N.E.W.Ts Readathon Wrap-up!

August turned into one of the best reading months I’ve ever had, and so much of that is down to this readathon. There are so many books I want to read that sometimes I stress myself out with how many I want to read all at once and I end up reading none, but with this readathon giving me challenges to fulfill it really helped me pick out which books to read next, which then led me to picking up other books outside of the readathon. So while I read nine books for this readathon, I actually read 12 books in August in total!

I’ve found time to read and it’s been lovely to be reading so much – and enjoying so much of what I’ve read – when I’ve felt as though I’ve been in a slump for two years.

My final progress is listed below!

Ancient Runes

A – Read a book set in the past Riddle of the Runes by Janina Ramirez
E – Read an ancient book on your shelves that you haven’t yet read Timeless by Gail Carriger
O – Read a translated book


A – Read a book of at least 300 pages The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
E – Read a book that ends on an even numbered page Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
O – Read a book that’s not a first in a series The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin


A – Read a book with magic in it The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
E – Read a book with a cover that charmed you The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan
O – Read a book that you think will leave a mark

History of Magic

A – Read a book that you think would fit in at Hogwarts Library The Mabinogi by Matthew Francis
E – Read a book published at least 5 years ago Heartless by Gail Carriger
O – Read a book of at least 400 pages

As you can see I’m passing my N.E.W.Ts with an O in Arithmancy and E’s in Ancient Runes, Charms and History of Magic.


I did briefly wonder if I might be able to pass with an O in Charms and an A in Ancient Runes before I remembered that I finished Timeless before I finished The Tropic of Serpents. I should have left the last chapter until I’d finished my audiobook, but never mind!

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a terrible finisher, so for me to finish two series this month (and four so far this year) is amazing and I’ve rediscovered my love for series this year.

The highlight for me over the course of this readathon was definitely The Stone Sky, which I thought ended The Broken Earth trilogy beautifully. This trilogy is amazing and if you haven’t read it already then I recommend picking up a copy of The Fifth Season asap. It’s a genre-bending post-apocalyptic fantasy with more elements of science fiction as the series progresses, and while it is a very dark book – this is the apocalypse, after all – I never felt as though Jemisin did things just to shock her readers. Her characters are amazing, her world-building is superb and the entire series is a future fantasy classic.

What I ended up reading for this readathon changed a lot from my initial TBR, but I’m glad it did. I picked up books I wanted to read when I was in the mood to read them, and now I can’t wait to carry on reading regularly throughout September, too. I probably won’t go quite as crazy – it’d be nice to read 12 books every month, but it’s not sustainable when I have other stuff to do – but carrying on from here I’d like to finish The Lies of Locke Lamora, which I started for my O in History of Magic, and I’m definitely still planning to get to Children of Blood and Bone, Spinning Silver and Circe this year.

TBRs usually never work for me. Clearly this one didn’t quite work either because I did end up changing it, but I am considering giving myself a very loose TBR for September just to see if it helps me keep up my reading because I think I will miss the structure of this readathon.

So a big thank you to Book Roast for creating and hosting this wonderful readathon! I had a great time, and I hope it’ll be back next year.

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