April Is As April Does

April Is As April Does

Been a while, but I’m about to start up keeping people updated here. I have books, I am trying to put myself out there, it’s a big deal.

But I don’t want to talk about that right now. I want to talk about the 2020 OWLs Readathon. A themed readathon on its third year. It’s my first time, but after The Bookie Trials I joined just last weekend, I want more involved readathons. It is a lot more fun like this, plus it helps me find more books.

First things first, choosing the career. Depending on the career are the OWLs or NEWTs you need to take, which all have their own prompts. This is hard for me, because I like a lot of these career paths. One might think I’d go for Journalist/Writer, but considering that this CampNaNoWriMo I’m doing some worldbuilding, I’ve decided upon Alchemist. (Also, because it requires me to do all twelve OWLs and I’m just like this).

Ancient Runes

a book with a heart or heart rune on the cover or title

I have this on audio, so I figured I might as well. I was trying to do as many indie authors as possible, but I didn’t have any immediately which filled in this prompt. Plus, my Lyri is reading this too, so that’s double the reason for me! “How far would you go for revenge if someone killed your father?” (418 pages)

Arithmancy

a book with the Number Two, balances/opposites, or outside favourite genre

I had no idea what this book is about, but you can just see by the title that it is about duality. Then I read the blurb and I’m hooked. “It doesn’t matter how many shades of gray might exist, some people see only in black and white.” (1231 pages)

Astronomy

read this book mainly when it’s dark outside

Considering I read whenever, I picked out a short one to make sure I read mainly when it’s dark outside. It was on my list and there are a lot of authors in this flash fiction project! “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” (47 pages)

Care of Magical Creatures

creature with a beak on the cover

I picked this one up the last time I was at Powell’s (shortly before they fired everyone and closed during this pandemic, I want to scream). Anyone who knows me knows I am a crow in my Paper Wings group, so the cover called to me. Then I looked what it was about and it seems right up my alley. “A Crow alone is no Crow.” (442 pages)

Charms and Herbology

book with a white cover and a book that starts with M

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/533016.Naoki_Urasawa_s_Monster_Volume_1

My sibling has been on me to start reading Naoki Urasawa’s Monster, so here it is! I could not for the life of me find the English translation on Amazon, and the original Japanese price is wild, so that’s why you get a goodreads link instead. I assure you, no one in this house paid 800$ for a single manga volume. “Who could have known that Tenma would create a monster!” (volume 1: 216 pages, volume 2: 212 pages)

Defense Against the Dark Arts

a book set at the sea or the coast

I didn’t have to check at all to see how much this book was set at sea. “Mermaid” sort of implies it, yes? Plus, it is a cozy mystery and I want to read a mermaid cozy mystery. Who doesn’t? If it’s really good, I have an #otspsecretsister to recommend it to! “Welcome to Sirenia, the mermaid colony in unchartered waters!” (110 pages)

Divination

assign numbers to TBR and use RNG to pick

Picked this one up when asking the Writing Community on Twitter to recommend me their books. I’m wanting more short stories, so I’m glad that my RNG gave me this one! “The world of imagination is a magical place filled with fantastical stories.” (164 pages)

History of Magic

a book about witches and/or wizards

It’s not that I don’t have a million books to read about witches or wizards, but this one is about sisters and I love me sibling interactions! “My name is Clementine and my magic is making me lose sleep.” (236 pages)

Muggle Studies

a contemporary novel

https://www.amazon.com/Break-Shot-First-Years-Taylor/dp/B081D93GP6

Contemporary for me usually goes to urban fantasy, but I assume the “perspective of a muggle” might say no to that. So I’m taking a shot at this memoir, because I like reading about musicians.  “I’m James Taylor and I’m a professional autobiographer.” (1h 33m)

Potions

a book under 150 pages

Because I need poetry in my life, here is about 100 pages of it. And no one can tell me that people aren’t picking up poetry books, because here I am, enjoying poetry. “This is a book about angels and fairies, love and hope, pain and loss, but most of all friendship.” (106 pages)

Transfiguration

includes shapeshifting in the story

A friend of mine told me how Academy was big. I believed her even before looking into it, but I can’t say I’ve read much myself outside of Harry Potter and a few lesser known ones. So it’s time for me to read a recent Academy, which includes a Shifter. Obviously. “Bloodwood Academy for the Supernatural has only one rule: Don’t mingle with students outside your race.” (291 pages)

(Extra) Dragon Tamer Training

DRAGONS

DRAGONS. (360 pages)

 

The Keeper (pt13)

The young woman settled at the table with the volume she wanted to read, while the Keeper and I returned to our pocket pets. I tried to distract them with other conversation, so they wouldn’t spend as much time with the new devices. Keep them new for as long as possible.

Then, after my hour was up, I would say my farewells and ascend the steps once more. Sixty seven steps upward to take with my eyes closed. I waited at the top of the stairs, hands against the separation between the passageway and the Library. I was right on time. The Librarian opened the way in only a minute and I stepped out, back to pretending I was searching for another book. I picked one up soon after (I had decided upon it the last time I was here) and meandered my way to the front to check out.

I did not see the Official. My way home went without event.

What one doesn’t do without

“Don’t you do without with your fellow students?” Kun asked, obviously in reference to the very soft bed Jin decided to avail himself of.

Jin stretched out over the sheets before folding his arms over his chest. “I know the difference between having a lack and having excess. Just like I know I’m not with my dumb fellows right now.”

Kun chuckled. “Well, I suppose I’ll leave you to it.”

“I wasn’t chasing you out. Just don’t interrupt me.”

“Meditation, is it?”

Jin didn’t bother to respond about the thing he really wasn’t doing. Eventually Kun sat on the other side of the bed with his book. He began to read out loud, without comment from Jin. Jin’s arms relaxed, hands falling back to his side.

His fellow students might go without, but Jin would take advantage of the luxuries afforded to him by the people who refused to leave him alone.