O.W.L.s Readathon 2019 Wrap Up

Hey y’all! At the end of March, I announced in this post that I would be participating in the O.W.L.s. magical readathon in April. I chose a career, made a TBR and had a really great first week and then…I quit the readathon all together.

I abandoned the readathon because I felt like I was suffocating from having a structured TBR. I decided I was going to read whatever I was in the mood for without having to consider reading prompts. Well, it turns out that I couldn’t quite escape the readathon because most of the books I mood read fit a few prompts.

Without further ado, here’s the wrap up.

REQUIRED EXAMS

These are the classes that I had to sit for for because of the wizarding career I selected (Aurology).

  • Astronomy – The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (review) – This book was confusing but enjoyable? The world was interesting, the writing was full of imagery and lush, but also confusing? I don’t know how else to explain it. I liked it though.  A lot. I gave this 3/5 stars and will continue the series.
  • Divination – Legend by Marie Lu (review) – I wasn’t expecting much from this book, but I ended caring about the characters more than I thought I would. The story is flawed and the world-building could’ve been fleshed out a little more, but it’s fun and the characters are easy to root for (and against). I rated it 4/5 stars and will continue the series.
  • History of Magic – Matilda by Roald Dahl (review) – Very enjoyable children’s classic that I wish I had read as a child. Loved every single minute of the audiobook, which was narrated by Kate Winslet. Definitely need to rewatch the movie now that I’ve FINALLY read the book. I gave this 5/5 stars.

Elective Exams

These are the additional books I read in April that ended up working for some of the other subjects I hadn’t planned to sit for.

  • Care of Magical Creatures – The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena (review) – I picked this up on a whim at the bookstore and read it in a day. So much fun and a mature YA contemporary. I gave this 5/5 stars.
  • Charms – The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish (review) – At the beginning of the year, I challenged myself to read 12 books from the 2018 Goodreads Awards. The Last Unicorn was on that list because it was voted best humor by readers. The waitlist for this book was really long so when it was my turn to borrow it, I had to squeeze it in my April reading month. Fortunately, I didn’t have to return it to the library unread. I was on the fence about the rating, but I gave it 4/5 stars because Tiffany Haddish is a great storyteller.
  • Herbology – With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – Although I didn’t love this as much as The Poet X, I really enjoyed it and have a review coming soon. I rated it 4/5 stars because I loved the characters so much.
  • Muggle Studies – The Bride Test by Helen Hoang – Helen Hoang has become one of my favorite romance writers. This was such a fun book that comes out in May and I’m ready for Helen Hoang to publish more romance novels. Review for this will be up on May 7th. I rated it 4.5/5 stars.
  • Potions – Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – Thunderhead is the sequel to Scythe and I thought this was going to be a 4 star read because I didn’t love the subplot or the new characters the author introduced, but the ending came through. I ended up rating this 4.5 stars and I can’t wait for the final book in the trilogy. Review to come.
  • Transfiguration – Scythe by Neal Shusterman – This was my favorite read and yet I’m out of words and don’t know what else to say except THIS WAS SO GOOD. Really. Truly. It was so interesting and the writing was great. FIVE STARS. Review to come.

Summary

Total books read: 9
Average rating: 3.57
Genre: Contemporary (2), Fantasy (2), Non-Fiction (1), Romance (1), Science Fiction (1)
Favorite Book: Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Least Favorite: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Did you participate in the O.W.L.s readathon? How’d you do? Let me know in the comments.

As always, thanks so much for reading. Until next time!

15 thoughts on “O.W.L.s Readathon 2019 Wrap Up

  1. You still did great. Structured tbr’s can be so hard with these though. Sometimes it helps to note down multiple options for each prompt. I also really ended up liking Legend. I was able to complete all 12 OWLS. 🙂

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  2. I’m happy to see you loved Scythe! It was one of my favourite reads of last year!
    I just managed to finish all my OWLs right on time 🙂

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  3. Congratulations on completing the OWLs!! Will you be participating in NEWTs in August?
    I managed to read all books required for my career (Auror) and one more that fit well with the Divination exam. Although, I have to admit that I struggled a bit. Next time I decide to participate, I need to choose more books for each exam so I can switch my picks as I go according to my reading mood. 🙂

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    1. Congratulations on completing the OWLs!! I’m definitely going to pick multiple books for the prompts next time. I’m kind on the fence about the NEWTs. I participated in the NEWTs last year and really enjoyed, but I felt a little burnt out afterwards.

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      1. Thank you 🙂 That is true, read-a-thons usually have this bad side of causing a burn out. I think I prefer week long read-a-thons the most. They are just long enough to push myself to read more, but not too long to drive me into a reading slump 😀

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  4. I’m participating in a few book bingos, but I’m (currently) not choosing my reads based on the bingos, but filling out cards as the books fit. I already structure my reading around ARC releases, don’t feel like adding another layer of stress! I loved Scythe and Thunderhead, can’t wait for the final book!

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  5. YAY! Congrats on doing so well on your OWLs! Books that double as mood reading and tbr fulfilling are truly the best. 🙃

    You read and loved Scythe! I’m so happy! It’s one of my absolute favorites. Neal Shusterman is a legend. I need the Toll to release pronto! 💕

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