The one where Kacie picks the career path most like her own…
Hello again and welcome back! I cannot believe this month is finally at its close. This has been the longest month I’ve felt in a long time. My school has been closed due to the pandemic since March 16th and we got word today that we will be closed “until further notice.” Yikes.
Between meetings, preparing work for students to complete online, and completing Special Education paperwork, I’ve found time to relax and enjoy my hobbies: playing video games, painting, and, of course, reading. I’ve got a lot of books pre-loaded on my Kindle account as well as an embarrassing amount of unread physical copies to keep me occupied. However, I tend to be one of those readers that goes for something new rather than a book they’ve owned for a while. There seems to be one thing, though, that gets me to read those backlist books: readathons.
It’s the prompts. I enjoy looking at the challenges and trying to match them with the books I’ve got. It’s like a scavenger hunt and the prize is me getting to read in a challenge! That’s why I love readathons. I’m either reading for points, battling against other readers or teams of readers, or I’m reading to challenge myself. Can I finish these prompts in the set amount of time? Can I even spend this much time reading?
Don’t tell me I can’t. I’m too stubborn.
I had a lot of fun with the Animal Crossing Readathon I did March 9 – 20th, but I didn’t finish. A lot was going on in school, and then I didn’t finish my book because Animal Crossing came out! I did do the majority of my reading when the school closed, though. It would probably have been a disaster of a readathon had we had a normal March.
Oh, how I wish we had a normal March.
The next readathon I’m participating in is the Magical Readathon. To be more specific, I’m taking the O.W.L.s! This takes place from April 1st – April 30th! If you’ve read any of the Harry Potter books, the term O.W.L.s should be familiar to you. If not, they are Ordinary Wizarding Levels, a set of tests students take in their fifth year. They need certain grades if they hope to get into their N.E.W.T. level courses (where they must earn certain grades) if they want their chosen career path.
Essentially, I’ve chosen a career path and must take its required O.W.L.s by reading a book for each subject. If I complete the challenge and read a book, I’ve passed the subject! Now, each career path requires different subjects, so what will I be taking? What books am I choosing to read to complete the course? Let’s find out!
I’ve picked the career path of Care of Magical Children. Think about magical children before they go to Hogwarts. What if those kids need foster care – who manages that? What if those children have an especially difficult time controlling their magic? Who in the muggle world works with a lot of unruly children and has a lot of patience? Teachers, that’s who. This job is perfect for me.
Here are the books I’ve chosen:
Arithmancy – Balances/Opposites: Read a book outside your favorite genre
Illuminae – Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
I chose this novel because I’m not that big on Sci-Fi or novels written in this format. I’ve also had and ARC of this since summer of 2015. Oops.
Charms – Lumos Maxima: White Cover
Lock In – John Scalzi
Even though this is another Sci-Fi (really, guys, I don’t like Sci-Fi unless it’s an added element to a book in a completely different genre), I’ve had this on my Kindle for a long time, on the recommendation of my sister…but I haven’t read it. Probably because it’s Sci-Fi. Well, let’s change that.
Defense Against the Dark Arts – Grindylows: Book set at the sea/coast
House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig
I got this book in an Owlcrate a few months back and have been meaning to pick it up. The blurb on Goodreads starts out with something along the lines of “Annaleight lives in a manor by the sea.” I think it fits.
Herbology – Mimbulus Mimbletonia: Title starts with an M
Magonia – Maria Dahvana
I’m not even going to look up my purchase date for this for Kindle. I’ve had it for at least 4 years.
History of Magic – Witch Hunt: Book featuring witches or wizards
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
I honestly don’t know much about this book, but I own all of them as I got them for Christmas. I’ve been told it’s Harry Potter for adults…ok?
Muggle Studies – Book from the perspective of a muggle (contemporary)
Waiting for Tom Hanks – Kerry Winfrey
I’m a sucker from rom-coms, and Tom Hanks was the king of 90s rom-coms, right?
Potions – Shrinking Solution: Book under 150 pages
The Selection: The Queen – Keira Cass
I’ve read the novels of the Selection series, and some of the novellas, but not this one!
Transfiguration – Animagus Lecture: Book that features shapeshifting
Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson
I got this last summer in an Owlcrate, and was excited for it, but fell into a reading slump. I’ve been meaning to pick it back up again!
That seems like a lot…8 challenges! Can I complete 8 books in a month? Well, at the time of posting, I’ve read 7 in March sooo…Something to note here is that I don’t need to pass all of these to take the N.E.W.T.s in August!
In order to be successful in my endeavor to Care for Magical Children, I must also pass Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, and Potions at the N.E.W.T. level. There are three passing grades and each comes with a prompt. 1 prompt = Acceptable, 2 prompts = Exceeds Expectations, 3 prompts = Outstanding. I need 2 O’s, 1 E, and 1 A for a total of 9 books in August. I’ve got this!!!! (Start recommending me short stories and graphic novels now!)
Another cool thing added this year is the ability to take extra trainings or seminars. Think of them like elective classes. I looked through the offerings and I saw Merpeople Linguistics. How awesome would it be to learn Mermish as another language? The requirements are an O.W.L. in Herbology (check) and an E at the N.E.W.T. level (just add one more prompt!). I’m gonna try.
Imma get me a job in the wizarding world. Don’t tell me I can’t.
Are you participating in the Magical Readathon? What’s your career path? Let’s chat!
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