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!
Read majority of this book while it’s dark outside
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
Books featuring witches/wizards
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.