There I was, thinking I couldn’t possibly do as well this week as I did at the beginning of the N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon. The experience has continued to be rewarding and fun and filled with excitement and I’m happy we still have a couple of weeks to go.
My career as a Writer is a given, and because I did way better than excpected, I have also achieved all grades necessary to become a Hogwarts Professor in History of Magic. I am now pursuing more Outstandings, so I can teach more classes at Hogwarts. My career as a writer will happen in my free time… See, I got it all worked out. 🙂
Grades Achieved so far
Muggle Studies: A, E
History of Magic: A, E, O
Defence Against the Dark Arts: A, E
Newly achieved grades are in Ravenclaw blue, the ones I had finished last week are black. I did pretty well again! Considering that Strange the Dreamer is quite a big book and I had to find a replacement for my original DADA pick), I’m happy that I managed to finish five entire books this week.
- Catherynne M. Valente – Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams (Defence Against the Dark Arts: A)
- Ursula K. LeGuin – A Wizard of Earthsea (History of Magic: O)
- Laini Taylor – Strange the Dreamer (Potions: A)
- George MacDonald – The Princess and the Goblin (Defence Against the Dark Arts: E)
- Peter S. Beagle – In Calabria (Muggle Studies: E)
It will come as no surprise to most of you that I am absolutely in love with Strange the Dreamer and the world Laini Taylor has created. I ordered the second volume when I wasn’t even halfway done with the first because there is no way this story can be messed up.
Cat Valente is my favorite author, so this short early work of hers was very good, although I prefer her less experimental stories.
My Earthsea re-read went pretty much exactly as expected. I did like it a bit more this time around, but not much. The Princess and the Goblin was a much older work (and you can tell) but a lovely, quick fairy-tale-esque story. And Peter S. Beagle’s latest unicorn story was tender and quiet but quite well done.
N.E.W.T.s in Progress
- Arkady Martine – A Memory Called Empire (Care of Magical Creatures: A)
- Lisa Goldstein – The Uncertain Places (Ancient Runes: A)
- Kameron Hurley – The Light Brigade (Transfiguration: A)
I was very unsure what to read after Strange the Dreamer (talk about book hangovers!), but with Lisa Goldstein’s story set in the 70ies, dealing with a haunted family that is definitely hiding a secret, I think I found something nice and palatable. I haven’t started Kameron Hurley’s sci-fi novel yet but everybody is raving about it, so I am excited!
Aaaaand I’m still listening to A Memory Called Empire. I swear the book is fantastic, it’s just not exactly a light read. There are space politics and confusing social structures, there’s a murder mystery and probably even more for our protagonist to discover. It’s a heavy book but I’m still enjoying it.
How about your readathon experience so far? Are you on track? Let me know your Hogwarts House and your current read in the comments! And of course: Happy reading!