I’m so late to the party, but as soon as I saw that Lia from Lost in a Story signed up for this, I knew I had to as well. It is a month-long competition that helps take on our TBR, hosted by Lauren of Live, Love, Read, Erica of Escape Under the Cover, Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf and Alex of Booksy Daisy. The rules and how the challenge works can be found here. I’m running out of time to complete my sign-up, so let’s just get into it.
Name: Nandini Bharadwaj
Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw
Wand Type: Sycamore wood with phoenix feather core (10 ¾”)
Pet: Golden tabby cat named Athena
Favourite Subject: Astronomy
Favourite Professor: Professor McGonagall
Let me introduce to you the huge pile of books I might get to during the month for the various reading challenges. The main challenges worth 20 points each are as follows:
First Year (reader’s choice): A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Second Year (reader’s choice): The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
Third Year (reader’s choice): The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
Fourth Year (reader’s choice): One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Fifth Year (reader’s choice): Origin by Dan Brown
Sixth Year (reader’s choice): City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Seventh Year (reader’s choice): Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
The bonus challenges get us an additional 10 points and these are my picks for them:
Gryffindor: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine – A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston
I’m not sure who else can be considered an epic hero IRL. His body of work speaks for itself. Based off of this hilarious episode of The Graham Norton Show, I was interested in picking this book up, so here it is.
Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship – A List of Cages by Robin Roe
This is a Booktube recommendation that I want to take seriously because I have heard rave reviews from Emma, Jesse and Hailey, and I trust them all when it comes to books. The central focus of this book is friendship, so it fits the bill perfectly. I also know it is going to break my heart and I have prepared myself for a good cry.
Ravenclaw: Read a book that revolves around a mystery – Five Go To Smuggler’s Top by Enid Blyton
If you’re a regular around here, you probably know that I’ve been meaning to finish this beloved childhood mystery series for a long time now, so I figured there is no time like the present to just dive in where I left off.
Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world – Brave New World by Aldolus Huxley
This was recommended by Regan from Peruse Project as one of the weirdest books she’s read. As I feel like I should put more classics into my reading lists, this one has ended up on here. I honestly hope I like it as I’m not a huge classics fan.
Astronomy Class: Read a book set in outer space – The Martian by Andy Weir
I think the title itself is self-explanatory for this one. I watched the movie recently and absolutely loved it. I’m obsessed about space and inter-planetary travel, plus I’ve heard that the book is much better, so this was a no-brainer.
Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
I mentioned in my previous book haul that I bought the entire Hogwarts Library collection in hardcover, of which I have only finished Quidditch Through the Ages. I’ve been meaning to get to the rest and as it is a short read, I’m hoping to breeze through this one.
Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers – Harvest Moon by Tonya Coffey
In my Intimidating TBR Pile Tag post, I had mentioned this book and I really, really, really need to get to this one very soon. Like the clever girl that I am, I worked it into one of the bonus challenges so that I’ll be forced to read it.
Platform 9¾: Read a book that features travel – Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I already know that it is on the way, so I just cannot wait for it to arrive on my doorstep as I’m sure I will tear open the package and start reading it immediately.
Tri-Wizard Tournament: Read a book that includes a competition – Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett
This is a new fantasy book featuring a tense sisterly relationship as they race to the top of a dangerous mountain with different expedition groups. It sounds rather exciting and I’ve been hearing about it a lot recently. Also, the cover is gorgeous, so I thought I’ll give it a chance.
Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I feel like everyone in the world has already finished this book and I have heard nothing but good things from all of them. Quite obviously, this is on my TBR.
Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain – Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
This is another new fantasy that everyone is talking about and I’m also super intrigued by it because it happens to be an East Asian retelling of the evil queen’s story. I don’t know how anyone can resist that premise, but as an Asian myself, this is a must-read for me.
Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series – La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials was one of my childhood favourites and more books set in this world is something that had me squealing in joy as soon as I got the news. I still don’t own a copy of it, but it is definitely on my radar and I plan to finish it by the end of the year.
Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group – [TBD]
I don’t know how many of these I’ll be actually be able to get to during the month, but I’ll try my level best. I’m hoping to get 200 points for my house, but I’d love to amass 250 for my own satisfaction. Let’s see how the reading really goes. I’m planning to do daily updates on Twitter and a wrap-up in November so I will hold myself accountable to my goals.
Let me know if you are taking part in the challenge too. Are any of these on your TBR as well? If you’ve already read any of these, what did you think of them? I’d love to get a discussion going in the comments section below.