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OWLs Magical Readathon 2020: My TBR

It’s that time of year again! The OWLs Magical Readathon starts on April 1st and G from Book Roast has released this year’s prompts, along with the Wizarding Career Guide with new careers and extra curricular courses!

Magical Readathon Wizarding Career Guide showing the careers Librarian and Magizoologist, surrounding by crystals and tarot cards.

If you’re not sure how Magical Readathon works, you can check out my OWLs post from last year or watch G’s annoucement video. Links to all of the prompts and guides can also be found in the description of the video, or on the Magical Readathon website.

This year I’ve decided to aim for the Librarian career. This requires five classes, or books. Based on my recent rate of reading this seems reasonably attainable. I’ve also decided to do two of the ‘Courses, Seminars and Training’ challenges that have been added to this year’s Magical Readathon: Animagus Training and Merpeople Linguistics. These extra courses require additional classes or prompts, but you might already be taking some or all of those classes anyway as part of your career path.

The Librarian career requires OWLs in Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Defence Against the Dark Arts, History of Magic and Transfiguration. Animagus Training requires Arithmancy, Potions, and Transfiguration (so I need to add the Potions prompt to my readathon plans), and Merpeople Linguistics only requires Herbology. Luckily the books I’ve found for each prompt are relatively short so I’m confident I can manage five, and hopeful for the full seven. It does mean that at NEWTs I’ll need to read 15 books though! I managed that many last time somehow but I was reading a lot faster then than I am now, and those 15 books were followed by a slump of epic proportions so uh… we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Enough about NEWTs, here’s what I’m planning to read for the Magical Readathon OWLs 2020!

I’ve got a really good mix of books here I think, and it’s going to help me knock off a couple that I’ve been meaning to read for a while, so I feel good about it! Let’s break it down:

  • Ancient Runes // Behind Closed Doors: Sex Education Transformed by Natalie Fiennes – I bought this ebook in a sale a while ago, and despite it being quite short, I haven’t got around to it yet. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to find a book with a heart on the cover but after a closer look, I’d say this definitely fits the bill!
  • Arithmancy // Give a F**k: A Brief Inventory of Ways You Can by Felicity Morse – This was in a free goodie bag I got at the 2018 Society of Young Publisher’s conference. It’s sort of a self-help book in the same vein as the popular The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k and other profanity-ridden advice books. I like the more positive vibe that this one is projecting and I never read self-help non-fiction so I’m interested to see how this goes.
  • Defence Against the Dark Arts // The Summer Book by Tove Jansson – I found this on the bookshelf in our living room and I have no idea who it originally belonged to but it’s mine now, *shrug*. The creator of Moomins gives us this Scandi classic that takes place on an island off the coast of Finland. I’ve heard wonderful things about the writing in this so I’m looking forward to it.
  • History of Magic // White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi – I’m not sure if this actually features witches in the story but it’s in the title so it’s not much of a stretch. I’ve heard mixed reviews but I think I’ll like this.
  • Transfiguration // Foe by Iain Reid – now this one might be a stretch, but I wasn’t going to read a book about shapeshifting just for the sake of this readathon. SPOILERS AHEAD … From what I understand, Foe features an AI that looks and acts like an existing human character in the book, and serves as a ‘replacement’ for that person. It’s as close to shapeshifting as I could find on my TBR. It’s been on a Harry Potter-themed readathon TBR of mine before, but hopefully I actually read it this time!
  • Potions // A Forest, or a Tree by Tegan Moore – I don’t have anything under 150 pages on my TBR so I thought I’d tick this one off quickly by finding a short story from Tor. Remember, short stories count if they’re on Goodreads!
  • Herbology // The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner – I actually didn’t have anything on my TBR beginning with M so I thought I’d be stuck on this one, until I offloaded a couple of books at my office’s book swap shelf and saw The Mars Room, sitting there for the taking. I remember it being well-received when it came out, making the 2018 Booker Prize’s shortlist, so it was a lucky find!

All of that only clocks up to just over 1,500 pages so it’s definitely do-able. I made a note of some potential reads for the remaining classes too so I might pick up a couple of extra OWLs if I have time, but for now I’m excited to read these seven!

Are you taking part in this year’s Magical Readathon?
What career have you chosen?

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