OWLs Magical Reading Challenge

Guys I have a problem, a really big problem. I find it almost impossible to say no to a good reading challenge; as you will know by the section on my reviews, this year I’m doing the PopSugar challenge as well as the Read Harder one.
What you won’t know is I’m also doing one with Nanny (who is amazing and an Ex-English teacher) and my sister (who has an English Lit and Creative Writing double honours degree) as well as a Harry Potter one – Flourish and Blotts 2019. Together it totals 152 categories, although there is a fair amount of cross over. I can only use a book for 1 category per challenge but I can use it for as many challenges as I want.
Plus I started doing Reading Rivalry this year, which is a challenge category based book club each month with points for how many pages read (or words if you’re reading fanfic). And I have a couple of book clubs. 

What I’m trying to say is I already do plenty of reading related challenges to make journeying through the Book Alps TBR good fun and means I talk to a variety of people about different books. What I don’t need is another challenge…


So this year I’m taking on another Readathon challenge that just looked too fun to pass up. It’s the Magical Readathon that is hosted by Book Roast.  You sit your OWLs in April and your NEWTs in August.
Plus she’s made an AMAZING careers booklet so you can pick your exams to fit your wizarding career. This must have taken her FOREVER to put together and although I only found it this morning I can’t wait to get started on Monday morning.

There are several different careers to choose from and depending on which one you choose is what exams you need to sit (or which prompts you need to read for).

  • Ancient Runes – Retelling
  • Arithmacy – Work written by more than one author
  • Astronomy – “Star” in the title
  • Care of Magical Creatures – Land animal on the cover
  • Charms – Age-line: read an adult work
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts – Reducto: title starts with an “R”
  • Divination – Set in the future
  • Herbology – Plant on the cover
  • History of Magic – Published at least 10 years ago
  • Muggle Studies – Contemporary
  • Potions – Next ingredient: sequel
  • Transfiguration – Sprayed edges or red cover

After looking through the careers booklet I’m torn between two, a librarian or a mind healer (subject’s format matches the formatting of the job). So I’m going to take the exams for both and see how the NEWTs go before making any decisions.

In an ideal world I would be a Hermione and take all of them; which if I wasn’t doing RR would be easy enough, but so far I’ve managed to do all the criteria this year and I want to continue it as much as possible.  (However you still get page points for non-criteria so I can take my exams and still earn points for my team)

Here’s my list of what I would read if I took EVERY exam. I’m going to try and do as many of the 12 as possible but will prioritise the 9 that I need for my careers and see how I’m feeling at the end of the month.

  • Ancient Runes –A Curse so dark and lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Arithmacy – Burn for burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
  • Astronomy – The sun is also a star – Nicola Yoon
  • Care of Magical Creatures – The girl who saved Christmas (audiobook) by Matt Haig
  • Charms – Time and time again by Ben Elton
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts – Reaper at the gates by Sabaa Tair
  • Divination – The Player of games by Ian M Banks
  • Herbology – The Fandom by Anna Day
  • History of Magic – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
  • Muggle Studies – Under rose-tainted skies by Louise Gornall
  • Potions – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (audiobook)
  • Transfiguration – The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton


One day I’ll learn to say no but today is not that day. I’ll let you guys know how the Readathon went at the end of April (which is also my birthday so you’ll HAVE to leave feedback as a present!)

Is anyone else doing this challenge? If so let me know what career you’re going for


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