Hello, fellow booklovers! I hope all of you are doing great and are ready to dive right into O.W.L.s Magical Readathon in April!
O.W.L.s and Booktube-a-thon are my favorite read-a-thons out there and I always make time for them. This year I wasn’t sure about OWLs as I had a deadline for the deliverance of reports at the end of April, but with COVID, social isolation and Courts not working full time, the deadline and my exams are pushed for the end of this year (maybe?). We don’t know quite yet what will happen, there have been a few decisions here and there from the Lawyers’ Bar but nothing concrete just yet. This definitely gives me more time to read and blog, and also gives me more time to study. I can now include some books I was planning to read for the internship but didn’t think I would have time for them.
At the office, things also slowed down a bit. I was finally able to check things off my to-do list that has been there for months! And I will take this time to learn more new useful things and just clear my head a bit, as the amount of workload was starting to wear me out.
My April plans are ambitious, I realize that. But at the moment I need to challenge myself so that’s exactly what I will be doing this month!
APRIL MONTHLY GOALS:
1 – Participate in O.W.L.s Magical Readathon!
It took me an hour or so to assemble my OWLs TBR (it was not an easy task!) I still don’t know what career I want to pursue this year. Based on my analysis of OWLs careers, I was going to pick the one that required the least number of books. However, I have more free time now and can push myself to read more!
Instead of choosing a career, I assigned one book to each prompt (12 in total) and will try to read them all basically. I will prioritize subjects that interest me the most – Charms, Potions, Transfiguration, History of Magic, etc. And some subjects will be read only if I have time left for them at the end of the month – Care of Magical Creatures, Astronomy, Divination, etc.
And in the end, I’ll see what careers will be available to me for NEWTs! (basically, like a usual teenager who can’t decide who they want to be 😀 ).
2 – Write those reviews!
I’ve only written a couple of reviews in the beginning of March. Since I just read a bunch of books, I really need to sit down and review them all. Even if some reviews won’t make it to my blog, at least they will be published on GoodReads. 🙂
3 – Read ARCs and maybe request some more?
The majority of my ARCs are for April and May, with one or two for June and August. My goal is to catch up and read the ones that will be published this month, and then I can finally request some more ARCs of the books that are coming out later this year! Hooray!
4 – Keep listening to audiobooks!
I registered on Scribd on the 19th of March and already listened to 5 books. All I need to do now is to constantly have one audiobook on the go and enjoy my 30 days free trial.
5 – Clean and declutter!
We are spending tons of time at home now. I can’t say that I have more free time now, as I still work at least 8 hours per day (sometimes more), have books to read and review, and blog posts to right, and also continue studying for the exams. In general, social isolation didn’t really add more time to my days. But Spring is finally here and even though we aren’t allowed to go outside, I love that the days are finally longer.
I have already started deep cleaning my kitchen and will be moving to the living room soon. And the best thing is that I can clean AND listen to audiobooks! 👍
There are more things I want to accomplish in April, but this list is getting rather long already.
What are you planning to do in April? Will you participate in O.W.L.s Magical Readathon? Share your goals in the comments below!