Hey beautiful people!
Back in April of this year (2019), Alex @ WhimsyPages and Rachael @ Dog-Eared Pages both introduced me to the BEAUTIFUL O.W.L.s Read-a-Thon challenge … which I was like, “hello — where has this challenge been all my life?”
Afterwards, Alex mentioned that there’s a FOLLOW UP challenge … the N.E.W.T.s Read-a-Thon! This is basically a continuation from the O.W.L.s Read-a-Thon. It’s not MANDATORY that you do the O.W.L.s to participate, but it definitely makes it more fun!
Let’s get to it!
Also … this was LITERALLY updated today … as Alex reminded me of some rules I missed. You’ll see below …
The Challenge Information
The creator of this beautiful challenge is Book Roast. As discussed in her video, the read-a-thon is a challenge inspired by the Hogwarts exam called N.E.W.T.s — Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test. According to the Harry Potter Wikia page, it “… is a subject-specific exam that seventh year witches and wizards at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry take to help them pursue certain careers after their graduation, so passing these exams is critical”.
- Visit Book Roast’s video.
- Download the N.E.W.T.s 2019 letter & prompts link in the video description.
- Now there are two options here:
- If you DID participate in the O.W.L.s, find your career in the from the Wizarding Careers pamphlet (link available in video description) and find the N.E.W.T.s section. These will correspond to the N.E.W.T.s prompts you just downloaded.
- If you DIDN’T participate in the O.W.L.s, choose a career from the Wizarding Careers pamphlet (link available in video description) and find the N.E.W.T.s section. These will correspond to the N.E.W.T.s prompts you just downloaded.
- Find a book that matches whatever the prompt is. If you want suggestions for some, watch Book Roast’s recommendation list video.
My Wizarding Career Path: Hogwarts Professor
In order to complete this, I’ll have to pass 7 N.E.W.T.s in total:
- “O” in subject you wish to teach
- “E” in Defense Against the Dark Arts
- At least 2 “A’s” in secondary subjects of your choice
The subject I would like to teach is Care of Magical Creatures. The remaining 3 remaining subjects are: Defense Against the Dark Arts, History of Magic and Herbology.
NOTE NO. 1: Firstly, thank you Alex @ Whimsy Pages for showing me a HUGE part I missed for this challenge. Now … the order of the “grades” are as follows: A (Acceptable), E (Exceeded Expectation) and O (Outstanding). Now, if you need to complete an “O” in something, you have to complete the prompts for “A” and “E” for this to open up.
For example, I need to get an “E” in Defense Against the Dark Arts. Thus, I have to complete the “A” prompt in order for me to have the “E” prompt unlocked.
NOTE NO. 2: This is LITERALLY on the downloaded page … and in the video … so I’m just apparently not the brightest star in the sky … BUT THAT’S OKAY!
So overall, I need to complete:
- Grades A, E and O in Care of Magical Creatures
- Grades A and E in Defense Against the Dark Arts
- Grade A in History of Magic
- Grade A in Herbology
“O” in Care of Magical Creatures
|| Grab onto Fawke’s tail! Read a book with a bird on the cover ||
The Case for Jamie (Charlotte Holmes, #3) by Brittany Cavallaro
Shortly … you’re going to see a pattern … as 3 out of 4 of the books in this series are in my N.E.W.T challenge list. Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca and I decided to do another buddy read! YAY! But for books 2 to 4 of this series, Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess is ALSO going to participate! We’re BASICALLY going to finish this series in 4 weeks (the fourth one will fall into September).
Synopsis: Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but when strange things start happening, it’s clear that someone wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time.
Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead [view more].
“E” in Care of Magical Creatures
|| Book under 300 pages ||
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
This was originally Nocturnal by Wilder Poetry, but then Zuky @ BookBum was lovely enough to remind me that I wanted to participate in a read-a-long she’s hosting this August (2019). And VOILA! I’m FINALLY reading Fight Club.
Fun Fact: I’ve NEVER seen the movie, so this will LITERALLY be a WHOLE NEW EXPERIENCE for me!
Synopsis: Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basement of bars. There, two men fight “as long as they have to.” This is a gloriously original work that exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world.
“A” in Care of Magical Creatures
|| Follow the spiders! Why couldn’t it be follow the butterflies! Book title that starts with a letter A, for Aragog! ||
Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
I honestly fell IN LOVE with If I’m Being Honest by these two authors … and their next book isn’t releasing until next year … so why not read this one? I actually kind of wish I read this first, since the characters are BRIEFLY mentioned. But that’s fine!
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Megan Harper is about due for her next sweeping romance. It’s inevitable—each of her relationships starts with the perfect guy and ends with him falling in love . . . with someone else. But instead of feeling sorry for herself, Megan focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theater, and fulfilling her dream college’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.
So when she’s cast as Juliet (yes, that Juliet) in her high school’s production, it’s a complete nightmare. Megan’s not an actress, and she’s used to being upstaged—both in and out of the theater. In fact, with her mom off in Texas and her dad remarried and on to baby #2 with his new wife, Megan worries that, just like her exes, her family is moving on without her [view more].
“E” in Defense Against the Dark Arts
|| Gilderoy’s memory charm – first book that you remembered just now from your TBR! ||
A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1) by Brittany Cavallaro
This is BASICALLY what made it easy to do a massive buddy read AND have these books fit within the challenge. The first book in the Charlotte Holmes series came to mind immediately, which is what prompted me to want to FINALLY read all the books.
Synopsis: The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar [view more].
“A” in Defense Against the Dark Arts
|| Book that’s black under the dust jacket ||
milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
I’ve LITERALLY had this book for … 2 years? I always mean to pick it up, but then I remember hearing about how sad the topics are and I flee! But I’ve been really digging getting back into poetry, so I’m going to give this a go.
Synopsis: Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.
The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
“A” in Herbology
|| Mandrake! Quick! Put your headphones on! Listen to an audiobook (if not – green cover) ||
The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes, #2) by Brittany Cavallaro
As mentioned above, this is ALSO a part of the GIANT reading buddy shenanigans going on with Rebecca and Sofia! I wasn’t feeling an audiobook, but LUCKILY the third book in the Charlotte Holmes series fits the “green cover” prompt!
Synopsis: Watson and Holmes: A match made in disaster.
Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter-break reprieve after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. On top of everything else, Holmes and Watson could be becoming more than friends—but still, the darkness in Charlotte’s past is a wall between them [view more].
“A” in History of Magic
|| Read a fantasy ||
Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1) by Nicholas Eames
This has been suggested to me MORE times than I can count! So luckily, Chaz @ Life of Chaz has wonderfully accepted to do a buddy read with me. I’m honestly super excited, since it’s been FOREVER since I’ve read a fantasy novel. Apparently, it’s hilarious.
Synopsis: Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best — the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.
Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk – or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay’s door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.
It’s time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld [view more].
That’s it! Are any of you participating in the N.E.W.T.s? Let me know in the comments below and share your posts about it if you have them!