Hi guys! I made a very last minute decision last night to participate in the OWLS readathon, which is a month long Harry Potter themed marathon hosted by Gi from the Book Roast on Booktube. I’ve always seen people participate in it and thought it was cool but also a lot of work. The basic premise is that you pick a Hogwarts career which then tells you which subjects you need to achieve your OWLS in order to get through to the NEWTS which are later this year and finally achieved your career. I’m not a huge fan of TBRs but I (as well as everyone else in the world) suddenly have a lot of time on my hands so I decided to give it a go. I managed to fit my TBR around the books that I was planning on reading anyway so it’s not too hard hopefully.
I decided to go for the career of Hogwarts professor which requires to me have 7 OWLS in total, including Defence Against the Dark Arts and the subject you want to teach as well as 5 others of your choice. I decided that I wanted to teach Muggle Studies. However, I decided to attempt to get OWLS in every single subject. That might be a bit ambitious as that is 12 books in total (13 if you include my bonus book) but I know that I can do it for sure. Most of these books were books that I was planning on reading anyway, as many of them are April releases. However, I might need to adapt this as some book releases might get pushed back because of the current climate but I’ll deal with that if it comes to it.
Ancient Runes: A book with a heart in the title/cover
What I Like About You by Marissa Kanter
This is very cheeky of me because it has the smallest heart on the cover but it counts! This is a YA romance that is coming out this month, that I’ve had my eye on for a while so I want to pick it up as soon as I can.
Arithmancy: A book outside of your favourite genre
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
This is definitely outside of my normal reading genre as it is a middle grade (though I somehow have two middle grades on this list) but I really enjoyed the previous two installments in this series so I’m excited to see what happens next.
Astronomy: A book read mainly at night time
Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai
I read mainly at night anyway so any of these books can count for this but I thought I would put another one of my anticipated releases for the month for this challenge. I quite enjoyed The Right Swipe so I’m intrigued to see where it goes from here.
Care of Magical Creatures: A book with a creature with a beak on the cover
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This is my current read as I decided to finally re-read this trilogy after I first read it 9 years ago. This is in preparation for the prequel release in May and I’m excited to experience this story again.
Charms: A book with a white cover
Runaways Volume 5 by Rainbow Rowell
This is another anticipated release and the background behind the characters is white so it counts. I love this comic series so I’m excited to see where it goes.
Defence Against the Dark Arts: A book set at the sea/coast
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
I don’t know if this is cheating but it counts! The 75th Quarter Quell is set in a sea based arena so it totally counts and I need to re-read all of the three this month.
Divination: Random number generated from your TBR
What Momma Left Me by Renee Watson
This is what book it randomly landed on and I’m excited. I bought this in March so it’s a very new addition to my TBR but it sounds right up my street.
History of Magic: A book featuring a witch/wizard
A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby
I’m not sure if it has witches/wizards but it features magic so it seems like it probably will. I bought this in March as well so it’s also a new addition to my physical TBR but it’s been on my radar for a while. I’ve followed Aisha on Twitter for ages so I can’t wait to finally read her book.
Muggle Studies: A contemporary book
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
I could have picked so many books for this but I really loved The Flatshare so I thought I’d add her new release to this. Though it does come out on the last day of April so might not happen… I’ll figure it out if it doesn’t happen.
Potions: A book under 150 pages
Homie by Danez Smith
I don’t own many short books but I also got this in March from Penguin and I’m intrigued. It’s a poetry collection so hopefully I should be able to read it quite quickly.
Transfiguration: A book featuring shapeshifting
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
I really struggled with this one! Shapeshifting is not my favourite aspect of novels so I don’t own many. I looked at the list of suggestions for this challenge and saw this on the list and decided to finally give it a go. I don’t own it but the audiobook is on Scribd. I’ve never listened to a graphic novel audiobook but I’ve heard it’s pretty good.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
I tried to fit this into a challenge and just couldn’t do it. However, if I fail to read The Switch as it comes out on the last day, I’ll move Girl Gone Viral into read a contemporary book and this into read in one sitting so we shall see.
Are you participating in OWLS this month? If not, are you setting yourself an April TBR? How are you getting through this social distancing period? Let me know down below.