You guys, I am SO EXCITED to be taking part in the O.W.L.s Readathon hosted by Book Roast! Like BEYOND excited. I am super bummed to be a few days late to the party, but I intend to fully dive in tonight and get a good start. I thought I would give you all a rundown of the details for the readathon so hopefully you all can join me!
First of all, the readathon is inspired by the Ordinary Wizarding Level Examinations (OWLs) from Harry Potter, which I am so freaking here for. The readathon goes from April 2nd- April 29th, so there is plenty of time to get in the 5 books required to achieve an Outstanding grade. There are 12 different "examinations" you can take, and each has a different prompt for a book. In order to pass that examination, you just have to complete a book that fits the prompt. Complete 1 book and receive a Poor grade, complete 2 books and receive an Acceptable, complete 3 books and receive an Exceeds Expectations, and complete 5 books and receive an Outstanding. But the best part of this readathon? It matters what classes you complete examinations for! There will be a N.E.W.T. readathon later on that you can only take part in based on your "scores" from this readathon! So, for example, if you want to persue a career path as an Auror, you would need to complete the Defence Against the Dark Arts O.W.L. and continue with Defence Against the Dark Arts for your N.E.W.T.s. How freakin cool is that?!
So here are the prompts for each class (if you want to see and download the document created by Book Roast click here. It's much prettier):
Ancient Runes: A book with a symbol on the cover
Arithmacy: A book with a number on the cover or in the title
Astronomy: A science fiction novel
Care of Magical Creatures: A book that includes magical creatures or features one on the cover
Charms: A fantasy book
Defence Against the Dark Arts: A book about/featuring secret societies/clubs
Divination: A book featuring prophecies
Herbology: A book with a nature related word in the title or that deals with nature themes
History of Magic: A historical fiction novel
Muggle Studies: A muggle non-fiction book
Potions: A book about or that deals with alchemy
Transfiguration: A book that deals with transfiguration/shapeshifting or similar theme, or has a cat on the cover
Here is the announcement video from Book Roast (how freaking adorable is she??):
And make sure to follow along on twitter!
I will be posting my TBR for the O.W.Ls Readathon in the next few days so watch out for that, but for now I'm going to get started on my first book for this since I'm 3 days behind. yikes!
I'd love to hear from anyone who is participating! What do you plan on reading and/or what examinations are you taking? What would your career as a witch or wizard be and what exams do you think you need to take for that path? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I'll see you in my next post!