This month, I am participating in the OWL Magical Readathon, and I am very excited about it because I somehow managed to miss it the past few years. So, of course I am being overly-ambitious (what’s new?) and attempting the Alchemist Career – you can read all about my OWL reading plans and TBR here. Since it’s halfway through the month, I thought I would share how I’m doing so far (and if I’m actually on track to read twelve plus books this month.

The Alchemist Career requires a total of twelve OWLs (so, all of them). Here are the ones I’ve achieved so far:

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

For the Ancient Runes OWL, I read Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, but I ended up really enjoying it. I actually posted a review this week, so you can check that out if you’re interested. It was definitely a fun read, and I enjoyed how dark it was.

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

The romance genre isn’t really outside of my comfort zone, but I definitely wouldn’t say it’s my favorite genre. So I decided to read a romance novel I have an ARC of: Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson. I was excited for romance and knitting, but I really didn’t like this book. I hate calling books bad, but this one was kind of bad. I have a review scheduled for next month (closer to the release date of this book), so I won’t talk too much about it now.

Charms | lumos maxima: white cover

For this one, I had to go with BookTube favorite, Sadie by Courtney Summers. That’s right, I finally read Sadie. And you were all right, this book is amazing! I loved it so much that I listened to the entire eight-hour audiobook in a single sitting (I had it on 2x speed, so it’s not that crazy).

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

What book is more “set at sea” than The Odyssey? That’s right, there isn’t one. Obviously, for the Defense Against the Dark Arts OWL, I read The Odyssey. And it was great. I think Emily Wilson’s translation is brilliant, and I really enjoyed the audiobook, narrated by Claire Danes. (I’ll talk about it more in a post next week, but would definitely recommend!)

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

For the History of Magic OWL, I went with a book that was recommended for this prompt, and read Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. And I loved this! It honestly was a solid four stars for me, until the very end of the book (UPDATE: I ended up moving this down to four stars. It just wasn’t a five star book for me.) And I NEED book 2 right now please! Seriously good. 10/10 would read again.

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

I thought it would be fun to go with a contemporary memoir for Muggle Studies, so, for this one, I read Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance. Honestly, I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as I was anticipating. It was good, but it wasn’t as good as some of the other memoirs I’ve read set in Appalachia.

I’m also partway into these OWLs:

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

I’ve been reading a chapter or two of Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker before bed almost every night. So far, I’m really enjoying it and learning a lot of cool things. Like, did you know dolphins only sleep with one half of their brain at a time so they can keep swimming?

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

I’m currently one chapter into The King of Crows by Libba Bray, and I am very excited to keep reading, because I absolutely love this series!

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

I was very lucky, because the random number generator actually picked a book that I both have to read this month (it’s an ARC) and want to read: Katheryn Howard: The Scandalous Queen by Alison Weir. This is the fifth book in the Six Tudor Queens series, and so far, it’s just as great as the others.

How I’m Doing So Far

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my progress! It’s halfway through the month, and I’ve finished half of the OWLs I set out to finish. I have enough to go for the Journalist/Writer Career, so I have at least accomplished something.

Are you participating in the O.W.L. Readathon this year? Which OWLs have you achieved so far?

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