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:
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:
- Defence Against the Dark Arts: a book set at the sea/coast
- History of Magic: a book featuring witches/wizards
- Muggle Studies: a contemporary novel
Defence Against the Dark Arts: Set at sea/coast
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!