The first week of O.W.Ls is almost over and it’s time to do a quick update on how my exams are going. On Saturday I participated in Dewey’s 24hr Readathon as well as the magical all nighter hosted by the lovely magical readathon creator, G from Book Roast. During that, I managed to complete three of the exams and start a fourth. As of writing I’m working on my ancient runes exam and I can already tell that Circe by Madeline Miller is going to be five stars!
As I’ve already mentioned I managed to complete quite a few exams this past week. That means that I’m definitely on track to complete all twelve exams so I can pursue the career of alchemist.
Arithmancy — My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This one was so much fun. It’s a retelling of Jane Eyre with ghosts and Charlotte Brontë as a main character. Since I haven’t read Jane Eyre, I was not familiar with the story other than knowing a couple of names. I’m a fan of paranormal mysteries and this was right up my alley, especially because it was funny as well. I didn’t want to put it down even when life demanded it of me.
Charms — My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
As my first audiobook of the year I chose well. My Lovely Wife is about a couple who kills people to spice up their marriage. You honestly don’t need to know anything else before going it. Though I found it predicable at times and guessing the plot twist, I still thought it was a good thriller. The thing I loved about this one is the contrast between being a couple of serial killers and suburban life with kids.
Astronomy — The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I first read this two years ago and loved it. I’m glad to say that I liked it just as much this time around. The Star-Touched Queen is a young adult fantasy story inspired by Hindu mythology. The author has stated that the main characters, Maya and Amar, are inspired by the tale of Shiva and Parvati. The love story also have some Hades and Persephone vibes and that is one of my favorite stories from Greek mythology. The writing is magical but also sometimes a little too magical. By that I mean some of the descriptions made little sense to me. That being said I truly love this story and I hope to read the sequel/companion novel soon.
Herbology — Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
After reading Daisy Jones & The Six by the same author I needed more. This story is only 115 pages long, but it made me have all the feels. It’s a series of letters between the partners of cheating spouses. It’s wonderful, it’s beautiful. Don’t think about it too much, just read it.
Divination — All Systems Red by Martha Wells ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is another reread for me. I’m beginning to think this is going to be a trend for the rest of the year and I’m not mad about it. All Systems Red is the first novella in the Murderbot Diaries series. It’s a sci-fi story about a robot who is much more than just a robot. Murderbot just wants to be left alone and watch Sanctuary Moon, a show on the entertainment network. When I’m reading I often forget that it’s about a robot and not a human being. Especially in the later novellas in the series. I love Murderbot and I’m beyond excited for the upcoming full length novel!
5 exams completed.
1533 pages read.
I would love to hear what you’ve read recently! And if you’re participating in this readathon, which exams have you completed?