N.E.W.T Readathon TBR

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

the magic within vol 4

Defense Against the Dark Arts A (Book that is black under the dust jacket) – Black Bird of the Gallow by Meg Kassel

black bird at the gallows

Defense Against the Dark Arts E (Memory Charm: first book on your TBR that comes to mind) – Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

mansfield park

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.

spindles en

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!

from unseen fire

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.

murder on the orient express

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.

Chimera's Curse

Transfiguration A (Read a book with LGBTQIA representation) – The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The color purple

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!

O.W.Ls Magical Readathon TBR

So I’ve never done a read-a-thon before but I’m really excited this one is going to be my first. All the information for the read-a-thon can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn8_f92bAQI

So the basic idea is that with each challenge you complete it is an Exceeds Expectations for that class. The classes you complete lead to a N.E.W.T for the course that will lead to a career. My career goal for these set is Healer. So the challenges I pick will reflect what I need to get that.

Herbology (Plant on the Cover) – Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Charms (Age-line: read an adult work) – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Potions (Next Ingredient: Sequel) – Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

Transfiguration (Sprayed Edges or Red Cover) – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Care of Magical Creatures (Land animal on the cover) – Immortal Guardians by Eliot Schrefer

Defense Against the Dark Arts (Reducto: a title that starts with R)– Ready Player One by Earnest Cline

Divination (Set in the future) – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (bookclub pick)

Ancient Runes (Retelling) – A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer


Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or are planning on taking part in this readathon yourself!