O.W.L.s read-a-thon wrap-up 2019

Good morning book wizards and witches!

Holy moly! Thank god that’s over. WHYYYYY do I think that signing up for reading challenges is a good idea? I am a MOOD READER. I am BAD at this. Let’s go see what I actually read this month, and then we can discuss how I am NOT *spoiler alert* going to be an Alchemist.

If you don’t know about O.W.L.s you can click on my post from last year HERE, or you can go watch G @ Book Roast‘s video HERE.

OWLs TBR and what I actually read

My TBR was pretty hardcore, I’ll be honest. And I DEFINITELY did not read many books on it. In fact, I threw the entire thing out and decided to ‘wing it’ about two weeks in.

I didn’t complete either of my buddy reads either. (I DNF’ed one and then I never started the second… I’m sure there is something wrong with me. Like, as soon as I say “I’m reading this book”, I then develop an allergic reaction to it.)

Subject / Prompt

Book I thought I’d read

Book I actually read

Cover love


Read an adult book

My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella Ten Count Vol 5 – Rihito Takarai

(definitely adult!)

Ten Count Vol 5
Defence Against the Dark Arts

Read a book thats title starts with R

Radio Silence – Alice Oseman Radio Silence – Alice Oseman Radio Silence

Read a book with a plant on the cover

The Wren Hunt – Mary Watson All That Compels the Heart – Erin Bowlen

(there are trees!)

All that Compels the Heart

Read a sequel

Saga Vol 2 – Brian K Vaughan Ten Count Vol 6 – Rihito Takarai Ten Count Vol 6

Read a book with sprayed edges or a red cover

Ace of Shades – Amanda Foody Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come – Jessica Pan

(it’s reddish…)

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come
Ancient Runes

Read a retelling

Geekerella – Ashley Poston Geekerella – Ashley Poston



Read a book written by more than one author

These Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Care of Magical Creatures

Read a book with a land animal on the cover

Coraline – Neil Gaiman The Princess and the Fangirl – Ashley Poston

(there’s a cat!)

The Princess and the Fangirl

Read a book with ‘star’ in the title

Navigating the Stars – Maria V Snyder

Read a book set in the future

Renegades – Marissa Meyer Saga Vol 2 – Brian K Vaughan

(is this future? or just sci-fi? shhhhh)

Saga Vol 2
History of Magic

Read a book published at least 10 years ago

Sea of Monsters – Rick Riordan
Muggle Studies

Read a contemporary book

Letters to the Lost – Brigid Kemmerer The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

(it’s contemporary historical fiction… *cough*)

Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue


OK, so it’s not like I spectacularly failed. But I’m also probably pushing the friendship for a couple of the prompts… but I heard it was open to interpretation, so I’m taking them.

This also means that for the second year in a row, I did NOT pass History of Magic… oops?


So, what does this mean? Let’s break it down into the Wizarding Career that I wanted to aim for.

  • Alchemist (all 12 prompts)
  • Auror (Charms, DADA, Herbology, Potions, Transfiguration)
  • Curse Breaker (Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Charms, DADA, Potions, Transfiguration)
  • Healer (Herbology, Charms, DADA, Potions, Transfiguration and 3 of my choice)
  • Magizoologist (Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Herbology, Potions)

So, still in the running for three of them, and I could totally be the next Rolf Scamander, so everything is still looking good!!

I might take a week of holidays from work when the NEWTs are on!!

Until next time, happy reading 😊📚

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  1. Haha keeping up with a TBR is a spectacular fail!
    I am sorry you can’t be an alchemist this year but hey, there’s always next year!!
    I didn’t end up reading the hooks on my TBR as well which I suspected since I’m a big mood reader and TBRs just don’t do it for me!
    Luckily I was able to do the prompts I was aiming for and while I can’t be a Librarian (which was my 3rd choice) I can still be a Hogwarts Professor like I wanted!

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    1. YAAAAYYY!! I’m still in the running for a couple of choices. We will get there!! (I mean, I wanted to be a lawyer irl when I was young, and I just never got there, so this should really not be a disappointment any more!! 😂)


  2. Bwahahaha I can never complete a challenge, Goodreads aside and our own Ultimate Reading Challenge Meeghan! As I have just ordered radio Silence by Alice Oseman (she comes to YALC London this summer) I will go read your review!

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  3. I totally failed mine too lol 😭.
    Like not even a little bit, I only finished one of the 6 or so books I had planned on reading. And then I listened to a bunch of audiobooks because I suddenly had an aversion to actually reading with my eyes??
    Like you did I made it work at the end. So yay! Haha

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    1. YAAAAAAAASSSSS!! Also Nifflers and Bowtruckles and so many other beautiful creatures!! (we may need to make a stop in the Star Wars universe to collect a porg, one of the crystal foxes and some other gorgeous creatures too)

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