As a Harry Potter fan, I was beyond excited when I saw this readathon announced on Book Roast, a booktube channel. It’s creative and a fun, bookish way to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday, especially since I expect to be otherwise bored or just plain exhausted. (Hopefully the later because that would mean I have something to do.)
The Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts will be held from December 17-26, which is a little over a week long. However, I’ll break that rule and just dedicate my whole December to this readathon, if I participate, because I think I’ll read at a slower pace due to being busy and/or exhausted.
This readathon is structured like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story, which is pretty cool. Participants start with the prompt at the top, “Finish your coursework,” and must choose a path to follow in order to “Attend the Christmas Feast,” which is the last prompt. Reading activities are associated with each prompt (see below).
I suggest that you check out Book Roast’s video for more details about the readathon as well as for various versions of the activity map. She offers one with a parchment textured background that I like, but I prefer the one pictured above because it looks like a map I have to follow to find my way to the Christmas Feast.
I’ve listed below all the prompts and the activities associated with them and have chosen books for them all. Participants can only choose 1 path to follow, so I’ll place the prompts of my chosen path in blue. I’m including all the prompts and my reading choices because I might change my mind about the path later.
Finish your coursework.
Finish your current read.
Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks
This is the second novel in Weeks’s Night Angel trilogy, which are fantasy novels about a boy who becomes am assassin. I’m currently reading this for Tome Topple and am liking it though I’m reading it slowly — my reading time is limited.
Help Hagrid decorate the trees.
A book with a golden detail
Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan (illus.) and Eric Fan (illus.)
A children’s picture book that I’ve been yearning to read because of the beautiful illustrations and design.
Have a snowball fight with the Weasley twins.
A book you think will be humorous
How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston
I’ve heard this is a good read that’s very humorous.
Visit the 3 Broomsticks for Müller Pixie wine.
A book that should only take you a day/evening
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
A sci-fi novella about a girl who’s the first of her people to be accepted at Oomza University, the most prestigious higher-learning institution in the galaxy. I think there are some conflicts surrounding her decision to attend the university.
Exchange presents in your Common Room.
A book that features/is about friendship
Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce
The second novel in Tamora Pierce’s Immortals series, which follows her Song of the Lioness series. The Immortals is a YA fantasy series about a girl who can communicate with animals.
Sneak into the kitchen to gift Dobby odd socks.
A book that has an item of clothing on the cover.
Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares
The fourth novel in the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series, which is about the friendship between four girls who share a pair of pants that they only wear in the summer. That premise sounds weird but the books are sweet, quick reads. I have only this one to read to complete the series.
Attend a Yule Ball.
A book you’ve been preparing yourself for
The Diviners by Libba Bray
A YA historical, paranormal novel. I’ve forgotten what exactly it’s about, and I haven’t been “preparing myself” for it, but I’m featuring it here because I do plan to buddy-read it with Rachel from Life of a Female Bibliophile in December.
Fly around snowy Hogwarts grounds.
A book that has a building on the cover
Storybound by Melissa Burt
A middle-grade fantasy book about a girl who ends up in the story she’s reading. It makes me think of The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, which has a similar premise.
Put on your knitted sweater from Molly Weasley.
A book with present parents or focuses on family
Avatar the Last Airbender: The Promise by Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, and Gene Luen Yang, illus. by Gurihiru
I’d love to get and read the library edition of The Promise, which I think covers the first season of Avatar, the Last Airbender and includes notes and comments from the creators — Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.
Use your Invisibility Cloak to get into the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library.
Read a banned book.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
I haven’t read this since high school, so it’s long overdue for a reread. I wonder if I’ll like it this time.
Bring a festive treat to Hedwig at the Owlery.
A book with an animal on the cover/title/series name.
Wild Animals of the North by Dieter Braun (illus.)
A picture book that features animals found in the northern hemisphere.
Attend the Christmas Feast.
Watch a Harry Potter movie (optional).
The Crimes of Grindelwald
I don’t like any of the Harry Potter movies, so I’ll go watch The Crimes of Grindelwald instead.