Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to my Friday post and this week, I’m going to be talking about the books I plan on reading for the OWLs. I know this readathon has been around for a few years but this year, I decided to participate. If you don’t know what the O.W.L.S. magical readathon is, then I’ll try to explain it as best as I can.
Created by Book Roast, it’s basically the closest any of us will get to being actual students at Hogwarts. Based on the exams from the Harry Potter series, this is a readathon in which you read a certain number of books to correlate with your chosen career and then later in the year, we take our NEWTs. What makes this readathon so different is that you have to read a book for every single exam, no doubling up. I feel like I’m explaining this poorly so if you want more info, watch G’s video.
Before getting into the career I chose, here is the guide with the careers on it and then here is the guide for the prompts 🙂 For me, I chose the career of being a writer/journalist which isn’t a big surprise so let’s get into the prompts for my career and the books I plan on reading. 😀
To become a writer/journalist, I need to complete 3 O.W.L.S.: History of Magic, Muggle Studies and one subject of my choosing. I chose Arithmancy since I thought I could have a lot of fun and do something different with the prompt G chose. With that being said, let’s get into the prompts and the books I chose.
History of Magic: Witch Hunts (Book Featuring Witches/Wizards)
For “History of Magic,” I chose The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams. I remember hearing about this book a bit last year but nothing since. Considering I read The Babysitters Club in February and loved it, I figured this was a good one. I really don’t know much about this book but it features witches so it was an easy pick.
Muggle Studies: Book From the Perspective of a Muggle (Contemporary)
For this one, I had a hard time, trying to narrow it down. Since contemporary is my favorite genre, I have a million and ten books to choose from. I decided to go with I Wanna Text You Up which is the second book in the Texting series. I read the first one in January and would like to finish it before the end of the year. I really like Teagan Hunter’s writing style and the way she crafts her characters so I’m excited.
Arithmancy: Magical Qualities of 2, Balance/Opposites (Read something outside of your favorite genre)
As I mentioned above, contemporary is my favorite genre so I knew I had to read something fantasy. I went back-and-forth with this prompt before eventually asking my interest for a recommendation. He doesn’t read much so I knew he’d give me something I’d never normally pick up. He recommended The Angel Experiment and I said sure because according to Goodreads, this is a fantasy/sci-fi read. Plus the audiobook is narrated by Evan Rachel Wood so that’s something to look forward to.
Those are the 3 books I plan on reading to complete my OWLS in April. No doubt I’ll end up reading more than that but I can’t think of any off the top of my head. Either way, I’m sure my wrap-up will be more than 3 books. Hopefully, we all pass our OWLs and can move on to the NEWTs in August. 🙂