Gi @ Book Roast‘s O.W.Ls Readathon is back for another year this April and I am so excited! Her O.W.Ls and N.E.W.Ts Readathons were some of my favourite reading challenges to participate in last year, and I’m so glad to see it’s back.
Gi has even gone to the effort of producing a brilliant careers pamphlet this year – all for fun, of course – to encourage participants to aim for certain ‘subjects’ depending on what they want to do outside of Hogwarts. I did consider aiming for one of those careers – especially with Journalist/Writer on there are as an option – but ultimately I’ve decided to make an absolute martyr of myself and aim for all 12 O.W.Ls.
Will I achieve this goal? Probably not, but go big or go home, right? Plus I’d love to have plenty of choice when it comes to the N.E.W.Ts Readathon in August. Have I put too much thought into this? Absolutely, but I love readathons like this so I honestly don’t care.
You can find out everything you need to know about the readathon in Gi’s video here, but the basic premise is that each Hogwarts subject has a prompt, and once you’ve read a book that coincides with that prompt you’ve achieved that O.W.L. Each book you read can only count towards one subject, too, so if you want to achieve all 12 O.W.Ls, you need to read 12 books.
As it’s very unlikely that I will achieve all 12, however (especially if I stick to my TBR below, which has some chunky af books on it), I’m going to particularly aim for the subjects I would have taken if I were at Hogwarts. These are: Ancient Runes; Care of Magical Creatures; Divination; History of Magic; Muggle Studies; Potions.
I’d take Ancient Runes and History of Magic because I’m a huge history nerd, and Care of Magical Creatures I’d take because in what world would I not want to learn about magical creatures like mermaids and dragons and unicorns? Divination I’d take if I could learn it from Firenze. No offence to Professor Trelawney, of course, but I loved Firenze in the books and whether you believe it or not, Divination just sounds like the kind of subject I’d enjoy learning about.
Muggle Studies would be a silly one not to take considering I’m pretty sure I’d be a Muggleborn student, so it’d be easy-peasy, and Potions is one of those lessons I think I might actually be good at because I was pretty good at baking in school? Potions looks more like Chemistry, which I really didn’t enjoy, but so much of Potions lessons is following a recipe that I think I might have a talent for it.
Which lessons would you take at Hogwarts? I’d love to know! And while you think on that, here’s my ridiculously over-ambitious TBR for the 2019 O.W.Ls Readathon:
Read a retelling
I own a few retellings, but I think I’m going to go with The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. I read Madeline Miller’s Circe earlier this month and loved it and it’s put me in the mood for some more books set in Ancient Greece.
Read a book by more than one author
It’s been a while since I read an anthology and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft ed. by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood is definitely one I should have read by now! This might be a nice one to read throughout the month if I read a story each day.
Read a book with “star” in the title
So I’m cheating a little with this one, but for whatever reason I’ve found it incredibly hard to find a book on my TBR that has ‘star’ in the title. Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the first book in the Dark Star Trilogy, however, so I’m hoping that’ll do!
Care of Magical Creatures
Read a book with a land animal on the cover
The Familiars is a fairly recent release about the Pendle Witch Trials and has an adorable little fox on the cover.
Read an adult book
I’m being very ambitious here, but I’d really like to cross The Priory of the Orange Tree off my TBR soon and now seems like as good a time as any! I’ve heard it’s fantastic, so despite the fact that it’s a beast I’m hoping it might pull me through it fairly quickly.
Defence Against the Dark Arts
Read a book with a title that starts with an “R”
The Ruin of Kings has been everywhere this year and I want to know what all the fuss is about, especially around a debut novel!
Read a book set in the future
I love Becky Chambers’ sci-fi and I’ve been really looking forward to reading the latest instalment in her Wayfarers series, Record of a Spaceborn Few, so now seems like a good a time as any – especially as it’s been shortlisted for the Booktube SFF Awards!
Read a book with a plant on the cover
After falling in love with Six of Crows last year I’m ready for another heist novel and I’ve seen brilliant things about The Gilded Wolves so far. As this is YA, unlike the majority of the books on my TBR, I’m hoping it’ll be a quicker read during the readathon!
History of Magic
Read a book published at least ten years ago
I’ve heard so many amazing things about Daughter of the Forest over the past year that it’s about time I picked it up!
Read a contemporary book
This is a difficult one for me because I so rarely read contemporary, but I still haven’t read The Hate U Give so it’s about time I crossed it off my TBR.
Read a sequel
I finally read and loved Strange the Dreamer earlier this month. Muse of Nightmares is being released in paperback in April and I have my copy pre-ordered, so my plan is to read that one. It’s another that’s been shortlisted for the Booktube SFF Awards, so I’d really like to get to it soon. If my copy takes a while to arrive, however, I have The Wicked King to fall back on.
Read a book with sprayed edges or a book with red on the cover
I received These Rebel Waves in a Fairyloot box last year and I’m intrigued because it’s a YA fantasy novel inspired by the Spanish inquisition. I’ve seen a few reviewers say they picked it up expecting a pirate novel and instead got a slower, political read, and to be honest that’s made me even more keen to pick it up. I love a political fantasy, and my edition has some very pretty green sprayed edges.
My TBR is very likely to change depending on what I’m in the mood to read throughout April, but looking at my shelves these are the books that fit my mood and the prompts best right now.
So, with the subjects I’d most like to have under my belt, the books I’ll be prioritising are: The Silence of the Girls; The Familiars; Record of a Spaceborn Few; Daughter of the Forest; The Hate U Give; Muse of Nightmares. I could end up reaching for some cheerier books, though, as a lot of these have some pretty dark content!