Hello everyone and welcome to my first ever readathon – so apologies in advance if this is a complete shambles! I’ve never taken part in any kind of readathon before, but my friend Faye over at A Daydreamers Thoughts decided to take part and added me to a discord chat. So here I am, having not taken part in my O.W.L.s (therefore using this year as kind of a trial run for now), suddenly deciding on my N.E.W.T.s TBR! I’m super excited for it!
What is the N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon? And how does it work?
The Magical Readathon is run by Book Roast on YouTube and is split into two parts: the O.W.L.s are in April and the N.E.W.T.s run throughout August. You aim for a profession using the wonderful career guide created by G (link below). Each profession includes the O.W.L and N.E.W.T levels you need to aim for to pass, including the level you need, that being A for Acceptable, E for Exceeded Expectations and O for Outstanding. Depending on your chosen profession, you’ll be aiming for more or less books than other professions!
If you complete your O.W.L.s in April, you can use these to dive into the N.E.W.T.s, but luckily for me it seems fairly straightforward to join in now. Once you know which exams you have to take, you can use the prompts letter to find out how to organise your TBR (link below). Each exam has different prompts, and you then pick a book to fit the prompt. Once you’ve completed them to the grade you need for your profession, you complete the exams! Hopefully if I’m not making sense it will become clearer as I choose my own TBR.
Useful Documents and Links
These are taken from the description in the 2019 Magical Readathon N.E.W.T.s video!
My Chosen Career and TBR
After much deliberation, I chose to aim for the Magizoologist career! I only looked at careers I would actually be interested and felt I could achieve full marks for in a month, especially as this is my first ever readathon. Other professions I considered were Astronomer and Herbologist.
To pass my N.E.W.T.s I need an Outstanding in Care of Magical Creatures, an Exceeded Expectations in Charms and an Exceeded Expectations in Herbology. The way the N.E.W.T.s work is you must complete the prompt for A (Acceptable) before you move onto E (Exceeded Expectations) and then O (Outstanding). I’m going to aim for the required levels I need, but I’ll include the Outstanding prompts too in case I do end up reading more than 7 books.
Care of Magical Creatures
A: Book title that starts with the letter A, for Aragog!
I picked up Attachments at YALC this year, and I’m itching to pick it up and finish my Rainbow Rowell collection.
E: Book under 300 pages
I’ve been dying to pick up this beautiful novella since it’s release.
O: Grab onto Fawke’s tail! Read a book with a bird on the cover
What better excuse to finally pick up Flame in the Mist?
A: Read a book you think has a gorgeous cover
I managed to get this beauty at YALC from the Illumicrate stand, and I just fell in love with the cover.
E: Read a comic/graphic novel/manga (or book under 150 pages)
I’m so excited to read volume 2 of Heartstopper!
O: Spongify (softening charm) – read a paperback
I don’t need to reach Outstanding in Charms, but if I have time I will definitely be picking up my floppy ARC of Girls of Storm and Shadow!
A: Mandrake! Quick – put your headphones on! Listen to an audiobook (if not – green cover)
I’m not really an audiobook person, but I also don’t appear to have any obviously green books. I’m going to go with this ARC because it’s definitely mostly there!
E: Read a book between 350-390 pages
Gosh, it’s harder than you’d think to find a book between 350-390 pages! But luckily this one is on my ARC TBR and I was lucky enough to win a copy at YALC over the weekend.
O: Read a book with a flower on the cover
I don’t need to reach Outstanding in Herbology either, but if at the end of the month I find myself with extra time, I’m going to pick up The Marrow Thieves! Also, how pretty is this cover?
So that’s all from me for now! I’m super excited to work through my N.E.W.T.s TBR. Before I go, please let me know if I’m going about this the wrong way or if you have any advice for a newbie!
Are you joining the magical readathon this year? What career did you choose?
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽