Hi guys! So you might have already heard about the OWL Readathon back in April when it was actually happening – but I didn’t. (If you didn’t either you can check out the announcement video here or read the announcement letter here.) Since the NEWTs are taking place in August and I really want to participate, I decided to do the OWLs in July! To get a passing grade you have to sit two OWLS (aka finish two books). I’m planning on reading 8 books, but since I’m terrible at deciding what to read I made my mom pick my TBR for me! She’s a big reader too, but not as big an SFF-reader as me, so it’ll be really interesting to see what books she picks.
Ancient Runes: Read a book with a symbol on the cover
Mom’s pick: Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova
Mom: You love witches.
Me: I do.
Mom: And the other one’s a bit boring.
Astronomy: Read a sci-fi novel
Mom’s pick: Empire by Michael R. Hicks
Mom: There’s blue aliens in it. Like Avatar.
Me: Brilliant input.
Care of Magical Creatures – A book that includes magical creatures (on the cover counts)
Mom’s pick: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Mom: I know you really want me to pick To Kill a Kingdom.
Me: You can pick whatever you want, I want to read all the books.
Me: I really want you to pick To Kill a Kingdom
Charms – Read a fantasy book
Mom’s pick: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
Mom: The guys on the cover look cool. And broad-shouldered. Isn’t that your thing?
Divination – Read a book featuring prophecies
Mom’s pick: The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
Mom: This is hard. This one’s really good, but the other one’s good too. But this one’s so beautifully written. But the other one’s got a circus.
Me: You’re starting to sound like me.
Herbology – Read a book with a nature related word in the title
Mom’s pick: The Book of Pearl by Timothée de Fombelle
Mom: The title’s beautiful. And it’s French.
Me: I’d say that’s shallow, but…
Mom: …that’s why you bought it.
History of Magic – Read a historical fiction novel
Mom’s pick: Daughters of Castle Deverill by Santa Montefiore
Mom: I want you to read it, so you can tell me if it’s any good.
Me: Every time you buy a series, I have to read them first.
Mom: And you’ve found some amazing books that way, so don’t complain.
Transfiguration – Read a bok that deals with transfiguration/ shapeshiting
Mom’s picks: Secrets of Selkie Bay by Shelley Moore Thomas
Mom: It’s reminds of that animated movie we watched, Song of the Sea
Me: That’s why I bought it
Mom: But that was so long ago. Why haven’t you read it?
Me: You’re not supposed to ask me that…
That went so much faster than when I pick my own TBR. And I now have a super exciting TBR to look forward too, so thank you mama! Let’s talk! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Did you take your OWLs in April? Are you planning on taking your NEWTS in August?