Magical Readathon 2018: Sitting My OWLs

I had no knowledge of the Magical Readathon‘s existence until I saw Catriona of Little Book Owl‘s TBR and I totally felt like I was missing out. Right up until I realized it was only August 5th and I had accidentally already read books that fitted with the readathon. So hell yeah I was going to jump in!!! (And big thank you to Sascha for sort of kicking me to participate.)

The idea behind this readathon is that you read books that are linked to the classes at Hogwarts and that by doing this, you “sit your OWLs”. Initially this readathon was hosted by Book Roast in April with the sequential NEWTs readathon being held in August. But I definitely wasn’t the only one who took the time this month to sit their OWLs!

The preparations

Back to the OWLs. With three fail grades (TROLL: do not show up at your OWLs examinations, Dreadful: start but not finish any OWLs tasks, and Poor: only one OWL) and three pass grades (Acceptable: at least 2 OWLs, Exceeded Expectations: at least 3 OWLs, and Outstanding: at least 5 OWLs), the goal is of course to read at least five of the books. So first off, I needed to select a TBR based on those different prompts.

  • Ancient Runes: A book with a symbol on the cover
    The Fire Sermon
    by Francesca Haig
  • Arithmacy: Read a book with a number on the cover or in the title
    A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
  • Astronomy: Read a science fiction novel
    Vox by Christina Dalcher
  • Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that includes magical creatures
    Traitor to the Throne
    by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Charms: Read a fantasy book
    Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Divination: Read a book featuring prophecies
    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Herbology: Read a book with a nature related word in the title
    The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
  • History of Magic: Read a historical fiction
    Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
  • Muggle Studies: Read a muggle non-fiction book
    Dik. Lelijk. Wijf. by Anke Wauters
  • Transfiguration: A book with a cat on the cover
    Jinxed by Amy McCulloch

I decided to not sit the following OWLs as I didn’t have a book on my shelves that corresponded to the prompts:

  • Defense Against the Dark Arts: Book about/featuring secret societies/clubs
  • Potions: Read a book about/with alchemy

Hey, that is already a very impressive TBR isn’t it??? So, basically my personal goal within this readathon was to read a whopping 10 books and reach an (double?) outstanding. This Hufflepuff is channeling her inner-Ravenclaw!

The result

I read all the 10 books on my TBR with still 11 days of the month to spare. (Crazy-dances through the house.) How the actual what. I loved how this readathon enticed me to pick up books that have been standing on my shelves for years, and I’m now committing myself to find more readathons with prompts to do this more often.

One of those readathons is of course the OWLs readathon’s sequel, the NEWTs readathon I mentioned before. I’ve already seen that the NEWTs are a lot more difficult to sit than the OWLs which makes sense of course, and I’m already excited to take them. With the Book Roast mentioning that the magical readathon will become a yearly thing, I might just make sure I sit my NEWTs before April 2019 so I’m all caught up.

Talk to me

Have you ever done this readathon and what was your experience? Where you more successful than me? Let me know in the comments!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Ohh I love the idea behind this readathon! I’ve never joined one, but this one sounds like so much fun. I hope you love A Thousand Perfect Notes! I’ve been meaning to read it for forever. 🙂

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    1. Sasha The Bookdragon says:

      It was so much fun! And I loved A Thousand Perfect Notes, is just as tear-jerking as everyone says it is.

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      1. Ahh nice, that’s great to hear! ☺️

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  2. I absolutely love these two readathons! I simply love readathons / reading challenges with prompts to tick off – the end. Or book bingos! Those are so much fun as well, haha.

    I simply love working towards a goal and having something extra to motivate my reading is just.. *extra points everywhere*

    I succeeded at getting all my OWL’s and I got.. well.. a lot of the NEWT’s I wanted to get – except for DADA. I failed at that one horribly but hey. At least I had fun.

    Good luck to you for when you decide on doing your OWL’s!

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