The House Cup Reading Challenge!

Hi Munchworms!

I know, I know. I said I would go with the flow and see what I’d read this month during OWNtober, but when I came across this challenge.. I simply couldn’t unsee it! And that’s immediately why I’m posting two times today – so don’t forget to check out my earlier post: Remember November!

Lauren @ Live, Love, Read, Alex @ Book Daisy Reviews, Kelsey @ Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf and Erica @ Escape Under the Cover are hosting The House Cup Reading Challenge! A challenge for Harry Potter-fans, people!


The House Cup Reading Challenge runs from Sunday, October 15, to Sunday, November 12. During this challenge, you will progress from a first-year to seventh-year Hogwarts student by completing seven books on your TBR-list. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges and tweeting with the challenge hashtag on Twitter. But more on that later!


First, you’ll need to choose your Hogwarts house. During the challenge, you’ll not only be earning points for yourself but for your Hogwarts house as well. At the end of the challenge, each reader should report their points to their house’s Head Girl:
Gryffindor: Lauren @BetweenDPages
Hufflepuff: Kelsey @Kelsenator
Ravenclaw: Alex @booksydaisy
Slytherin: Erica @slytherinchica
Here’s how we’re determining the winners:
 4 Individual House Winners
One winner will be chosen from each of the four Hogwarts houses. The person who earns the most points for their house will receive:
$5 Starbucks gift card and some HP-themed goodies (stickers, bookmarks, etc.)
1 House Cup Grand Prize Winner
Here’s where the House Cup challenge really comes into play! At the end of the challenge, we will randomly select one grand prize winner from the Hogwarts houses with the most points overall. This lucky winner will receive:
A Harry Potter Funko Pop figure and a $25 giftcard to Barnes and Noble
**In the case of an international winner, that person will receive an e-gift card to The Book Depository.** 
**PLEASE NOTE: Because we will need winners to provide us with their addresses in order to send out the prizes, you must be 18 years or older to be eligible to win.**

Challenge Events

To kick off the challenge, we’ll be hosting a Twitter chat starting at 8:00 p.m. EST to give everybody a chance to introduce themselves, talk about the competition, and answer some Harry Potter trivia questions. Be sure to follow along with the #housecupreadingchallenge hashtag.
At the end of the challenge, we’ll also be hosting a watch-along of one of the Harry Potter movies (to be decided via Twitter poll). We’ll have more details about this as we get closer to the end of the challenge.


Main Challenge (20 points each)

Not everyone likes to be confined to a specific category, so we’ve decided that all books for the main challenge are reader’s choice. This means you can pick any book off your TBR list to count toward the main challenge!
First Year: reader’s choice
Second Year: reader’s choice
Third Year: reader’s choice
Fourth Year: reader’s choice
Fifth Year: reader’s choice
Sixth Year: reader’s choice
Seventh Year: reader’s choice

Bonus Challenges (10 points each)

For those who like categories to help narrow down their reading choices, here are thirteen bonus challenges to choose from. However, books you read for the bonus challenges cannot count toward the main challenge! For example,  if you pick The Hunger Games for the Slytherin bonus challenge (read a dystopian book), you cannot also count it toward your second-year challenge.
Gryffindor: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine
Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo

Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship

Ravenclaw: Read a book that revolves around a mystery
He said/She said – Erin Kelly
Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world
The Pledge – Kimberly Derting
Astronomy Class: Read a book set in outer space
Defy The Stars – Claudia Gray

Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature

Tri-Wizard Tournament: Read a book that includes a competition
Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers
A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab
Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain
Because You Love To Hate Me – Ameriie
Platform 9 3/4: Read a book that features travel
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee
Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series
The Assassin’s Blade – Sarah J. Maas

Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group

Social Media Bonus Points
Use the hashtag #housecupreadingchallenge on Twitter to earn 1 point per tweet (limited to 20 points total).


PictureName: Kathy
Hogwarts House: Gryffindor
Wand Type: Cedar wood, unicorn hair core, 10 ¾”, brittle flexibility
Pet: Owl
Favorite Subject: Potions
Favorite Professor: Prof. Flitwick

So, I already added a couple of options for the bonus challenges, but knowing me those can change drastically! Not to mention that I have the main challenges to fulfill as well and.. Those are most important, no?

Anyway! Are you joining in? You have until October 14th to sign up!




33 thoughts on “The House Cup Reading Challenge!

    1. Gryffindor, always! [Although since my first ever sorting, I’ve redone a couple of tests and by now I’m simply.. Hogwarts. Yup.]
      Hope you’ll join! I’m really looking forward to it. 😀


  1. Yes, I did the same and used titles from my physical TBR. This challenge should help me put a little dent in it!! Well all but 2, because I chose 2 rereads. But they are ones I have been meaning to reread for a while 🙂

    I decided with the main challenge that I was going to go by Page Count. So First Year I am reading a book with only 190 pages, and then they steadily get longer and longer till I’m at Seventh Year and reading a book that’s around 450 pages.

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    1. Same! Although my own monthly challenges already help with that, another challenge sure is a fun extra motivation, haha.

      I haven’t decided anything yet for the main challenge. But I think I’ll need to look into it and just see when to read what. Since the challenge runs over part October and November, I’ll have to fit it so my books for Remember November are read then.. This is going to be a bit of a puzzle, haha. Especially since we.. basically best finish the main challenge first.. *Goes to look for books that aren’t on her November TBR and don’t fit any of the extra challenges*


    1. Yay! The more, the merrier, haha.
      Same here. Although I do have to take my own challenges in account, I’m definitely going to try and get as many points as possible. *Lets loose her competitive side* :’)


  2. This looks like so much fun, and it will probably help me with my years reading goal too! Definitely going to check it out!

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    1. I just added the first books that popped in my head and fitted one of the extra challenges AND were on my physical TBR – because that mountain has to decrease to a pile.. :’) But I still haven’t set anything for the main challenge yet. That’ll be mood reading, haha. xD

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