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Dumbledore’s Army Readathon TBR

The Dumbledore’s Army Readathon is a Harry Potter theme readathon hosted by Aentee @ Read at Midnight. The readathon will focus on diverse novels (especially #ownvoices books) and will run from Sunday 1st of January to Sunday 15th of January, midnight to midnight. There will be a point system for every novel you read/pages/social media mentions, a full list of which can be found on Read at Midnight’s blog post. The points you earn go towards your Hogwarts House and, at the conclusion of the readathon, the House with the most points wins! For more info, and to sign up, check out Read at Midnight’s blog.


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The Books

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expectopatronum

offireandstarsBetrothed 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.

This is a book that I have wanted to read for a very long time, and I’m glad I can use the readathon as an excuse! It has a personal significance to me because I fall somewhere on the LGBT scale. I’ve heard this book is a bit of a hit and miss with some people, but I’m still excited to read it.

expelliarmus

lies-we-tell-ourselvesIn 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept separate but equal.

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.

It’s embarrassing to admit, but I haven’t read many novels that focus on black issues. Sure, I’ve read many diverse novels that feature black characters, but I don’t believe I’ve read a contemporary book. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Lies We Tell Ourselves so I thought this readathon would be a great opportunity to read more inclusive novels about black people.

protego

twoboys
New York Times  bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

 

I love reading #ownvoices novels and this is one people always yell at me when I tell them I haven’t read yet. Two Boys Kissing is deals with LGBT issues and gender identity. So excited to read it!

reducto

not-otherwise-specifiedEtta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.

Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?

The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.

I’ve heard so many good things about this book: not only does it feature a POC character, she is Bi and suffers from an eating disorder. I can tell this book is going to empower young women everywhere.

impedimenta

huntress_arc_cover_webNature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn’t shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people’s survival hangs in the balance.

To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls’ destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.

This book has been sitting on my TBR for years and I’ve been dying to read it. Not only does it feature a F/F romance, but the the culture is inspired by the Chinese Ching dynasty!

stupefy

perksofbeingwallflower1Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

I remember when the movie to this novel first came out, people were going crazy. The novel was sold out at almost every book store and became extremely hyped. Many people say the hype is well-deserved – when I read the book, I’ll find out!

lumos

more-than-this
A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

From multi-award-winning Patrick Ness comes one of the most provocative and moving novels of our time.

 

This book has been recommended to me by several friends for a very long time. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Patrick Ness’ novels and, seeing as this one features a LGBT character, I decided it would be the perfect novel for this readathon!


I’m so excited to begin the #DA Readathon! Are you participating? Are you also a proud Slytherin like me? What books are on your TBR?
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