Hello! I ended up being super disorganised and took a fair bit off from writing this blog again, to plan but now I’m back after a significant amount of planning, and I wanted to share what I got up to for the O.W.L.s magical readathon.
It was created by the lovely G at Book Roast on Youtube, a channel I’ve been watching for a while now, and ran for the whole of April. Yes, it’s June now. Yes I’m very late to the party, but my N.E.W.T.S posts won’t make sense later on in the year if I don’t put this up so please forgive me.
Instead of aiming to read as many of the O.W.L.s prompts as I could, I looked at the wizarding careers to determine which I would like to do, and which books I had to read for them, because I was feeling a bit like a cheat when I decided to take part.
The one that I decided to go with was curse breaker, which required six books to pass your O.W.Ls.
There’s no particular reason why I chose curse breaker, other than I thought it sounded cool.
I’ve been a fan of Harry Potter since I was a kid, my parents always used to get the books when they came out, and I had a bunch of merchandise. Pretty sure I fancied myself to be the real-life version of Hermione, bossiness and all.
Since we’re talking about Harry Potter – if anyone is interested, my house is Slytherin. 🐍
As I mentioned, you had to complete six different exams in order to be qualified to be a curse breaker.
- Ancient Runes – a myth retelling
- Arithmancy – a book by two or more authors
- Charms – read an adult book
- Defence Against the Dark Arts – a book beginning with R
- Potions – a sequel
- Transfiguration – a book with sprayed edges or a red cover.
In order, I chose The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton, The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante and Animal Farm by George Orwell.
I was also reading Women’s Prize books at the same time, so it worked quite well that I could fit a few of them into these prompts too. I actually ended up finding it quite difficult to come up with books for some of the prompts, especially Defence Against The Dark Arts – I only had two books on my entire shelf that began with an R! And my two or more authors prompt for Artithmancy almost ended up in me reading an 800 page Stephen King tome.
I won’t be going into any of the plots or synopsis here, because I actually If you’d like to see reviews of each of the books I read for this challenge, you can have a read of my April reading wrap up here.
The remaining prompts, which I didn’t need for my career were:
- Astronomy – a book with star in its title
- Care of magical creatures – book with a land animal on its cover
- Divination – set in the future
- Herbology – plant on the cover
- History of Magic – published at least 10 years ago
- Muggle Studies – contemporary
I read eight books in April, including the six for my prompts. Out of the two others not mentioned above, Where the Line Bleeds would fit for the Muggle Studies prompt, as it’s a literary fiction about a contemporary society.
Unfortunately, My Brilliant Friend, which was the other book I read, doesn’t fit any of the other prompts unless you consider grass to not be cheating as a plant, in which case it would fit Herbology.
So, that means I will definitely be pursuing a career as a curse breaker for the next readathon. I’m really excited about it, I had a lot of fun taking part in April’s event.
I’ll be taking part in the N.E.W.T.s as well when that comes round later in the year, I believe it’s maybe August or September.
Next time round I’ll be doing a TBR post, and I promise not to post my results two months late!