This April I have decided to join YouTube Book Roast’s O.W.L.s Magical Readathon for the first time You can check this year’s announcement for more information HERE.
It is a reading challenge she is organizing a third year in a row. I’ve been looking at it before but for someone who is not that much into Harry Potter YouTube fandom I had some trouble understanding how it works. In order to get a better understanding of how it all works and how I’m going to participate I will try to explain how I decided to choose books for the challenge.
First a little bit on this reading challenge as I understand it. There are two Harry Potter thematic reading challenges that are put up a year. First is the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon based on the Ordinary Wizarding Level Examinations from the Harry Potter books. They represent a sort of an entry challenge. There are twelve reading prompts based on the subjects at the Hogwarts school. These prompts are different each year and this year they are loosely based on the third book of the Harry Potter series.
The reader chooses the prompts from the list and finds a book that fits the the challenge prompt. Later on in August the subjects that were chosen for the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon will be eligible for the N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon and the choosing of a magical career accordingly.
The O.W.L.s Magical Readathon lasts trough whole month of April. As I am new to this and since I am kinda drifting in my reading endeavors AND life in general – I decided to go with all the available prompts in a rather optimistic and arrogant push to read twelve books in April.
I’ve chosen my books and picked some of them from the from the already existing reading lists I made as much as I could since the twelve books is a lot for me now and I want to keep up with my other reading challenges as much as possible.
Here are my choices:
Ancient Runes – heart on the cover/or in title
Kitchen Princess Omnibus, Vol. 3 (Kitchen Princess, #5-7) by Natsumi Ando
Arithmancy – something outside my favorite genres (not romance or fantasy)
The Vegetarian: A Novel by Han Kang
Astronomy – read the majority of the book at night
Bite Me (Bitten, #1) by C.C. Wood
Care of Magical Creatures – creature with a beak on the cover
The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2) by Rick Riordan
Charms – white cover
Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1) by Orson Scott Card
Defence Against the Dark Arts – book set at sea / coast
Children of the Spider by Imam Baksh
Divination – random TBR pick
Balzac i kineska mala krojačica by Dai Sijie ( Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise)
Herbology – title starts with the letter M
Maneuver (Men of Inked: Southside Book 1) by Chelle Bliss
History of Magic – book featuring witches / wizards
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling
Muggle Studies – contemporary
Fork In The Road by J. Coyne
Potions – book under 150 pages
Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Transfiguration – book with shapeshifters
Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson, #11) by Patricia Briggs
Due to explicit nature of some of the books I will probably not enter my choices to the Hogwarts library form that readers use to count their books and participate in the community challenge. For now I’m opting to keep this challenge for myself alone in that regard. As for the N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon I will have to see how I will do with this challenge.
Wish me luck?