OWLs Magical Readathon Update & Tome Topple TBR

We’re almost halfway through April and in the middle of OWLs Magical Readathon. If you haven’t the faintest about what I’m talking about you can check out Book Roast’s announcement video here, or my TBR with info on the readathon here.

While I’m super focused on doing the best I can with OWLs, I simply could not ignore Samantha @ Thoughts on Tomes announcement of Tome Topple Readathon Round 8!! Tome Topple is one of all time favorite readathons, and the point is to read those big, intimidating tomes over 500 pages on your TBR. Tome Topple also hosts the most fabulous reading sprints I have ever seen so I simply have to take part (check their Twitter here for the sprints). But we have a problem: OWLs are about reading a crazy amount of books to reach a wizarding career while Tome Topple wants me to read a few humongous books. I’m here today to shuffle up my OWLs TBR to make room for Tome Topple!

OWLs Update

Subjects passed so far:

I have only passed two subjects, DADA and Muggle Studies. I wish I would be a bit further along at this point πŸ˜… While The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness wasn’t great, I fell in love with The Boy Who Steals Houses! Keep your eyes peeled for a review of the latter soon.

Subject in progress:

I am about 75% done with both Prisoner of Azkaban and A Song of Sorrow! I have a lot more left of the Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and I am so far only 20% into it.

My dream career of a Metal Charmer requires me to complete Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Transfiguration and two other subjects of my choice. I am starting to get a bit worried that I have only read one book from the required subjects so far! Yikes! Need to fix that soon!

Immediate TBR:

This Land wasn’t listed in my TBR but that was only because I managed to rudely forget that I have an arc of it. Ooopsie. It seems like a very interesting graphic novel.

Tome Topple TBR

πŸ’ƒπŸ» Tome Topple runs from the 13th of April to the 26th of April. πŸ’ƒπŸ»

The Challenges in Tome Topple:

  • Read more than one tome
  • Read an adult book
  • Read the tome that has been on your TBR for the longest
  • Read a tome in a genre that you don’t usually read
  • Read a tome that is part of a series

Unlike in OWLs, doubling up on the challenges is O-K in Tome Topple Readathon. (Which is great because I would never be able to read 5 tomes in two weeks). There are no other harsh rules from the 500 page lower limit.

First off, I will work intensively on the Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton during Tome Topple. I have already started it, but the book is still 519 pages in its entirety. Shhh no one’s cheating.

quiet tim and eric GIF

I didn’t have any other tomes on my OWLs TBR but let’s add one in case I manage to finish Evelyn Hardcastle. After looking at the prompts I had to go with the tome that is both part of a series and that has been on my TBR for the longest. I jumped off to Goodreads, sorted my want-to-read-list by date added, and ahoy, the first book to ever enter my Goodreads just happened to be a tome!

Yes I do have 47 pages of TBR in Goodreads πŸ™ˆ

Dune by Frank Herbert! Not only is it part of a series and the book that has been on my TBR for the longest,it also is an adult tome and part of a genre I don’t usually read. A challenge victory in one I would say.

In terms of OWLs, Dune could be read towards Divination (set in the future)… and Divination. Ah, considering that I’m already reading something for Charms (an adult book) and History of Magic (published over 10 pages), Divination is the only prompt that Dune fits in. It’s not one of my required ones for Metal Charmer but oh well!

Wish me luck 😬 😬 😬 😬 😬

Are you taking part in the Tome Topple? What is in your TBR? How about OWLs? How are you doing so far? I would love to know!

Thank you so much for reading!

-Pauliina

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13 thoughts on “OWLs Magical Readathon Update & Tome Topple TBR”

  1. Good luck to you! I’ve never participated in the Magical Readathon but I love all the work G puts into it – her booktube channel is one of my favorites.
    I attempted to read Dune when I was maybe 13, and it was unlike anything I had read before/too much for me to take in. But I would like to give it another try now that I’m a more seasoned adult fantasy and upper-level novice science fiction reader. Maybe I should take your blog post as a sign to participate in Tome Topple (for the first time) and read Dune…I also want to read The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson this month and that’s also over 500 pages…

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    1. Thank you, I’m so happy that my post made you think of taking part in Tome Topple, I love that!! I’m late in replying, did you end up taking part? I am currently in the middle of Dune and I have to say that it is not an easy book to read. It is very interesting so far but the politics are pretty confusing πŸ˜…

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      1. Yes I did! πŸ˜ƒ I managed to finish The Hero of Ages and got halfway through The Kingdom of Copper (which I finished yesterday). So I’m calling it a mildly successful first time, even though I didn’t even open Dune. πŸ˜† I am a little worried that the politics will be confusing – and dare I say a little boring, maybe? – when I do pick it up…I hope you’re able to get through and ultimately enjoy it!

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      2. Oooh that’s a very successful tome topple πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ I really want to get into the City of Brass series too!
        Yess I agree about Dune. I’m halfway through it now and I’m actually contemplating DNFing it 😬 It’s a lot of politics and military strategy which is not at all appealing for me

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  2. I picked Ruin and Rising for Transfiguration, too. I finished two books as well. I like your choices for OWLs! I don’t know what my next read will be yet and I need to decide today, but I’m a mood reader. πŸ™ˆ

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  3. Looks like you’re doing really well with the OWL’s! Good luck with the rest of the Readathon πŸ’• I just reread Harry Potter 4 for History of Magic and it really put me in a Harry Potter mood πŸ˜„ Also good luck with Tome Topple, you can do it!!! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜Š I kind of participated as I reread HP 4, but not really as I didn’t plan to read it πŸ˜„

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