Book Update: April (2020) + finishing O.W.L.s!

Hey Happy Bookworms!

So I finished my O.W.L.s!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ I actually did way better than I expected & even picked up a couple extra πŸ™‚ So pretty proud of myself all in all  – eh I don’t have anything to ramble on about so let’s get into this!


Indigo’s Star by Hilary McKay


I read this for my astronomy class & it’s kinda perfect isn’t it? Stars & all that ✨ These books honestly make my heart float & fill with happiness πŸ™‚
EVERYONE should read them!

Meet Cute by Multiple authors

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This was really jarring to read – I got the start of these super cute stories & then as soon as I got into it they would end 😦

Anyway, not all stories are born equal & I definitely enjoyed some of these more than others, I liked the premises of a couple like click and the way we love here but then didn’t exactly like the way they went. Actually, looking back, I’m realising that the stories got better as the book went on & I liked most of the last ones & not many of the first ones πŸ˜‚ My faves were print shop, 259 million miles (sooooo sad πŸ˜“), oomph and the unlikely likelihood of falling in love, although honourable mention to the department of dead love because wow that was a unique idea.

Actually surprised at the range of different scenarios all the authors could come up with πŸ˜† Anyway, I obviously read this for my herbology class!

The Swan Kingdom by ZoΓ« Marriott


After wilder girls fell through for my transfiguration class I was delighted to remember this had shapeshifting in it! So I had the pleasure of rereading my favourite book again (If I haven’t already convinced you to put this on your TBR – GO LOOK IT UP!!)

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

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Read this lovely book my grandma got me for Christmas for my potions class & it was honestly so sweet & definitely a book I’ll keep around to look at every now and then ☺️

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

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After finishing all my classes I thought what better way to finish my O.W.L.s than by finishing HP?! So this is for an extra history of magic class πŸ™‚

What an epic finale!!!!! πŸ₯³
Literally loved experiencing these books again, these last 2 books I haven’t really remembered what happens so it’s been cool kinda re-experiencing them in a way πŸ™‚

My faves of the series have gotta be the goblet of fire and the order of the Phoenix though

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

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And then I still had a little bit of extra time so I decided to read this ARC I kindly got from netgalley for a muggle studies class Publish date: 5th May

You can read my very ranty review here

O.L.W.s πŸ¦‰

βœ… read by last checking point

βœ” read since then

Have to read:

  • Charms//Lumos Maxima: white cover βœ…
  • Defence Against the Dark Arts//Grindylows: book set at the sea/coast βœ…
  • Potions//Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages βœ”
  • Transfiguration//Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shapeshifting βœ”
  • Herbology//Mimbulus mimbletonia: title starts with an M βœ”

3 Others:

  • Arithmancy//Magical qualities of number 2: balance/opposites – read something outside your favourite genre βœ…
  • Care of magical creatures//Hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover βœ…
  • Astronomy//Night classes: read majority of this book when it’s dark outside βœ”

Extra classes I took:

  • History of magic//Witch hunts: book featuring witches/wizards βœ”
  • Muggle Studies//Book from the perspective of a muggle (contemporary) βœ”

So there we go! Woo for me! I read a total of 10 books this month so I think I’ve achieved the goal of getting me reading during quarantine πŸ₯‡ <– I’m awarding myself a medal

What about you guys? How did you do on O.W.L.s? Read any of these books? Opinions? As usual – tell me all!!

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20 thoughts on “Book Update: April (2020) + finishing O.W.L.s!

  1. Aditi says:

    “not all stories are born equal” ……….. is this supposed to be some weird reference or what?!
    Also, isn’t it weird that I have yet to read The Swan Kingdom, despite… you know… you being obsessed with it? 😯 But I’m really happy that you loved HP πŸ˜€

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  2. Amber says:

    EL YOU READ 10 BOOKS?! That’s amazing!! I mange to finish four, and even then it was a close call to the deadline! πŸ˜… Like seriously *applause* that is so good *passes another medal* πŸ₯‡πŸ˜‚ And you read all those extra books, well done! I swear you read a book for every class πŸ˜‚ I really want to read that cute collection of romance stories, definitely adding to my TBR, haven’t read any of these books but they all sound wonderful πŸ’– Great post El! Congratulations again on finishing your O.W.L.’s ☺️

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    • El says:

      I knowwww I’m not sure how I did it (maybe I was possessed?!?! πŸ‘») but ngl it came at a price because I’m kinda slumping right now 😦
      4 books is still an achievement! *passes you a medal* πŸ…

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      • Amber says:

        Haha yes it is amazing!! πŸ’• WHOEVER HAS TAKEN OVER EL’S BODY WE KNOW YOU’RE THERE πŸ˜‚ Uh I totally get you, I once read a ton of books in January I think and then in February I barely scraped one! Reading slumps are the worst, but you got this 😊 Aww *takes medal* Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  3. Margaret @ Weird Zeal says:

    Congrats on doing so well on your OWLs! Ten books is very impressive, and I’d say you definitely deserve that medal πŸ˜€ The Boy the Mole the Fox and the Horse (I had the check that order like three times) has been super popular at the bookstore where I work, and it looks truly adorable πŸ™‚ Are you planning on doing the NEWTs this year too?

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    • El says:

      Thank you! πŸ’•πŸ’•
      Yes it won something like best book last year I think? My grandma got me it for Christmas which was sweet πŸ™‚ but it’s a great book to have lying around to dip into whenever!
      My plan right now is yes but we’ll see πŸ˜…


  4. ash @ starlight strands says:

    i’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Meet Cute as much, i don’t normally read a bunch of short stories either so i totally get what you said about being invested one and then it ends haha. but it’s great to see that you liked a few of them!! Print Shop was definitely one of my favorites too.

    congrats on this readathon and reading 10 books this month! i didn’t do O.W.L.S. (i probably would have failed because i practically only read YA contemporaries this month hehe), but it sounds like you had fun! lovely post πŸ’–πŸ’–

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    • El says:

      I’ve only read a couple of story collections but I’ve quite liked them all, I think the thing about having a romance one is that in contemporary you need to get invested in the characters for it to work? And you either don’t because there’s not enough time, or you do & then it suddenly ends πŸ˜…

      I was finding it really hard to read in lockdown (still am now it’s over) so OWLs actually really helped with giving me a goal to read towards! Thank you πŸ’–

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  5. arshia says:

    This is the most fascinating way of reading books I’ve ever come across, and it’s so great because it just gives you so much variety in the books you read! All these books sound so interesting!
    Loved this post.

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    • El says:

      Yeah, OWLs was super fun – NEWTs is coming up in a couple months if you wanna check it out (just look up book roast on YouTube)
      Thank you πŸ’•πŸ’•

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