Hello beautiful people and welcome to my April Rachael’s Realm TBR Owls edition. So the Owls is run by G from Book Roast. It’s a Harry Potter based readathom that wants us to have particular careers that we do our Owls or our Newts to throughout the year. So I’m actually going for Spell maker and for this I actually need my aerithmancy, astronomy, charms, divination, history of magic and transfiguration. So I will let you know more about the prompts of those as we’re going through because I’m going to try to link these prompts with Rachael’s Realm that I pull out. So, we’ll see. So if this is the first time that you’re watching Rachael’s Realm you’ll notice that I have a map behind me. I’m building my Queendom. And here we have some additional challenges. So, I basically pull out some tokens from this bag and they are little location markers on my map of the High Queendom. And each of these location markers actually has a prompt on the other side, so it might be read an audiobook, read a book by a POC, read a queer author, this kind of thing. I also have specific tokens that are for ‘Roll the dice’, when I roll the dice I get these additional challenges. Now firstly, we’ve got to fill up the challenge board because I had quite a few last month. So let’s pull out some at random and see what my challenges are going to be to add to here. The first one is a book from a foreign land, or an author from a foreign land. The next one here is ‘Read every morning’. This is something that I don’t do but I need to do better at. And also I read more in the morning as well, so it’s important that I actually try to fit that time in there. An intimidating read. Yes, I’ve got quite a few of those on my shelves. And finally, outside of my comfort zone. I also, as always, want to take this moment in this monthly TBR to shout out my new patrons for this month. People who make this happen. Thank you so much for being there. Thank you for my little growing family, I love you very, very much and I’m very appreciative. So we have Heather, Adrian and Sophie. E-booked Witch, Chloe, Laurie, Hannah, Christy, and Anne. Sarah, Megan, Kira, Nicole, Mckenzie, another Kira, Vanessa, Rebel, Kayla, Emma and Abby. Just wow, that is a lot of people. 20, that’s 20. Thank you so much for being here. Like I really, really, really appreciate it. You make things like this happen. So without further ado, let’s pull out some tokens. Our first one is a Kindle book. So this is actually our Wizards apothecary cuz they’re the tech wizards. Let’s count how many Kindle reads I have that I actually need to read. One, two, three, four… Oh my gosh, not many at all. Maybe I need to add more Kindle books. Okay, let’s do a random number generator. Okay, and the number is 3, which means that I am reading Desperate Measures by Katee Robert. This was recommended to me by Riley Marie. It is a Jasmine Jafar smutty retelling. Also because that was an RNG, a random number generator, that actually covers one of my Owls prompts, which is divination. Number 2. Oh, a recent purchase, brilliant. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I’ve just bought this 10th-anniversary edition, gorgeous. Can’t wait to get into it because I loved Elantris so much. We have the live show for that on April 2nd on my channel. So, I hope that you can make that because we have thoughts and I have got so much to kind of just fangirl about and also to discuss with people. This is the first in his Mistborn series, so it actually takes place on a different planet, but I’m hoping that the magic system stays the same. Like mathematical, scientific. Like reality based in that way. I can really imagine this magic system existing because of the way that he’s explained it. In Mistborn, actually, were following a number of people after the Dark Lord has won and the Dark Lord has like been in power for many years. And then there’s a band of misfits that come together, that actually try to take him down post triumph. I think the charge is led by a woman which is nice, I’m looking forward to a female lead, and we’ll just see. This book will also cover the prompts for my history of magic exam, which is to read a book that contains witches or wizards. Like magical type person beings. Number 3: ‘Millie picks’. Millie’s my little ragdoll kitten and I’m really glad that she gets to pick this one. Here we go, so for Millie’s pick I’ve chosen Lesson in Thorns, Crier’s War or Beyond The Black Door. Which one is it Millie? Any of them? My battery died, so here we are. Evidence. Thank you for your choice Millie. Number 4: ‘Highest rated’, nice. These are my dragons. One of the highest-rated books on my Goodreads’ shelf right now is Heartstopper Volume 3. I’m really excited to get back into the world of my boys again. This is a boy meets boy love story. It is super cute, the illustrations within are really expressive. It is a kind of drawn comic book, but it’s just so wholesome and heartwarming, and I’m really, really, really looking forward to this one. And what’s fantastic also is this has the word ‘heart’ on the cover, which covers my ancient rune prompt for having a heart, or the word heart, on the cover. Number 5 is: another recent purchase. This is excellent. I bought some books recently as you can tell from my 25-book March Book Haul. I have some books to read. Another recent purchase of mine was the audiobook Royal Assasin, and I’m reading this actually for the Elderlingalong, which is hosted by Becca, and I’m really, really eager to continue. Although it wasn’t my favorite reading the first one I probably gave it like a 4 star, just in comparison to Elantris. I am intrigued where it goes, and what happens with our characters. This is a very character-led classical fantasy, and we’re following a boy called Fitz who has the Witt. This means that he’s able to kind of connect consciously with other beings but he has a penchant for dogs. He’s able to like get into the mind of dogs and really understand them, but this power is not seen as a good power to have in his Kingdom. He’s also the bastard son of a prince, and he ends up actually being part of the castle and being trained as a royal assassin. We have little bits of white on the cover from the weapon thing that the horse is holding, so I’m counting it. It has some white on the cover, which means that it covers my charms prompt. Number 6… Oh lovely, a short read. This is a nice month. For this I have Open Earth, which is a polyamorous, space, smutty fantasy. That’s all I know. Wow, another highest-rated book. The sun is shining on me. You guys are absolutely mad because one of the highest-rated books on my Goodreads is House of Earth and Blood, Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas. Im am actually going to be reading this with my Patreon people so I did actually plan to have this on my TBR. I have the gorgeous Waterstones’ edition with red sprayed edges. I love it so much just physically as it looks, I don’t know about the pages inside. We shall see. And this, because it has shape-shifters in it, can be used or for my transfiguration exam. If you would like to join me reading this then please go and sign up to be a Patreon below, and join us on our private discord channel and our live show discussing this. And our last one from the bag. This is a re-read. Ha, how lovely. I love it when I get to reread my faves. For this I’ve chosen a book that I’ve been talking about a little bit with my friends recently that I really wanted to re-read and that is The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. This is a beautiful middle-grade story about a witch that lives in the woods solitaire, on her own just with this cute little flying dragon and this like rock man that’s like a god. And every single year the neighboring protectorates, village, town-style thing, sacrifices a baby to this witch, but the witch is like ‘I don’t understand why every single year you’re giving me a new baby’. But she feeds the babies starlight, which gives them special, unique traits like beauty and grace and all that jazz. And then she gives it to another village. However, this year she accidentally feeds the baby moonlight instead of starlight and it magics the child, which means that she can’t give it to another neighboring village, and she has to look after her for herself. And the story follows them as she raises this young girl, but also follows the villagers as well. Some dark and terrible things start happening to them and they definitely blame the witch for it. It’s a story of mental health, of trauma. Slowly going mad. Of slowly losing your sense of self and also your memory as well. It’s really heartbreaking and beautiful and tragic, and I love it and I can’t wait to see what I can glean from it on a second read. I’m also going to be reading this book in the dark, which will cover my astronomy prompt. In March there was actually one book from my TBR that I did not complete. Only one though, which is really good. And that was Crier’s war by Nina Varela, and I was actually meant to be buddy-reading this with both Linda and Riley. I think that both of them have completed it now. Just the time escaped me and the Bookie Trials happened. So, for this I’m actually going to be rolling the dice, which is good because we don’t have any other Role the dice challenges here. And when I roll the dice we will see from this side which challenge I will be undertaking. Okay, so, for not reading Crier’s war, let’s see what the dice has in store. Uh, I think that might be number 17. Number 17 is ‘low expectations’, so a book I don’t expect a lot from. For that I’m going to go with Recursion by Blake Crouch. Now, I read Dark Matter and actually unhauled it because I thought I wasn’t ever going to re-read it. But I do kind of wish that it was on my shelves now because it is a book that I do kind of go back to. However, it was also still like a 3.5. I’m not too sure about Recursion, I don’t know where it will sit on that rating scale, but we’ll see. This probably another Sci-fi thriller, much like Dark Matter was. ‘What if someone could rewrite your entire life?’, that sounds a lot like Dark Matter. Who knows? Maybe it’s a sequel. I don’t know. I don’t think it is but we’ll see. Recursion will work for a book outside of my favorite genre considering my favorite genre is fantasy. So for that, I will actually complete my arithmancy exam. Oki-dokie, so these are the books that have been chosen for Rachael’s Realm April Owls edition. So including Desperate Measures and Royal Assassin, we have Recursion, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, The Final Empire, Heartstopper, Open Earth, Crescent City and A Lesson in Thorns. Beefy. And now for my favorite part actually is building up the map with the tokens that we’ve got. Thank you all so much for watching, please don’t forget to like, subscribe and comment. All that jazz. You can find me on Twitter, on Instagram and on Goodreads. My Patreon link is also down there in the description if you would like to support this and like to join my bookish family. I love you. Bye. Bye, bye, bye.