Hogwarts-A-Thon Readathon TBR

Readers! It’s that time of year again when we’re all wondering how our letters to Hogwarts got lost in the post…again.

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To beat the I’m-not-going-to-Hogwarts blues, I’ve decided to join the Hogwarts-A-Thon Readathon, hosted by Lau Reads and Niffler Reads. After I enjoyed and was so successful with the N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon in August, I thought I’d love to join another one, so when Faye invited me I couldn’t resist!

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Platform 9 3/4 – a sequel

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I always find I never get around to sequels because I leave it too long between each book. So I thought this would be the perfect chance to read Smoke in the Sun while Flame in the Mist is still quite fresh in my mind!

Welcome to Hogwarts – a book over 394 pages

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I knew I could only complete this readathon if my ARCs fit into it, and thankfully they do! I’m currently reading American Royals.

Sorting Hat – a book with your house colour on the cover

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I didn’t actually have a yellow book (I have a different ARC of Frankly in Love), so when I saw this on eBay I knew I had to pick it up. It’s not something I’d usually read now, but I loved Call it What You Want and I’m meeting Brigid Kemmerer next month!

Ghosts of Hogwarts – a contemporary

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Another book on my ARC shelf which I’m so excited for! I’m hoping to read this after American Royals.

Mr Ollivander – a book over 2 years old

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It took a while to find a book over 2 years old I want to pick up, but I eventually settled on this one.

Diagon Alley – a book with a lot of hype

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This is my last ARC on my TBR, but one I’ve seen a lot about and I’ve become more and more excited for with the hype.

Flourish & Blotts – a random book from your TBR

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I’m so looking forward to reading this one so I thought it’d be perfect to pick for the end of the month to get me into a Halloween mood!

BONUS: Forbidden Forest – a book with dark themes

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‘Dark themes’ is a pretty broad topic, but I think this one will fit? I also want to make sure I read it before meeting Brigid in October!

Are you joining this readathon?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon Wrap Up 2019

Hi all! I’m happy to say my first ever readathon was a great success! I joined in with the N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon this August and thought I’d give a quick rundown of how it went. So, what are the N.E.W.T.s?

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 I joined without completing any O.W.L.s at all and still had a great time. 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!

Useful Documents and Links

These are taken from the description in the 2019 Magical Readathon N.E.W.T.s video!

My Chosen Career

I chose to aim for the Magizoologist career this year! To pass my N.E.W.T.s I needed an Outstanding in Care of Magical Creatures, an Exceeded Expectations in Charms and an Exceeded Expectations in Herbology. That means I needed to read 7 books to achieve my career. However, I also included the Outstanding prompts in my TBR in case I surpassed these. If you want to have a quick look back on my TBR post, you can find it here.

My Wrap-Up

Care of Magical Creatures

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The prompt for this one was to read a book that starts with the letter A. I’d recently picked up Attachments at YALC and thought it was perfect! I really enjoyed this book and rated it 5 stars.

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For the Exceeding Expectations grade, the prompt was to read a book under 300 pages. This one is only around 150, and I flew through it and gave it 4 stars.

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This was the only exam I needed an Oustanding in, and the prompt was read a book with a bird on the cover. What better than a phoenix? I gave this book 4 stars too.

Charms

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The prompt for Acceptable in Charms was read a book with a gorgeous cover. I decided to pick up this one and loved it! I gave it 4.5 stars.

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When I saw the prompt for Exceeding Expectations was to read a comic or graphic novel, I knew immediately it was the perfect excuse to pick up Heartstopper 2! Of course I had to give it 5 stars.

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I didn’t need to reach Outstanding for my career in Charms, but I finished early enough to read Girls of Storm and Shadow! I gave it 4 stars and loved being back in this world.

Herbology

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The prompt for Acceptable in Herbology was to read an audiobook or a book with a green cover. As I’m not one for audiobooks, I picked the greenest book I had and ended up really enjoying it. I gave this 4 stars!

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To achieve an Exceeding Expectations, I needed to read a book between 350-390 pages. They’re harder to find than you’d expect, but I read Scars Like Wings and loved it. It was another 4 star read for me, and I’d definitely recommend looking out for it on October 1st!

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I didn’t need to achieve an Outstanding in Herbology, but I ended up having enough time to read this one for a book with flowers on the cover. It was only a 2 star read unfortunately, but it allowed me to get Oustanding’s on all of my exams!

My Experience

I loved joining a readathon. I found it really pushed me to read as I wanted so badly to complete my TBR before the deadline of August 31st. I was part of a group chat which was fun too! I’ve already joined the Hogwarts readathon for September, and I’ll be talking about that on Friday 🙂

Did you join the magical readathon this year? Did you achieve your career?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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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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