The second week of this magical readathon is now over. It feels like time is moving so fast. I didn’t finish as many exams this week as I did in the first week, but I still managed to read a couple of books. Right now I’m working my way through Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor for the Transfiguration exam. And guys, this book is exactly what I want right now. Why did I wait two years to read it??
As you can tell from the two exams I completed this past week, I went all out on the Ancient Greek front. My book for the History of Magic is pretty historic, which is kind of perfect. Not very magical though, but my pick for Ancient Runes was. I’m still on top of my tbr and hopefully I’ll be able to finish all twelve exams!
Ancient Runes — Circe by Madeline Miller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book, my friends, was amazing. I love Greek mythology and I’ve just read The Odyssey for the first time, so this was the perfect time to dive into Circe as it includes the story of Odysseus’ visit to Aiaia. The book follows the perspective of Circe, who is the daughter of the sun, Helios, and she’s a witch. There isn’t really an overarching plot per say, it’s more about Circe as a person. I’m not doing it justice in my description, because I loved every second of reading it and I’ve probably made it sound boring. I read it rather slowly as well because I didn’t want to miss a thing. I also have Madeline Millers first book, The Song of Achilles, which is a retelling of The Iliad and I want to read that as soon as possible.
The History of Magic — The Three Theban Plays by Sophocles ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
There is something otherworldly about reading something as old as these plays. You get to see that people thousands of years ago struggled with the same emotions as we do today. It’s absolutely fascinating. I’ve said it a hundred times already in this post, but I’ll say it again. I love ancient history and I especially love the stories. There’s a reason the ancient plays and poems have survived and are still widely read today, and I think that’s at least partly because of the relevance of them. Even though they deal with subject matter which was already ancient when they were preformed for the first time in 5th century B.C. Athens, they remain relevant and relatable.
2 exams completed.
823 pages read this week.
2356 pages read in total.
I would love to hear what you’ve read recently! And if you’re participating in this magical readathon, which exams have you completed?