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11 March 2020

Magical Readathon Recommendations for OWL Prompts 2020

Magical Readathon is back for a third year and I am excited! I'm still trying to figure out which career to pursue, but I thought I'd get a head start on figuring out my TBR. This year, some of the prompts are a little tricky, so I've put together a list of books I personally loved that fit the prompts to help you build your own TBR. A lot of them are less well known, but every one of them was a five star read for me.
Magical Readathon Recommendations for OWL Prompts 2020

Are you unsure about what books to read for your OWLs? Then look no further as I have one for every subject and prompt.

Ancient Runes

Heart rune: heart on the cover or in the title
This book is stunning and vivid and I thought it was beautifully written. The Hand, The Eye & The Heart by Zoë Marriott fits this prompt perfectly, and the cover and story are breathtaking.


Magical qualities of number 2: balance/opposites - read something outside your favourite genre
I read across a lot of different genres and if this were for me I'd probably go for something totally outside of my comfort zone like a Mal Peet sports thriller. But my recommendation is Wild Embers by Nikita Gill. When was the last time you read a poetry collection?


Night classes: read majority of this book when it's dark outside
I was just going to straight up recommend the Charlotte Brontë classic, but I thought I'd mix it up a put Jane Eyre: A Retelling by Tanya Landman. You could read this in a single short sitting and still experience everything that is so haunting and beautiful about the well loved classic.

Care of Magical Creatures

Hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson has a great big raven on the cover. Although I originally read this when I was not in a fae phase, it's still one I'd recommend, I loved all of the manipulation.


Lumos Maxima: white cover
My mind straight away jumped to Gilded Cage by Vic James. I first read this book when it was available only as an ebook, and since then I have literally read it to death. My first copy has fallen apart. And the UK edition has a stunning white cover, with gold foil details.

Defence Against the Dark Arts

Grindylows: book set at the sea/coast
I got The Beholder by Anna Bright in a Fairyloot box last year, and I instantly fell in love with it. It's set at sea, on a ship, for a fair portion of the story, and quite near to the coast for others. Also the cover is amazing and features a beautiful ship.


Third eye: assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read
I did this with my 5-star reads to pick out a recommendation, and it popped out The Sharp Edge of a Snowflake by Sif Sigmarsdóttir, a fantastically dark Nordic Noir YA Thriller.


Mimbulus mimbletonia: title starts with an M
My mind went straight to Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff for this prompt! It's a fantastically clever book set in a brilliant magical world, and I recommend it whenever I can.

History of Magic

Witch hunts: book featuring witches/wizards
How could I not recommend The Witch's Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr? It's a fantastic story about magic and family and fate.

Muggle Studies

Book from a perspective of a muggle (contemporary)
I almost hesitated to recommend this book because it's so hard hitting, but I'm recommending Meat Market by Juno Dawson. Jana's story is amazingly written, and although tough going at times really fills you with hope.


Shrinking Solutions: book under 150 pages
I could basically recommend any Barrington Stoke book here, but I'm specifically recommending Letting Go by Cat Clarke because I read it in December and still think about it almost daily. It's a little over 100 pages long and it's wonderfully crafted.


Animagus lecture: book/series that includes shapeshifting
I ended up going for werewolves-ish for this prompt, mostly because shapeshifting is Not My Thing and the book I am recommending is amazing. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger is a bit of a boarding school caper, if that boarding school was actually a finishing school for students espionage and assassination on a dirigible floating in the sky.

Are you taking part in Magical Readathon?
What's on your TBR?


  1. I recently read An Enchantment Of Ravens and absolutely loved it!

  2. ill be reading enchantment of ravens soon i hope :D

  3. I love Meat Market so much! I want to re-read it soon!

  4. I'm doing this readathon for the first time. So many great sounding books!

  5. This is my first year participating in OWLs! These are some great recommendations!


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