OWLs Magical Readathon 2020 TBR

Andy Williams may have sung It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year about Christmas, but for bookworms and Harry Potter fans this song also applies to April.

April is the month of the OWLs, part of the Magical Readathon run by G from Book Roast. This readathon is set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and throughout the month of April students complete their OWLs by reading books fitting the prompts. It’s as if you were in the Great Hall taking the exams yourself.

In August, you can complete your NEWTs and aim for a career in the Wizarding World.  I’m concentrating on a career too, and I’ve already picked it out.

I filmed a TBR for my (brand new) Book Tube channel, but let’s share my TBR here too. I’ve also put a list together of books that I don’t need, but could get around to and try to get as many OWLs as I can.

Anything to take my mind off what’s happening in the world right now.


For this year, I’m aiming to be a Trader of Magical Tomes. Basically, a magical bookseller. I’m totally on board with that.


Image via G from Book Roast

For this, I need to complete four OWLs:

Ancient Runes – Heart rune: a book with a heart on the cover or in the title

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simison

Charms – Lumos Maxima: a book with a white cover

Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

History of Magic – Witch hunts: book featuring witches/wizards

Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan

Transfiguration – Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shapeshifting

Animorphs #2: The Visitor by K.A. Applegate

I’m also taking the Merpeople Lingustics seminar this year. These are optional extra classes you can take throughout the month. For this I need:

Herbology – Mimbulus mimbeltonia: title starts with an M

Milkman by Anna Burns

Those are the OWLs I need to pass, but I also have some ideas for the other prompts too, just in case I pass early. (Never was a more Ravenclaw sentence written.)

Arithmancy – Magical qualities of number two: balance/opposites – read something outside your comfort zone

Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran

Astronomy – Night classes: read majority of this book when it’s dark outside

Dawn and the Older Boy by Ann M Martin

Care of Magical Creatures – Hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover

Make or Break at the Lighthouse B&B by Portia MacIntosh

Defence Against the Dark Arts –Grindylows: book set at the sea/coast

Summer Island by Natalie Normann

Divination – Third Eye: assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

Muggle Studies – book from the perspective of a Muggle (a contemporary)

Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard

Potions – Shrinking Solution: book under 150 pages

Jessi’s Babysitter by Ann M Martin

So, those are the 12 books I would aim to finish for the month of April.

Are you taking part in the OWLs too? What career are you aiming for? Tell us in the comments.

10 thoughts on “OWLs Magical Readathon 2020 TBR

  1. Best of luck with the readathon! Perfectly Preventable Deaths is one I’d really like to try, so I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it. 🙂 I’m excited for Queen of Coin and Whispers, too!

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