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