I used to love reading challenges but I stopped participating in them a while back and I hadn’t found one intriguing enough to get me back into them… until now. Jessticulates shared about a Harry Potter themed readathon hosted by Gi @ Book Roast for the entire month of April and as soon as I read about it, I knew I had to participate. Gi has created one of the most creative reading challenges I’ve seen yet and it certainly doesn’t hurt things that it’s Harry Potter related. Based off the O.W.Ls (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) from the stories, this readathon will be held April 1-30th where reading a book related to each “class” will earn you a grade.
In addition to trying to achieve as many “O’s” as possible, you can take this challenge to the next level using the Wizarding Career guide that Gi put together. Each career shows you which OWLs you need a passing grade for, so because I picked Librarian as my career choice, I need passing grades in five classes but I’m still going to shoot for all 12 OWLs because I’m
ambitious insane. I’ve been heading for a major reading slump for a while now (my last 4-star read was 3 DNFs and 16 complete books ago) so I’m hoping I’ve picked some great reads and that this successfully gets me back on track. Without further ado, here are the books I’ve selected to read for my O.W.L.’s!
Ancient Runes (Retelling): The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3) by Rick Riordan
Arithmancy (Work written by more than one author): Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren
Astronomy (“Star” in the title): Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
Care of Magical Creatures (Land animal on the cover): War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
Charms (Age-line, read an adult work): Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
Defense Against the Dark Arts (Reducto: title starts with an R): The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) by Alisha Rai
Divination (Set in the future): Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #1) by Stacia Kane
Herbology (Plant on the cover): Wilder Girls by Rory Power
History of Magic (Published at least 10 years ago): Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
Muggle Studies (Contemporary): Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
Potions (Next ingredient: sequel): Like Lions (Bull Mountain #2) by Brian Panowich
Transfiguration (Sprayed edges or red cover): Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab