The Christmas round of the magical readathon has come and gone, which means it’s time for another wrap up! I started the readathon off really well, but Christmas meant a few busy days in which I didn’t really get to read. Here’s how my Christmas at Hogwarts went.
FINISH YOUR COURSEWORK
This required us to finish the book we were currently reading, which was Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1) by Brian McClellan in my case. I was about 120 pages into this 545-page book when the readathon started. I finally picked this up after it being on my bookshelf for about 3 to 4 years, and ended up loving it! One of the most interesting things about this fantasy novel is that it follows a 60-year-old field marshal who overthrows the monarchy and kills the Royal Cabal (Privileged – people who can do magic). He is the leader of the Powder Mages who can manipulate gun powder – in a magic type of way. I loved reading from Tomas’s perspective because he is so experienced in his role as Field Marshal. He’s not a teenager trying to change the world. He’s a seasoned soldier and adviser, and it makes for a nice change. Would highly recommend!
I would give this book a 9/10, I really loved it!
HAVE A SNOWBALL FIGHT WITH THE WEASLEY TWINS
When you think of the Weasley twins, you think of fun times and hilarious banter. That’s why it is the perfect time to read a book you think will be funny. When I read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue last year, I found myself laughing out loud while listening to the audiobook. I figured that The Lady’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee would be the same. I’m sad to say I’m a tad disappointed in this book. Yes, I did laugh at times because Felicity can be quite witty. But I also found her to be extremely judgmental and the worst kind of fake feminist. The ones who look down on women who don’t want to change the world, who simply want to build a life with someone they love. And I’m not here for that. Also, the fantastical element was super random and weird?
I’m not sure whether to rate this a 6/10 or a 7/10 yet. I liked it, but I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped to.
VISIT THE 3 BROOMSTICKS FOR MULLED PIXIE WINE
For this challenge, we were supposed to read a book that would only take us a day or an evening. I chose to read Night by Elie Wiesel. I was right, it did only take me a little over an hour to read it. However, it made such an impact on me that I’ll be thinking about it for months/years to come. This is an autobiography, in which the author talks about his family’s deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau and his survival in the concentration camp.
10/10, would recommend this to everyone.
ATTEND THE YULE BALL
To attend the Yule Ball, we had to read a book we’d been preparing for. I guess you could say I prepared for this manga volume by watching the anime? I’m counting it, anyway. I watched the anime Ouran High School Host Club a few years ago, and really enjoyed it. It was kind of cringy and weird at times, but it was exactly what I expected it to be. So I thought it would be nice to read the manga as well. I really liked Ouran High School Host Club Volume 1! I was already familiar with the story, so that wasn’t really new. I did find it hard to read at times, because of the artwork. There was so much happening in one panel that it became hard to distinguish what was going on. The classic black and white style didn’t help with that either.
I’d probably rate this a 7/10. I quite liked it, and will probably continue the series.
That’s everything I managed to finish during the readathon. I did start reading The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See for the prompt of ‘bring a festive treat to Hedwig in the owlery’ which required you to read a book with an animal in the title or on the cover. I only read about 20 pages so I figure it doesn’t really count. And I didn’t get to watch a Harry Potter movie, which I’ll have to fix before 2019 officially starts.
I had a really great time during this readathon. There’s something so magical (ha!) and fun about them, and I’ll probably participate every single time.