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To close 2018 as well as celebrating Christmas, Book Roast came again with another series of the Magical Readathon called the Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts. This readathon held from December 17 to 26, 2018.
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The Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts
This readathon is another readathon inspired by the Harry Potter's world. The Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts is the forth readathon in the Magical Readathon series.
The previous readathons (Magical Readathon: O.W.L.s. Edition and Magical Readathon: N.E.W.T. 2018) used Hogwarts' examinations as the theme. Besides those two readathons, we also have the Magical Readathon Extra Credit inspired by one of the subjects in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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Meanwhile, the Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts took the Marauder Maps as its theme. The idea of this readathon is we can choose the path toward the challenges that we would like to take. There are 12 reading challenges in total and to complete this readathon we need to finish five reading challenges.
In addition, once we able to finish all those five reading challenges, we can celebrate our success by watching a Harry Potter movie as a self-celebration. However, it's not mandatory to watch the Harry Potter movies at the end of this readathon. This prompt is optional where we can celebrate and enjoy the holiday season.
Since this readathon is inspired by the Harry Potter series, it's obvious that the prompt of the challenges is based on the storyline in the Harry Potter's story. Here are the reading challenges for each prompt:
- Finish your coursework: You need to finish your current read
- Help Hagrid decorate the trees: You need to read a book with a golden detail
- Have a snowball fight with the Weasley twins: You need to read a book that you think will be humorous
- Visit the Three Broomsticks for a muller pixie wine: You need to read a read that only takes you a day/evening to finished
- Exchange presents at your Common Room: You need to read a book featuring/about friendship
- Sneak into the kitchen to gift Dobby the odd socks: You need to read a book that has an item of clothing on the cover
- Attend a Yule Ball: You need to read a book that you’ve been preparing yourself for
- Fly around snowy Hogwarts grounds: You need to read a book with a building on the cover
- Put on your knitted sweater from Molly Weasley: You need to read a book with present parents or focus on the family
- Use your Invisibility Cloak to get to the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library - You need to read a banned book
- Bring a festive treat to Hedwig at the Owlery: You need to read a book with an animal on the cover/title/series name
- Attend the Christmas Feast - You can watch a Harry Potter movie (optional)
The Rules of The Magical Readathon: Christmas at Hogwarts
The way of this readathon works is quite simple. A challenge will lead us to several options of challenges and we can pick one of them. In order for a challenge to be counted, we need to complete the previous challenge. And lastly, just like the previous readathon, the crossover is not allowed which is means we only able to count one book for one challenge although that book might fit with several prompts.
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A simple illustration, after finishing your coursework, we can choose either to help Hagrid decorate the trees or have a snowball fight with the Weasley twins. And let say, if we choose to attend the Yule Ball after visiting the Three Broomsticks for muller pixie wine, the next step that we could take either use your Invisibility Cloak to get to the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library or bring a festive treat to Hedwig at the Owlery.
Not only because it used Harry Potter as its theme, by adapting the famous Marauder Maps, makes this readathon even more exciting. The prompts in this readathon seem to bring us through the days leading up to Christmas like the students at Hogwarts.
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The other interesting thing about this readathon is one of the prompts is to read our currently reading. Typically, the prompt of a readathon is required us to read the new book on the time frame. Due to that, if we are interested to read a book that suitable for a readathon prompt, we only able to do it when the readathon started. So, with this prompt, we don't need to worry to start reading a book before the readathon start and still able to count for this readathon.
My Reading Plan
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In the beginning, my plan for this readathon is to reduce my physical TBR. So, I was looking for the books that I already own that were suitable to complete the challenges.
There are two prompts that I was interested, the first one is to read a book with the golden detail and the second one is to read a book that I've prepared my self for. For the first one, my plan was to read the Furyborn by Claire Legrand, while for the second one my plan was to read The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.
Furyborn is the first book in the Empirium Series
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With those two options, the path that I originally chose for this readathon was:
- Finish your coursework
- Help Hagrid decorate the trees
- Visit the Three Broomsticks for a muller pixie wine
- Attend a Yule Ball
- Use your Invisibility Cloak to get to the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library
- Attend the Christmas Feast
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However, after checking my 2018 reading goals, I noticed that I am still behind with my reading goals to read the 2018 new releases. Then I thought why not kill two birds with one stone? So, I decided to change my plan and decided to choose the books for this readathon that were released in 2018.
On the next blog, I will elaborate my reading plan as well as the books that I finished during this readathon!