O.W.L. Magical Readathon – Plans & TBR

O.W.L. Magical Readathon

I am very excited today, because I’ve decided to participate in the Magical Readathon and get my O.W.L.s! I was upset that I missed it the last few years, and am so excited to be able to participate next month! In case you are unaware of the Magical Readathon, it was created a few years ago by Book Roast check out her announcement video for this year’s O.W.L.s here. Here are some great links to more info about the Magical Readathon:

↠ 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

Thanks to Jenna at Bookmark Your Thoughts both for reminding be about the readathon this year, and for sharing these links!


If you know me, you’re probably not at all surprised that I will be attempting the most ambitious path, which is: the Alchemist Career route. I figured, since this requires ALL twelve O.W.L.s, I can still rethink it before the N.E.W.T.s, and attempt something else if I want. But for now, here are the books I am planning on reading for all twelve challenges:

Ancient Runes | heart rune, heart on the cover or in the title

I feel like this always happens to me: I read three books in the last year that would be perfect for this prompt. but whatever. It actually took me a while to decide what to read, but I decided to go with Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. There is a heart on the cover, and it looks like it’ll be a fun read.

Arithmancy | Magical qualities of number 2: balance/opposites – read something outside your favorite genre

I don’t know that I have a favorite genre, but if pressed, I wouldn’t say it was romance (though I do really enjoy reading romance). So I’m going with Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson. Since I like knitting. (It’s not out until May, but I have an ARC, so why not?)

Astronomy | night classes: read majority of this book when it’s dark outside

For this one, I decided to go with a book about sleep, because nighttime. Okay, ignore my weird logic. I’m reading Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. Since this challenge will likely take me all month, I need to fit in some nonfiction.

Care of Magical Creatures | hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover

I know it was on my March TBR, but I decided to postpone King of Crows by Libba Bray because it fits perfectly in this readathon.

Charms | lumos maxima: white cover

Everyone and their dog has read it, and it’s finally time: I’m going with Sadie by Courtney Summers. I’ve had a copy on my shelves since last year, so I think I need to read it. I might go with the audiobook, since I’ve heard amazing things, but we’ll see how the month goes.

Defense Against the Dark Arts | grindylows: book set at the sea/coast

If you didn’t think I was already being way too ambitious, just wait for the rest of this list. Because I’m going with The Odyssey by Homer. I do plan on listening to the audiobook, which is only thirteen hours, so it’s doable. I still can’t believe I haven’t read it, but that’s about to change!

Divination | third eye: assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read

I actually just used my Goodreads TBR and a Google random numbers generator, and I AM SO GLAD I DID, because I ended up getting the one book I have to read this month: Kathryn Howard: The Scandalous Queen by Alison Weir. It’s number 236 on my TBR (and I took screenshots to prove it).

Herbology | mimbulus mimbletonia: title stars with an M

I obviously don’t have enough big books on my TBR, so I’m going with another one: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire. This is one of my Five-Star Predictions, and I really need to start reading those, so I included a few on this list (the next one is also a five-star prediction).

History of Magic | witch hunts: book featuring witches/wizards

Another big book! I’m reading Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. Because It’s on my list, and it fits the prompt. Also because I clearly don’t have anything else to do for an entire month.

Muggle Studies | book from the perspective of a muggle (contemporary)

I figured “contemporary” could apply to a lot of different genres, so I decided to go with nonfiction for this one. So I’ll be reading Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance.

Potions | shrinking solution: book under 150 pages

Of course I’m going with a graphic novel for this one (I have to make it a little bit easier on myself). I’m planning on reading Lumberjanes Vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson.

Transfiguration | animagus lecture: book/series that includes shapeshifting

Finally, I’m going with an author I have not yet read, but have heard so much about: Anna-Marie McLemore. I’m reading Blanca y Roja, which sounds really great. I think of all her books, this one appeals to me most, and I’m excited to finally read some of her work!


That’s it for this readathon TBR! Let me know if you’re participating, and what you’ll be reading! (Feel free to link your TBR posts in the comments.)

What do you think of my TBR? Have you read any of these books? Do you think I’m totally insane? I’d love to get your thoughts.

As always, happy reading!

25 thoughts on “O.W.L. Magical Readathon – Plans & TBR

      1. Good luck with your OWL’s Steph! This is my first time participating in this readathon too, I am hoping I can complete all the prompts but I’ve got a few choices in careers but haven’t made an exact choice as yet. I will see which books I get through and choose from my shortlist of my careers that I’ve read the prompts for, if that makes sense.

        1. Thanks! Good luck to you, too!

          I’m going for the hardest one, but am fully expecting to have to choose another career when I don’t get through all twelve books by the end of the month. So far, I have finished DADA and charms, and am starting my muggle studies book today. So, we’ll see what happens.

  1. I’m glad my post reminded you! This is one of my favourite challenges! WOW!!! YOU ARE SO AMBITIOUS! I don’t know if I’d ever be able to handle doing that one ha-ha! The Odyssey is really good — I have a feeling you will enjoy it! A know a lot of people enjoyed Middlegame but I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. I tried to like Ninth House … not for me. But I’ve heard a lot of people say that if you give it more of a chance, it gets real good. Good luck with your O.W.L.s!

    1. Thanks so much! I’m so glad I saw your post in time this year! I’m anticipating having to work from home (which is turning into a lot of reading) at least part of the month, so hopefully I can do this.

        1. We’re telecommuting until the 6th so far, but they’re expecting it to probably be longer. I work at a medical school, so it’s been… weird.

            1. Yeah, as of Tuesday, the medical students are not allowed to participate in direct patient care. Which is basically the point of the second half of med school. We’re trying to figure out how they can still graduate…

              Hopefully your friend’s program is okay!

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