April TBR & O.W.L.s Magical Readathon


Hey lovelies! 💛✨

This month is going to be a little different. I’m still in the middle of my seasonal tbr but a few days ago, I stumbled across a mention of a magical Harry Potter-themed readathon. When Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes’s TBR post popped up into my subscription box a day later, I went down the rabbit hole and simply could not resist participating!

If you’re new to Book Roast‘s Magical Readathon like me, you’re in for a treat. This month is the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon. It’s basically the first part of a two-month-long readathon, themed on taking your Hogwarts exams. This month we’re taking our O.W.L.s and in August we’ll take our N.E.W.T.s. You read a book for each exam needed to pursue the wizarding career path you’ve chosen. I’m going to leave you a link to the official Twitter page and Book Roast’s introduction video because she can explain the concept a lot better than I can and she has all of the relevant links in the description box.

Like I said though, I am still trying to conquer my big seasonal tbr so all of the books I hope to read this month as a part of the readathon are from that tbr.

O.W.L.s – Career Path:

I do want to lowkey challenge myself to read all 12 exams, but I am going to pursue a career path because 🤷the booklet is so pretty and I want to take part. I went with the herbologist’s career path. It only has three exams (which perfectly fits the three books I want to prioritise) and it genuinely sounds like something I’d pursued if I had a green thumb and was less terrified of the Great Outdoors.


Care of Magical Creatures • Land animal on cover

A Crown of Wishes // Roshani Chokshi • The Star-Touched Queen was phenomenal and I’m so pleased I have a concrete excuse to make sure I finally pick this up.

Herbology • Plant on the cover

Truly, Devious // Maureen Johnson • I just got The Vanishing Stair in the mail but it’s been eighteenth months since I picked it up and y’all, I can barely remember what I read yesterday. It’s time for a reread.

Potions • Next ingredient: Sequel

Lord of Shadows // Cassandra Clare • I’ve decided. It’s finally going to be the month I pick up LoS. I think I’ll reread Lady Midnight first but as soon as I do, this has to happen.

Other Exams:


Ancient Runes • Retelling

A Curse so Dark & Lonely // Brigid Kemmerer • Letter to the Lost is one of my favourite contemporaries and have heard nothing but amazing things about this Beauty & the Beast retelling.

Arithmancy • Work written by more than one author

The Iron Trial // Holly Black & Cassie Clare • This is the only unread book I own that has multiple authors but I do have Undying on my seasonal tbr so I’ll see if I can get an ebook from the library.

Astronomy • ‘Star’ in the title

The Calculating Stars // Mary Robinette Kowal • I hoped to get to this as part of the BookTube SFF Awards.


Charms • Age line: Read an adult work

I have a few adult books on my tbr at the moment and I think I’m going to mood read this prompt. It’ll either be a BookTube SFF Award nominee – Vicious, The Poppy War, Red Sister, or Foundryside – or a library book I have out, An Unwanted Guest or The Woman in Cabin 10.


Defence Against the Dark Arts • Reduco: Title stars with a ‘R’

Red, White & Royal Blue // Casey McQuiston • I’m so blessed to have gotten an eARC of this and I need to prioritise it this month. I could possibly switch it out for Red Sister if I need to but I doubt that’ll happen.

Divination • Set in the future

The Quiet at the End of the World // Lauren James • I am genuinely embarrassed I haven’t read this yet, considering how often I rave about The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.

History of Magic • Published at least 10 years ago

The Perks of Being a Wallflower // Stephen Chboksy • It’s gotten to the point where I’m simply reading this book because of the accomplishment I will feel once it’s done and off my tbr.

Muggle Studies • Contemporary

I’ll probably pick up Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) but I do have a few books I could switch around for this prompt.

Transfiguration • Sprayed Edges or Red Cover

The Vanishing Stair // Maureen Johnson • It’s here. I need to read it. I will, the second I finish rereading Truly, Devious. Everyone says it’s even better than the first book. I’m ready.

April TBR:


Yes, there are still other books I want slash need to read this month. The Boy Who Steals Houses is The YA Circle’s April botm (which I could not be more excited for *cue screaming*) and When the Moon Was Ours is the Dragons & Tea Book Club’s botm. I also have some eARCs and other library books to catch up on.

Luckily, it’s school holidays this month. I have a lot of reading planned!

Let’s Chat 💛✨

are you participating in the readathon too? what career path did you choose?? was it because of the prompts or because it actually would interest you?? let me know!!

3 thoughts on “April TBR & O.W.L.s Magical Readathon

    1. i found it so hard to choose too! i tossed up between herbologist and magizoologist for ages but i thought herbologist aligned w/ my interests a teeny bit more. there were so many options it was a bit overwhelming but book roast did an incredible job with the pamphlet. it’s amazing


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