Hello! I’m participating in another reading challenge. This one is called the House Cup Reading Challenge and is Harry Potter themed (duh). It takes place from October 15th to November 12th. To learn more check out the announcement post.
Hogwarts House: Slytherin
Wand Type: Larch wood with a unicorn hair core, 11 ¼” and brittle flexibility
Pet: Black Cat
Favorite Subject: Care of Magical Creatures
Favorite Professor: Professor Lupin
There are 20 challenges to complete, and you earn points for your house by finishing books and by tweeting with the hashtag #housecupreadingchallenge.
The main challenges give you 20 point and are all reader’s choice, which I’m very happy about since it means I can still fit all the books I’ve been planning to read for Halloween into my tbr-pile. I’m so excited to read some dark and spooky books.
First year: My most anticipated Halloween read is The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco. I read The Bone Witch earlier this year and adored it. It was such a dark, atmospheric read and bases on synopsis I’m betting this will be even darker.
Second year: I bought The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis when it first came out, and I don’t know very much about it other than the fact that it’s about a teenage girl who plans to avenge her sister’s murder.
Third year: Like everyone else and their momma I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife to pieces. I’ve wanted to read Audrey Niffenegger’s other novel Her Fearful Symmetry for ages and earlier this month my mom surprised me with a copy. It’s a ghost story, so I think my timing here is perfect.
Fourth year: I’m a huge fan of Megan Abbot’s dark thrillers. You Will Know Me will be the fourth one I read, and I’m sure it’ll be just as delicious dark and twisted as her other ones.
Fifth year: A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon is a sci-fi novel about a serial killer. Sci-fi is one of my favorite genres and thrillers are my favorite thing to read at the moment, so I’d be surprised if I didn’t enjoy this.
Sixth year: Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle. I am not ashamed to admit I bough this cause of the title and have no idea what’s happening.
Seventh year: I’ve been on such a thriller-binge lately. The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore is one of the few left unread of my shelf and I’m very excited to change that. This book’s been compared to the works of my favorite thriller writer: Peter Swanson, so I’m very optimistic.
The other 13 challenges are bonus challenges and give you 10 points each. I love putting together tbr and finding books for specific challenges.
Gryffindor (epic hero/heroine) September Catherynne M Valente’s Fairyland series is one of the most epic heroines I can think of. The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home is the fifth and final book in the series and I’m both excited to see how it ends, and sad to be leaving Fairyland for good this time.
Hufflepuff (strong friendship) Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. My friend Winter loves this book, so I think it’s the perfect choice for a challenge focused on friendship.
Ravenclaw (mystery) First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy is one my most anticipated books this year. I think it’s going to be a fast-paced mystery full of twists and turns perfect for October reading.
Slytherin (dystopian world) Am I the only person who still hasn’t read The Power by Naomi Alderman? Possibly. Probably. In the future women develop superpowers, making them the physically superior sex.
Astronomy Class (outer space) In The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James a girl is left alone on a spaceship after everyone else on board has died.
Care of Magical Creatures (animal or magical creature) The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan features a world swallowed by the sea, a traveling circus and girl with a bear.
Tri-Wizard Tournament (competition) When Julie told she was going to read The Selection by Kiera Cass, I just had to join her. I love the pretty covers for this series and I’m very curious about the plot.
Occlumency (magical abilities or superpowers) I’d kind of forgotten I own Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, which is absurd considering witches are my favorite characters to read about and it literally has witch in the title.
Death Eater (villain) Peter Pan is my favorite children’s book and Captain Hook is one my favorite villains, especially after watching Once Upon a Time. I can’t wait to see what spin Christina Henry puts on Hook’s story in Lost Boy.
Platform 9 3/4 ( travel) I’ve only heard amazing thins about American Street by Ibi Zoboi. It’s a coming of age story about a girl who emigrates from Haiti to the US.
Time Turner (future or past) I read more books set in the future than the past, but I still ended up picking a historical fiction book for this challenge. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray is set in a Victorian boarding school and I’m hoping for some spooky paranormal vibes.
Fantastic Beasts (Read a spin-off) For the sake of honesty I must admit that beloved isn’t exactly the word I’d use to describe my feelings for Cassandra Clare’s other books. But I do like the Mortal Instrument series and I’ve heard that Clockwork Angel is a lot better, so I’m giving it a chance.
Dumbledore’s Army (Buddy-read) I’m going to buddy-read John Green’s new book Turtles All The Way Down with Julie. It’s been years since I’ve read a John Green novel, but his books have a special place in my heart and I’m very excited to read this one.
So that’s my massive tbr. Wish me luck! And if you’re also participating please leave a link to your blog in the comments – I’d love to check out your tbr’s!