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 O.W.L.’s Readathon TBR List

Hey, lovelies! I’ve been trying to chill out with the readathons this year and I think I’ve done pretty well. I’ve participated (low key without posting anything) in a few but nothing too crazy. I’m feeling like I’m heading into a reading slump so I thought the OWLs would be a good way to keep me motivated. If you’re interested here’s the link to G’s announcement video which is where you can find all the details and links.

For the 2020 OWLs, I’ve decided to go with the career of “Trader or Magical Tomes” because doesn’t that just sound wicked cool? The description for this career that G has created literally starts off “Have books always been your one true love?” Like yes, sign me the hell up. I have to pass four OWLs to succeed in this readathon. I’ll explain which four and what their prompts are below, as well as what books I’ll be reading for each subject.

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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

Charms – Lumos Maxima: white cover

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

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

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Transfiguration – Animagus Lecture: book or series that includes shapeshifting

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

These are the books I’m (loosely) planning to read for the OWLs, but if you’ve been here before you know that I don’t usually stick to my TBR lists. We shall see how it goes this month since it is a smaller TBR. I might even try to manage some of the other prompts if I finish these ones.

What are you going to be reading in April? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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. 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)

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

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti (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 Sorcerers 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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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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Divination – A book featuring prophecies 

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (ebook)

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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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History of Magic – A historical fiction novel

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

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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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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.