It’s that time of the year again when the O.W.L.s Readathon commences. So gather around Potterheads and let’s start the readathon strong! As usual, the readathon will start from the beginning of April (which two days away) and it will run to the end of April. You have the whole month to complete the career that you have chosen.
The format of the readathon is the same, pick a career from her career guidebook which can be found in her new site, here. Everything you will need will be explained in her site. So definitely check it out! After you have chosen your desired path in your wizarding life, which the O.W.L.s guidelines to see the ‘subjects’ that you will have to pass for that career. This year she added a lot more careers in her booklet, so definitely check the site I provided or even her Youtube Video.
Last year the career that I chose was an Auror. I was able to pass all my O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s and was pleasantly pleased with myself. This year I’m choosing a more fitting career which is similar to my muggle career.
Once you have picked your career, as I have, look for the classes that you will have to pass for your O.W.L.s (don’t worry about the N.E.W.T.s because that will be for the next readathon). For each ‘class’ in your career, there will be a prompt/theme that you will have to follow with the books that you will read. Here are the prompts that the host created in order to keep things as simple as possible. Mind you, she changes them yearly.
Amazingly enough, I thought the O.W.L.s for my career will be a lot shorter, but lo and behold, the classes that I will have to pass are eight! That’s ok, I like a challenge. I will have to pass Arithmancy, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, History of Magic, Muggle Studies, Potions and Transfiguration. I’m hoping that once I finish this career of mine, I’ll try to find another career to pass or read the other prompts that are not part of my career, which is what I did last year.
I believe she has a new system in place for this year that will help those who want to go extra and beyond. You will find this at the end of the booklet of Wizarding Career Guide 2020, basically, it’s training courses that will allow you to licensed for a specific course. I don’t know if I’m explaining that very well, but p[lease just check her site and her Youtube video for clarifications. I myself am thinking of doing the Anumagus Training, but I will think more about that once my main has been finished.
Anyways, here are the eight books that I will be reading to pass my O.W.L.s for 2020. Mind you, as most of you will know, I’m very finicky with my TBR, so this is just the rough draft of my TBR. I might find books on my shelves that will be a lot more fitting to my taste later on.
Magical qualities of number 2: balance/opposites-read something outside of your favorite genre.
Ok, so I’m cheating on this one because technically this is a sub-genre that I’m not fond of. Yes, I do enjoy fantasy, but I never really got attached to the superhero sub-genre of the Fantasy world. I’m not 100% sure if I’m just reading the wrong books, but I’ve never enjoyed the books I’ve read in this culture.
Lumos Maxima: White Cover
I don’t know if I’m cheating on this one too. Technically it has white on the cover, but it’s not predominantly white. Since it wasn’t explicitly said, I’m going with this book. It’s been on my TBR forever and it has white on it.
Defense Against the Dark Arts (D.A.D.A)
Gryndylows: A Book set at the sea/coast
This is definitely set on the sea. So I’m safe with this. Plus, I’ve been reading a ton of Miss Marple lately.
Mimbulus Mimbletonia: Title Starts with an M
I was tempted to pick another Miss Marple, but since her name is technically part of the title, I just decided to pick a Mrs. Jeffries book. I’ve been enjoying this series, so I can’t wait to get to it.
History of Magic
Witch Hunts: Book featuring witches/wizards
Yes, I know what you’re all thinking, this is best suited for the white cover. However, this is the only book I have that suits the Witch aspect of the prompt.
Book from a perspective of a muggle (contemporary)
This is definitely one of the most contemporary books I have on my TBR. So obviously I would pick it up. It’s sad that I’m down to the last book in this series and now I will have to wait for her new book to be released again.
Shrinking Solutions: Book under 150 pages
I’ve never read anything from this series or author. I know her Sookie Stackhouse series is very popular, but it’s just not my cup of tea. I decided to just check this out and read it.
Animagus Lecture: Boo/series that includes shapeshifting
I don’t know if this series has shapeshifting, but it does have werewolves. I’m hoping that they’re the kind that actually transforms and not the perpetual man wolves.
So that is my very lengthy TBR for my O.W.L.s I’m hoping that I will be able to finish all these books plus more. As you notice I did use a different book for each prompt, this is because in order to pass the classes you have to use one book for each prompt. I’m always excited to do this readathon, hopefully everyone will join us this year and let Ravenclaw win in 2020!