O.W.L.S Magical Readathon 2020

This April, I am participating in the Magical Readathon hosted by G at @book_roast. The readathon starts April 1st and ends April 30th. This is my first time participating in the challenge and I am super excited about it. At least this way, I get to tackle a few books off my TBR list.

The career I chose to persue is Magizoologist.

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I hope you have a blast!

Astronomy—Night Classes: read majority of this book when it’s dark outside

Synopsis
Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.

There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.

Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King’s finest gifts to his constant reader—“I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”

Care of Magical Creatures— Hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover

Synopsis
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes


Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Charms— Lumos (Daxima: white cover)

Synopsis
Her dad is drowning in grief. He’s also the only one who has been able to see and hear her since the accident. But now she’s got a mystery to solve, a mystery that will hopefully remind her detective father that he is still alive, that there is a life after Beth that is still worth living.

Who is Isobel Catching, and why is she able to see Beth, too? What is her connection to the crime Beth’s father has been sent to investigate–a gruesome fire at a home for troubled youth that left an unidentifiable body behind? What happened to the people who haven’t been seen since the fire?

As Beth and her father unravel the mystery, they find a shocking and heartbreaking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town, and a friendship that lasts beyond one life and into another…

Herbology— (I)mbulus mimbletonia: title starts with an I

Synopsis
Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.

That’s when Ed becomes the messenger.

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

Muggle Studies— Book from a perspective of a muggle (contemporary)

Synopsis

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

Will you be joining the Magical Readathon of 2020?

Book Review

Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Genre: Histotical Fiction
Pages: 391

“How foolish to believe we are more powerful than the sea or the sky.”

Set during WWII(Winter of 1945), Ruta Sepetys documents the journey of four ficional characters to tell the true story of the deadliest  disaster in maritime history, the sinking of Wilhelm Gustloff. The Wilhem Gustloff was carrying wartime personnel as well as civilians,  with an estimated five thousand being children.

“The Wilhelm Gustloff was pregnant with lost souls conceived of war. They would crowd into her belly and she would give birth to their freedom. But did anyone realize? The ship was christened for a man, Wilhelm Gustloff. He had been the leader of the Nazi party in Switzerland.He was murdered. The ship was born of death.”

I knew what lay ahead before I even began this story. This story is raw, it’s emotional, beautiful but at the same time heart-wrenching. Emilia, Florian, Joana, Klaus, and Poet seemed so real to me. I laughed with them and I have cried with them….through everything. If you know about the goat scene, you know what I’m talking about . I could not at all relate with Alfred. I tried very hard because after all he shares a good part of the book, but I just couldn’t. My favorite pair was Emilia and Florian and the relationship they shared. I don’t want to give too much away but I literally choked up with what Florian did to try to encourage Emilia to accept her baby . It was just so beautiful!


Has anyone else read The Salt To The Sea? What are your thoughts? 

Book Review

Wink, Poppy, Midnight

Author:April Genevieve Tucholke
Genre: YA Mystery
Pages: 256

 “In a hundred years, who will care about my unicorn underwear? Who cares right now? There are bigger things to think about.

Bigger things like what?

Battles and wars. Lost causes and lost loves. Unsolved mysteries and magical rings and Here Be Dragons. Fairy Paths. Child-eating witches and child-saving witches. Tinder boxes and saucer-eyed dogs.”

While perusing the shelves of Barnes and Noble, this book caught my eye. I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it’s all it takes for me to delve right in. This book is about a boy and two girls. Wink, Poppy, and Midnight. A hero, a villain, a liar. Who’s who?


Wink reminded me of Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl. They are very similar in terms of personality and mysteriousness. The story captivated me in such a way that I read it in one sitting. It was truly magical.  Do you buy any books based on its cover?

What was the purpose of my human?

– Hannah Gadsby, TED Talk

This is something I think we all pondered all throughout PD today. What is the purpose of my human? What role do I serve as an educator in the classroom? What role do I serve in my students’ lives? What connections do I share with them? As we delved into Social Emotional Learning (SEL) today, we focused on ourselves and what it means to be mindful. I think as educators we are just so focused on what’s happening around us, that we forget to be aware of ourselves and how we are feeling at the moment, which ultimately affects our students and classroom environment. To be honest, self-reflection is something I need to do more of. I just wish I had more time to do it. We are always in such a rush to get things done, that we ourselves don’t take a minute to smell the flowers and blow out the candles. Thus, my goal this year will be to engage in more self-reflection as well as self-awareness. I am better able to serve my classroom and community when I take care of myself first.