On wednesday I saw one of my favorite bookstagrammers (@bookwormofthenotredame) announce that she will participate in the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon, hosted by Book Roast (Youtube | Instagram), this month. This readathon is part of the Magical Readathon, that has two main events: the O.W.L.s and N.E.W.Ts. I had heard about this readathon before but I hadn't participated yet. However, when I saw the announcement I felt so excited, that I immediately decided to jump in.
INTRODUCTION TO THE READATHON
O.W.L.s (the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams) and N.E.W.T.s (the Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests) are exams held at Hogwarts. This readathon focuses on the O.W.L. exams. The N.E.W.T.s will follow at the end of year. For every exam there is a different reading prompt. You pass the exam when you have started and finished a book fitting that prompt within the month of April. Which exams you have to pass, depends on the Wizarding Career you choose.
The easiest way to get more information about this readathon is by watching Book Roast's Youtube video:
All the links you need are posted below this video on Youtube, but the most important one is the Magical Readathon website: click here.
MY CAREER CHOICE
Aaah so many career choices! It was hard to pick just one. I wanted to choose a career that really interests me, that is completely different from what I do in real life and that doesn't require to many exams (I usually read about 4 or 5 books a month). Taking all this into account, I went with the career of Astronomer.
I will have to pass three exams: Arithmancy, Astronomy and History of Magic. To complete this education I will also have to pass the N.E.W.T.s in these courses at the end of this year.
Arithmancy - Magical qualities of number 2: balance/opposites - read something outside your favorite genre
My favorite genre is fantasy. Since Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is Contemporary YA, I can read it for this prompt. I wanted to read this book anyway this month for a buddy read with my bookstagram friend Margaux (@readers_and_dreamers_kingdom). This book has been on my tbr list for so long, so I am really excited I will finally read it this month!
Astronomy - Night classes: read majority of this book when it's dark outside.
Since I almost always read in the evening, I can just choose whatever book I want. I got the e-arc of The Wingfeather Saga Part 1 - On The Edge Of The Dark Sea Of Darkness by Andrew Peterson via Netgalley. I need to read this arc this month so luckily I can read it for the readathon as well.
History of Magic - Witch hunts: book featuring witches/wizards
For this prompt I have chosen a book that has been on my tbr stack for a few years now. The Witch Who Came In From The Cold by Lindsay Smith and Max Gladstone was part of a bookish box and it has never been high on my tbr list. However, it is one of the few books about witches on my shelves that I haven't read. The readathon finally gives me a good reason to pick up this one.
Those who want some extra challenge, can follow extra courses, seminars and trainings. If I pass the O.W.L.s before the end of the month and I have enough time left, I will follow a seminar in Merpeople Linguistics. I will have to pass the O.W.L. in Herbology (Minbulus Mimbletonia: title starts with an M).
My read for this exam will be De Metsiers, the debut novel by the famous Flemish author Hugo Claus.
Will you participate? Let me know if you do!