OWLs Readathon Check-in

Happy Tuesday bookworms, I have been a little behind this weekend in my blog posts because I was holding out for my new book haul to arrive. however, give the current situation there is a bit of a backlog in our postal system so I decided to just go ahead with an update on my current reads. For those of you who don’t know I am currently participating in the OWLs Readathon (also called Magical Readathon) hosted by the wonderful booktuber Book Roast. See her channel for more information if you want more information. I am going for the career of Trader of Magical Tomes, since I love books I thought this would be the perfect career for me! For this I will need OWLs in Ancient Runes, Charms, History of Magic and Transfiguration. I am so excited to announce that I have completed all of my selections for these OWL categories! It really has been a long time in quarantine. I read Heart of Thorns, The One, Sorcery of Thorns, and The Black Witch respectively.

Since I have time I will also be trying for the Animagus Training add on and I have already completed the first one for Potions (the Percy Jackson Graphic Novel). I am on my last book for this readathon! I think I may have greatly underestimated my own reading speed lol.

My last and final read for this readathon is for the Arithmancy OWL: read something outside your favourite genre.

How Democracies Die


Donald Trump’s presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we’d be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang–in a revolution or military coup–but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one.

Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die–and how ours can be saved.

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