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The OWLS Readathon | April 2019

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I vaguely knew about the OWLS Readathon–a month long Harry Potter readathon–last year, but I was too late to take part. When I saw Amy’s post on her OWL TBR, I knew that this year I *needed* to participate. In preparation and as a procrastination pro, I then spent an afternoon creating this photo with my chosen career path for the OWLs. A Librarian. This bad photoshop job took me FAR too long to complete, but I am basically a wizard now.

So, what is the OWLs Readathon?

The Readathon takes place from the 1st – 30th April, and is created and hosted by G at Book Roast (one of my favourite booktube channels). G has put so much love into this Readathon, creating a list of prompts and a choice of careers which helps to choose your reads. I should note that there is also a followup Readathon in August–The NEWT Readathon–in which you can continue to pursue your magical career paths. You can pick and choose which prompts you want to complete, or you can choose a career and then complete whichever prompts are required. I have decided to become a magical librarian.

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To become a librarian, I need OWLs in the following subjects: Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Defence Against the Dark Arts, History of Magic and Transfiguration. 

Ancient Runes – Retelling

26810460Charlotte and Emily must enter a fantasy world that they invented in order to rescue their siblings in this adventurous and fiercely intelligent novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

Inside a small Yorkshire parsonage, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë have invented a game called Glass Town, where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon and no one dies. This make-believe land helps the four escape from a harsh reality: Charlotte and Emily are being sent away to a dangerous boarding school, a school they might not return from. But on this Beastliest Day, the day Anne and Branwell walk their sisters to the train station, something incredible happens: the train whisks them all away to a real Glass Town, and the children trade the moors for a wonderland all their own.

This is their Glass Town, exactly like they envisioned it…almost. They certainly never gave Napoleon a fire-breathing porcelain rooster instead of a horse. And their soldiers can die; wars are fought over the potion that raises the dead, a potion Anne would very much like to bring back to England. But when Anne and Branwell are kidnapped, Charlotte and Emily must find a way to save their siblings. Can two English girls stand against Napoleon’s armies, especially now that he has a new weapon from the real world? And if he escapes Glass Town, will England ever be safe again?

Together the Brontë siblings must battle with a world of their own creation if they are to make it back to England alive in this magical celebration of authorship, creativity, and classic literature from award-winning author Catherynne M. Valente.

Arithmancy – A book written by more than one author

When Elektra is discovered by an acting agent, she imagines Oscar glory can’t be far 39672066away, but instead lurches from one cringe-worthy moment to the next! Just how many times can you be rejected for the part of ‘Dead Girl Number Three’ without losing hope? And who knew that actors were actually supposed to be multi-lingual, play seven instruments and be trained in a variety of circus skills?

Off-stage things aren’t going well either – she’s fallen out with her best friend, remains firmly in the friend-zone with her crush and her parents are driving her crazy. One way or another, Elektra’s life is now spent waiting for the phone to ring – waiting for callback.

Can an average girl-next-door like Elektra really make it in the world of luvvies and starlets? Geek Girl meets Fame meets New Girl in this brilliantly funny new series!

Defence Against the Dark Arts – Reducto: title starts with an “R”

3494957A funny, raucous, and delightfully dirty history of 1,000 years of bedroom-hopping secrets and scandals of Britain’s royals.

Insatiable kings, lecherous queens, kissing cousins, and wanton consorts? History has never been so much fun.

Royal unions have always been the stuff of scintillating gossip, from the passionate Plantagenets to Henry VIII’s alarming head count of wives and mistresses, to the Sapphic crushes of Mary and Anne Stuart right on up through the scandal-blighted coupling of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Thrown into loveless, arranged marriages for political and economic gain, many royals were driven to indulge their pleasures outside the marital bed, engaging in delicious flirtations, lurid love letters, and rampant sex with voluptuous and willing partners.

This nearly pathological lust made for some of the most titillating scandals in Great Britain?s history. Hardly harmless, these affairs have disrupted dynastic alliances, endangered lives, and most of all, fed the salacious curiosity of the public for centuries. Royal Affairs will satiate that curiosity by bringing this arousing history alive.

History of Magic – Published at least 10 years ago

The unifying premise for this short story collection is the Tuesday Club: six people 31309who meet socially one evening at Jane Marple’s home and then decide to meet regularly each Tuesday night to solve a mystery which a group member must relate.

Unsolved mysteries… When author Raymond West proposes a regular gathering of friends with unique and disparate outlooks to solve mysteries, the Tuesday Night Club is formed.

Sir Henry Clithering, retired chief commissioner of Scotland yard proposes their first mystery…

After a supper of canned lobster and a dessert of trifle, three people become ill and Mrs Jones is found dead. Although a bout of botulism is suspected, the Tuesday Night Club examines the matter further…

Transfiguration – Sprayed edges or red cover

35502079Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

Are you taking your OWLs this year?

9 thoughts on “The OWLS Readathon | April 2019

  1. I love your editing skills on the picture Laura! Royal Affairs looks interesting and anything Agatha Christie is always a wonderful read. Best of luck on your OWLs!

    1. OOH that’s so cool — I was very torn between the librarian career and the professor reads. Good luck with the readathon — I bet you’ll ace it!

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