Hello all! It’s that time of year again – for the month of April, I, and many Witches and Wizards, will be taking my OWLs (or Ordinary Wizarding Levels for those Muggles out there). To learn more about it, head to this link. This readathon is run by the lovely BookRoast!
The OWLs work by the fact that you pick your career, and do the OWLs that are associated with it. This year, we also have the opportunity to do extra training! Me, being the extra person I am and also having 2 weeks of Easter holidays to fill, I have books for all 12 prompts.
Let’s start with my OWLs. The career path I chose was Hogwarts Professor in History of Magic, so the OWLs I need are two specific ones, and 7 in total:
- History of Magic: witch hunts: books featuring witches or wizards.
For this one, I chose Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling. I was going to reread Harry Potter but my books are literally falling apart. Oops.
- Defense Against the Dark Arts: Grindylows: a book set at the sea.
To be honest, I’m not sure if this one is ‘set’ at the sea, but it has the word ‘sea’ in the title so I’ll count it: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern! I loved The Night Circus so really want to read this one.
- Arithmancy: balances: a book outside your favourite genre.
I don’t really have a favourite genre, so I just chose one. The one I chose was crime, so I’m going to read Try This At Home by Frank Turner which is a memoir.
- Ancient Runes: heart rune: book with a heart on the cover/in the title.
My best friend and I are buddy reading the Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman this month, so it came at a perfect time!
- Herbology: Mimbulus Mimbletonia: title starts with an M.
Easy pick: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.
- Potions: Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages.
Okay so technically this one is 160 pages but it’s also poetry so kind of feels shorter? Anyway, it’s Validate Me by Charly Cox.
- Divination: third eye: random choice.
I shut my eyes and stared at my bookshelf because I couldn’t be bothered to number my TBR, so I picked The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
That’s all my OWLs! I also decided to do “extra training” to become an Animagi, and for that I need…
- Arithmancy: already got!
- Potions: already got!
- Transfiguration: Animagus lecture: a book about shapeshifting.
The only one I could find that wasn’t Harry Potter and I hadn’t already read was Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin, though I also have Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on there!
And to finish off my OWLs, I need to add…
- Astronomy: night classes: read the majority of a book at night.
I’ve chosen a nice short book (239 pages), which is also a children’s book and has big font! Go me! The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.
- Care of Magical Creatures: Hippogriffs: animal with a beak on the cover.
Apart from Harry Potter, I couldn’t find anything I wanted to read, so I have Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon which has bird silhouettes on the back. It counts, right?!
- Charms: Lumos Maxima: a white cover.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge is my pick for this one.
- Muggle Studies: a book by a Muggle (contemporary).
I chose Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. Mine is the yellow cover, if you’re wondering!
Okay, phew! What a long TBR! If you’re participating in the OWLs Magical Readathon, what’s on your list? Follow me on Twitter to stay up to date with my reading progress!