OWL Magical Readathon 2020

Last year I did the OWL Magical Readathon. I completely failed the NEWTs to the point I didn’t even post about them and was in a weird slump after and for the longest time past that. But we’re social distancing and my work isn’t open again until at least the 19th. So I decided to participate again and hopefully it goes better.

If you are unaware the Magical Readathon is hosted by G and she puts in sooo much effort. It shows too.

I’ve decided to go for the Mage of Visual Arts this year, which is described as the people that makes the pictures move in the Daily Prophet. I picked this one because it means I only have to read four books which is completely possible but I’m still going to try to read more. For this one I have to read the prompts for Astronomy, Charms, Divination and History of Magic.

Here are the books I’m planning to read but I also did a giant library haul before they shut down and I’m a mood reader so these may change.

Ancient Ruins: Heart on cover or in title
The Unhonneymooners by Christina Lauren. I put this on my TBR way before it was even out and still haven’t gotten around to it. Story of my life. But it is on my list of 30 books to read before I’m 30 so hopefully I get to it.

Arithmancy: Book outside your favorite genre
Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu. This kept grabbing my attention when I worked at the bookstore so I bought it at some point. I don’t normally read sci-fi but I have high expectations. Especially since Emily from Books With Emily Fox said it was a new favorite.

Astronomy: Read the majority of the book when it’s dark
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King. I really wanted to read something short for this one because I’ve been doing most of my reading in the morning/ early afternoon recently so I don’t know how good my concentration will get.

Care of Magical Creatures: Book with a creature with a beak on the cover
Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman. This entire series has the penguin mark on the cover from the publishers so it counts. I’m going to attempt to read the entire series in one month because I have to read one and two to catch up on buddy reads.

Charms: White cover
How to Stop Feeling Like Shit by Andrea Owen. I wanted to read some non-fiction and this has been on my list for a while. I’m really hoping it’s as good as I’m anticipating.

Defense Against the Dark Arts: Book set at sea or on the coast
Colorado Kid by Stephen King. Yes, another Stephen King. I’ve been in the mood and I was trying to pick from books I have so I can switch them out with more books from my parent’s house when they eventually visit (it got postponed due to the virus).

Divination: Random number generator:
The Magicians by Lev Grossman. This was just a coincidence but it works. If I hadn’t picked this one as the random number generator I probably would have read it during my roommate and mine’s reading challenge. It will probably be my first book of the readathon

Herbology: Title starts with an M
Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones. A novella that Luna told me about when I was looking for shorter reads. She gifted me a copy later as well and I’ve been looking forward to it so much!

Muggle Studies: Contemporary
The Bookshop of Yesterday by Amy Meyerson. I really don’t remember where I got this book but I have very, very few contemporaries because I generally get them from the library.

Potions: Book under 150 pages
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. This is a book Kalyn talked about quite a bit on her channel when she read it and still brings it up. This is one I’ll probably read alongside a different novel because I want to read it little by little so it’s not super overwhelming. I think there will be a lot within a short number of pages.

Transfiguration: A book with shapeshifting in it
Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop. This is number two in the series and I loved the first one. I bought the second one first at a library sale so it’s about time I read it before I forget the first one.

Have you read any of these? Are you participating in the readathon? Link your TBRs below!!


20 thoughts on “OWL Magical Readathon 2020

  1. Great TBR Jenna! Good luck in the readathon. I read The Unhoneymooners, The Magicians, The Colorado Kid and Mapping the Interior and I really liked all three of them, I hope you do too.


  2. I thought about trying to fulfill all the prompts, but I have like three other reading challenges going on in April, so I didn’t want to focus my TBR too much. But I am going for the Trader of Magical Tomes, so for the OWLs I have to read 4 books: Ancient Runes, Charms, History of Magic, and Transfiguration. So I am reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren, An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley, and Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition Volume 4 by Natsuki Takaya. Of course, if the books I read for the other reading challenges end up fulfilling the other class prompts then that will be awesome too.

    Good luck, and happy reading!


  3. Thanks! I’m averaging like 20-25 books a month right now, so I’m feeling pretty good about participating in a few reading challenges at the same time. Mr. Penumbra is actually pulling double duty. I am trying to read a bunch of books about books/bookstores/libraries so that I can flood my blog with posts and reviews during National Library Week April 19-25.


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