O.W.L.’s Magical Readathon 2019: It’s A Wrap! #OWLsReadathon2019

I had such a great time participating in this readathon! It started on April 1st and runs the whole month until April 30th… But I’m happy to announce that I’ve been able to complete all twelve O.W.L. exams already with three days to spare! It was a close call, mostly because I had a pile of ARCs I had to go through as well, but I’m happy to have finished all titles in time. Before I continue: if you want to learn more about the readathon, you can hear all about it in Book Roast‘s video below.

I’ve decided to officially go for the Magizoologist carreer this year, which means I will be concentrating on the N.E.W.T.s for Care Of Magical Creatures, Charms, Herbology and Potions when the N.E.W.T.s Readathon goes live in August. First things first though… Below a complete list of the books I read for my O.W.L.s. Covers of the books read for the different Hogwarts subjects are shown first in the order I read them and then marked green with the date I finished them added in the list that follows.

PROGRESS REPORT

Passed Hogwarts subjects: Charms // Muggle Studies // Defense Against The Dark Arts // Potions // Herbology // Ancient Runes // Transfiguration // Divination // Care Of Magical Creatures // Arithmancy // History Of Magic // Astronomy

#LIBRARIAN#
Ancient Runes: SONG OF SACRIFICE by Janell Rhianonn (finished April 9th 2019)
Arithmancy: THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (finished April 21st 2019)
Defense Against The Dark Arts: RELEASE by Patrick Ness (finished April 4th 2019)
History Of Magic: THE MURDER ON THE LINKS by Agatha Christie (finished April 24th 2019)
Transfiguration: HOW TO WALK AWAY by Katherine Center (finished April 13th 2019)

#MAGIZOOLOGIST#
Care Of Magical Creatures: THE WOLF BORDER by Sarah Hall (finished April 20th 2019)
Charms: DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid (finished March 28th 2019)
Herbology: THE MURMUR OF BEES by Sofia Segovia (finished April 7th 2019
Potions: THE DARE by Carol Wyer (finished April 5th 2019)

#OTHERS#
Astronomy: THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner (finished 27th 2019)
Divination: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis (finished April 14th 2019)
Muggle Studies: THE SILVER LADIES OF PENNY LANE by Dee MacDonald (finished April 2nd 2019)


Have you joined the challenge? How are you doing so far?


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O.W.L.’s Magical Readathon 2019: Mid Exam Progress #OWLsReadathon2019

I’m very excited to be participating in this readathon again! It started on April 1st and runs the whole month until April 30th… Today it’s April 15th which means we are already halfway done with our exams; I thought it was time for a little progress report of how I’ve been doing so far. If you want to learn more about the readathon, you can hear all about it in Book Roast‘s video below!

I’ve decided to narrow it down to two possible careers and then figured I will decide with the N.E.W.T.s which one I will be going for officially this year… Although so far I’m rooting for Magizoologist.

O.W.L.s needed for each career:

Librarian: Ancient Runes // Arithmancy // Defense Against The Dark Arts // History Of Magic // Transfiguration

Magizoologist: Care Of Magical Creatures // Charms // Herbology // Potions

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O.W.L.’s Magical Readathon 2019: Sign Up #OWLsReadathon2019

It’s that time of the year again!! I first discovered the Harry Potter themed Magical Readathons last year, all hosted by the wonderful Book Roast. I joined the O.W.L.s late last year, so I’m so excited to be joining this April with everyone else! She also has some surprises in store this year as she has designed the most gorgeous guide and we will all be reading ourselves to a magical career of our choice! ❤ Find out more in her video below.

I’m very excited to be joining this readathon again, which is starting April 1st and will run the whole month until April 30th. I also earned five extra days for the Charms exam with a previous Christmas readathon hosted last year… Which basically means I can start reading my Charms title on March 27th already and have extra time for the other ones.

I have said it before but the wizarding career guide is so freaking gorgeous! There are so many careers to choose from and I had a hard time just choosing one… So I’ve decided to narrow it down to two, try and read all the O.W.L.s for both and pospone the decision until August when the next N.E.W.T.s readathon is hosted. So which careers did I pick? It was really REALLY hard narrowing it down, but in the end it’s between Librarian and Magizoologist for me. Librarian because I love books and I would love to spend my time in a magical library. And Magizoologist because I love animals and I would love travelling the world seeing all those magical creatures.

O.W.L.s needed for each career:

Librarian: Ancient Runes // Arithmancy // Defense Against The Dark Arts // History Of Magic // Transfiguration

Magizoologist: Care Of Magical Creatures // Charms // Herbology // Potions

Sadly none of the O.W.L.s overlap, so this means I will have to read at least 9 books in total to be able to still have a choice between both careers when the readathon ends. So what will I read for each prompt? A tentative TBR:

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Magical Readathon: O.W.L. Edition: DONE!!

 

The earlier this month I posted about joining the Magical Readathon: O.W.L. Edition here, a readathon and Harry Potter inspired challenge created and hosted by Book Roast back in April. I had a separate update post to keep track of my progress… But I’m happy to announce that instead of the planned eight O.W.L.s I wanted to pass before the end of the month, somehow I’ve managed to read all twelve books already! Oh yes, I managed to get all twelve O.W.L.s, meaning I can choose my N.E.W.T.s freely next month. Below a list of subjects, prompts and the books I decided to read for each.

I’m so excited to be starting my N.E.W.T.s soon now! Originally this readathon is running this month, but I will be doing it from August 31st to September 30th (to get the full 31 days for this enormous challenge). I’ve already made a tentative TBR; look out for my post soon!

O.W.L.s passed
# Astronomy, Defense Against The Dark Arts, Transfiguration, Muggle Studies, Charms, Arithmancy, History Of Magic, Potions, Ancient Runes, Care Of Magical Creatures, Divination, Herbology

LIST OF SUBJECTS AND PROMPTS

1. Ancient Runes: Read A Book With a Symbol On The Cover FINISHED 15/08: The Mysterious Affair At Styles
2. Arithmancy: Read A Book With A Number On The Cover/Title FINISHED 12/08: The 7 Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle
3. Astronomy: Read a Science Fiction Novel FINISHED 03/08: The Echo Room
4. Care of Magical Creatures: Read A Book That includes magical creatures or features one on the cover FINISHED 20/08: Uprooted
5. Charms: Read A Fantasy Book FINISHED 11/08: Every Heart A Doorway
6. Defense Against The Dark Arts: Book about / featuring secret societies/clubs FINISHED 07/08: The Masked City
7. Divination: Read A Book Featuring Prophecies FINISHED 21/08: The Shadow Cats
8. Herbology: Read a book with a nature-related word in the title FINISHED 22/08: Rivers Of London
9. History of Magic: Read a historical fiction FINISHED 13/08: The Impossible Girl
10. Muggle Studies: Read a muggle non-fiction book FINISHED 10/08: The Tango War
11. Potions: Read a book about/ with alchemy FINISHED 15/08: Ink And Bone
12. Transfiguration: Read a book that deals with shapeshifting or something of the sort or a book with a cat on the cover FINISHED 09/08: Harry Potter Y El Prisonero De Azkaban


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Magical Readathon: O.W.L. Edition – Update Post

The other day I posted about joining the Magical Readathon: O.W.L. Edition here, a readathon and Harry Potter inspired challenge created and hosted by Book Roast back in April. I’m late to the party, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less excited; especially since I’m planning to do the N.E.W.T.s either next month or in October as well!

I’ve decided to do a separate update post so I can track my progress in one place… I’ve still not decided on my fictional career after Hogwarts, but since I’m a Ravenclaw all knowledge is welcome I guess. 😉 I’m planning on passing at least eight O.W.L.s out of the twelve, so I can pick my N.E.W.T.s more freely in the next challenge.

Since the original readathon went from April 2nd till April 29th, only books finished between August 2nd and August 29th will count for this challenge.

My TBR for the readathon (some of the titles might be changed later on; for Charms I was originally going to read Hero At The Fall, but I saw that I needed it for a N.E.W.T. so I’m saving it for next month). Those that are check-marked I have managed to pass already.

>> Last updated August 22nd 2018 <<

O.W.L.s passed
# Astronomy, Defense Against The Dark Arts, Transfiguration, Muggle Studies, Charms, Arithmancy, History Of Magic, Potions, Ancient Runes, Care Of Magical Creatures, Divination, Herbology

 

LIST OF SUBJECTS AND PROMPTS

1. Ancient Runes: Read A Book With a Symbol On The Cover FINISHED 15/08: The Mysterious Affair At Styles
2. Arithmancy: Read A Book With A Number On The Cover/Title FINISHED 12/08: The 7 Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle
3. Astronomy: Read a Science Fiction Novel FINISHED 03/08: The Echo Room
4. Care of Magical Creatures: Read A Book That includes magical creatures or features one on the cover FINISHED 20/08: Uprooted
5. Charms: Read A Fantasy Book FINISHED 11/08: Every Heart A Doorway
6. Defense Against The Dark Arts: Book about / featuring secret societies/clubs FINISHED 07/08: The Masked City
7. Divination: Read A Book Featuring Prophecies FINISHED 21/08: The Shadow Cats
8. Herbology: Read a book with a nature-related word in the title FINISHED 22/08: Rivers Of London
9. History of Magic: Read a historical fiction FINISHED 13/08: The Impossible Girl
10. Muggle Studies: Read a muggle non-fiction book FINISHED 10/08: The Tango War
11. Potions: Read a book about/ with alchemy FINISHED 15/08: Ink And Bone
12. Transfiguration: Read a book that deals with shapeshifting or something of the sort or a book with a cat on the cover FINISHED 09/08: Harry Potter Y El Prisonero De Azkaban


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Magical Readathon: O.W.L. Edition

When I saw Kelly mention the N.E.W.T.s readathon, I just HAD to investigate further. I’m a real Harry Potter fan, having grown up with the books, so I can’t ignore a HP inspired readathon. Of course I couldn’t start with the N.E.W.T. levels without doing the O.W.L. exams first, as any Harry Potter fan will of course understand… So even though the O.W.L. readathon was originally held in April, I’m doing my own O.W.L. exams now in August. Want to know what it is all about? Check out the Youtube video of the creator and host of the readathon: Book Roast!

So, as she stated in the videos, there are pass and fail grades, depending on how many O.W.L.s you get. And you can only do the N.E.W.T.s of the O.W.L.s you pass, so it’s really important to think about which to complete to be able to get keep your favorite magical career path well on track. I’m not sure which career would be for me, but I’ll stick to my love for reading, plants and animals and go from there. Before I continue with my TBR for this readathon, first the pass and fail grades:

Pass Grades
# Outstanding: at least 5 OWLs
# Exceeded Expectations: at least 3 OWLs
# Acceptable: at least 2 OWLs

Fail Grades
# Poor: only one OWL
# Dreadful: start but not finish any OWLs tasks.
# TROLL: do not show up at your OWLs examinations.

I’ll be going for at least eight O.W.L.s in total, since I want to be able to pick my N.E.W.T. exams carefully later on… We’ll see how things go I guess.

Another note: since the original readathon went from April 2nd till April 29th, only books finished between August 2nd and August 29th will count for this challenge.

I’ve tried to put together a tentative TBR for each of the O.W.L. exams… I might change some of these if I find a better match, but we’ll see. It looks like that without knowing, I’ve already passed Astrology and I’m currently reading books for Arithmancy, Defense Against The Dark Arts and Muggle Studies. Except for Defense Against The Dark Arts, they are not exactly the subjects I would imagine studying myself at Hogwarts though haha.


1. Ancient Runes: Read A Book With a Symbol On The Cover

This was actually quite a tricky one, because what to call a symbol? But I liked the ‘poison’ symbol on the flask for this one. Plus it’s a classic I’m reading no matter what this month, so an easy pick. (Not sure if I would want to study Ancient Runes in Hogwarts though… My experience with ancient Greek in high school was a pretty much torture haha.)

2. Arithmancy: Read A Book With A Number On The Cover/Title CURRENTLY READING

How can I not pick one of my new all time favorites for this one?!

3. Astrology: Read a Science Fiction Novel FINISHED 03/08

The Echo Room has time travel in it, so I’m calling it science fiction even though it’s not hardcore sci-fi and all. 😉

4. Care of Magical Creatures: Read A Book That includes magical creatures or features one on the cover.

I’m still not sure about this one… Although I’ve been meaning to read Uprooted for ages as well as continuing the Dragonian series with Thunderlight (I remember trying to start that one a while ago and couldn’t get into it, so I’m not sure if it’s a safe bet).

5. Charms: Read A Fantasy Book

There are so many books I could pick for this one, but I really want to read the final Rebel At The Sands book ASAP so Hero At The Fall it is.

6. Defense Against the dark arts: Book about / featuring secret societies/clubs CURRENTLY READING

I had to think on this one, but then remembered a series I started some time ago that would be perfect. So book number two The Masked City it is, even though the first book had some flaws.

7. Divination: Read A Book Featuring Prophecies

This one was HARD to find! I had to ask for the help of Goodreads Lists to find this one, because I had all forgotten about this series… Book number two The Crown Of Embers it is; I remember really liking the first book, so I’m actually looking forward to read this one.

8. Herbology: Read a book with a nature-related word in the title

I want to read more of my own books, so I’m thinking of Rivers Of London or Light. I might read something else instead, because there are a lot of options, but we’ll see.

9. History of Magic: Read a historical fiction

I have a lot of titles to choose from here, but since I need to read this ARC in August, I’m keeping things easy and just leave this one here.

10. Muggle Studies: Read a muggle non-fiction book CURRENTLY READING

I’m not sure how a muggle non-fiction book is different from a normal non-fiction book? I first thought of It’s Okay To Laugh, since the memoir can definitely be described as muggle-proof… But I did DNF it, so technically it doesn’t count I guess? So I’m playing safe and using The Tango War instead, which I needed to read anyway since the publish date is coming up. WWII non fiction and an interesting angle at that; very interesting so far!

11. Potions: Read a book about/ with alchemy

I was thinking this one would be difficult to find, and then I saw Ink And Bone fits the description and I already had that one on my August TBR anyway. 😉

12. Transfiguration: Read a book that deals with shapeshifting or something of the sort or a book with a cat on the cover.

It took me a little while to find this one and I’m still not sure I’m happy with it. I guess I’m not really into stories with werewolves or shapeshifters in the first place… Although I might just reread the third Harry Potter book in Spanish (Lupin!!) and call it a wrap. Oh wait, I actually love that idea!


Any recommendations for the magical creatures prompt or the shapeshifting/cat on cover one? Or any other exam I still need to read? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Feel free to comment. 🙂


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