I’m a little late to the game, but wanted to share with you anyways. I discovered an April readathon via YouTuber Rebecca Lovato. (Her channel is here and the video that brought this wonderful readathon to my attention is here.) The readathon is called the Magical Readathon and is created by Book Roast. (Her channel is here and her explanation video is here.) There’s an entire website dedicated to this readathon and the materials created are beautiful!
I haven’t done this one before, but to my understanding you first pick a wizarding career you want (with the super awesome career guide on the website) and then you read the books that correspond with the OWLs on the career. (And in August, you get to take the NEWTs in another readathon. :))
The career I chose was Spell Maker. The required OWLs and their prompts are:
Ancient Runes – Read a book with a heart on the cover
Arithmency – Read a book outside your favorite genre
Astronomy – Read a book mainly at night
Charms – Book with a white cover
Divination – Use a random number generator to choose book
History of Magic – Book featuring a witch or wizard
Transfiguration – Book that includes shapeshifting
So the here are the books I chose, and why:
(clicking on a cover will take you to Amazon via affiliate link)
Arithmancy: In the Woods by Tana French
I heard about this book through a library book club (which is now cancelled) and it sounded intriguing. Plus, it’s way out of my comfort zone of genres to read.
Astronomy: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This is just a book that has been on my TBR for quite a long time! And I usually read everything at night, so I could have stuck pretty much any book in this category.
Divination: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
So I first tried choosing this book from my entire TBR (which had 3927 books on it!) but I soon discovered that a lot of the books don’t fit my current preferences any more. (I mean, my Goodreads TBR has been growing for almost ten years.) With the coronavirus stay-at-home order in place, it’s pretty hard to track down some of the books. So I instead created a list of 20 books I either owned or could get from the library as an ebook. And then used a random number generator from there. And that’s how I “divined” this book to read!
History of Magic: Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
This book’s main character is Tortall’s most powerful mage, which I’m fairly sure counts him as a wizard. I’m super excited to get back into the intricate world of Tortall!
Transfiguration: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
I was a little bit stuck on this one, so I went to the community list of suggestions. This book was on there and I’ve enjoyed Julie Kagawa’s books in the past, so I’ll give this one a try!
Are you participating in the Magical Readathon? What career did you choose and/or what books are on your list?