O.W.L’s 2020 Magical Readathon TBR @MagicalReadtn

Posted March 29, 2020 by midnightreview in Book Talk / 2 Comments

This will be my first year taking part in G’s Magical Readathon and I am really looking forward to it. You can find her announcement video here.

I have spent a happy couple of hours putting together a TBR, and chosing a book for each prompt. However, there is no way I am going to get to them all. I am prioritising the books for my chosen profession and extra Training.


I am going to focus on the profession of Librarian. Seeking and Hunting the lost tomes of knowledge. I need to gain 5 O.W.L’s to start the training.

Ancient Runes

The Heart Rune, read a book with a heart on the cover or in the title.

For this prompt I have chosen Frostheart by Jamie Littler. I have wanted to read this book since watching numerous video by Gavin, at How to Train Your Gavin on YouTube. I thought this would be a great opportunity to slot it in.


Read a book outside of your favourite genre.

My bookclub pick this month is certainly out of my comfort zone. It is Rebeccca by Daphne Du Maurier. I must admit to some trepidation going in as classics is something I avoid.

Defence Against the Dark Arts

A book set at the Sea or the coast

For this I am going to read Coral by Sara Ella. It features mermaids so plenty of sea of there. It is also a story about depression, so I felt it fit the theme very well.

History of Magic

Witch hunts, a book featuring witches and/or wizards

On my netgalley account I have a book called Darkwood by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch that sounds perfect for this prompt. From what I can gather it is about persecuted witches.


A book or a series that includes shapeshifting.

This was harder than I thought it would be, but tucked away on my kindle I found Moon Called by Patrica Briggs. I think it is a paranormal romance, it certainly contains a lot of shapeshifters.

Animagus Training.

Being an Animagus would certainly be handy for sneaking into places and recovering lost books. The only extra read I need for that is potions. You can double up careers and training reads.


Read a book under 150 pages.

Not going to lie, the appeal of a short book certainly played into my decision to choose this training. For this I am going to chose one the stories in the Cursed Anthology. I have wanted to get this book for a while and I currently don’t have any unread short story collections.

Blog Tour Books

Of the three blog tours I have coming up, I’ve managed to fit two into the Magical Readathon prompts.


Use a random number generator to pick your read.

Okay I cheated here slightly. I asked my son to pick either the number 1 or 2 to determine which blog tour book to read. He chose two which was, The Book of Koli by Mike Carey. A book where nature has turned against humanity. Not sure how I feel going into this given the current climate, we will see how it goes.


Night classes, read the majority of this book when it’s dark outside.

Maybe slightly challenging now the clocks have gone forward, I’ll give it my best shot. For this I am going to read The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence. I felt this was the perfect fit for the prompt and I am on the blog tour for this book in May.

For those that are new to my blog, I adore Mark’s work – he is one of my favourite authors and The Book of the Ancestor is one of the best trilogies I have ever read. This book takes us back to the world of the Ancestor, I’m incredibly excited to read it.

The Odd One Out

I couldn’t fit all the books into the prompts. The other blog tour I am on is I am Dust by Louise Beech. This book I will read first and hope to read it quite quickly!

The Remaining Prompts

So that leaves us with 4 prompts to fill. Now, I do not think for one moment I will manage to read all of these books, but I felt it was fun to find a book for each regardless.


Lumos Maxima: A book with a white cover.

I had quite a lot to choose from here, I’ve gone with Scouse Gothic 3 by Ian McKinney. The first two in the series are so quirky and fun, I’m excited to see how it ends.


Mimbulus Mimbletonia: Title to start with an M

Heading to the Discworld for this pick and going for Mort by Terry Pratchett. The character of DEATH is brilliantly written, this book is a lot of fun. It is my only re read on the list.

Care of Magical Creatures

Read a book with a beak on the cover.

The stunning Fairyloot edition of Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez fits the prompt nicely. Featuring an owl and a parrot (?) on the cover. I’m hoping I get to this one as it sounds magical.

Muggle Studies.

Last but not least we have muggle studies, read a contemporary. This isn’t a genre I know a lot about. However, there is one book that keeps popping up on my feeds. Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. The main character suffers from Fibromyalgia which is a condition that I myself have.

So there we have it, my O.W.L’s TBR. Are you taking part? If so come and find me on twitter @purplekizz or on my Facebook page The Midnight Review (@midnightreviewblog) and tell me what profession you are working towards and what is on your TBR. Unfortunately the comment section of my blog is currently unavailable.

Let the reading commence!

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