OWLs Magical Readathon TBR – April 2019

April is soon here, and do you know what that means??

It’s time for another round of OWLs Magical Readathon!!

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Hosted by the fabulous Book Roast for the second year in a row, this readathon is my absolute favourite. OWLs are the exams that Hogwarts students in Hp take in their fifth year. G @ Book Roast has worked really hard and done an amazing job of bringing the OWLs to us in bookish form! This year we can take exams by reading book prompts but also work towards a wizarding career and participate in house cups and quidditch!

OWLs are not about reading Harry Potter (even though you definitely can!) and you don’t have to be a Hp fan to take part! The readathon runs for the entire month of April and maybe even a bit more than that if you took part in Charms Extra Credit Readathon last year.

Information

Everything you need to know is in G’s announcement video:

She has created a catalogue of wizarding careers (!!) and it is beautiful.

Some OWLs rules: only one book per subject, no cross overs or doubling up (a book fulfills one challenge only), all books that count need to be started and finished within the readathon time scale. No cheating!

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The OWLs prompts:

My OWLs TBR

My OWLs will start on the 28th of March because I managed to receive 4 days from the Charms Extra Credit Readathon last year! That means that I can start my Charms read on the 28th and all other books on the 1st of April.

After a couple weeks of serious contemplation I finally managed to decide my wizarding career!

After having taken both NEWTs (a follow up readathon in August) and OWLs I will hopefully graduate to become a Metal Charmer!

This image is from Book Roast’s Wizarding Careers Catalogue

Metal Charmer is a mysterious and demanding profession in the wizarding world. It is a profession that is illegal without the supervision from the Ministry of Magic because a lot of Metal Charmer’s work is highly valuable and used in important places such as Gringotts Bank or Azkaban!

Being a metal charmer requires a great deal of precision, eye to details, passion and patience!

For some reason, the profession of a Metal Charmer calls to me. It sounds important with a lot of responsibilities but still the freedom to work at my own pace and in my own peace. And I’m more than fascinated by the end result!

Metal Charmers invent and produce things like the Golden Snitch or the Time Turner. These artefacts are mysterious in their workings and almost seem to have their own mind.

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To reach the Metal Charmer position, I will be taking Ancient Runes, Artihmancy, Charms, Defence against the Dark Arts and Transfiguration. My two subjects of choice are Muggle Studies and History of Magic. However, because I like to over-do things I would also love to read the prompts for Herbology and Potions to reach the 9 subjects to receive an Outstanding overall in my OWLs!

I am terrible at making TBRs and sticking to them which is why I have decided to give myself a lot of different choices. Please let me know which ones you would recommend that I prioritise reading, I’m excited for all of them!

Here is my TBR:

I am having some trouble deciding what to read for Transfiguration, and here are my options. What do you think I should read?

I am SO EXCITED for this readathon. I feel like I have been looking forward to the OWLs for a year and now it is finally here! I will also take part in Zoe’s 24hr Readathon on the 30th of March to kick off my Charms read and to finish all books I happen to be in the middle of before OWLs properly start.

Are you taking part in OWLs? What is your TBR like? Which career did you pick?? I would love to hear what you’re up to!

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Go get your Hogwarts letter, let’s do this!!

Also please help me select some books from my TBR! I’m equally excited to read all of these!

Thank you so much for reading!

-Pauliina

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16 thoughts on “OWLs Magical Readathon TBR – April 2019

  1. YEEES so happy to see you participating in the Readathon again 😍 I love getting to see what career everyone else choose and metal charmer definitely sounds very interesting and cool! I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the graphics you made for your TBR, they look so stunning and beautiful 😍 Good luck with your TBR!! As for the book for Transfiguration my personal favorites are Scythe and Ruin and Rising, I both loved them a lot πŸ’—

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    • Aaawww thank you so much, I’m so happy that you like the graphics 😍 I was a bit scared tbh to do my TBR as simply an image!
      I also love seeing everyone’s careers of choice, and I love how the careers combine the OWLs and the NEWTs!
      Thanks for the recommendation! I would love to finally finish reading the Grisha trilogy and I have also heard great things about Scythe!
      Now I need to run like the wind to your blog to see your TBR 😍

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  2. Wow 😍 These look fabulous! This post must’ve taken quite a bit of time! I simply love the sound of this challenge. It’s way too much commitment for me though 😜 It’s so structured you sound like you’re actually taking an exam πŸ˜‚ ! I vote for Scythe(it’s the only one I’ve read. Still haven’t finished Circle of Shadows)

    P.S. Look at the BEAUTY that is The Snitch πŸ’—

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    • Yay thank you 😍 I have to admit that I LOVE how structured the readathon is! Somehow I hate exams in university but I’m all for them in readathons πŸ˜‚
      Are you currently reading Circle of Shadows or planning to read it soon? I am so intrigued by Scythe!

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      • Hahaha 😁 I can totally relate, I mean, this is like ALL fun, right πŸ˜‚

        I’m planning on picking up Circle of Shadows later, right now I want to start on Descendant of the Crane. Just finished Wicked Saints(which was 🎢awesome 🎢). Scythe makes you think and ask so many questions. I liked the boy protagonist more than the girl, probably cuz she was a little more stubborn and haughty than I liked. What are you currently reading?

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      • I really want to read Wicked Saints 😍 I haven’t heard anything but great things about it! I just sneaked into your blog to see if you have a review, and noticed that you were part of the blog tour! That’s so cool!

        I just finished Priory of the Orange Tree which was amazing! And straight away I picked up 7 and a half deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle! I have high hopes for this one after you recommended it πŸ˜„

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      • Lolll, thank you!! It certainly was a cool opportunity πŸ˜„ I noticed that it had a MASSIVE publicity campaign and multiple blog tours from different publishers.

        Wow 😱 Priory’s, like, 800+ pages and you finished it??! πŸ‘πŸ‘

        Ah man, I know now that 7 Deaths just didn’t gel with you, haha. That’s the downside of recommending books to others, you feel guilty when they didn’t like it as much as you did 😬

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      • Such a cool opportunity and especially for a book like Wicked Saints that has received a lot of hype!

        I reaaaallly enjoyed Priory!! I haven’t even read Lord of the Rings but I definitely feel that the way Priory is advertised as a ‘feminist Lord of the Rings’ is very accurate 😍😍

        OH nooooo don’t feel guilty about recommending the 7 Deaths!! I definitely did not hate it, it wasn’t my favourite book of the month but I still enjoyed reading it! It was pretty unputdownable towards the end 😊 I’ll definitely accept many more book recommendations from you!

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      • Oh, really? This is the 1st time I’ve heard Priory being called a feminist LOTR. That gives it a different look now. I wonder if our library will ever stock it, would definitely borrow then!

        Lolll, thanks for making me feel better! πŸ˜‚ I’m glad you at least enjoyed the reading process. Tbh, it wasn’t perfect for me either, I loved the beginning parts where it was so intriguing and confusing and the kind of Cluedo vibe it was giving. Not a big fan of the too confusing parts, you know, where you gotta try to figure out if the plot makes sense and that you understand what’s going on. The explanation at the end was good but kinda sad and just a tiny bit underwhelming. Though I just love how it all tied together.

        You recommended Mistborn, so I’m excited to see if I’ll share similar enthusiasm for it! Also, next time I shall get Strange The Dreamer cuz I always hear you wax lyrical abt it πŸ˜‚ No pressure and I’ll still take recs from you even if I don’t come to love them! I’ve actually had a peek at an excerpt of Strange The Dreamer and I absolutely dig the beautiful prose, so there’s hope! hehe

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      • STRANGE THE DREAMER 😍😍😍😍😍 Yeeeesssss, you will love it!! (at least I realllyy hope so!) It is such a spectacular book! πŸ¦‹

        I think 7 Deaths is very much like Cluedo haha!

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      • Strange the Dreamer is up next then! I mean, I’ll try to get it on my next library trip(hopefully there will be a next time, unless things get too busy 😭). It’s a 1.5hr bus journey to the library which is SUCH A BUMMER.

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  3. I’m participating too and I’m so excited! Metal Charmer is a really cool career! I chose Hogwarts professor and I just posted my TBR. For Transfiguration, I highly recommend reading Scythe, I absolutely loved it. Good luck with your OWLs πŸ™‚

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