Welcome back, friends!! Guess who’s coming at you again with a TBR post that she’s super excited about, but that she’ll probably end up not sticking to!! It me!!!
I’m pretty sure you already know what I want to write about today because of the title of this post, but I’m so excited to share that I will be taking part in the Magical Readathon – O.W.L.s Edition!! Finally!!! This year is not my first attempt, but it is the first year I am determined to stick to it and complete as many prompts as I possibly can!
If you’ve never heard of this readathon before, it follows the structure of the O.W.L. exams from the Harry Potter universe (there will be a N.E.W.T. round too later in the year, so stay tuned for that!) Basically, the prompts are each inspired by a subject that Harry and his friends had to take during their examinations, and each subject can lead you to a different career option! This is the third year that the readathon has taken place, so I’m beyond happy that I get to take part in it this time around! Examinations will be held from April 1st (tomorrow!!!) all the way to April 30th, and everything is organised by the lovely G over at Book Roast: if you want more information about the readathon, please check out her announcement video where she explains the process in more detail, as well as her own TBR video for suggestions on what books you can read! She has also made so many goodies like a beautiful career guide that you can read and that you can be inspired by (just like I was 🥺)!!
And now, without further ado, I’m pleased to report that I will become…
A JOURNALIST/WRITER!! I feel like this is the actual perfect career choice for me (both in the Wizarding World and in real life 😇) since I love the concept of it, and also since it’s one of the less demanding career options book-wise! I’ve been struggling in my reading recently, both due to being extremely busy and due to feeling slump-ish yet again, so I wanted a challenge, but not too big of a challenge, and I feel that this really fits that idea! Not to mention that I can finally help the Daily Prophet sort out the mess they’ve made…
Credit for the lovely image goes to G, who did an amazing job on the design! As you can see, there are three prompts/requirements at the O.W.L. level, so let’s go through them and chat about my picks!
1. History of Magic: Witch hunts (aka a book that features witches/wizards)
For this subject, I will be reading “Wayward Son” by Rainbow Rowell! This is a second book in a series, so I will talk a little bit about “Carry On”, the first instalment. We follow Simon Snow, who is the worst Chosen One in history. He attends a magical school, he has a pretty girlfriend, and his life seems like it should be the stuff of legend… except he can’t get his magic under control, and he feels like he’s the last person who can save the world! The book is incredibly fun, features a very cute romance, and I absolutely cannot WAIT to finally continue Simon’s story next month!
2. Muggle Studies: A book from a Muggle’s perspective
As G interprets this prompt, the required book should be a contemporary, so I chose “Permanent Record” by Mary H.K. Choi! Another one that I’ve been eyeing for months now (and not just because of the beautiful cover, okay!!!) I don’t know much about this one, and I want to keep it that way – I just know that this author’s stories are beloved across Booktube, Goodreads and the bookish community in general, and that I’m excited to finally be reading something of hers!
3. Any other subject of your choice
Well, since there are so many and I can’t pick my next subject for myself…
I’ll let the Animagus training seminar do it for me!! These are a new addition to this year’s readathon, for people who want to challenge themselves further, outside their career choices – and since three books is totally doable in a month, why not read even more and get to become a cool animal in the process!! Again, credit for this gorgeous design goes to G! As the prompts suggest, my next reads are:
3 (again). Arithmancy: Magical qualities of the number 2, balance and opposites (aka read something outside of your favorite genre)
Since my favorite genre is YA contemporary/fantasy, I have chosen to read a poetry book for this subject, and I’ve picked “Break Your Glass Slippers” by Amanda Lovelace! I don’t read a lot of poetry generally, but she is one of my favorites, and I absolutely loved her “Women Are Some Kind of Magic” series, so I’m ready to pick her next release up immediately thank you!
4. Potions: Shrinking Solution (aka a book that’s under 150 pages)
Best prompt ever, am I right!! What better to read for a readathon than a short, quick book! For this pick, I’ve chosen “Saga: Volume 3” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples!! I’ve read the first two volumes a while ago, and I fell in love with the story and the characters, but for some reason, I never continued with the next instalments, so I am determined to do that now! Its page count is juuuust under the requirement at 144, and I feel like I’m going to fly through this, as graphic novels are among the easiest books I could possibly read, so I think it fits the challenge quite well!
5. Transfiguration: Animagus lecture (aka a book or series that features shapeshifting)
I have quite a few picks for this one… but I feel like the one I want to read the most out of all of them is “City of Lost Souls” by Cassandra Clare!! With the release of “Chain of Gold” earlier this month, I’ve been really eager to get through all the series that Cassie has written, and since I never finished “The Mortal Instruments”… that’s where I’m going to have to start! I’m ready to get back to the Shadowhunter world and learn how Clary’s story ends… and I’m even more ready to finally move on to “The Infernal Devices” and figure out what I’ve been missing all these years with that series 🥰
And there you have it! These are the books that I’m planning to read during the month of April, in order to complete the O.W.L.s Readathon! Subject to change, of course, because I’m extremely indecisive and have at least 2-3 books picked for each prompt, but for now, this is my “official” TBR!!
Now I want to hear from you guys: are you taking part in the readathon, too? If so, what is your career and what is the book you’re most looking forward to reading? If not, I hope this piqued your interest, and you’ll at least consider joining us, if you can ✨ It promises to be a magical time, and we’d love to have you – there’s even a Discord server that you can join to connect with other people who are also doing the readathon!
I hope you and all your loved ones are staying safe and washing those hands!! This period is tough on all of us, so I want you to know that if you ever need anybody to talk to, I’m always here to listen 💜 Take care, and see you next time!!