N.E.W.T.s Read-a-Thon 2019: Wrap Up || Challenge

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:

  1. “O” in subject you wish to teach
  2. “E” in Defense Against the Dark Arts
  3. 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.

Review Available on Goodreads and Bookmark Your Thoughts Blog.

“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.

Review Available on Goodreads and Bookmark Your Thoughts Blog.

“A” in Defense Against the Dark Arts

|| Book that’s black under the dust jacket ||


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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.

Review Available on Goodreads and Bookmark Your Thoughts Blog.

“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)

Herbology: 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?

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19 thoughts on “N.E.W.T.s Read-a-Thon 2019: Wrap Up || Challenge

  1. No joke, your blog is quickly turning into one of my favorites, Jenna! I wanted to participate in this readathon, as I want to with any readathon I come across HAHA, but I had school the whole month, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to complete the challenges!

    I’m so happy that The Last of August was better for you! Me and my sister read ASIC, and we both moderately enjoyed it. She went on to read The Last of August and dnfed it! She has me scared, but I’m excited to continue on with the series and give these books a shot. I’m just really bad at reading sequels :”) WAIT–why does that Aaron’s Hair book look so familiar? hahaha. i can’t wait to hear your thoughts on King of the Wyld! It’s on my TBR, and as a fantasy lover, I feel like I’ll absolutely fall in love with it. I just haven’t transitioned from YA fantasy to Adult fantasy yet, but I’m so excited to start that one!


  2. I got to read 6 of the 7 so it was pretty good, it was my first time participating so I can’t complain, I guess 😅. I also want to participate next year, this is one of the mos amazing read-a-thons. Next month is the Contempory-A-Thon happening, so I’ll have to prepare for that. I hope you have an amazing September, love ❤️🌻🌟


  3. I also needed two more books to complete my NEWTS 😀 But you know.. I’m kinda okay with not passing. Not even sad about it. Lol
    Maybe I never even wanted to be an Auror?! Next year, I need to choose a different career.

    I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying Kings of the Wyld! I think I’ll add it to my books to-buy list 🙂

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  4. I think you still did so well, Jenna!! Your excitement and updates for the N.E.W.T challenge, has seriously made me want to participate next year. Haha! I’m sorry that the sequel to the Charlotte Holmes book was a bit of a let down. I’m still hoping to read the first novel relatively soon. I’m still SO conflicted about whether I should read Kaur’s poetry collections or not. I’ve never read any poetry before, BUT YOU ARE MAKING ME WANT TO READ THEM! I blame you in full for giving me all this indecision. 🙈 Hahaha!

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    1. AWE! Thank you, love!! I’m glad I did the challenges either way. And you TOTALLY should! I’m PRETTY sure I’m going to participate in the OWLs and NEWTs next year 😀

      Ha-ha! I’m VERY biased and think you should read Kaur’s works ha-ha. If you want something a little less … intimidating emotional wise but still SUPER good, I recommend Wilder Poetry’s works 🙂


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