OWLs Magical Readathon TBR: April 2020

Hello! Welcome to my April TBR 😊

April is the magical time we have all been waiting for – the time for another round of OWLs! G @ The Book Roast organises magical readathons like the OWLs, which is based on ordinary wizarding levels in Hogwarts, multiple times every year! These readathons are always over-the-top kind of amazing because not only should you read a lot, you can complete prompts to gain your own magical career that you can select from G’s career guide! So if you have ever wanted to be a dragon tamer or a defence against the dark arts -teacher, now is your time!

Below is the introduction video by G, check it out for all the deeds on OWLs.

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Currentathon Announcement: December 2019

Hello my fellow bookaholics ✨

Has your currently reading shelf on Goodreads grown way out of control? Do you have 7 books on your nightstand that you have half finished? Or could you just use a really exciting readathon to get you ready for 2020??

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This is fine because I’m here with a super exciting announcement: the next round of Currentathon is happening! This round will run for the entire duration of December and we have a bunch of exciting prompts 😍

I’m co-hosting Currentathon along with the wonderful Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Nook and Gina @ Randomly Bookish Gina 💞 It is a readathon dedicated for finishing up your current reads! Follow the Currentathon twitter account for a bunch of reading sprints.

We are bringing back the mighty bingo board and it has both reading challenges (in black) and more general bookish challenges (in green) so you can read as much or as little as you want to!

Tadah! Here is the December bingo board. You can try to get a bingo any which way you want, the diagonals are the most difficult and the vertical center is the least difficult. Or you could try to catch them all!

We have also taken into account that many other readathons are happening during December and you could easily match these prompts with them (we even included a cheeky little ‘A book you’re reading for another readathon’ prompt 😘)

I really hope that you’ll join us and participate in Currentathon 😊 I can’t wait to figure out my TBR!

Currentathon TBR

I’m extremely excited that Currentathon starts TOMORROW

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Soon soon soon soon soon. Very soon now.

If you don’t know what Currentathon is, check out my announcement post right here! Pssst there are challenges, a bingo, sprints and a star collecting game 😱

To satisfy the main challenge (pick one colour and find it in the cover of all the books you will be reading during the readathon)… 🥁 🥁 🥁 🥁

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… I have chosen yellow! 💫

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Currentathon Mini-round Announcement: 6th to 8th September

Today I have something incredibly exciting to share with you all!

I am a new co-host of Currentathon along with the wonderful Gina @ Randomly Bookish Gina (check her booktube here) and Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Nook (check her bookstagram here). For the past month we have been hard at work to prepare a weekend long round of Currentathon!

The Readathon will run from Friday the 6th of September to Sunday the 8th of September (next weekend!). The idea of Currentathon is to dedicate time for your current reads and for books that you started but then put down for some reason. I love this readathon so much because I always have a gazillion books that I’m reading at the same time. Join us for a weekend of reading and finishing current reads! We have two games and we will be running loads of reading sprints on the twitter account: @Currentathon

This round is centered around one big challenge: Colour. Choose one colour and find it in the cover of all the books you are planning to read during the readathon. While you read books with your chosen colour on the cover, complete additional challenges on our Currentathon Bingo!

Bingo Squares

I looove readathons with bingo cards and I’m so happy that we ended up including one for this mini-round of Currentathon. Bingo is entirely optional but a fun addition if you want to make the readathon weekend a bit more interactive. Most of the challenges are easy to do so no need to stress about finishing dozens of books within one weekend.

At the beginning of the readathon we will make a thread on the Currentathon twitter account where you can introduce yourself for the other readathon participants and leave your social media handles. You can also cross off squares by marking your chosen colour on the middle of the bingo, following a new friend from the Currentathon twitter thread, sharing your TBR and reading spot online and much more.

To complete the square ‘Read a book with a complementary colour on the cover’, you need to take a quick look at this graphic:

So if your chosen colour is white, read a book with black on the cover instead!

Collecting stars

We couldn’t be happy with just one game, so we added another one. Try to collect as many stars as possible during the readathon weekend by simply reading, taking part in sprints, posting online, and playing the bingo. Colour in the stars around the bingo squares.

You don’t have to take part in the bingo to collect stars and vice versa. Also, you don’t need to do either of the games to take part in the readathon!

I really hope you will take part in Currentathon! I’m super excited already!

Let me know in the comments if you’re planning to take part or if you have any questions.

We will be running loads of reading sprints on the Currentathon twitter account, and I’ll be running some for the first time ever. EEEK.

Do you tend to read loads of books at once? Do you put down books for various reasons before you have finished them?

I do both 🙈 Sometimes I’m really enjoying a book and it still gets neglected! Also, I tend to read so many books at once that I take a long time to finish one of them Next weekend will be a perfect opportunity to pick those books back up again 😂 Next weekend will be a perfect opportunity to pick those books back up again and finish some current reads 💪

Keep your eyes peeled for my TBR post later this week 👀

Thank you so much for reading!

NEWTs TBR

If you know me, then you know that I get extremely excited about readathons. Especially G @ Book Roast’s Magical Readathons are amazing and I’m always squealing from joy whenever a new announcement comes up.

In August it’s time to dive into NEWTs, or the Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, that Hogwarts students complete on their seventh year of study to reach their preferred career. Book Roast has made it possible for us bookaholics to do the tests by reading! NEWTs is an extension of OWLs that happened in April (but you can still take part if you didn’t participate in OWLs). G gives you all of the details in her announcement video:

I am pursuing the career of a Metal Charmer, a mysterious profession of risky and careful work to produce intricate metallic objects with magical properties. Things like the time turner, the golden snitch, and much more!

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As the profession of a metal charmer is exclusive, reaching the career is very difficult. That’s why I need to read 12 books in August 😱 that’s about 5 books more than I usually take up and I have already lost 10 days of the month for moving house! I’m panicked, hyperventilating and still kind of exhilarated.

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Am I ready to give up all of my free time to reach this career? Yes. Am I ready to let my body decay while I stay in the same spot reading until I am a metal charmer? Yes. Will I procrastinate university work to reach my metal charmer magical career? Hell to the yes. Will I stop watching Netflix? NNnngggh, I don’t know man.

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Medieval-A-Thon Update & 24 in 48 TBR

Well hello all of my fellow bookaholics! I’m here today to write a reading update for Medieval-A-Thon and also list my TBR for the next round of 24 in 48! Are you excited? I’m pretty excited.

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I might or might not be going to see the Lion King tonight
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July: Medievalathon TBR

Hello bookaholics! Long time, no see. I have been forced on a short semi-hiatus to finish up my masters thesis, but I’ll soon spring right back in the blog (and I already have a bunch of posts that I can’t wait to share with you!). My thesis hand-in date is the 12th of July, and I hope to be back to blogging soon after.

But even my masters thesis couldn’t keep me away from sharing a July TBR. July has a bunch of amazing readathons happening; Medieval-A-Thon, Reading Rush (formerly known as booktube-athon), and The Book Junkie Trials, to name a few. As a lover of readathons I wanted to take part in everything, but I have forced myself to pick only one so that I’m not overly tempted to read away all the time I’m supposed to be finishing my thesis at the beginning of July.

The graphic by Holly Hearts Books

I have decided to take part in Medieval-A-Thon, hosted by the wonderful Holly Hearts Books (her announcement video is right here), because it seems fun, chilled out and interactive. Medieval-A-Thon runs for the entire month of July, and the idea is to build a medieval character. Your status is decided by the amount of books you read:

And you earn armour & weapons by reading books that fit certain prompts:

The graphic by Holly Hearts Books
The graphic by Holly Hearts Books

You can easily go for the nobility rank only if you don’t mind being naked and defenseless 😂

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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!

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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

Read&dathon TBR + End of Hiatus!

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💫 ⭐️ 🌟 ✨ I’m BAAACK 💫 ⭐️ 🌟 ✨

January has passed and with it my hiatus, praise the bookish deities! I have just moved to a new apartment with my husband and our living room is buried underneath boxes. We broke free from the cancer-inducing-mouldy-disaster that was our previous flat and came out exhausted but victorious from our homelessness. (if you are majorly confused at this point, you can have a look at my hiatus announcement, I swear it explains a lot of things)

We absolutely adore our new apartment apart from a few worms and beetles that welcomed us home in the kitchen. We got through homelessness, I can defeat a couple wormies.

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KILL THEM WITH FIRE

I hope to get straight back to the bliss of blogging, reading everyone else’s posts, and socialising with all of you 😍 Thank you so much everyone for your support, and I’m so sorry that I haven’t yet commented back! January was ridiculously tough but I read all of your messages and they meant the world to me in the middle of everything that was going on.

Today is also the perfect day to break my hiatus because today marks the first day of ReaD&Dathon! It is a DnD inspired readathon hosted by Kaylee @ The Enchanted Library and Tara @ The Three Bookshelves. I have never actually played Dungeons & Dragons myself but I have always wanted to try, and when I saw how this readathon works, I was sold. Bookish games with a chance to level up? Yep. Yup. Yes. There hasn’t been enough buzz about this new readathon and everyone is seriously missing out 😬 😬 I’ll first have some info about the readathon, then I’ll list aaaalll the challenges AND THEN I’ll reveal my TBR 😊 Feel free to scroll right down if you want to skip all the extra and get straight to the TBR business 👌

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