Weekend Reads #97: Week 1 — OWLs 2020 Progress Report

Weekend Reads is a weekly post I haven’t done much of in a very long time, but I’m jumping back into it for this month to share my reading progress for the OWLs Magical Readathon, which is taking place this entire month.

I’ve decided to do all the subjects for the OWLs because I haven’t yet settled on a wizarding career for the NEWTs. I’m torn between Mind Medic, which, thanks to this handy post on Whimsy Pages, is one of the most demanding careers requiring 12 books for the NEWTs, and Trader of Magical Tomes, which requires 5 books for the NEWTs.

Well, here are the subjects I’ve completed so far for the OWLs.

Ancient Runes

Book read: The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
I read the Penguin Little Black Classics edition, which contains three of Poe’s short stories all of which were great, but I liked “The Tell-Tale Heart” the most.

Care of Magical Creatures
Defense Against the Dark Arts
History of Magic
Muggle Studies

Book read: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (illus.)
A YA graphic novel that was surprisingly good. I consider it a favorite. I enjoyed it immensely.

What I’m currently reading:

I have many books listed on my Goodreads currently reading shelf. But these are the ones I’m reading for the readathon.

My TBR for the readathon contains many short things and since I’ve already completed two, I wanted to jump into one of the novels I have listed on it this weekend.

The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer

This is my read for Care of Magical Creatures. I didn’t intend to start it now but since the digital copy of the book I wanted wasn’t available at my library, I decided to get going on this one. I thought it would be a quick read, but so far I’m bored. I’m only a few pages in though, so this might change for the better soon.

Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares, narr. by Angela Goethals

This is my read for Muggle Studies. It’s the book I wanted to start this weekend but the e-book wasn’t available through my library’s Libby, so I borrowed the audiobook instead. It’s okay so far, but I would have preferred the e-book.

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

This is my read for History of Magic. I’m actually reading it for two reading events, this one and Turtle Recall, a readathon based on the Discworld books. I’m only a few pages in but am liking it.

What are you reading this weekend?

Are you participating in the OWL Magical Readathon? If so, what’s your progress so far?


15 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #97: Week 1 — OWLs 2020 Progress Report

    1. I put it down for now. Plan to pick it up again after the OWLs readathon. Was reading it toward the end of my reading slump, so would like to try again to give it a fair chance.

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  1. Ohhh I plan on reading Nimona this month myself! I look forward to it now. 🙂 Also nice to see that you got around to reading some Edgar Allan Poe. It’s been on my TBR forever… I always tell myself I’d read some in October but then the size of my edition makes me push it off for another time! 😛


    1. Awesome! Nimona was so good. I think I probably added it to my favorites because I liked it that much.
      Lol! I had a huge book of Poe’s works that I gave it because it was huge and intimidating. I think I’d prefer several compendiums of his work that are shorter. The ones I read the other night were really go tho. I’d highly recommend his stuff.

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  2. Yay! We can read all 12 books! And then have ALL careers available to us for N.E.W.Ts = dream come true. Lol

    I’ve heard great things about Nimona, really should add it to my TBR.

    This weekend was very productive actually. I finished 2 books, 2 comics and 1 short story. So far I’m 5/12 for OWLs. 🙂

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    1. Lol a NEWTS dream come true indeed! 🙂

      Yea, def try Nimona. It was such a fun read and I like how it subverts the hero/villain trope.

      Oh wow! You’re on a roll with this readathon. You’re doing really good!

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  3. I’m also participating in the O.W.Ls but haven’t finished a book yet. 😦 I was hoping to at least be done with the library book so I could return it since I know there is a waiting list for it. That and it’s due back in about a week from now.


    1. No sweat. You still have plenty of time to get through some books. I only managed to read two because they were very short and could be completed in one sitting.


  4. I don’t take part in challenges these days because I always fail miserably!
    I like your list of books, though. For fantasy, right now I’m waiting for the audiobook hold on The Princess Beard to come back in from the library. The loan expired before I could finish it! It’s humorous fantasy, lots of wordplay and spoofing.


    1. Lol same here. I always fail but it’s always fun to sign up and have a go at it. I laugh at my performance later because I often know before I start that I won’t advance very far.

      I’ve heard about the Princess Beard. I just started trying out humorous fantasy through the Discworld books.

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  5. I have a copy of The Glass Magician that I’m wondering if I should read, but if you’re already bored, it worries me a little. I’ll wait until I hear what you thought over all😁


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