This was my first time participating in the Magical Readathon and as we are all at home these days, I thought it was the perfect time to get some reading done while also keeping my anxiety at bay. And while I had plans to complete the prompts for either the Hogwarts Professor or Trader of Magical Tomes careers, I ended up finishing all the promps. This means come August, I will have all the options open and I can decide which NEWTS I’m interested in at that time.
And now it’s time for me to talk about all the books I read for the OWLs and what I thought about them.
Potions – Book under 150 pages
The magical city of Cairo that the author has created in this story is a delight and I had such fun reading this novella. Very entertaining as well as mysterious and I can’t wait to visit it again in a novel next year.
Defense Against the Dark Arts – Book at the Sea/Coast
This was a cool YA fantasy and I particularly loved the island based world building. The different kinds of magic were also pretty interesting and I can’t wait to see more of them in action in the sequel.
Astronomy – Read majority of this book when it’s dark outside
This was my first time reading Ted Chiang and what a revelation it was. These short stories are stunning, they leave you with more questions than answers, but it’s also clearly evident why multiple of them are nominated for the Hugo/Nebula awards.
Herbology – Title starts with an ‘M’
One of my most anticipated YA contemporary releases of this year, this was as wonderful to read as I expected and I was so excited trying to figure out which of the four girls would be the future President.
Charms – White Cover
An enchanting literary mystery, two amazing young women and the beautiful city of Paris – this book was a delight to read.
History of Magic – Book featuring Witches/Wizards
I was actually scared to read this novella because I thought it might be too out of my comfort zone, but it was such a mesmerizing read and I’m already excited to binge read the rest of the series.
Ancient Runes – Heart on the Cover or in the Title
A hilarious beginning, wonderful female friendship, a charming love story and a bit of a mystery – I totally fell in love with this book and I’m very sure the next one in the series is going to be as much fun.
Transfiguration – Book/Series that includes Shapeshifting
A sapphic Beauty and the Beast retelling – this was a fascinating world and I loved how much inspiration it took from Vietnamese culture and how beautifully diverse it was.
Muggle Studies – Book from a perspective of a muggle (contemporary)
I was so excited for this desi Persuation retelling but it turned out to be more sad than I could handle during this time. Definitely has none of the romcom vibes the cover is promising.
Divination – Assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your book
This was a charming love story and I really liked both the characters, but it was just too much of a slow burn for my taste and I wish the two ladies had gotten together a bit earlier in the book.
Care of Magical Creatures – Creature with a beak on the cover
An enchanting tale of revenge, power, friendship, feminism and empire told by forgotten people through ordinary objects – this was such a unique story and I was utterly captivated.
Arithmancy – Read something outside your favorite genre
This tale of space exploration is thoughtful, poignant and heartbreaking and it’ll really make you think. Now I understand why the author is considered such a compelling voice in sci-fi and why this novella is a Hugo nominee.
How did your OWLs examinations go? Were you able to complete all the books you wanted to? Which ones were your favorites? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below…