N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon 2019 TBR

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!

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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!

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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

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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

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What better excuse to finally pick up Flame in the Mist?

Charms

A: Read a book you think has a gorgeous cover

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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)

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I’m so excited to read volume 2 of Heartstopper!

O: Spongify (softening charm) – read a paperback

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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!

Herbology

A: Mandrake! Quick – put your headphones on! Listen to an audiobook (if not – green cover)

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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

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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

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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?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! Cursed Child + London

Hi everyone! As you may or may not know, I was lucky enough to find myself in London a few weeks ago to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. My boyfriend bought tickets for us to see it for my birthday, and the date rolled around a few weeks ago.

We saw both parts in one day which I’d definitely recommend! I think I’d lose such a bit of the connection to the story if I didn’t see it the same day, even though 6 hours in one day is a long time to sit in a fairly uncomfortable theatre seat. We got the cheapest tickets and ended up right at the back of the theatre (as to be expected), but for the price we still managed to see most of the play without being too uncomfortable. If you’re thinking of booking these seats, however, I will warn you that you could end up having a partially obscured view (like behind a pillar, for example)!

But despite the seats, the play does make up for it in atmosphere, sound and general effects. The visual effects were amazing, and so was the sound. The sound really brought some of the scenes to life, and we really enjoyed the dance scenes too! The sets aren’t too complex for most of the play (a lot of them are built out of old trunks/suitcases, e.g. the inside of the Hogwarts Express), but definitely do the job. There’s also a decent amount of time between parts to check in at your hotel and have a proper sit down meal (that’s what we did, anyway), so you feel refreshed for the second part!

I won’t say too much about the plot itself (especially as I reviewed the script here), but I will say the first half is better than the second (in our opinion). The story definitely isn’t perfect, but had some really interesting aspects and was very entertaining, while exploring heavier topics. Overall, if you’re a Harry Potter fan then it’s definitely worth a trip! If I was to go again, I’d probably aim for mid-range tickets, though.

On our second day in London, we met a friend and had some lunch, but also visited a few bookshops! We wandered around a few secondhand/rare booksellers, and Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, but our favourite by far was Foyles. I honestly nearly cried standing in there, just overwhelmed by all of the books I had never expected to see in real life. It’s definitely worth a wander round, I could have easily spent hours in there!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Fictional Places You’d Take a Date To

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

This week we’re still on the Valentine’s theme with Top 5 Places I’d take a date! I consulted my boyfriend (we had the same ideas), and here are some of my favourites:

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Hogwarts of course! This was my first idea, and I guess we have technically been to a version of it in the Studio Tour.

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Of course I had to include Alicante/Glass City from the Shadowhunter world, as I’m reading Lord of Shadows at the moment!

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This world sounds so beautiful, and I’d love to visit the Night Court and the city that surrounds it, especially in A Court of Frost and Starlight.

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My boyfriend and I both said The Shire would be such a cool place to go!

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Although a little terrifying, how cool would it be to go on a date to The Night Circus?

Which fictional place would you take a date to?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Stacking the Shelves #82

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

It’s time for another Stacking the Shelves post with no books! I’m still on my book-buying ban with 7 more books to go, but I’m honestly really happy about the ban. It’s helping me realise I don’t need to buy as many books as I do and it’s helping me save some money! However, I did buy something book-related and very special this week for Valentines Day.

I bought my other half a gorgeous Harry Potter card that has a little pug on, from here.

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And to go alongside? I got him something we both love – Lego!

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We’re slowly collecting Harry Potter Lego, and I thought what would be more perfect than this?

Did you buy any books or bookish goodies this week?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! My Bookish Pop Funko Collection

Hi all! Sorry I needed a break for a couple of days as it’s been a busy and a little bit of a stressful week. However, I’m back now and I’m here with a post I’m really excited for – my bookish Pop Funkos! I’ve recently talked about Pop’s I want to buy, and I thought I could also talk about Pops I already have.

I have a small Harry Potter collection that takes up most of my Pops! These little animals are from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Crimes of Grindelwald. I love how big the 10″ Niffler is compared to my baby (normal size) Nifflers!

My Harry Potter collection also extends to the original films – with my limited edition Harry with Broomstick and this cute little Luna.

I only have a couple of other Pops that aren’t from Harry Potter, but I love them all the same. I have Katniss – Girl on Fire, which has an awesome outfit. I also have Miss Peregrine, who comes with (you guessed it) a tiny peregrine!

Which Pop Funkos do you own or want?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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T5W: Bookish Pop Funkos I Want

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

Hi everyone! Today was a freebie, so I thought it would be really fun to tell you all about some bookish Pops I really want. I only have a small collection at the moment, so I think it’s time to slowly expand and here’s some I’d like!

Pop! TV: Game of Thrones - Ghost
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Pop! TV: Game of Thrones - White Walker
Pop! TV: Game of Thrones - Jon Snow

I love the Game of Thrones TV show and I’m so excited for season 8! I haven’t read the books yet as I don’t have them all but I definitely love these Pops.

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Another book I haven’t actually read yet but the franchise/story is so awesome! How cool is this Mad Hatter Pop?

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Pop! Movies: Harry Potter - Albus Dumbledore
Pop Movies: Fantastic Beasts 2 - Newt Scamander (w/Chase)

The collection I’m most serious about is definitely my Harry Potter collection. Most merch I can leave, but these Pops (and Harry Potter Lego) has my heart ❤

On a non-bookish level, I’m also looking at getting Friends Pops!

Which Pop Funkos do you want in your collection?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Harry Potter Book Tag

I found this tag on Luna’s Little Library ages ago and I’ve been wanting to take part ever since! As no one has actually tagged me, I’m just going to go ahead and take part.

Before I start, check out Luna’s Little Library and I’d love to credit the original post maker but I’m not quite sure who the genius was!

Which house are you in?

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I’m a proud Hufflepuff and I love my house! I think it suits me perfectly 🙂

What is your patronus?

A beautiful white stallion.

What is your wand?

It’s apparently a Rowan wood with unicorn hair core 13 3/4″ and quite bendy flexibility! Thanks Pottermore.

What would your boggart be?

Probably spiders.

Which position would you play in Quidditch?

I can actually see myself as a seeker!

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Would you be a pure blood, half blood or muggle born?

I think muggle born.

What job would you want after graduating Hogwarts?

Running a bookshop or cafe in Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley!

Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose?

That’s such a hard question! I think the invisibility cloak.

Favourite book/movie? Least favourite book/movie?

Goblet of Fire is my favourite! As for least..I don’t know. Maybe Half-Blood Prince or Order of the Phoenix?

Favourite character?

This is hard! I relate most to Hermione.

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Least favourite character?

Umbridge.

Favourite teacher?

Professor Sprout! Or Mcgonagall.

Least favourite teacher?

It’d have to be Umrbidge again.

Unpopular opinion about the series?

This might be a strange answer, but as I wrote a whole report about this a while ago, I’m going to go with it. I don’t think the series was under representative. In fact, it accurately represented Britain at the time of the first book being published. (If anyone wants proof, I will happily give you my 10-page, referenced, sourced report).

Anywayyy, I won’t be tagging anyone as I wasn’t tagged! So go ahead and join me if you thought this looked as fun as I did 🙂

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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