OWLs Readathon TBR 2020

Hi everyone! I’m here today for a very exciting reason – the OWLs start tomorrow! I’ve been excited about this readathon since August when I took part in the NEWTs for the first time. It feels great to be doing it all the right way round this year and participating in the OWLs first!

The Ordinary Wizarding Levels are inspired by the exams taken in Harry Potter. It’s a month long readathon that runs throughout April, and the goal is to pursue your chosen career in the Wizarding World. In order to pass your exams and graduate in your chosen subject, all you need to do is….READ! Sound good? Sound confusing? The video below from the host of the readathon should help everything make sense a little easier.

It might help to check the website for more information too and read the induction on the Magical Readathons! I’ve also included the Careers guide and prompts letter below.

Wizarding Careers Guides 2020
O.W.L.s letter and prompts

If you want to join, you choose a career, find the list of classes you must take to pursue that career under ‘OWLs’, and then refer to the prompts letter to find the corresponding prompt to your classes. Once you have your prompts, you just have to find books that fit your prompts and you’re ready to take part!

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The career I chose this year is a magizoologist! This career means I have to pass just 4 OWLs, which means I may have enough time to also complete a course (listed at the end of the Careers Guidebook). My 4 prompts are below along with the books I have chosen to read.

Care of Magical Creatures – Hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover

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Goodreads | Waterstones

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.
Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is
after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.
Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . .

I’ve had this sat around since the release, so I’m really looking forward to delving back into this world!

Charms – Lumos Maxima: white cover

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Goodreads | Waterstones

Frank Li is a high school senior living in Southern California. Frank’s parents emigrated from Korea, and have pretty much one big rule for Frank – he must only date Korean girls.
But he’s got strong feelings for a girl in his class, Brit – and she’s not Korean. His friend Joy Song is in the same boat and knows her parents will never accept her Chinese American boyfriend, so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom.
Frank thinks fake-dating is the perfect plan, but it leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love – or himself – at all.

I tried to read this book last September, but I went through a bit of a hard time and only managed to read the first chapter. Now seems like a good a time as any to try it gain!

Herbology – Mimbulus Mimbletonia: title starts with an (i)

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For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.
Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band is all he’s ever dreamed of doing. It’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.
Because that’s the problem with dreaming – eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

This isn’t something I’d usually jump for, but it’s Alice Oseman and I will read everything she ever writes.

Potions – Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages

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Goodreads

A young royal from the far north is sent south for a political marriage. Alone and sometimes reviled, she has only her servants on her side. This evocative debut chronicles her rise to power through the eyes of her handmaiden, at once feminist high fantasy and a thrilling indictment of monarchy.

I was struggling to find a short book on my TBR that is under 150 pages, but I stumbled across this one! I’ve ordered a copy which hopefully won’t take too long to arrive.

BONUS course: Animagus Training

Arithmancy – Read a book outside of your favourite genre

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Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but everything she knows is changing. Only the local lido, where she swims every day, remains a constant reminder of the past and her beloved husband George. Kate has just moved and feels adrift in a city that is too big for her. She’s on the bottom rung of her career as a local journalist, and is determined to make something of it.
So when the lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. But for Rosemary, it could be the end of everything. Together they are determined to make a stand, and to prove that the pool is more than just a place to swim – it is the heart of the community.

One of the books on my TBR outside of my comfort zone is this one – it’s an adult contemporary, but it’s also about something I’m very passionate about (outdoor swimming!), so I’m excited to read it.

Transfiguration – Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shapeshifting

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Goodreads | Waterstones

No one in modern-day Seoul believes in the old fables anymore, which makes it the perfect place to for Gu Miyoung and her mother to hide in plain sight. Mihoung is a Gumiho, a nine-tailed fox, who must eat the souls of men to survive. She feeds every full moon–eating the souls of men who have committed crimes, but have evaded justice. Her life is upended when she kills a dokkaebi, a murderous goblin, in the forest just to save the life of a stupid boy. But after Miyoung saves Jihoon’s life, the two develop a tenuous friendship that blooms into romance forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

It took me a while to find a book that includes shape-shifting, but my friend Sophie told me this one does! It’s been sat on my shelf since YALC last year, so it’ll be good if I can get to it.

Potions – already covered above!

I’ll be completing the bonus course if I manage to get through my OWLs quickly, so we’ll see!

Are you joining the magical readathon?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Animal Crossing Readathon TBR

You may not know this about me, but I’m a massive Animal Crossing fan and have been for years now. I have Animal Crossing: New Horizons pre-ordered (12 days to go!) and I’m super excited for it. So naturally, when I stumbled across this readathon, I knew I had to try and join in.

You can find more information about the readathon on their Twitter account here. So, what’s on my TBR?

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Resetti: Don’t forget to save! Read a book of your choice while using a bookmark.

I use a bookmark in every book I read so this one will easily combine for me with one of the other prompts! My most-used bookmark is a magnetic Mina Lima one with a Harry Potter book cover design on. My boyfriend gave it to me for Christmas and I love it because it never falls out of my books!

KK. Slider: Listen to an audiobook or read a book that has musical elements AND
Tom Nook: Read a book that you have recently purchased or checked out of the library

Two prompts in one because there’s no way I can read one book per prompt in just over 10 days!

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For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split.
Nobody ever knew why. Until now.
They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently.The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed.
Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.

I’ve heard so many good things about this book, so I recently picked up a hardcover I stumbled across. It fits the music prompt perfectly, too.

Able Sisters: Read a book with strong family themes

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And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.
Life couldn’t be more perfect!
At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news.
Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

I really need to finish this series and I think it definitely falls under the family category.

Animal Crossing Gamecube: Read a book that has been on your TBR the longest or re-read an old favourite

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Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives.
But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation?
For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future, and failure could cost the world everything.

According to Goodreads I’ve had this book on my TBR since 2015, so it’ll be great to get it out of the way, and complete my Lauren James books as this is the only one I haven’t read.

I’m hoping 3 books are achievable for just over 10 days, and I’m so excited to read all of these!

Are you joining this readathon?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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