O.W.L. Magical Readathon 2020 || Challenge

Hello beautiful people!

Last year, I decided to participate in Book Roast’s Harry Potter themed challenge — The Magical Readathon! Honestly, I’ve been reigning back on the amount of challenges I’m participating in this year. But like Alex @ Whimsy Pages, it felt WRONG to not have fun with this epic challenge — so here we are!

Below you will find information on what the challenge is, how it works, important resources, my career path and the books I’ve chosen to read for each prompt. Here we go!

What is the Magical Readathon?

Introduction and Resources

Brought to life from her love for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series, Book Roast created the Magical Readathon! Her amazing reading challenge consists of two main reading events: the Ordinary Wizarding Level (O.W.L.) exams hosted in April and the Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests (N.E.W.T.s) hosted in August.

The O.W.L.s Magical Readathon booklet contains 22 careers to choose from, each with a list of specifically selected subjects taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each subject (a total of 12) has a reading prompt to complete. Some resources to help get you started have been listed below:

Introduction to Magical Readathon
2020 Magical Readathon Links
Wizarding Career Guide 2020
O.W.L.s Reading Prompts 2020
Whimsy Pages’ Magical Readathon Chart: Books to Career Choice

Disclaimer: If you wish to participate in the N.E.W.T.s, you don’t necessarily HAVE to participate in the O.W.L.s. However, it does make it easier.


My Wizarding Career Path: Journalist or Writer

With the craziness of the world right now, I really have no idea how much reading time I’ll have. Thanks to Alex’s amazing Magical Readathon Chart, I was able to choose one that doesn’t have too many prompts for the O.W.L.s: Journalist or Writer.

In order to complete this, I’ll have to pass a total of 3 O.W.L.s:

  1. Defence Against the Dark Arts: a book set at the sea/coast
  2. History of Magic: a book featuring witches/wizards
  3. Muggle Studies: a contemporary novel

Defence Against the Dark Arts: Set at sea/coast

I’m NEARLY done Hunting Prince Dracula, so I should be ready to read Kerri Maniscalco’s Escaping from Houdini by April!

Synopsis: Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly […]

History of Magic: Featuring witches/wizards

Apparently, there are sorcerers in Rogerson’s Sorcery of Thorns … the title KIND of gives that away. I’ve been meaning to read this since January, so I’m really eager to start this!

Synopsis: All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power […]

Muggle Studies: A contemporary

… I honestly don’t know what happened, but I put Tucker’s The Simple Wild on hold and then kind of forgot to pick it up this month? But I know I’m going to love it so I’m placing it in the challenge!

Synopsis: Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born […]

Are you participating in the challenge? If yes, what does your list look like? Link your post in the comments below so I can check out your TBR pile and goals!

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54 thoughts on “O.W.L. Magical Readathon 2020 || Challenge

    1. Oh yay! That’s great to hear! My aunt bought it for me for Christmas so I’ve been trying to find time to read … lots of time now 😂

      P.S. I was trying to find your website but the link under your name in the comments shows a site that no longer exists. You might have to update it in your settings!

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      1. haha I picked it up for the same reason as I have too much time now too! And thanks for letting me know, I think I’ve fixed the problem!

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  1. It makes me SO happy that you’re going to participate too!! 😍✨👏🏻
    I’m still putting together my TBR to fit every book 😂
    It will be super fun!! & I can’t wait to know what you think about Sorcery of Thorns, I really wait to read it, so I hope it’s as amazing to you as it is to most people ❤️❤️

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  2. I think this is the year I’m going to do this challenge and I’m very excited! I give all the praise to Alex for her post because she laid everything out so well that I’m like, this is totally doable! I hope to have a post up next week! 🙂
    Good luck with your reading challenge! 🙂

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  3. I don’t participate in a lot of challenges because I’m so bad at them 😅 But like you, I just couldn’t resist taking part in this! I’m mind-blown at the amount of effort that was put into this readathon. For this challenge, I decided to go with Spellmaker, which requires seven O.W.L.s, but I’m on break from school, so I hope I can do it 😅
    Good luck with this readathon, Jenna! I hope you finish all of these books and love them ❤ Sorcery of Thorns is one of my faves ❤ It's not very original, but it's predictability was super comforting to me:)

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    1. WOW!!! Good on you! I really wanted to try the Librarian one … but I also feel slightly overwhelmed reading that many books so I’m sticking with something light ha-ha! Did you post yours?! I didn’t see it pop up!

      Oh yay! I’m glad you liked it! I’m super stoked to read it!

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      1. I’m actually going to try and complete all of the prompts for the OWLs, but Trader of Magical Tomes only requires four OWLs: Ancient Runes, Charms, History of Magic, and Transfiguration. And it’s just a few more books than that for the NEWTs. Thankfully I tend to average like 20-25 books read each month.

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  4. YAY! We will be pursuing the same career!!! Wheeeee! 🎉🥂😘
    Sorcery of Thorns was a very fun and easy read, I hope you’ll love it. For my third subject, I think I’ll go with Potions, so I can choose a book with less than 150 pages 😀

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    1. YAY! In the Harry Potter world, we could end up working as journalists or writers together! It’d be magical (see what I did there lol). 🥂😘

      I’ve heard that from a lot of people, making me more excited to read it! I need a light and easy read ha-ha! I was going to do the same, but I have three books in particular I wanted to read and the subjects fit perfect with them!

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  5. Ahh best of luck for this challenge! I really can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Sorcery of Thorns, I’ve been wanting to read that one for a little while now 🙂 Happy reading! 🙂

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  6. I just finished Sorcery of Thorns a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed it, I love stand-alone that wraps up nicely and despite it being a standalone there was still a great understanding of the world. Definitely worth the read.

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