Magical Readathon 2020 TBR (OWLS)

I’ve seen this around YouTube for some time now, and with it being on its third year, I thought I’d try and participate. I don’t think you’d need to have any kind of social media platform to join as there are links where you can just input everything on your end. In a nutshell, it is a Harry Potter-inspired readathon, where the participant sits through their O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s levels to get to your chosen career. This takes place twice a year - first in April (for O.W.L.s) and later in the year for the N.E.W.T.s. The readathon is hosted by Book Roast and she has put a lot of effort into this because it is as magical as you can imagine. Basically, there are a number of careers given where you can gain your respective O.W.L. and N.E.W.T. requirements based on what the career demands. There are reading prompts per subject, and you only get an O.W.L. or a N.E.W.T. on that subject if you complete the prompt. She also has a rule where you can’t double up on books for the prompts so if you’re looking to tackling your to-be-read pile, this is a good opportunity.  The readathon runs the whole month of April, so there's plenty of time to accomplish the reading. I've linked the website in the banner above - or you can simply click here - for the list of careers and prompts for this year's readathon.


I've decided to be a bit ambitious this year and go for a career plus an extra class, so I picked Mage of Visual Arts (because this is a film blog) and Animagus Training because this seems fun. In terms of prompts, I won't be repeating subjects which is exactly what I want. So for me to get my O.W.L.s in both, I'd have to read 7 books in total.

O.W.L. Prompts & TBR

To be able to take my N.E.W.T.s for Mage of Visual Arts later this year, I have to pass my O.W.L.s in Astronomy, Charms, Divination, and History of Magic. For Animagus Training, I have to read the prompts for Arithmancy, Potions, and Transfiguration. My TBR pile mainly consists of books I own because I do want to reduce the number of unread books I have piling up. I only have six books right now because Astronomy's prompt says I have to read a majority of the book when it's dark outside so I'll just read whatever I'm in the mood for that month. For the rest I have:

Charms - The White Book by Han Kang
Divination - T is for Tree by Greg Fowler
History of Magic - These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling
Arithmancy - Bakkhai by Euripedes, as told by Anne Carson
Potions - The Transparent Labyrinth by Keiichiro Hirano
Transfiguration - The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

I'm excited to start with this. I've been having trouble with reading long books for a while (yay for that sliver of a selection), and some of these I've been meaning to get to for a while now. Hopefully the readathon renews my spark for reading!


  1. Oh this is really cool. I wish I could commit to something like this but I know I can't. lol

    1. I hope I get to accomplish all the reading because I am really not in the mood to read these days.