobook of this but I will be listening to the audiobook for the challenge.

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7: Crow’s Nest – New release you’ve had your eye on

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Well that is all for my TBR! And as for the giveaway part, on the off chance I win, you can contact me on Twitter or Instagram @duskangelreads

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November Read-A-Thin TBR

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I have decided to participate in Read-A-Thin! This ReadAThon goes for the whole of November and concentrates on thinning out your TBR pile!

The only rule is that you have to use books you already own or have already borrowed from the library. You can’t buy or borrow a book for the challenge.

Find the Read-A-Thon Goodreads group HERE!

You can use 1 book for up to 2 challenges! I have done that a bit as you will see.



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1. Read a 2017 Release

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2. Read a diverse book

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3. Read a book that is related to your favourite Emoji

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4. Read a book with a fall themed cover

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5. Start and finish a series

Am I starting and finishing the same series? No! Do I care? Also no!

6. Read a book in 24 hours

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7. Read a new to you author

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8. Buddy Read a Book

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This is the The Most Popular Reads BOTM for November. So I will be buddy reading with a lot of people.

9. Read a horror/thriller

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10. Read a book outside your favourite genre

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11. Read an eBook

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12. Listen to an audiobook of a book your own

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13. Read a book that counts toward another ReadAThon

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14. Read a book that is due back to the library the soonest

I’m not doing this as I don’t borrow books from my library as it’s hopeless.

15. Read a book you ended up putting down previously

I’m not doing this one either. I have only DNFd two books and I put them down as I hated me. I’m not picking them back up…

16. Read a book you got from a subscription box

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17. Read a book you got for free (gift, ARC, giveaway, etc.)

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18. Read 4 books

Well if I read all of those, then that will be more than 4 books.



As this ReadAThon crosses over with 12 days of the House Cup Reading Challenge so of these books also count for that. Those include Gemina, And I Darken, Warcross and Mask of Shadows. Well, that is all for my TBR.

Let me know if you are participating! What’s on your TBR?!

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#HouseCupReadingChallenge TBR

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As soon as I saw this I had to join up! This is a reading challenge is hosted by Live Love Read YA, Booksy Daisy Reviews, Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf  & Escape Under the Cover (don’t bother looking at this blog as they haven’t posted since 2015.. But it was the link that the other bloggers used, so I used it too..)

I’m not going to go into any details about the reading challenge on here but you can find all the info & sign up HERE! All I will say is that this reading challenge is happening from Sunday, October 15, to Sunday, November 12. So that’s 4 weeks and a day for this challenge.

All the books I choose are books I already own or have on one of the eBook apps I have.



Hogwarts Student Questionaire!

Firstly, I’m a Gryffindor! The Gryffindor house badge below is from the Sign Up posts.

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And the below graphic is mine and answers all the questions on the Sign Up post!

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Main Challenges (Year level challenges)

So these challenges are just your own choice of what you read and with each of the books, you read you go up a Hogwarts year level.

These books will really depend on what I get finished before then! So instead of picking 7 specific books, I’m just going to pick some of the options that I know I want to read by the end of the month and then at the start of November I will concentrate on the bonus challenges! (Well that is my plan!)

First Year: reader’s choice
Second Year: reader’s choice
Third Year: reader’s choice
Fourth Year: reader’s choice
Fifth Year: reader’s choice
Sixth Year: reader’s choice
Seventh Year: reader’s choice

 

Gemina will be a reread and I will be rereading via audiobook! They don’t say anything about rereads not counting, so I am definitely using it!



Bonus Challenges!

I will not be doing all of these obviously as that would be a total of 20 books in 4 weeks!

Gryffindor: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine

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Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship

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Ravenclaw: Read a book that revolves around a mystery

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Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world

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Astronomy Class: Read a book set in outer space

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Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature

So I couldn’t think of anything for this so I  just googled books with magical creatures and this came up, so I’m hoping it’s correct.

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Tri-Wizard Tournament: Read a book that includes a competition

This one was difficult as the only book that came to mind with this was One Dark Throne by Kendare Black, however, I don’t own it yet. So I just googled books with competitions and this came up, so I’m hoping it’s correct.

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Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers

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Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain

Again, googled it as I couldn’t think of anything for this, so if it’s not accurate, not my fault.

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Platform 9 3/4: Read a book that features travel

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Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past

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Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series

I don’t own this book yet but I plan on buying it very soon!

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Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group

This is a BOTM for The Most Popular Reads Facebook Group for November! So I’m buddy reading with heaps of people!

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Well, I think that is all! I will try and do an update weekly to let you know how I’m doing and also on what points and year level I’m on!!

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#TheReadingQuest Wrap Up

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#TheReadingQuest is over in about an hour and I won’t be finishing any more books in that time so I may as well post my Wrap Up now.

You can find my TBR HERE & my mid-way update HERE!



First, here is the Challenge card.

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And here is the challenge board with the book I’ve completed.

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XP points are in blue next to each completed books!



Knight Challenges:

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The First Book of a Series – This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (10)

A book with a verb in its title – When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (20)

A book with a weapon on its cover – Graceling by Kristin Cashore (10)

A book with a red cover – Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (10)

A book that has a TV/Movie adaptation – Coraline by Neil Gaiman (10)



Mage Challenges:

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A book set in a different world – The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (20)

A book that contains magic – Half Wild by Sally Green (10)

A book with a one word title – Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (20)



MINI QUEST CHALLENGES:

Potions – A book concocted by 2+ authors – The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black (10)

Multiplayer – Buddy read a book – Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (10)

Grind – A book with 500+ pages – The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon (10)

Time Warp – A book set in either the past or the future – Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (10)

Open World – Read whatever you want – Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera (20)

Expansion – Read a companion novel or short story – Because You Love to Hate Me (20)

Mini-Game – Read a graphic novel, novella or poem collection – The Wicked + The Divine: Vol 4 by Kieron Gillen (10)



The Points:

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Have you participated in #TheReadingQuest? How much did you read during the ReadAthon? What books did you read during the ReadAThon!? Let me know in the comments!

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