O.W.L.s Readathon Wrap Up

Posted May 4, 2020 by Emz Chang in bookish challenges / 0 Comments

The O.W.L.s Magical Readathon is a readathon inspired by Harry Potter, hosted by Book Roast every year in April.  I’ve always wanted to join in but April has been exam season for me the last few years. But given everything going on in the world, I had no reason not to participate this year.

My Experience

OWLs was more fun than I expected, tbh. Not that I thought it wasn’t going to be – I wouldn’t have participated in it if I thought that. I just, I don’t know, didn’t expect to take as much pleasure in fulfilling the prompts as I did.

My enjoyment of this readathon might have to do with the fact that I somehow managed to pass 9 subjects, which as someone who averaged reading 2 books a month before this, is pretty good. The three that I “failed” all required reading fantasy books, which I was NOT in the mood for.

My lack of enthusiasm for fantasy meant that my tbr was pretty worthless. Of the nine books I read, only two of them were on my tbr for the readathon. I’ll just have to read the rest some other time.

As for my career, well, that’s still a toss up. It really depends on the prompts for NEWTs. Because like I mentioned, my mood dictates what I read so therefore who knows what prompts I’ll be able to fulfill.

Ancient Runes

Prompt

Heart on the cover or in the title.

TBR Title

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

Pass or Fail?

Passed! The Book of Broken Hearts might be one of my favorite reads so far this year. It’s also the only book out of the 12 books I planned to read for OWLs that I actually read.

Arithmancy

Prompt

Read something outside your favorite genre.

TBR Title

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Pass or Fail?

Passed but with Maybe Now by Colleen Hoover. It’s a NA contemporary, which is outside my favorite genres of fantasy and romcoms.

Astronomy

Prompt

Read the majority of this book when it’s dark outside.

TBR Title

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Pass or Fail?

Passed with The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams, which I read from 1AM to 4AM one night, and doesn’t fit any other prompt.

Honestly, I could have used most of the books I read this month for this prompt – I’m definitely more of night owl.

Honorable mention goes to Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker. I read 299 out of 490 pages when it was dark out.

Care of Magical Creatures

Prompt

Creature with a beak on the cover.

TBR Title

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson or The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Pass or Fail?

Passed with a reread of The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. It was the only book I was in the mood for that fit the prompt.

Charms

Prompt

White book

TBR Title

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Pass or Fail?

Passed with Dating You / Hating You. I was really hoping to finish Godsgrave but it became clear that with a week left in the exam period, it just wasn’t going to happen.

Defense Against the Dark Arts

Prompt

Book set at the sea / coast

TBR Title

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Pass or Fail?

Passed with Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett – it’s set in a beach town. There’s even a surfing scene. That counts, right?

Divination

Prompt

Assign numbers to your tbr and use a random number generator to pick a book

TBR Title

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Pass or Fail?

Failed. It’s kind of hard to read a fantasy book when you’re not in the mood for that genre. And unfortunately, this prompt is pretty inflexible. Once a number is chosen, a number is chosen.

Herbology

Prompt

Title stars with an M

TBR Title

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Pass or Fail?

Passed! I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Not to say I didn’t think I would, just that when I started reading it, I didn’t think I’d end up binging Maybe Not and Maybe Now afterwards.

History of Magic

Prompt

Books featuring witches / wizards

TBR Title

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Pass or Fail?

Failed. Again, it’s kind of hard to find a contemporary book that features a witches or wizards.

Muggle Studies

Prompt

Book from the perspective of a muggle (contemporary)

TBR Title

Roomies by Christina Lauren, Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren, or Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

Pass or Fail?

Passed with The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren.

Potions

Prompt

Book under 150 pages

TBR Title

Memento by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Pass or Fail?

Passed? With Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover? I’m kind of cheating a bit here because technically its official page count is 160 pages. But in my defense, when I read it, it was only about 125 pages, the rest was acknowledgments and previews of Maybe Someday.

Transfiguration

Prompt

Book / series that includes shapeshifting

TBR Title

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Pass or Fail?

Failed. There’s just no way that I could have read a contemporary novel that fit the prompt.

TL;DR

I had a fun time participating in OWLs and managed to read more books than expected, even if most of them weren’t on my original TBR. I’m looking forward to participating in NEWTs whenever they occur.

How was your April?

Emz Chang

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