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.
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.