Hello, everyone! How are we all holding up?
I wasn’t originally planning on joining the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon, since my April was supposed to be Very Busy. But plans have flown out the window and I’ve found myself jobless and stuck at home for the foreseeable future, so…time to do some more reading, I guess!
For the uninitiated, the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon is a month-long challenge during April, based on the O(rdinary) W(izarding) L(evel)s from Harry Potter, with the goal of pursuing a career in the wizarding world by passing exams. For more information, see the introduction video from the readathon’s creator, G at Book Roast on Youtube:
Since my own career has been basically put on hold, I’ve decided to focus on my imaginary wizarding career for the time being, since that sounds much more appealing. This year, there is the added option of several different training courses in addition to the usual careers, and as soon as I saw one of them, I knew that I had to pursue it. And that, of course, is…
✨ dragon taming! ✨
I just want to hang out with Charlie Weasley and train gigantic, terrifying monsters, okay?? Let me live in this imaginary fantasy world.
The course description:
“This course will focus on taming wild dragons. The programme includes a year of observational theory, a year of rescue mission expedition and another year of taming and tending techniques and practice. At the start of your course you will be assigned a dragon egg that has been abandoned by the dragon mama. Successful care and hatching of this egg will count for thirty percent of your overall performance. The top students will be offered a scholarship for further masters in dragonology, in which case you will continue to raise the baby dragons that were hatching, including your own one with the added bonus of naming it.”
So not only do I get to work with dragons, but I get to hatch and name one?? DREAM COME TRUE.
In order to become a dragon tamer, my career of choice will be Magizoologist, which sounds pretty cool in its own right. The exams that I need to pass for this career (and for the added dragon taming course) are:
✨ Care of Magical Creatures: Hippogriffs – creature with a beak on the cover
✨ Charms: Lumos Maxima – white cover
✨ Herbology: Mimubulus Mimbletonia – title that starts with M
✨ Potions: Shrinking Solution – book under 150 pages
✨ Extra research: book with dragons
So I have to read five books in order to pursue this career. Since the local libraries are all closed, I’m somewhat limited in what I can read, but luckily I have lots of books stored up on my Kindle. Now let’s get into my reading plans!
Care of Magical Creatures 🦉 Hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
I’ve been rereading The Hunger Games trilogy via audiobook and thoroughly enjoying it, so it’s time for the last book in the series! And fortunately enough, it fits this prompt perfectly.
Charms ✨ Lumos Maxima: white cover
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
After loving The Priory of the Orange Tree last year, I knew I had to pick up some more of Samantha Shannon’s books, and her debut series has been calling out my name. I’m ready to love this!
Herbology 🌿 Mimubulus Mimbletonia: title that starts with M
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Not gonna lie, this is the only book I have right now that starts with M (other than Mockingjay, I supposed, but that’s already on my TBR). Luckily, I just read My Lady Jane and enjoyed it a lot, so I’m looking forward to this!
Potions 🍵 Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
This is the only book I have that fits the prompt, so I guess I’m in for a scare! I’ve been meaning to read this for a while anyway, and while I thought I might save it for the Halloween season, I might as well read it now.
Extra research 🐉 book with dragons
The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr
This is a middle grade fantasy with, well, dragons, and it sounds adorable. And I’m always happy to read more dragon books.
Since I usually read more than five books in a month, I’m also going to plan to read a few more books based on other prompts. The five for my exams will be the priority, but I’ll get to these when there’s time. And these days, time seems to be something I have an abundance of.
Astronomy 🌌 Night classes: read the majority of this book when it’s dark outside
Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
Well, I had to fit this in somewhere, since I have the ARC to read, so I might as well use it for this prompt! Plus, a sci-fi book feels appropriate for an Astronomy prompt.
Arithmancy 🔢 Magical qualities of number 2: balances/opposites – read something outside your favorite genre
The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West
Despite what the title may say, this book isn’t actually fantasy; it’s a nonfiction essay collection that I’m very curious about. I’ll be listening to the audiobook and hopefully I enjoy it!
Defense Against the Dark Arts ⚫️ Grindylows: book set at the sea/coast
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
I mean, it has sea in the title, and I believe it takes place on an island, so I’d say this definitely qualifies.
Muggle Studies 💻 book from a perspective of a muggle (contemporary)
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
I’m so excited to read this contemporary co-written by one of my favorite authors! I’ve been hearing lots of good things and it seems like just the thing I need.
So that’s my TBR! Wish me luck in my quest to become a dragon tamer!
Are you participating in the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon? What’s your wizarding career of choice? What books do you plan to read?