Magical Readathon O.W.L Week 1 Update

Week one of the Magical Readathon OWLs hosted by Book_Roast is completed. Time for an update on what I completed, short opinions on the books, and what I have left to complete. I also want to give a disclaimer that I am not participating in all the OWL events that Book_Roast is hosting, but am participating in a few events that other are putting on and using my OWL books towards those. Okay so with that said let’s jump into the update!

This was the first day of OWL’s and I really killed it this day. When I got up I remembered that the Audible version of The Tales of Beedle The Bard was released the last day of March. I wanted to listen to it but also wanted to start on my OWLs. So I looked up how many pages it was, expecting it to be just over 150 pages. It wasn’t! Since Of Mice and Men was still on loan through Libby and I had not yet been able to get it I figured I would just use The Tales of Beedle The Bard for my Potions OWL instead. The book version is right around 119 pages and the audio book is only like 1.5-2 hours long. The thing I loved most about this was that it was read by actors from the Harry Potter Movies. I enjoyed listening to Bonnie Wright read Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump. I could listen to her read books to me all day long, her voice is so soothing and I loved it! I wasn’t invested in all of the stories, but I did enjoy it so 7/10 from me!

I also completed my care of magical creatures OWL today. I used Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the version of the book that was written my Newt Scamander, not the screenplay. My favorite thing about this book was that the Kindle version of the book is what they call a book in motion. So a lot of the pictures had moving elements to it. It really made me feel like I was reading a real book from the wizarding world. The books was interesting, it didn’t really surve to give me any knowledge I would use later in life, but I really just enjoyed reading it for the fun of it.

I did absolutely nothing notable towards my OWLs today. I had planned on it but I got a little distracted. I was able to start Harry Potter: A History of Magic which definitely is not what I thought it was going to be about in the slightest. I am making slow progress on this one because I am using it for Astronomy and you have to read the majority of that book when it is dark outside. I keep intending to read it before bed and I keep falling asleep midway through a few pages.

Another day where I didn’t do too much work towards my OWLs. I did start reading My Big Fat Fake Wedding though. So I guess I at least got a start. I ended up having to make a lot of phone calls to my employees this day because we got some updates around work. Instead of them trying to give us a date we were going back they just told us we would not be going back for the foreseeable future. Once I finished those calls I made myself a nice alcoholic beverage along with cheese burgers for dinner and sat on my balcony the rest of the night reading. Update you can now find my full review by clicking on the name of the book!

Today I took part in a 12 hour mini readathon on Instagram put on by the lovely Kira from @kcbookshelf The prompt for this week was books with magic in them. I was able to make some more progress on OWLs today despite falling asleep 30 minutes into the readathon. Short version of the story is that I got up at like 5am. The readathon started at 7am where I live and I was all ready to go and start reading with everyone. It was still dark out though so I was still laying in bed, that was my mistake. 30 minutes in I fell back asleep and woke up 2 hours later. Soooo I ended up reading longer than most everyone else but that was okay.

For my Defence Against The Dark Arts OWL I read Sea Witch, which I thought was a retelling of The Little Mermaid. Turns out it was more of an origin story for the Sea Witch (Ursula). I still really enjoyed it. I am going to write a full review of the book in the coming days so keep an eye out for that. Update, you can now find my full review by clicking on the name of the book!

My History of Magic OWL was definitely not what I expected. I chose to read The Vine Witch despite having really no idea what the book was actually going to be about. The short version there was some curses, there were some demons, and there was some wine. Overall LOVED the book and am actually really excited for the next book in the series to come out. Again, I will be writing a full review for this so keep an eye out for that. Update, you can now find the full review by clicking on the name of the book!

Overall this week ended up going better than I originally thought it would with my pretty much two days of no reading. I finished up four books and have a decent start on the fifth and sixth books I need to read. I have four OWLS left to sit and 3 weeks to do it. That means that I only need to read like 1.5 books a week and I will be good. I am still needing a book for Transfiguration, but I am going to leave that for last and see what everyone else is reading for it. I guess technically I could use Sea Witch as the Transfiguration book because there is some shapeshifting involved and I could read the second book for my DATDA OWL. We will see where the following weeks take us. For now I am off to start reading more of My Big Fat Fake Wedding.

Are you participating in the OWLs? If so how are you doing so far? Do you think you are going to be able to finish your TBR by the end of the month? Let me know!

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