O.W.L.s Magical Readathon | 2020 TBR

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Hello to the wonderful BookBlogging community! I missed you all so much! Gosh, its been so long!! I know its quite difficult nowadays with everything that is going on in the world but I hope that all of you and your family/friends are safe and well. We will get through this! Let’s stay positive! ❤

Can you all believe its April already? And if you are a reader who is active on bookblogging sites or BookTube, then I am sure you all are well aware of the Magical Readathon hosted by G from Book Roast. And this could not have come at a better time! Now that we are practicing social distancing, I found it the perfect opportunity to combat my reading slump and pick up the pile of books I have on my TBR (so seriously. its no joke, I HAVE A BUNCH!)

So here is a quick rundown:

O.W.L.s – Ordinary Wizarding Level Examinations

  • Take place between April 1 – 30
  • 1 book prompt per subject. In order to pass the subject, you would need to read the book associated with the prompt
  • Graded by the exams passed
    • Acceptable  – 2 or more exams completed
    • Exceeds Expectations  – 6 or more exams completed
    • Outstanding  – 9 or more exams completed

N.E.W.T.s (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests)

  • Takes place between August 1-31
  • 3 book prompt per subject. Each book prompt is assigned to a pass grade – A, E, O
  • Reading prompt A, unlocks prompt E which unlocks prompt O; To earn an outstanding, you need to complete the prompts in this order.

G is so amazing since she put so much hard work in creating these beautiful and detailed documents that you can’t help but admire her for it. Recently, there was also an addition added to the challenge which offers a list of careers that we can choose to become if we are able to complete the required subjects needed to take on that career.  So for my careers, I narrowed it down to Astronomer and Librarian but it might change depending on what books I manage to get through since I do have some Masters classes and presentations/papers to complete this month.

Since I am not sure which career to pursue at the moment, I decided to compile a TBR of the the subjects required to pass with these two careers: Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Astronomy, History of Magic, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and Transfiguration

Now without further ado, let’s get on with the my TBR!

 

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Heart Rune: Heart on the cover or in the title

a heart so fierce

 

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Magical qualities of #2 – balance/opposites: Read something outside your favorite genre

For this prompt, I chose historical fiction since this is not the typical genre I reach for. I usually prefer Science Fiction or Fantasy. I actually just finished reading it the first week of APRIL because it was THAT good!!! i can’t wait to do my review on it. I have to share ALL THE FEELS!!

between shades of gray

 

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Night classes: Read majority of this book when it’s dark outside

king

 

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Witch hunts: Book featuring witches/wizards

serpent and dove

 

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Grindylows: Book set at sea/coast

So this book has been on my TBR forever and since I finished reading her other novel, Between Shades of Gray (which was amazing), I just really want to know what the hype on this book is all about.

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Others considerations:

Daughter of a Pirate King, Escaping from Houdini, All the Stars and Teeth

 

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Animagus lecture: Book/series that includes shapeshifting

For this I considered shifting as the manipulation of various elements with the Maji clans in the Children of Blood and Bone. The sequel was what I wanted to read for so long! I loved the first book – I actually devoured it as soon as I started reading and I can’t wait to start this. I hope I get to it!

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So these are the books which I am planning to read this month for the OWLs. I feel like it may be ambition to do all 6 prompts, especially with my classes but since we are remote, maybe it could be done! I will definitely update you all with full reviews for the books I read soon!

Are any of you joining the Magical Readathon? Whats on your TBR? If you guys have a post on it, let me know and I will definitely check it out!

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Halloween Read-a-thon

This was created by Lauren@WonderlessReviews,so if you are interested in joining check out the original post for the details here.

On a Side Note, creepy clowns have been spotted roaming around my area after dark

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. . . . and one was seen on the college campus. If there is one thing I absolutely hate in this world, its clowns – they look happy but ARE THEY REALLY??? (I am totally sane, I swear!)

However, here is my TBR!! (These gorgeous banners are made by Lauren herself)

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🕸 Pretty self explanatory. There’s no “guidelines” if you think a cover is creepy for whatever reason then it counts!

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Ok, how can you not be freaked out from this cover? It looks extremely creepy and I am pretty sure I will probably have nightmares about this story but you know what, it’s October so why not? 

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🕸 By Supernatural or Paranormal I mean books that feature things such as: ghosts, vampires, witches, werewolves ect.

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Guys, this book sounds so creepy! It follows three royal sisters who must fight to the death in order to win the crown. There is a fantasy twist in it since there is magic and superpowers! I am really looking forward to this one! 

urban-legends

🕸 In my opinion people are scarier than monsters so for Horror or Thriller this means a book where real people are the ones who are causing all the scariness.

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I only have one thing to say: WICKED is Good. 

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🕸 Again, pretty self explanatory. Fun fact: the witching hour is 3am-4am, but obviously I’m not going to force you all to read at that time 😅. Unless you’re like me and have insomnia. So just read a book after the sun has set! This doesn’t have to be done in one night! You can read a book at night for the duration of the read-a-thon.

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This one is probably on everyone’s October TBR haha I actually just finished reading this last night and OMG MINDBLOWN! 

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🕸 There’s two options for this challenge. You can choose TRICK and read a scary book you’ve been putting off OR you can choose TREAT and read any book you want from ANY genre (not just horrors ect.)

I choose Treat!

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I have a confession – I am one of the few who have NOT read the Percy Jackson series. I am so determined to start on it this month! 

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🕸 Read six books! Your sixth book can be any scary book you want. Only do this if you want! I know how it is to feel intimidated by read-a-thons so I really wanted to try and make this as relaxing as possible. There’s probably no way I’m going to be able to do this, but it’s fun to try!

Oh dear! I’m not even sure if I’ll be able to read all the books listed haha If I have time, I’ll add another book 🙂 

That was my TBR.

SIDE NOTE: If any of you need a scary book recommendation, I would say 172 Hours on the Moon. OMG I couldn’t read this night! I will say that the first half of the book is a bit slow but it gets so intense in the second half! Let me know your thoughts if you have read it!

172 hours

 

Thanks to Lauren for hosting this spooky Read-A-Thon!