Hey beautiful people!
Well … the time has come … to admit … I didn’t complete the N.E.W.T.s …
These things happen, but I don’t regret doing the challenge. I think doing a big reading challenge in July and then trying to do this challenge was a little too much … since I apparently now HAVE a life? Next year, I think I’m going to keep July relatively LIGHT reading wise so I’m mentally prepared for the N.E.W.T.s!
Let’s get to it!
My Wizarding Career Path: Hogwarts Professor
For the O.W.L.s, I chose the Hogwarts Professor career path (I DEFINITELY plan to try the Librarian career next year). My O.W.L.s posts: ORIGINAL, UPDATE, and WRAP UP. My N.E.W.T. posts: ORIGINAL and UPDATE.
In order to complete this, I had 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.
Overall, I had 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
Note: I did update one more book choice from the selection below. For “A” in Care of Magical Creatures, I switched out Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka to Aaron’s Hair by Robert Munsch. I have a goal of re-reading EVERY single Robert Munsch book … in case I never read them all as a kid. THEN I can say I’ve read every single one ha-ha!
“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
I’m actually reading this right now, but just fell out of time. I’m HOPING this will give me that missing piece I felt in books one and two. Either way, I’m still intrigued enough to continue reading the series.
“E” in Care of Magical Creatures
|| Book under 300 pages ||
the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur
It’s about time I read this collection! Like its predecessor, I fell in love with Kaur’s writing style. I honestly can’t wait to see what else is in store with her future works.
“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! ||
AARON’S HAIR by Robert Munsch
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve made it a goal to re-read all of Robert Munsch’s children’s novels … I want to OFFICIALLY be able to say with confidence that I’ve read them all. And I wasn’t feeling Always Never Yours, not because it’s bad but because I need a break from YA Contemporary/Romance. This story, like all of Munsch’s works, is absolutely precious and adorable. Though there are a few things that educators and parents may want to keep in mind, I find this still a wonderful story to add to anyone’s collection.
Mini Review Available on Goodreads (only).
“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
I was pretty surprised with my final thoughts on this book. I went in not expecting TOO much (due to some other reviews I had read), so I was FAIRLY surprised with my overall enjoyment. There are a few things I would’ve preferred Cavallaro did differently, but the series still kept me intrigued. This was a buddy read with Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca, which you can view her post on her thoughts by clicking her hyperlinked blog name.
“A” in Defense Against the Dark Arts
|| Book that’s black under the dust jacket ||
milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
Again, so happy I finally gave this novel a chance. I’d been putting off Kaur’s poetry due to the heavy nature of her works, but it was so worth the read. It’s works like this that remind me why I fell so madly in love with poetry so long ago.
“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
Like A Study in Charlotte, I went in with lower expectations … since a lot of reviews rated this one the least favourite among the 4 books. In some ways, I preferred this one … I felt there was more depth to the characters in book 2 and that the mystery was DEFINITELY a twist. But in the end, I still felt as though something was missing. This was a buddy read with Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess and Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca. We all hope to have our posts up soon!
“A” in History of Magic
|| Read a fantasy ||
Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1) by Nicholas Eames
Honestly, I’m in LOVE with this story so far. The ONLY reason I haven’t finished it is I was trying to catch up on all the other books in the N.E.W.T. challenge and fell behind. Eames’ novel is also rather detailed and in-depth with the plot, so I like to take my time reading it as I don’t want to miss anything important. I can’t wait to get back into reading this one and starting the second book, Bloody Rose.
Final: Stats & Grades
Total Book Count: 5 out of 7
Care of Magical Creatures: Exceeds Expectations (needed Outstanding)
Defense Against the Dark Arts: Exceeds Expectations
History of Magic: Incomplete (needed Acceptable)
That’s it! I DEFINITELY plan to participate next year in both the O.W.L.s and the N.E.W.T.s, which I’ll hopefully be more prepared next year. Did you participate in the N.E.W.T.s reading challenge? How did you fair out?