OWL 2020 Readathon TBR ✨ Time to become a Wandmaker

OWL TBR 2020

Hello fellow bookworms ✨ It’s time for my favorite Readathon again: The Magical Readathon is back with another Round of the OWL’s for the entire month of April 🌺 Participating in this Readathon is always so much fun, from picking my career to choosing what to read for the prompts and writing up my TBR post, I always delight in seeing the Announcement Video go online πŸ’— This is also perfect timing, as I finished my Thesis now and can do all the reading in April 😊

What are the OWL’s?✨

If you don’t know, the OWL Readathon is a month-long Readathon hosted by G from BookRoast that has started in 2018 and is now part of the Magical Readathon Series, containing more fun Readathons inspired by Harry Potter. The OWL’s are the exams in Hogwarts at the end of 5th class, so the main premise of the Readathon is reading booksΒ relating to challenges that are inspired by the classes you can take in Hogwarts! This is an event that is set to recur every year and also includes the NEWT’s the exams at the end of the 7th year in Hogwarts, so basically the graduation exams (plus other fun Readathon events!). Like last year, there are career paths you can choose! The idea behind them is that they required different OWL’s (meaning different reading challenges that you have to complete) and the jobs also vary in how many books you have to read! This is great, as it’s possible for everyone to choose a career that fits their reading pace and interests!

Important Links✨ 

Here is the host’s announcement video for all further questions!

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Career Path


Attention to Detail – Reliability – Quality over Quantity Attitude

Picking a career was hard because there are so many amazing choices! Last year I was going for Magizoologist (in honor of Newt Scamander πŸ’›) but this year I had to browse the Wizarding Career Guidebook again. In the end, the choice fell between Librarian (super cool take, as it’s portrayed as more dangerous and included a Hunt for Lost Tomes) and Wandmaker. The latter intrigued me slightly more for this year as it sounds like such a creative and important craft! If you think about it Wandmakers have to be revered as they make the most important tool of any wizard and often are very specialized in their one passion. That spoke to me so here we are ✨

The Magical Moment

This time there are also little seminars you can take in addition to the Careers if you want to (you can find them at the very back of the Guidebook) and I choose Animagus Training! This requires OWL’s in Arithmancy, Transfiguration, and Potions – the good thing is that you don’t have to read additional books if these OWLs are partly represented by your career. E.g. I have to read extra books for Transgigratuon and Potions, as only Arithmancy is already covered by the required OWL’s for Wandmaking. Turning into an animal sounds so good, so I couldn’t resist, even if it meant two extra books! I also thought about what form my Animagus could take and though a cat sounded fluffy and interesting, I kind of want to say bird, as flying would be amazing πŸ₯°

I’d probably want to be a Crow, they sound clever but also do awkward things like these #relatable πŸ˜‚

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Required OWLs (1)

Ancient Runes πŸ’› Heart Rune: Heart on the cover or in the title

Heart of IronΒ  (Ashley Poston)

➽ I read two books that could fit this prompt just last month, but I got Heart of Iron in a Black Friday sale last year and I’ve honestly wanted to read it for so long now. I love Poston’s contemporary retelling series and have been anticipating this sci-fi Duology (that is now finished). I remember that the synopsis talked about a robotic/mechanic love interest, so that has kept me intrigued and I’m still here for all the SPACE books because planets and stars are cool ⭐

ArithmancyΒ πŸ’› The Number 2: a book outside your favorite genre

Defy the Worlds (Claudia Gray)

➽ Here’s a prompt that perfectly fits my Out of Comfort Zone Challenge! My favorite genre is Fantasy, but I also wanted to exclude contemporary books, as I do reach for them often. I the end, I was in a sci-fi mood again and remembered that I wanted to continue with the ‘Defy’ Trilogy! My library is closed down now, but they have the e-book for the sequel, so I still get the read Defy the Worlds. I’m quite excited as the romance definitely was swoon-worthy and I need something romantic and cheesy right now πŸ’•

40024139Care of Magical CreaturesΒ πŸ’› Hippogriffs: a creature with a beak (e.g. birds) on the cover

Serpent & Dove (Shelby Mahurin)

➽ I just got this one for Christmas because WITCHES and the fact that a lot of people have hyped up the enemies to lovers romance. I love a good witchy book with some forbidden romance and honestly, I feel like this could be a lot of fun! I didn’t have plans to read Serpent & Dove this soon, but then it perfectly fit the prompt (there’s a black bird under the P that I didn’t even notice before until someone recommended this book of the prompt πŸ˜‚) and I was like ‘guess this is my clue to read the book now’!

Charms πŸ’› Lumos Maxima: a book with a (majorly) white cover

Let’s Talk About Love (Claire Kann)

➽ I usually prefer more colorful covers, but there are some nice white covered books out there! In the end, I picked Let’s Talk about Love, as it’s the first book of Claire Kann, who also wrote If It Makes You Happy, a summer contemporary that I enjoyed last year! I’ve been wanting to read her debut for a while now as it features the coming of age tale of a black biromantic asexual girl and that’s a really important story to tell. As I enjoyed Kann’s other book I’m sure that I’ll love this one as well! 🌈

Herbology πŸ’› Mimbulus Mimbletonia: title starts with an M

Magic Study (Maria V. Snyder)

➽ Somehow I barely have books that start with M on my TBR (if only My Calamity Jane was out now instead of June), but I have wanted to read Magic Study since early 2016, so it’s happening now! I need to reread Poison Study beforehand though, as I read it in 2015 … which is almost 5 years ago now (ah!). I loved the book when I read it, so fingers crossed that I enjoy my reread and the following books of course (I’ve owned the entire Trilogy for four years now, yet never continued with the series) 🌺Let's Talk (2)

Additional OWls

Apart from completing my required OWL’s, I definitely want to read even more books, as I have so much more time now! My ambitious goal is to read books for all OWL prompts, making it 12 books in total. It’ll be okay if I don’t make it, as I’ll be focusing on my required TBR above much more than these books, but I think I can read a bunch of books πŸ₯°πŸŒ· I’m honestly excited to get reading again (without feeling guilty for not doing more University Stuff) after working on my thesis for so long, so I have picked out a lot of amazing books down below πŸ’› I won’t be going in-depth here as I already talked about my 5 priority picks and everything else, but I’ll be updating you on every book I read over on Twitter! 😊

Astronomy πŸ’› Night Class: read a majority of a book when it’s dark outside

Poison Study (Maria V. Snyder)

DatDA πŸ’›Β Grindylows: book set at sea/by the shoreΒ 

Dark Shores (Danielle L. Jensen)

Divination πŸ’› Third Eye: pick a book randomly from your TBR

Red, White & Royal Blue (Casey McQuiston)

History of MagicΒ πŸ’› Witch Hunts: books featuring witches/wizards

The Scapegracers (Hannah Abigail Clarke)

Muggle StudiesΒ πŸ’› Muggle Perspective: read a contemporary book

Love from A to Z (S.K. Ali)

PotionsΒ πŸ’› Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages

These Precious Scars (Emily Suvada)

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Transfiguration πŸ’› Animagus Lecture: books with shapeshifting

Beastly Bones (William Ritter)

Let's Talk (1)Are you participating in the OWLs Readathon? What wizarding career would you like to pursue? What subjects would you like to study? ✨


30 thoughts on “OWL 2020 Readathon TBR ✨ Time to become a Wandmaker

  1. I hope you enjoy Defy the Worlds! Hehe, I had to chime in with my own ‘I hope you…’ , if you notice what I mean 😁 I LOVED the 1st book and have the rest on my wishlist. I keep hearing about the OWLs and now that I’ve read your post I’m gonna see if I can join it. It sounds VERY fun.

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  2. Wandmaker sounds like such a cool career!! I’m pretty sure I’m going to be doing this readathon next month too, though I still need to figure out my TBR. Yours looks like it’s going to be great – I really enjoyed Let’s Talk About Love, and I hope you’re able to get to Red White and Royal Blue because it’s one of my absolute favorites πŸ˜€ And that’s amazing that you’re aiming to fulfill all of the prompts! Happy reading!!

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    1. It truly sounds like a creative career πŸ₯° Oh, I’d love to see your TBR once you get around to posting it! Cannot wait to see what career you choose 😊 So happy to hear that you liked Let’s Talk About Love and Red White and Royal Blue, I’m so excited to get around to reading them! Thank you πŸ’—


  3. Every time I see this readathon I’m always interesting because it is so creative and I love that you get to choose a career, wandmaker sounds so cool and magical!!!
    Transforming into a bird would be so cool, flying looks awesome and yes crows are relatable haha!!!
    I’ve heard good things about Serpent and Dove and Let’s Talk About Love so I hope you love them both. And I did enjoy Red, White and Royal Blue, quite a fast read as well!!
    Best of luck with this readathon and happy reading!! ❀

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    1. The Magical Readathon is such an amazing event, I honestly love how much effort the host puts into making it so magical for everyone – the careers are always so much fun ✨

      I hope to enjoy Red, White, and Royal Blue, as I hear it’s a great fun read, so I’m happy to hear that you liked it so much! πŸ₯° Thank you! I hope you’ll be reading a lot of great books in April πŸ’—πŸŒ·

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  4. Good luck with your TBR! This readathon is always so much fun to do and since I have time, I might join in πŸ˜€ Serpent & Dove was my favorite read last year, I hope you’ll enjoy it! I also just finished Red, White & Royal Blue and it definitely made me happy with all the funny banter ❀

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  5. good luck on this readathon, Caro! since i have so much time on my hands now, I’m also participating, and aiming for spellmaker, which requires seven O.W.L.s! I hope you enjoy all of the books you plan to read! I haven’t read most of them, but Love From A to Z was SO GOOD.
    (also, by any chance, do you still want to buddy read Vengeful in April? It’s on my magical readathon TBR! But it’s totally ok if you can’t <3)

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    1. Thank you, Caitlin! πŸ₯° So happy to hear that you’re joining the Readathon as well πŸ’•πŸŒΈ Spellmaker sounds like such an interesting career, I’m glad it got added this year, there are some great new ones! Thank you, I hope I find some good books to enjoy 😊
      (Of course! I’ve been wanting to read it for so long, it’s finally time πŸ’— Just let me know when you want to start the Buddy Read!)

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  6. The idea of this readathon gets me so hyped up, lol. I am secretly trying to go for Magizoologist this month, but I’m not sure I’m going to get to it, because I already have a lot of library books out that I need to prioritise.
    Good luck in training as a Wandmaker and Animagus!! πŸ˜›

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    1. I’m always hyped up for the Magical Readathon, I get so into planning my TBR and doing all the Updates ✨πŸ₯° Ohhhh!!! I went for Magizoologist last year and it was amazing πŸ’• But I hope you enjoy your library books as well 😊
      Thank you! πŸ˜„πŸ’›

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  7. i’m studying to be a mage of visual arts! (also i really hope you love β€˜love from a to z’ and β€˜let’s talk about love’. they’re both really amazing books and hit home for me)

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  8. I just decided to participate in the OWLS because I always feel left out when everyone is doing them. I’ve decided to go for Astronomer as my career (though of course I considered Librarian because I am one, lol). I hope you enjoy all your books and reach your readathon goals πŸ™‚

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  9. You have so many great books on your OWLs TBR! I hope you get to all of them 😊😊 Wandmaker is such an interesting career and I was actually on the fence about whether I should pick wandmaker or spell maker for this round!

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    1. Thank you! πŸ₯° It’s definitely such an intriguing career that sounded so cool and creative to me! But spell maker also sounded like fun. There are honestly so many careers that sound so great, it’s always so hard to pick πŸ˜„

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