O.W.L.s Readathon

Welcome to a special kind of post! 🙂 For any of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram (or even Facebook for that matter), you may have noticed that I have been taking part in a readathon for the month of September.

The O.W.Ls readathon was a fantastic idea brought about by G from Book Roast (check out her YouTube link here) and took place in the month of April for the very first time this year. However, I had no idea about the readathon, or G, or Book Roast at this time (cry)!

Luckily for me, Sophie over at Blame it on Chocolate also missed out on the readathon and decided she was going to do it in the month of September, giving people the option to take part with her, which I clearly did.

There have been a handful of us taking part in this readathon and it’s been so nice getting to know other book bloggers and discussing the books we’re all reading, and doing some reading as well.

If you’d like to know more about the O.W.Ls readathon, you can check out Book Roast’s original video here explaining everything.

So, without further ado, let’s check out what I read and how many subjects I passed.


Ancient Ruins – Read a book with a symbol on the cover…

Fantastic Four comics (3) – I started this readathon with the intention of reading Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo; however, as the readathon got going, I realised that I was going to have to make some changes to my reading list, in order to pass the O.W.L.s that I wanted. Therefore, I decided to read the 3 Fantastic Four comics that I have, with each bearing the Fantastic Four symbol on the cover.

Arithmancy – Read a book with a number on the cover or in the title…

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus – This was the first book that I read for the readathon. I got through it in 2 days, and I absolutely loved the book. It had me hooked from the first chapter, and I couldn’t put it down. (5/5 rating).

Astronomy Read a science-fiction novel…

They Came With The Snow by Christopher Coleman – I wasn’t going to tackle this O.W.L., initially… until Amazon suggested this book for my Kindle, and – when I read what it was about – I realised that this book would be a perfect match for this subject. It is a short story, as well, so that was perfect! A brilliant story, which also has a sequel that I’m excited to read. (4.5/5 rating).

Care of magical creatures – Read a book that includes magical creatures or features a magical creature on the cover…

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix by J. K. Rowling – Kind of an obvious one, if you think about it! I listened to this book on Audible, which I would recommend (as it is highly entertaining – with Stephen Fry). This is the second Harry Potter book that I’ve listened to, and I’ve enjoyed them both so much. (5/5 rating).

Charms – Read a fantasy book…

Enlightened by Billie Kowalewski – I was given this book by the author (for a review), and I decided to try and add it into my readathon. Two birds; one stone! I enjoyed the story; however, I did find the beginning of this book difficult to get into, and it became quite repetitive for a few chapters – about 70% of the book in. (3.5/5 rating).

Defence against the dark arts – Read a book about (or featuring) secret societies (or clubs)…

Young Elites by Marie Lu – I wasn’t initially going to tackle this O.W.L., as I couldn’t think of a book that suited the subject. However, I saw this on Lily’s TBR for this particular readathon, and I thought – “Why not?”. What a fantastic read! I absolutely loved it! The storyline is fab; the characters are strong and fierce. I just loved the whole thing, and I can’t wait to read the second book. (5/5 rating).

Divination – Read a book featuring prophecies…


Herbology – Read a book with a nature-related word in the title…

High Heat by Lee Child – Another short story… I was going to read The Hazel Wood for this, but again, I needed to change my strategy. So, I decided to go for one of the Lee Child short stories that I had on my Kindle. Great story – looking back at Jack Reacher, as a young boy; really enjoyed it! (4/5 rating).

History of magic Read some historical fiction…

The Tattooist Of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – This was our Book Club’s “read for the month”, and after much deliberation within our Book Club’s group, we decided that this book is in fact “historical fiction” (note – in addition, when I Googled “historical fiction books”, this book always popped up). I absolutely loved this book, and you can see my review of it, here.

Muggle studies – Read a muggle non-fiction book…

First Man In: Leading From The Front by Ant Middleton – I was going to an event called “An Evening With Ant Middleton” in mid-September, and I therefore wanted to read his book before I went. Once again – two birds; one stone… I incorporated the book into my readathon. It’s such an amazing book, and I loved getting to know more about Ant – where he came from, how he grew up, what his military history is, what it was that made him who he is today… I’d absolutely recommend reading this book! (5/5 rating).


Potions Read a book about/with alchemy…


Transfiguration – Read a book that deals with transfiguration/shapeshifting (or a similar theme), or a book with a cat on the cover…

The Secret Of Seaside by Paige Comber – I decided to read this book because there is a cat on the front cover, and because it’s a short story. Which let’s face it, screams strategy. I really enjoyed this book, it was fast paced and kept you guessing right up until the end. I’d recommend this book. (4.5/5)

I therefore passed with an Outstanding grade – sitting for and passing 10 O.W.L.s!

The other girls that took part in this readathon are as follows:

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Lily | Twitter | Blog

Jackie | Twitter | Blog

Melissa | Blog

Rachael | Twitter | Blog



  1. September 30, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    Yay, so happy to see this wrap up!! You did extremely well Steph, and I’m so glad to have taken part in this readathon with you and Lily and everyone else, though the other girls didn’t participate as much so I obviously feel a bit closer to you two.

    You guys made the whole experience even more magical and exciting and made me want to push myself further and further everyday. I loved our chats and the way we encouraged each other throughout <3

    Also, you still managed an Outstading like the two of us so that's awesome!

    Loved the post, and now let's keep our spirits up for the N.E.W.T.s in November 👊

  2. September 30, 2018 / 9:43 pm

    Nice post! I really want to read The Tattooist Of Auschwitz and One of us is lying.

    • Stephloves
      September 30, 2018 / 10:07 pm

      They were two of my favourite books of the readathon. I hope you get chance to read them ☺️ thanks for reading and commenting x

  3. September 30, 2018 / 11:01 pm

    This is such a cool idea! I’m definitely going to do this!

  4. October 2, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    Ummm I’ve just found a couple new reads to add to my list! I am very intrigued by One of Us is Lying, though!! Thank you for sharing!

    Alana Nicole| SolelyLiving.com

  5. Lydia Knox
    October 24, 2018 / 10:50 am

    This looks so fun! I’m sad I missed it but just may take my time and read through the list at my own pace. There’s some great recommendations here. Thanks for sharing.

    • Stephloves
      October 24, 2018 / 1:03 pm

      It’ll be happening again in April lovely. Keep your eyes open 😁❤️

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