O.W.L. Results for Books(1)

Posted July 3, 2013 by Stormy in Books / 11 Comments

Alternatively titled: If Books Were Wizards. . . 

So one day while writing a review I used the phrase “Exceeds Expectations”, which naturally made me think of O.W.L.s(Ordinary Wizarding Levels) from Harry Potter. And then I thought about using those as my new bookish ratings for the blog, but since it doesn’t really fit my theme and I had JUST made a new rating systems of delicious cupcakes, I decided to modify it a little.

Basically, I don’t review every book I read, and I read a lot BEFORE I started blogging. I decided to showcase some of those reads from time to time but instead of giving them a review, I’ll give them an O.W.L. report card. AND just to cement by Harry Potter nerdiness further, each “aspect” of a book will correspond to a Harry Potter class. For example, transfiguration=characterization(because characters should grow & change over the course of a novel.)

In Case You Need a Refresher, Here are What OWLs scores ARE:

Pass Grades:
Outstanding (O)
Exceeds Expectations (E)
Acceptable (A)

Fail Grades:
Poor (P)
Dreadful (D)
Troll (T)

I thought I’d test out this feature by showcasing some books I’ve read since I’ve been blogging, but decided not to review. Here they are:

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson


So you can see which Hogwarts class I decided to correspond with each aspect of books. For the most part, Wintergirls passed almost all criteria. I failed it for DADA(predictability), since as pretty much the book starts you know where’s it going to end up. And since this is Laurie Halse Anderson and her writing is always phenomenal, a big Outstanding there. I decided to give History of Magic a N/A since there’s not much world building in this kind of contemporary–I’ll only make the poor fantasy and science fiction selections suffer through the boring history lectures.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone OWL

Shadow and Bone also did pretty well, failing only on predictability. The plot also barely scraped by. I found Shadow and Bone’s plot not much different from every other fantasy novel out there, and only got a passing grade because it was at least exciting enough. I loved the world-building and the pacing though, as well as the characters.

And just for good measure, how bout a book I read quite a few years ago?(Let’s see how much I remember):

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot

All American Girl OWL

Like I said, I read this many years ago, so these grades would probably change if I read them again. However, I remember LOVING the characters so they get an Outstanding with quite a bit of emotional pull.

That’s enough OWL results for one day, I think! Hope you find this feature as fun as I do!



11 responses to “O.W.L. Results for Books(1)

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  2. This is the cutest idea EVA!! Do it 🙂

    I just came back from Greece and have been away from the blog for a month, so when I scrolled through my Reader trying to find you, I couldn’t! AHH! So then I typed in your url and you moved to self-hosted! *sob* so proud! (and jealous). I’m loving the site redesign as well!

    • stormydawnc

      Haha, thank you(for the multiple things!). Though I’m a little worried my blog wasn’t in your reader. . . I had the RSS feeds transferred over, so I thought they all changed. Are you using BlogLovin’? I know that one sometimes get stuck for bloggers!

    • stormydawnc

      Haha, thank you! 🙂 I was really surprised no one else was doing it either. I even googled it to make sure & no one had done it–I’m surprised no one uses it as their ratings! If I hadn’t just made my cupcake ratings, I’d TOTALLY use it for just my normal blog ratings.

    • stormydawnc

      Thank you! I know, I’m always finding ways to merge my Harry Potter fan status with real life, haha.

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