The O.W.Ls are still underway! I’ve now settled on the Librarian career, for which I need the following:
Ancient Runes Arithmancy
- Defence Against the Dark Arts
History of Magic
(Although I am still aiming to get all 12 O.W.Ls – just to see if I can do it for the second year in a row!)
Ancient Runes – Heart Rune: Read a book with a heart on the cover or in the book/series titleHeartstopper: Volume Two by Alice Oseman Arithmancy – Magical qualities of number 2 (balance/opposites): Read a book outside your favourite genreThe Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde Astronomy – Night Classes: Read the majority of this book when it’s dark outsideAssassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb Care of Magical Creatures – Hippogriffs: Read a book with a creature with a beak on the coverThe Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
- Charms – Lumos Maxima: Read a book with a white cover
- Defence Against the Dark Arts – Grindylows: Read a book set at sea/the coast
- Divination – Third Eye: Assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read
- Herbology – Mimbulus Mimbletonia: Read a book with a title that starts with an M
History of Magic – Witch Hunts: Read a book featuring witches/wizardsTruthwitch by Susan Dennard Muggle Studies – Read a book from the perspective of a muggle (Contemporary)Heartstopper: Volume Three by Alice Oseman Potions – Shrinking Solution: Read a book under 150 pagesA Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian
- Transfiguration – Animagus Lecture: Read a book/series that includes shapeshifting
Over the past week I managed to finish up Assassin’s Apprentice, which has been on my TBR for YEARS, and because I read the majority of it at night it counted towards my Astronomy O.W.L! Then I ended up straying away from my original TBR again and picked up Truthwitch for History of Magic, another book that’s been waiting on my bookshelf for a while now, and finished it on Wednesday – so I got another subject under my belt.
I also read The Language of Thorns, which I’ve been meaning to try for a while, for Care of Magical Creatures. I loved it, and I’ll be reviewing all of these books for Wyrd & Wonder next month!
There was something so satisfying about crossing three books off my TBR that are on my physical shelves, and not on my kindle, that I’ve decided to change up more of my TBR so that I’m reading as many books off my physical bookshelves as I can. As I’ve mentioned before I usually do the majority of my reading during my commute, which means I tend to read quite a lot on my kindle, so staying at home right now gives me the perfect excuse to tackle my bookshelves. The only subject I can’t do this for is Divination; the random number generator just happened to pick a book I have on my kindle!
I already planned to read The Lost Coast for Charms, so that’s staying on my TBR, and after considering reading The House in the Cerulean Sea for DADA I’ve decided to stick with my original plan to read Red Seas Under Red Skies so I can cross another book off my physical TBR.
The only other two subjects I need to read are Transfiguration and Herbology. I’ve decided to pick up Etiquette & Espionage for Transfiguration as it’s a book I’ve owned for years and I’ve been meaning to try the Finishing School series for a long time – plus I can always count on Gail Carriger to bring me fun, and that’s exactly what I need right now considering current circumstances. My original plan for Herbology was to read A Memory Called Empire, which I still really want to read, but earlier this year I treated myself to the gorgeous hardback of The Mercies and I’d like to read more of the hardbacks on my shelves!