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Ordinary Wizarding Levels Book Challenge

Happy Easter everyone!

I have seen a lot of twitter readathons taking place over the Easter weekend but I was very excited to find out about a Harry Potter themed challenge for April! One of my favourite booktubers Book Roast has created a readathon based around taking your OWLs just like at Hogwarts. The challenge is from the 2nd to the 29th April and to pass each subject you must read a book fitting the chosen criteria. You can select as many or as few subjects as you wish, though working at the Ministry of Magic will obviously require top marks! For more information on the subject criteria and the pass marks (yes getting Troll is possible), pop across to the special twitter handle @MagicalReadthn.

As I am not the fastest reader I don’t usually partake in readathons but I can’t resist giving this one a go, especially as the categories fit very nicely with my TBR pile. There is already talk of following it up with the NEWT exams too so it gives me an even bigger incentive to pass my OWLs. I really want to use this opportunity to get through my new books rather than re-reads but I have some suggestions of books that I would definitely have wanted to pick up again!

My Chosen OWL Subjects (Ministry of Magic approved)

Charms Read a fantasy book

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Defence Against the Dark Arts – Read a book about/featuring secret societies 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Herbology – Read a book with a nature related word in the title  

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Potions – Read a book about/with alchemy

Everless by Sara Holland

Transfiguration – Read a book that deals with transfiguration/shapeshifting

Turn Coat (The Dresden Files #11) by Jim Butcher

Book Suggestions with Subjects

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Charms, Herbology, Potions

The Last Namasara by Kristen Ciccarelli – Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Divination

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Charms

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – Astronomy

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman – Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts


I look forward to seeing everyone’s final selections! Remember to tag your twitter posts with #owlsreadathon2018 and good luck with your OWLs everyone!

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  • 10th May 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Oooh, this sounds like such a fun activity! If I was capable of sticking to a reading schedule, I would give it a go. I had just decided to re-read A World Without Princes, so I could finally continue onto books 2, 3, 4, etc. but then 5 pages in and I was like – meh, I wanna read Darkness Before Dawn instead. LOL.

    Lauren @ bookslaying.com

    • 10th May 2018 at 3:50 pm

      Hehe. I didn’t get very far. I will have to ask Professor McGonagall if I can resit xD I finished Everless but then started both Nevernight and The Cruel Prince. My reading has been very slow recently. You could always try to give the NEWTs a go when they start the next one ๐Ÿ™‚


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