OWLs Magical Readathon TBR

It’s official! OWLs are back, and not a moment too soon. I think everyone would agree that a magical readathon is exactly what we all need right now, and while I considered going hard just because I have some extra free time, I also need to respect the fact that my reading habits have changed a lot this year, so I’m just going to stick with what makes sense for me.

ICYMI, OWLs are hosted by Book Roast on YouTube. You can find lots of amazing information, plus the guidebooks and everything on the website. This is seriously the coolest readathon ever, and I’m so amazed by the time and dedication put into this. It’s truly a magical event.

Last year, I chose wand maker as my career, and if you’re curious here is my TBR & wrap-up for the OWLs, as well as my TBR & wrap-up for the NEWTs. I was successful, which I was super excited about, and keeping all my fingers and toes that I’ll be successful again this year with, DRUM ROLL PLEASE, astronomer.

I really liked the look of culinary sorcerer because I call myself a kitchen witch, but I was super struggling to find books to fit the prompts since I’m only allowed to pick from my owned unread books (my rule, not the readathon), so I thought next best thing is space.

Okay, let’s get into this, here’s my TBR for my OWLs exams! I need Arithmancy, Astronomy, and History of Magic.

Magical qualities of number 2
Read something outside of your favorite genre

Okay, so outside of my favorite genre is something I can easily cheat on, and since I don’t want to cheat on my exams, I’m going to say genre, for me, includes fantasy, contemporary, middle grade, and space nonfiction because if I only read outside of fantasy, I’d pick something I would just normally pick up pretty quickly, so here we are with adult fiction.


I’ve pretty much only seen outstanding reviews for On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, and I’m excited to give it a whirl. I don’t often read just regular adult fiction because if it doesn’t have magic or disaster teens, it’s harder to hold my attention, but I was gifted this, and it looks really interesting, so fingers crossed!

Night classes:
Read majority of this book while it’s dark outside

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I could honestly pick whatever I wanted for this category, so of course I was going to go with something that I’ve been eyeing lately. I keep “not having time” for it, though, because of other TBRs, so I’m really excited to finally read The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen! Plus, it looks like it’ll be a little dark and foreboding based on my limited knowledge of a cloaked figure, so this is perfect for a nighttime read!

History of Magic
Witch hunts:
Books featuring witches/wizards

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I honestly have limited options for witch books currently, and of the three I do own, Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin sounds the most enticing right now. Plus, it’s been on my hopefully read soon list since I saw so many good reviews about it, and I just want some adult witches in a serious novel for once, okay. Why is that so much to ask for?

I know this is a really small TBR, and it seems like one that I should be able to manage pretty easily, but my reading has been weird since I began a new job in January, so I’m still figuring out a good rhythm. I’m at about one book per week right now, so this still leaves some wiggle room for mood reading.

Are you participating in the OWLs magical readathon?

8 responses to “OWLs Magical Readathon TBR”

  1. evelynreads1 Avatar

    I love this readathon! I hope you manage all your reads!
    I’m planning to go for Spellmaker, and I’m also plannign to read The merciful crow 🙂


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    1. marydrover Avatar

      Oooh, that’s so fun, I hope we both enjoy it!

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  2. Margaret @ Weird Zeal Avatar

    Yesss I’m so excited for this readathon! 😀 Astronomer sounds like such a cool career! I’ve heard good things about On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, so I’m excited to see what you think about it. Thought I’d warn you, though, that The Merciful Crow is basically all about plague…don’t know if that changes anything for you 😅 I hope you enjoy everything you read, though!!

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    1. marydrover Avatar

      Ahahaha, it might change things for me, actually! I’ve been swaying wildly away from fantasy & dystopian at the moment because it all feels like too much on top of a lot. 😂😭


  3. Zezee Avatar

    Good luck on this. I’m still debating on what career to go for — whether to go with one that requires a lot of books or not. I’m in a bit of a slump, so I’m hoping this readathon will help me get out of it.


  4. waytoofantasy Avatar

    Good luck with this! I always want to participate in this but never seem to have the time when it comes up because I’ve got a million other things on my plate. Having a small TBR is probably a great strategy for it though!

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    1. marydrover Avatar

      Small TBR will hopefully equal low stress! 🤞🏻

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  5. March Wrap-Up – Mary and the Words Avatar

    […] Alright, folks, here’s the deal. I’m now three months into my new job, and thus three months into my new reading life. As you’ve probably been able to see, it’s not that glamorous. I only read about one book per week, and while I thought about making April about preorder catching up, I think what’s going to work for me best is a very chill TBR moving forward. Thus, check out my OWLs magical readathon TBR here! […]


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