Dumbledore’s Army Readathon TBR

POSTED ON December 2, 2016 BY Austine IN Reading Challenge

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Hey look! Another reading challenge. Aentee at Read at Midnight is hosting the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon (#DAReadathon) to promote and celebrate diverse books. Similar to the #ReadThemAllThon challenge hosted over the summer, this one will have points for reading and reviewing books that fit the prompts.

I’ll be reading for Slytherin because clearly we’re just awesome and gonna kick ass this challenge by reading ALL the books.

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January 1, 2017 to January 15, 2017

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Now I’ll be honest. I don’t read as many diverse books as I should. And I think part of this is that most books I’ve been recommended as diverse reads aren’t in genres I enjoy reading. I’m not much of a contemporary person, just my reading tastes.

So, with that in mind, if there is a book listed below that either a) doesn’t fit the prompt, or b) just isn’t a diverse read period PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I had to work off of other’s recommendations as well as going through teh #ownvoices tag, looking at blogs with diverse reads lists, Goodreads, etc.

I’m trying to get better at reading more diversely so any help in that area would be greatly appreciated.

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aristotle-dante-secrets-universe-saenzAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

This one holds significance for my best friend so I think it’s perfect for this.

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a-crown-of-wishes-chokshiA Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

I haven’t read many books that really capture cultures outside of the western European style (I read a lot of fantasy…and it’s pretty prevalent) so looking forward to this one!

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unicorn-tracks-emberUnicorn Tracks by Julia Ember

After a savage attack drives her from her home, sixteen-year-old Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business, where she quickly excels as a guide. Surrounding herself with nature and the mystical animals inhabiting the savannah not only allows Mnemba’s tracking skills to shine, it helps her to hide from the terrible memories that haunt her.

Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.

I’m so excited for this book! I received it in a giveaway and it’s been waiting for me to pick it up but this last month, with NaNoWriMo consuming most of my time, I really haven’t read much so this will be a perfect one for this challenge.


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sorcerer_front mech.inddSorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Magic and mayhem collide with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debut.

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers—one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain—ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up.

But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…

So I was told that this title could fit this one and so far the only other title I’ve been told to read is a nonfiction one and while that’s great and I’m sure it’s a wonderful book…. I REALLY dislike nonfiction unless I’m doing research. I don’t read it for pleasure, except in the case of mythology and that sort of stuff. SO gonna go with this one for Reducto.


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the-girl-from-everywhere-heiligThe Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.

As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.

But the end to it all looms closer every day.

Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.

For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.

She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.

Or she could disappear.

This one’s been sitting on my shelf for a while now and it’s one that I KNOW I need to read just haven’t yet so perfect time!

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of-fire-and-stars-by-audrey-coulthurst-coverOf Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

I mean, this book… everyone I’ve spoken to has raved about it and I’m beyond excited to dive in. Just need my pre-order to arrive…. *angry stares at the postal service*

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when-the-moon-was-ours-mclemoreWhen the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

Thanks for the recommendations in the comments, y’all ^_^ Feel free to leave more diverse recs!!

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10 responses to “Dumbledore’s Army Readathon TBR

  1. I really loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and I’ve heard amazing things about When the Moon was Ours – both of those would fit the category, I think. AND now you have another recommendation for them! 😉 I just finished BEFORE WE VISIT THE GODDESS by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, and I think it would fit into the category for Reducto. Can’t wait to see you read all these great books!

  2. I’ll recommend Iron Cast by Destiny Soria, one of my favorite debut YA books of the year. Also, wonderful choice with The Girl From Everywhere. Loved that book. For Reducto I’m reading I Am Malala, had a hard time coming up with one for it as well.
    Go Team Slytherin!

    • I read Iron Cast this year (and loved it!) or you can bet it’d be on this list! Will check out I Am Malala! #SlytherinPride ^_^

  3. Amy

    OH MY GOSH ELEANOR AND PARK WAS AMAZING. AND SO WAS TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE. BUT REALLY ANYTHING BY RAINBOW ROWELL. READ THEM ALL. AND THEN EVERYTHING ABOUT LARA JEAN. OKAY I’M SORRY THIS WAS A WEIRD COMMENT.

    • Lol I actually really struggled to get into Eleanor & Park and ended up putting it down but figured I should try to give it a second chance. Definitely heard good things about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before!

      Nah, not weird, enthusiastic (and about books, which is always accepted and encouraged) 🙂

  4. I also recommend “I Am Malala” for Reducto. That’s the one that fits the category most perfectly. I’m having a hard time thinking of others, though. Maybe Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho? One of the protagonists, arguably the main protagonist, of the book is an awesome young woman shatters glass ceilings in the story. Not literally. 😛

    For Lumos, I recommend When The Moon Was Ours.

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    • Sorcerer to the Crown is on my TBR but haven’t snagged a copy yet (though, I mean, now seems as good a time as any..).

      Awesome, I have that one, been meaning to read it, and I’ve heard wonderful things! Thanks for the recs!!

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