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Ordinary Wizarding Levels Read-a-thon ’18

So, I know this technically happened in April of this year, but I have only just found out about it now that people are doing their NEWT read-a-thon, but in order to do the NEWTs, I have to sit the OWLs, so this is why I’m doing OWLs now, and then I’ll do NEWTs in October (I need a 31 day month for this!!).

If you have zero idea what I am talking about, let me start from the beginning. I hear it’s a very good place to start. ?

So, Gintare over at Book Roast created this amazing read-a-thon based on the exams in the Harry Potter novels. OWLs are your year 5 exams, or Ordinary Wizarding Levels. NEWTs are your year 7 exams, or Nearly Exhausting Wizarding Tests. In order to pass your NEWTs you must first take your OWLs, and the same with the read-a-thon. In order to know what book prompts to read for the NEWTs, you must first read as many book prompts for the OWLs as you can. If you want to listen to G explain it all much better than me though, you should make with the clickies over HERE for the vlog on OWLs, and over HERE for the vlog on NEWTs.

Now, I have an advantage here. Because the book prompts for the NEWTs are already out, I can see what I want to pass in the NEWTs, and then make sure that I pass the equivalent for the OWLs. So, I can tell you with absolute certainty, that I will NOT be trying for History of Magic or Muggle Studies, based on the NEWT list because I know I won’t read a biography (which is a shame because the other 2 book prompts for Muggle Studies are awesome), and I probably won’t read a books with more than 400 pages, when I would already have to do a 300 and a 350 page book for other subjects, and each book can’t count more than once. However, I will list an option for each of them on the very off-chance that I decide to read them all.

So, with all of that in mind, please see my August TBR prompts and books (however as I am a mood reader, and I have PLENTY of books that could fit some of these topics, I may not read these books specifically, but something else that fits).



Book I’ll likely read

Ancient Runes A book with a symbol on the cover Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Arithmancy A book with a number on the cover or in the title A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews
Astronomy A science fiction novel Warcross by Marie Lu
Care of Magical Creatures A book that has magical creatures in it or on the cover The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
Charms A fantasy book The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (reread, but I’m also doing the Discworld read-a-long)
Defence Against the Dark Arts A book about secret societies or clubs The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (this will be a reread unless I find another book that fits this description!)
Divination A book featuring prophecies Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
Herbology A book with a nature related word in the title Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
History of Magic A historical fiction The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Muggle Studies A muggle non-fiction book Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
Potions A book about/with alchemy The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Watson
Transfiguration A book about transfiguration/shape-shifting or a book with a cat on the cover Who’s Afraid by Maria Lewis

What’s most interesting about this, is that NONE of the books I had tentatively put on my TBR for August made the transition, with the exception of The Light Fantastic. Also, I’m not entirely sure that the books above completely fit the prompt, as I haven’t read them, and I just spent an hour reading over blurbs to see if they would fit… but if you see something that doesn’t fit, or you have a better recommendation, please let me know!

I might do a post halfway through August to check how I’m going as well.

Happy reading ??


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