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O.W.L.s Readathon – Wrap Up

Hello and happy Sunday to you all! πŸ˜„

Have you noticed the flowery scent in the air today? Or how pretty the birds are, chirping away to their heart’s content? Or even how the clouds move away so gently and hypnotically they bring calm and relaxation to your entire being?


Well, it might be just me. Because I HAVE PASSED ALL OF MY OWLs!!!

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What OWLs, you ask? Let me refresh your memory:

I’ve managed to read all 12 books on the “curriculum”, thus earning an Outstanding! (Sounds suuuuper impressive, which it is)

And since today is the last day of the O.W.L.s Readathon, I shall bring you my “report card”:

Potions: A book about/with alchemy. Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman. donutdonutdonutdonut

Arythmancy: A book with a number on the cover or in the title. The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver by E. Lockhart. donutdonutdonuthalf-donut

Divination: A book featuring prophecies. The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall. donutdonutdonut

Transfiguration: A book that deals with transfiguration/shapeshifting or similar theme OR A book with a cat on the cover. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. donutdonutdonutdonutdonut

Care of Magical Creatures: A book that includes magical creatures OR Features a magical creature on the cover. The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan. donutdonuthalf-donut

Defense Against the Dark Arts: A book about/featuring secret societies/clubs. The Plain Janes by Cecil Castelucci. donutdonutdonut

Ancient Runes: A book with a symbol on the cover. Legend by Marie Lu. donutdonutdonuthalf-donut

Muggle Studies: Read a muggle non-fiction book. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. donutdonutdonuthalf-donut

History of Magic: A historical fiction.Β The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. donutdonutdonuthalf-donut

Herbology: A book with a nature related word in the title. The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman. donutdonutdonutdonut

Charms: A fantasy book. Stardust by Neil Gaiman. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. donutdonutdonutdonut

Astronomy: A science fiction novel. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. donutdonutdonut

What the hell happened in the final week, you may ask? Well, I kind of panicked.

I realised I had no time to read all those books considering I had my weekend fully booked (the nerve, I never have a weekend booked for anything) so yeah: short books galore!

Overall, though, I’m quite happy with the amount of books I’ve managed to read this month and even though I only had like one 5 donut read, it was still much better than I was expecting! (Basically, I was expecting a disastrous month…)

Will I require a nap after this? Yes, very much so.

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But I was wondering if you guys would be interested in reading about the pros and cons of doing a readathon and my overall experience? Because I have some thoughts I’d like to share but I don’t want you to get fed up with readathons on this blog πŸ˜…

So let me know! I’d be happy to do it. Though not straight away, though. I’ll give it a month or two. For your sanity.

Anyway, that is all for now! Thank you so much for sticking with me all this way and for making this a lot more awesome than I thought it would be ❀

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You guys rock, and without your encouragement I’m pretty sure I would have slumped in a corner and cried for the rest of the month.

(Well, maybe not cried but been like really sad and anxious. You know, as one does.)

A big special thank you to Lily ❀ and Steph ❀ for taking the pledge with me and also for the chats, tips and all the support you’ve given me and to each other. It was really a wonderful month and I hope to repeat it all in November with our N.E.W.T.s!

As for everyone else, I hope to see you all again in a week! 🌼

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What did you think of my magical journey?
Are you super relieved the readathon posts are finally over?
Have you read any of these books because we could totally rant/fan(girl)(boy) together?
If you had to choose between Nutella donuts and world peace for a month, what would you do? (I won’t judge you, I promise)
Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks so much for reading and until next time!




57 thoughts on “O.W.L.s Readathon – Wrap Up

  1. YAY congratulations!! You did so well, I’m so proud of you ❀ I would be so interested in a post about pros and cons of a readathon and your overall experience with them, too, that would be so interesting πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks so much, Raven! ^^ It was indeed a great month, full of ups and downs but mostly ups hahaha
      You definitely do, she is THE BEST paranormal author I’ve tried so far. I’m on her second book and it hasn’t disappointed me yet.
      Thank you again, and to you as well! ❀


  2. You did so well Sophie!! Congrats on passing your OWLS hahahah! I would love to read a pros and cons of doing a readathon (because I’ve been failing so much recently lmao). That would be such a cool post!! πŸ’•

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  3. Good for you, Sophie! I would love to hear your debrief on the pros and cons of a readathon. I haven’t done one, but I would love to take a staycation some time and just READ. I’m glad you had fun!


    1. Thank you, Diana ❀ And that's great, I'm glad to hear it!
      Readathons certainly need to involve some planning and not something I'd be able to do every month… So the perfect time will come for you, too, I'm sure πŸ™‚
      Thanks, I hope you have a lovely October!

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  4. congratulations on your outstanding! πŸ˜€ also i am giving you an outstanding by myself because, again, i LOVE this post series of yours!! & i would love if you did a debriefing post on the readathon. it’s been a million years since i’ve done one and i’d love to hear some pros and cons!!


  5. Wonderful post! And congrats on passing the readathon, that is seriously awesome, and amazing indeed! (Incredible the amount of books you read wow! 😊😊) Well, I never get tired of reading your posts….so I say keep them coming, and yes I would definitely be interested in a post about the pros and cons of a readathon πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ (First take some well deserved rest though…so much more important! 😊😊).
    Oh….and DUH, such an easy question to answer: Nutella Donuts for a month of course….come on, next time I expect a question that’s tougher to answer πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚).


    1. Thank you so much, Michell! You’re an absolute sweetheart, as always, and I find myself speechless hahaha
      I will definitely try to rest for a bit now, though I’m also super excited to try some spooky reads/movies this month so I’m not sure I’ll get any πŸ˜‚ I need to go on holiday so I can have time for everything πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Everyone seems to want to see the mighty readathon post so I’ll do my best to make it interesting and helpful ^^
      Nutella donuts!!! I totally agree – though, no surprise there right? πŸ˜› (I’ll try harder next time hahahaha)


    1. Aw, we missed you Melissa!! I’m sorry to hear about the burn out… You should have said something, we could have tried to turn it around together πŸ™‚
      Anyway, I hope October is a better reading month for you! If you want to try the N.E.W.T.s in November even though you didn’t complete the O.W.L.s, you totally can, by the way. Though if you want to rest I absolutely understand ^^
      Thanks so much for the kind words, love! ❀

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      1. Awwww thank you even more for YOUR kind words. I would love to participate in the NEWTs in November (if you’ll still have me ^.^), and this time I’ll pace myself and better prepare.


        1. YAY!! I’m so glad to hear it ^^ I just posted on our GR group about the N.E.W.T.s in case you’d like to start preparing πŸ™‚
          Also, feel free to post whenever you like! Any doubts, questions, concerns, we’re there for each other and to keep everyone motivated ^^ So yeah, stay tuned!


    1. Thank you so much! ❀ You know what, I think I'm the same way, which is why I ended up reading the whole 12 books instead of just going for the bare minimum (5) lol

      This was my first readathon so I might not have a whole lot of knowledge to offer, though it might still be useful to some people πŸ™‚

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  6. CONGRATULATIONS, LOVELY!!! Also super happy you read Legend and gave it a good rating! Pleeeeease keep reading the trilogy because it’s one of my favorites ever. πŸ™ˆπŸ˜ Also I’d go for world peace, since I’me one of those weird people who don’t like Nutella. Whoops!

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    1. Thanks so much, Aimee! ❀
      I definitely plan to continue with the series, I think I'll enjoy the sequels a bit more than book one πŸ™‚ It was cool, don't get me wrong, but for some reason it just didn't pull me in as much as I wished.
      Hahaha that's all right, there were no wrong answers for this one πŸ˜› (or were there…?)

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  7. Oh congrats on completing your readathon Sophie, and passing your OWLs as well. ❀ I think even though you only read short books for the last week it still counts, and to be honest you completed the readathon which is more than I've ever done before. πŸ˜€
    I'd really be interested in reading a post from you on the pros and cons of taking part in a readathon. Like I said I've never done one before but I want to try so I need to know what I'm getting myself into. πŸ™‚
    Great post, and if you decide to take part in the NEWTs readathon too good luck! πŸ˜€ ❀


    1. Thank you so much, Beth! ❀ *hugs*
      Aw that's so nice of you to say ^^ I felt bad for not going for regular books but I honestly wouldn't be able to make it and the rules said every book counted so… πŸ˜›

      I'm definitely not an expert on the subject but I still think it'd be worth to offer my newbie perspective to help others in some small way. And then we could all share our experiences! Who knows, maybe you'll decide to try it too after realising they're not that bad? *fingers crossed!*

      Thank you yet again, lovely! I'm hopeful I'll get there but we'll see πŸ˜€ It depends on how busy I am at the time, to be honest. Otherwise, I think that proper preparation and the right mindset do wonders πŸ˜‰

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      1. That’s all right, and you shouldn’t feel bad; doesn’t matter how long or short a book is, it’s still a book. πŸ™‚ ❀️
        Well given I’d be a newbie to the whole readathon thing that may even be a little more helpful for me you know?
        That’s all right, and yeah I know that feeling, I guess you need to make sure you’ve got enough time to get all your reading done and so on. πŸ™‚ ❀️

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  8. First off, I love the new Halloween design on the blog πŸ˜πŸŽƒ Congrats on getting all your OWL’s!! I would very much like to see a post about your experience with Readathons! I love everything surrounding Readathons in general, so I would love to read it πŸ™‚

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    1. Aw, thanks so much lovely! *hugs*

      I love thematic blog designs depending on the time of year πŸ˜€ Halloween and Christmas are my favourites hahaha

      And that’s great, I’m glad to hear it! I’ll try to get one done maybe around the time I’ll start the N.E.W.T.s to get everyone pumped and ready ^^

      Thanks again for the kind words, you’re too sweet ❀

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  9. WOOHOO! Standing ovation! Congrats!!! This is one HECK of an accomplishment! Personally, I’d love to read about your thoughts on the pros and cons of readathons. But then back to the book reviews. πŸ˜‰ I approve of your changing books as the last minute– you definitely have a right to that! It’s important to make time for balance in our lives, you know.

    Oh, and Nutella Donuts. Because if World Peace is only going to last for a week, well, obviously we’ll all blow each other up once that week ends. So, I’d rather take the donuts.

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH πŸ˜€ ❀ I did feel very accomplished in the end, especially because I never take part in any readathon for fear of failing miserably so… πŸ˜‚

      That's awesome, I'll be sure to write a post about it then ^^ But of course I'll bring back the book reviews right after πŸ˜‰ I can't not review books! And yeah, I had to change them as a safety measure… Plus, I think I ended up enjoying the new books a lot more than I would have the old ones so win win situation!

      Hahaha that is very logical of you! πŸ˜‚ I guess even if it was for a year I'd still go for the Nutella donuts… Is that awful of me? Maybe 😢

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  10. Hello Sophie!
    Congrats on completing this Readathon!!! I’m amazed that you’ve read 12 books all in one month! That’s crazy! Although there are some books that you didn’t enjoy, I’m glad to see that there are some 4-5 stars up there πŸ™‚
    I would love to see a post on the pros and cons of readathons! I haven’t done a readathon before but I’m curious to find out more about the experience πŸ™‚

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    1. Aw thanks so much, Sophie!! ❀ I'm amazed myself hahaha But also very happy to have done it πŸ™‚

      That's awesome, thanks for letting me know! I'll be sure to cook something up for next month maybe, before I start the N.E.W.T.s. Everyone's been quite interested in seeing the post so I think it'll be a nice discussion and sharing of opinions πŸ™‚

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  11. Ooo, nicely done! I’m just going through the full list of books, furiously taking notes.
    Legend seems interesting. Actually saw that book in the charity shop the other day but had no clue what it was and had no time to research it so just left it there. 😐


    1. Hahaha do let me know what you think of any of the ones you end up reading!

      Legend is cool and all but wasn’t as life-changing as everyone made it out to be… I guess because it’s way too hyped and I’ve read similar stories before? Or maybe I was just not too invested in it at the time.

      Still, I’d say you might enjoy it if you like dystopias, political conspiracies, and run-away plots. The writing is pretty great and the characters not too shabby themselves.

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  12. You swapped I, Robot for Time Machine? I think you made a pretty wise choice there. πŸ˜‰ It’s definitely nice to see how fruitful this challenge was and I am indeed curious to hear about your analysis of your overall experience. After all, I’ve never done one and only have my non-experienced analysis of it. Would be curious to see what you’ve learned from it all from your own personal experience just to validate what I thought of it! πŸ˜› πŸ˜› Also curious to know what your next plans are or if an impending unannounced hiatus is coming for dear Sophie! πŸ˜€ Happy reading!


  13. Congrats on passing your OWLS Sophie! That’s huge to read so many books in such a short time. I have only read Legend and The Great Gatsby from your list. Were there any books re-read? I’m still behind on reading those well known titles like Rick Riordan and HG Wells πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you, Jasmine! ❀️
      I usually don’t do re-reads so this was no exception… I just feel like they’re too much of a luxury, and I don’t have time to read them. I like to use that time to read new books hahaha
      You should give both a go! They’re not my favourite authors ever but still quite enjoyable πŸ™‚

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  14. Congrats!! Would you believe it I have not read a single one of these books – though quite a few are on my to-read list (and I feel a bit ashamed as a fantasy fan to have never read The Wizard of Oz). I’d also be really interested in hearing about the pros and cons of a readathon – I’m not read-a-thon-ed out yet!! πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you so much! Oh that’s quite normal, believe me πŸ˜› And I was just like you up until recently so don’t worry hahaha I do recommend The Wizard of Oz, though, it was definitely a lot of fun πŸ™‚
      I’ll be sure to draft a post for it next year! NEWTs will keep me too busy this month and December will be exclusively Christmas-themed so πŸ˜›

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