Amanda’s O.W.L.s Readathon Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! I’m here today to share how I did on the OWLs this year! The magical readathon is one of my favorite readathon’s every year. G, our hostess, puts so much thought and effort into this event and I’m so grateful to her for giving the world this fun and fabulous reading event. So, this year I was aiming for the career of “Trader of Magical Tomes” which required the completion of four specific OWLs. I managed to complete those and more. See my TBR post to get the full details about what I needed to complete. Let’s talk about which OWLs I managed to pass this month!

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Ancient Runes – Heart Rune: heart on the cover or in the title

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

Arithmancy – Magical qualities of number 2: balance/opposites – read something outside your favorite genre

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Astronomy – Night Classes: read the majority of this book when it’s dark outside

The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart

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

Kaijumax Season Three: King of the Monstas by Zander Cannon

Charms – Lumos Maxima: white cover

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

Defense Against the Dark Arts – Grindylows: a book set at the sea or coast

Kaijumax Season Two: The Seamy Underbelly by Zander Cannon

Divination – Third Eye: assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read

The Martian by Andy Weir

Herbology – Mimbulus Mimbletonia: title starts with M

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young, Jean-François Beaulieu, & Dean Rankine

(I’m counting this because the title of the volume is ‘madly ever after’ and I don’t have anything else to use for this prompt.)

History of Magic – Witch Hunts: a book featuring witches or wizards

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Muggle Studies – Book from the perspective of a muggle (contemporary) 

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

Potions – Shrinking Solution: a book under 150 pages

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 2: Fluff My Life by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu

Transfiguration – Animagus Lecture: book or series that includes shapeshifting

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Did you participate in the OWLs this month? Did we read any books in common? What did you read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Magical Readathon N.E.W.T.s TBR

Hi, lovelies! Happy August! It’s my favorite month of the year (because it’s my birthday month) so I’m super excited that I will be participating in the N.E.W.T.s Readathon this year! I’ve finally chosen a career after skipping that part of this fabulous readathon (hosted by G over at Book Roast!) during the  O.W.L. Exams in April. You can see my wrap up for that here. I have decided that the Librarian career is the one that fits me best. So, I  will be focusing on the challenges that fulfill the requirements for that, but I will still be attempting to complete all the prompts.

N.E.W.T.s Needed for Librarian Career:

O in Ancient Runes
E in Defense Against the Dark Arts
E in History of Magic

Ancient Runes

A: Ehwaz (partnership) – Read recommended by a friend

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

E: Book written in the past tense

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

O: Book that has been on your TBR for ages

Heretics Anonymous by Emily Henry

Defense Against the Dark Arts

A: Book that’s black under the dust jacket

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

E: Gilderoy’s memory charm (grab a pen!) – First book that you remembered just now from your TBR!

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

O: Cornish pixie! – Swat it away with a book written by an English author or set in England

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

History of Magic

A: Read a fantasy

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

E: Read a book that includes a map

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

O: Tom Riddle’s diary – fond memory – reread a favorite or read a classic

Looking for Alaska by John Green

These are the prompts that I will be focusing on so that I am qualified for my new career as a Librarian! But I will still be aiming to complete all thirty-six challenges because I  like to be an overachiever. For the rest of the prompts I won’t have a set TBR and will just be picking up books that work for the prompts as I see fit.

Will you be participating in this round of the Magical Readathon? Let me know what you’ll be reading this month below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda

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Amanda’s Magical Readathon Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! I hope everyone had as much fun with this readathon as I did! I hope you all had a fabulous April and are getting ready for an even better May. Today we’re here to talk about how I did for the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon. If you want to know more about this I’ll leave a link here to my TBR post which has all of the things you need to know about this readathon! Without any further delay, here are the prompts I completed and the books I read.

Ancient Runes – Retelling

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Arithmancy – Work written by more than one author

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Astronomy – “Star” in the title

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Care of Magical Creatures – Land animal on the cover

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Charms – Age line: Read an adult work

The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

Defense Against the Dark Arts – Reducto: Title starts with an ‘R’

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Divination – Set in the future

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Herbology – Plant on the cover

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

History of Magic – Published at least 10 years ago

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Muggle Studies – Contemporary

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Potions – Next Ingredient: Sequel

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Transfiguration – Sprayed edges or red cover

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Did you participate last month? What did you read during the month of April?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Magical Readathon TBR

Happy April lovelies! It’s April first and that means it’s time for the Magical Readathon! If you don’t know what that is, check out G’s video about it here! If you don’t feel like watching that I’m going to quickly sum it up by letting you know that it’s a Harry Potter related readathon where everyone participating will be taking the O.W.L. Exams. Each exam has a prompt to choose a book and each book you read is an O.W.L. completed (which is important for when the N.E.W.T.s come around!) Picking my TBR for this was a challenge for sure, but here’s what I’ve come up with.

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Ancient Runes – Retelling

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Arithmancy – Work written by more than one author

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Astronomy – “Star” in the title

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Care of Magical Creatures – Land animal on the cover

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Charms – Age line: Read an adult work

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Defense Against the Dark Arts – Reducto: Title starts with an ‘R’

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Divination – Set in the future

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

Herbology – Plant on the cover

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

History of Magic – Published at least 10 years ago

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Muggle Studies – Contemporary

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Potions – Next Ingredient: Sequel

The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco

Transfiguration – Sprayed edges or red cover

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Who else is taking the O.W.L.s this month? Are we reading any of the same books? What career are you aiming for?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Magical Readathon – O.W.L.s Wrap Up

For those of you that missed my TBR post for this reading challenge (find it here) or my mid-readathon update (find it here) here’s the deal. A YouTuber by the name of Book Roast created this awesome reading challenge. We read books that meet certain requirements for each of the classes that you could take an O.W.L. exam for. I chose a book for each of the provided courses but definitely didn’t plan to read them all. Just as many as I can to have more options when I decide to do the N.E.W.T. Exam reading challenge.

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So I’m going to go over the books I read and those that I didn’t manage to get around to or finish before the readathon ended. I had fun with all my choices on my TBR list. Without further delay here’s my wrap up!

O.W.L. Exams Completed

Ancient Runes – A book with a symbol on the cover

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (print book)

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Divination – A book featuring prophecies

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (ebook)

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Defense Against the Dark Arts – A book about or with a secret society or club

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (print book)

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History of Magic – A historical fiction novel

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton (print book)

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Muggle Studies – A muggle non-fiction novel

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (audiobook)

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Potions – A book with or about alchemy 

Allies by Bella Forrest (ebook)

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Transfiguration – A book with transfiguration / shapeshifting or a book with a cat on the cover

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (audiobook)

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O.W.L. Exams Not Completed

Arithmacy – A book with a number on the cover or in the title

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti, & Margo Lanagan (print book)

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Astronomy – A science fiction novel

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (print book)

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Care of Magical Creatures – A book that includes magical creatures or features magical creatures on the cover

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (print book)

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Charms – A fantasy novel

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (print book)

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Herbology – A book with a nature-related word in the title

Air Awakens by Elise Kova (ebook)

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Pass

Outstanding – sit and pass at least 5 OWLs
Exceeded Expectations – sit and pass at least 3 OWLs
Acceptable – sit and pass at least 2 OWLs

Fail

Poor – sit only one OWL
Dreadful – start but not finish any OWLs tasks
Troll – do not show up at your OWLs examinations

So according to our grading scale for these exams, I will be receiving an O for Outstanding. I completed seven books during this reading challenge. This was so much fun and I look forward to taking part in the N.E.W.T.s magical readathon in the near future!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Magical Readathon – O.W.L.s Update

I’m here to give an update on my progress for the readathon that I’m doing this month! For those of you that missed my TBR post for this reading challenge (find it here) here’s the deal. A YouTuber by the name of Book Roast created this awesome reading challenge. We read books that meet certain requirements for each of the classes that you could take an O.W.L. exam for. I chose a book for each of the provided courses but definitely don’t plan to read them all. Just as many as I can so that I have more options to take when I decide to do the N.E.W.T. Exam reading challenge.

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So I’m going to go over the books I’ve read and those that I still have left now that I’m just about two weeks into this reading challenge. I’ve had fun with all my choices for my TBR list so far. Without further delay here’s my update!

O.W.L. Exams Completed

Divination – A book featuring prophecies

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (ebook)

shadow of the fox

History of Magic – A historical fiction novel

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton (print book)

my lady jane

Muggle Studies – A muggle non-fiction novel

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (audiobook)

yes please

Potions – A book with or about alchemy 

Allies by Bella Forrest (ebook)

allies

Transfiguration – A book with transfiguration / shapeshifting or a book with a cat on the cover

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (audiobook)

paranormalcy

O.W.L. Exams In-Progress

Defense Against the Dark Arts – A book about or with a secret society or club

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (print book)

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Herbology – A book with a nature-related word in the title

Air Awakens by Elise Kova (ebook)

air awakens

O.W.L. Exams Still TBR

Ancient Runes – A book with a symbol on the cover

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (print book)

the wicked deep

Arithmacy – A book with a number on the cover or in the title

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti, & Margo Lanagan (print book)

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Astronomy – A science fiction novel

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (print book)

this mortal coil

Care of Magical Creatures – A book that includes magical creatures or features magical creatures on the cover

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (print book)

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Charms – A fantasy novel

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (print book)

ADSOM

Pass

Outstanding – sit and pass at least 5 OWLs
Exceeded Expectations – sit and pass at least 3 OWLs
Acceptable – sit and pass at least 2 OWLs

Fail

Poor – sit only one OWL
Dreadful – start but not finish any OWLs tasks
Troll – do not show up at your OWLs examinations

So according to our grading scale for these exams, I will already be receiving an O for Outstanding. I still have until the 29th to finish the books I’m currently reading and get to the ones that are still on my TBR list. I’ll see you readers in two more weeks for my final update of the Magical Readathon!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

 

Magical Readathon – O.W.L. Exams TBR

Hi bookworms, Amanda here! I was recently scrolling through Twitter when I saw Books in the Skye share something about a readathon based on the N.E.W.T exams from the Harry Potter books. I did a little more digging and saw that I sadly missed out on the O.W.L exam readathon, hosted over on YouTube by Book Roast, that took place originally in April. I decided that I could either skip the O.W.L.s and just take whatever N.E.W.T.s I felt like doing or I could do the O.W.L. exams anyway. I have decided that I’m going to take the O.W.L. exams anyway. So I will start this challenge tomorrow, August 2nd, and I will try to complete as many exams as I can until the 29th.

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The following grades are awarded for the overall OWLs performance:

 

Pass

Outstanding – sit and pass at least 5 OWLs
Exceeded Expectations – sit and pass at least 3 OWLs
Acceptable – sit and pass at least 2 OWLs

Fail

Poor – sit only one OWL
Dreadful – start but not finish any OWLs tasks
Troll – do not show up at your OWLs examinations

Ancient Runes – A book with a symbol on the cover

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (print book)

the wicked deep

Arithmacy – A Book with a number on the cover or in the title

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti (print book)

zeroes

Astronomy – A science fiction novel

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (print book)

this mortal coil

Care of Magical Creatures – A book that includes magical creatures or features magical creatures on the cover

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling (print book)

hp - sorcerers stone

Charms – A fantasy novel

A Darker Shade of Magic  by V.E. Schwab (print book)

ADSOM

Defense Against the Dark Arts – A book about or with a secret society or club

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (print book)

city of bones

Divination – A book featuring prophecies 

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (ebook)

shadow of the fox

Herbology – A book with a nature-related word in the title 

Air Awakens by Elise Kova (ebook)

air awakens

History of Magic – A historical fiction novel

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (audiobook)

my lady jane

Muggle Studies – A muggle non-fiction novel

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (audiobook)

yes please

Potions – A book with or about alchemy 

Allies by Bella Forrest (ebook)

allies

Transfiguration – A book with transfiguration / shapeshifting or a book with a cat on the cover

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (audiobook)

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I don’t expect to read all of these books but I’m someone that does well with options so I wanted to give myself a variety of books to choose from throughout this reading challenge. I’m going to aim to read at least five of these books. Wish me luck!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.