So back in May I did the O.W.L read-a-thon based on the Harry Potter wizarding tests to pursue a professional wizarding career based on prompts for each of the Hogwarts subjects. August is the next level of tests called the N.E.W.Ts (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests) all the details of which can be found here. The Wizarding career I am going for is Healer, so I need to achieve an E in Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, Potions, and Transfiguration. Normally I would try for O (outstanding) in these subjects, but its gonna be a pretty crazy month so 10 books is more than enough. For every subject I have to read the Acceptable (A) before I can start the Exceeds Expectations (E) challenge.
Charms A (Read a book with a gorgeous cover) – Heartless by Marissa Meyer, our book club pick for August.
Charms E (Read a comic or graphic novel) – Magic Within Vol. 4 by Tania del Rio
Defense Against the Dark Arts A (Book that is black under the dust jacket) – Black Bird of the Gallow by Meg Kassel
Defense Against the Dark Arts E (Memory Charm: first book on your TBR that comes to mind) – Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Herbology A (Mandrake: book with a green cover) – Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley, one of my all time favorites which I haven’t reread in far too long.
Herbology E (Read a book between 350 and 390 pages) – From Unseen Fire by Cass Morgan which comes in at exactly 390 pages. Possibly my most anticipated read a Roman fantasy with 9 types of elemental magic and a power stuggle. I AM SO EXCITED!
Potions A (Polyjuice Potion: Read a friend’s favorite book) – Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Techinically this is one of my mom’s favorite books/authors but we are friends so it’s cool.
Potions E (House Ingredient: book with house colors) – I am a proud Gryffindor and will be reading Chimera’s Curse by Julia Golding which has both crimson and gold on the cover.
Transfiguration A (Read a book with LGBTQIA representation) – The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Transfiguration E (Read a book that’s not the first in a series) – Intheritance by Christopher Paolini
Wish me luck completing all these challenges in the next 31 days and passing my NEWTS!