I’ve been looking for readathons for the summer months because, although I’m doing pretty well on my reading goals so far, I could use a little kick. I miss the months when I used to read 10 books instead of 4. And I love readathons. As many of you will have guessed, I came across something called Magical Readathon, which is technically two readathons based on the wizarding tests taken in the Harry Potter world. Naturally, I was in love!
I missed the actual O.W.L.s Readathon but I’m going to try and catch up on my classes and the reading prompts in July, so I can officially join the N.E.W.T.s in August. YAY!
What I love about this readathon is that it leaves you a lot of freedom about how much to read and even what types of books to read. But it’s all wrapped in Harry Potter nerdiness and I can’t express how excited that makes me! You can choose a wizarding profession, based on which you have to fulfill certain reading prompts. And you need to pass X amount of those classes in order to move on to your N.E.W.T.s.
I have read through all the careers and especially their requirements and I am very happy with my choice of Journalist/Writer, both because that’s something I would genuinely enjoy and because the reading requirements are totally managable.
As you can see, the requirements for my career of choice are three O.W.L.s which translates to three books (if I understood the rules correctly… they are extensive). And then I have to go on and fulfil three N.E.W.T.s prompts but with a certain grade (A = one book, E = two books, O = 3 books, each of which has to fit a different prompt).
The O.W.L.s are also graded overall by the amount of exams completed.
- Acceptable = 2 or more exams completed
- Exceeds Expectations = 6 or more exams completed
- Outstanding = 9 or more exams completed
I really want an Outstanding, but realistically, the most I’ll be able to manage will be an Exceeds Expectations. We’ll see how the month goes and how quickly I fly thorugh my books. Speaking of which… here is my TBR for the rest of the month:
History of Magic
A book published at least 10 years ago: Nancy Springer – Fair Peril
This prompt is a perfect fit because it also features in the Retellings Reading Challenge I’m participating in this year and I have struggled to fill that slot. But Nancy Springer’s Fair Peril has been on my TBR pretty long, it has won the Mythopoeic Award, and it’s a retelling of The Frog Prince. And, at roughly 250 pages, I am quite sure I can finish it during the rest of the month.
A Contemporary novel: Sam J. Miller – Destroy All Monsters
This was a tough one for me because I don’t read a lot of comtemporary books, I read almost exclusively fantasy with an occasional classic mixed in. But, thanks to Sam. J. Miller, whose The Art of Starving was amazing, I have found a book that fits and that I’m excited for. It’s a 2019 release, too, and I desperately need to catch up on those.
Ancient Runes (subject chosen by me)
A retelling: Colleen Oakes – Queen of Hearts
The free subject also plays nicely into my year-long Retellings Reading Challenge. I have started this book a few days ago, it’s a retelling of Alice in Wonderland from the point of view of a young Queen of Hearts. I am not totally hooked yet, but I like the style. I expect to finish this pretty soon.
If I manage these prompts, I will try and pass some more O.W.L.s because I’m a nerd:
An adult work: Helene Wecker – The Golem and the Jinni
I technically started this book in June, but as this would be extra credit reading, I think I’m within the rules for the readathon. It’s quite a big book and it’s not a quick read, not because it isn’t good (I adore it so far) but because it simply is a bit more demanding.
A plant on the cover: Joanne M. Harris – The Gospel of Loki
Another book that has been on my TBR for ages, another one that goes well with my Retellings challenge, and it has a tree on the cover, so it works for the Herbology O.W.L. I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about this book ever since it was published, so it’s about time I found out for myself.
Whether I succeed in this or not, I will definitely go on to join the N.E.W.T.s Readathon in August because it sounds like so much fun and I want to participate in all the chats and polls and side quests. Wish me luck! 🙂