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My Ambitious July Plans: In Which I Do Like Four Challenges

For July, I’m actually taking part in four different Readathons – pretty ambitious, right? Thankfully, two of those Readathons are “easy” – there isn’t really a minimum requirement, and there are no specific prompts: you’re “just” supposed to read as many books of a certain genre as you can. This way, I’m hoping there will be a lot of overlap between the challenges to make them easier.

First: I’m participating in Sci-Fi July by Kathy, where the main goal is to read as many Sci-Fi books as you can. You can check out my TBR here.

Second: I’m also participating in a Graphic Novel readathon in the Books and Tea book club run by Lauren. Again, the goal is to read as many graphic novels as you can. I won’t post a separate TBR for this one, but I have tons of graphic novels thanks to Humble Bundle’s Summer Reading List, so I’ll try to finish the ones I still have left.

Third: I’m also starting a reading challenge that is not only for one month: Candybook Land! This one involves rolling a dice and playing like you’d play a boardgame, only every square/colour means reading one book. Since I’m doing so many other challenges, I don’t think I’ll set a time limit for this one, just roll another dice whenever I’m done with the previous book for the challenge.

First roll: 5 (square: 5)
Orange – read a book with a romance, where one of the characters is an artist or has an orange cover.

Fourth: Finally, I’m resitting my OWL exam! I first heard about the OWL Readathon by Book Roast in April, and I attempted to complete it then, but I admit that I gave up pretty early. So, technically I’m a troll?

However, I saw on Twitter that in August, Book Roast is hosting a NEWT reading challenge (which is incredibly challenging and I’m so afraid) and some people are taking this opportunity to complete the OWLs challenge in July if they haven’t yet. One of them is me. Wish me luck so I can actually complete it this time!

For the OWLs, there are three fail grades and three pass grades. Since I intend to pass this time, I’ll only list the passing grades here:

  • Acceptable – Complete two subjects
  • Exceeded Expectations – Complete three subjects
  • Outstanding – Complete five subjects
  • Bonus – Complete all twelve subjects

Obviously, I would be very happy if I managed to complete all twelve (and reading twelve books a month isn’t that far-fetched), but I’d like to do five at the very least to get that Outstanding mark.


And here’s my current plan! As you can see, the subjects in yellow are the ones I definitely want to complete (because those are my favourite subjects, duh. Also, the ones that are most… Hufflepuff-y?)

Ancient Runes: The Dry Season (The Lost Fields 0.5) by Cassidy Taylor
Artihmancy: Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth (SF)
Astronomy: Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka (SF) (GN)
Care of Magical Creatures: The Better to Kiss You With by Michelle Osgood
Charms: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
DADA: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Divination: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
Herbology: Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire OR For Whom The Roses Grow by Rebekah Blackmore
History of Magic: Moving Pictures by Kathryn Immonen (GN)
Muggle Studies: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
Potions: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Transfiguration: Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee (SF)

I kinda wish there was more overlap with my other two challenges, but maybe I can rework this TBR later. For now, these are the books I found that fit the given prompts.

Are you participating in any readathons or challenges in July?

~ Alexa


20 thoughts on “My Ambitious July Plans: In Which I Do Like Four Challenges

  1. Good luck with all of these! Challenges like these always seem really fun and like they’d help me get through my TBR but I’ve never completed one yet, I usually get stuck setting up what books I want to read for each prompt. I think I might try the Candybook Land and OWLs challenges though!


    1. Yeah, sometimes I have trouble picking something for a prompt and sometimes there’s so many options πŸ˜€ My OWL TBR is pretty solid, but the first time I just failed spectacularly.


    1. The NEWTs are definitely going to be tough. I usually try to do all prompts, but I think not even I will try for all in that one. Right now my plan for the NEWTs is to get Outstanding in 5 subjects, and maybe Acceptable in everything else. (That’s already like 21 books.)

      I wish you luck with your NEWTs as well!


  2. Initially I was going to take part in Kathy’s challenge, but when I saw the OWL readathon I decided to that one instead (just as I already read a lot of science fiction anyway AND I SOMEHOW COMPLETELY MISSED THE OWLs in April). I’ve also managed a colleague at work into doing it with me :’)


  3. My July is way too full with vacations and such to be able to structure a TBR for a readathon, but these look like such fun! Especially the OWLs and NEWTs. Super creative. Good luck, and I hope you enjoy!!!


    1. Hahah yeah I’m not going anywhere. Although I will be working babysitting jobs half the time, so not sure how I’ll have that much time to read. :/ Have fun at your vacations!!


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