#NEWTsReadathon2019 | Update #1

It’s August, which means the N.E.W.Ts Readathon is officially here!

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If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go ahead and check out my TBR which has all of the information about this readathon created and hosted by Gi @ Book Roast.

After including 6 potential subjects in my TBR – the subjects I need for my chosen career of History of Magic Professor are an O in History of Magic and an E in DADA, as well as two further subjects of my own choice that I need to get A’s in – I’ve narrowed it down to the four I’ll be sticking with: History of Magic; DADA; Potions and Astronomy.

So, how has my reading been going?

Astronomy

  • A: Read a book with a moon on the cover or anywhere in the title Goddess of the Hunt by Shelby Eileen
  • E: Read a book with the word “night” in the title or series name
  • O: Read a sci-fi book (or a book with stars on the cover)

Defence Against the Dark Arts

  • A: Read a book that’s black under the dust jacket
  • E: Gilderoy’s memory charm – Read the first book that you remembered from your TBR
  • O: Cornish pixie! Swat it away with an English author or a book set in England

History of Magic

  • A: Read a fantasy Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven
  • E: Read a book that includes a map Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • O: Tom Riddle’s diary: fond memory – Re-read a favourite (or read a classic)

Potions

  • A: Polyjuice Potion – Read your friend’s favourite book City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • E: House ingredient – Read a book with a cover in your Hogwarts House colour
  • O: Read a book that starts with a prologue

I haven’t read quite as much as I thought I would have by now, which is a bit of a bummer, and I think part of that is because I was away all last weekend at a family get-together. It was lovely, but by the time I got back to my hotel I was way too tired to read. On top of that, the first two books I read, Goddess of the Hunt and Phoenix Unbound, I didn’t end up enjoying as much as I thought I would, and Phoenix Unbound in particular took me a lot longer to read than I expected.

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Thankfully, I picked up City of Stairs next and absolutely loved it. It’s one of my lovely friend Natalie @ A Sea Change‘s favourite books and I completely understand why – having read this book and Foundryside this year, Bennett is well on his way to becoming a favourite author of mine.

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Then last night I was able to read Salt to the Sea in one sitting, which I wasn’t expecting! Considering it’s dark subject matter it was a really quick, easy read thanks to the short chapters, but unfortunately I ended up not liking this book as much as I thought either. I thought Sepetys was going to become a new favourite author, but while I love the idea behind this novel, particularly that she’s shedding light on a maritime disaster no one talks about, I felt held at a distance throughout which was a real shame.

The good thing is if I want to be a History of Magic Professor then I only need to read three more books, to get an E in DADA and an O in History of Magic, but I’d really like to get O’s in all four subjects if I can so I need to get some serious reading done!

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This morning I started listening to the audiobook of Gail Carriger’s Romancing the Inventor, narrated by Emma Newman, which I read and loved last year. I love returning to Carriger’s books via audiobook, it feels like revisiting old friends, and this re-read will give me my O in History of Magic. I’m hoping I might finish it tonight!

I’d like to make a start on DADA this week with Sara Raasch’s These Rebel Waves for my A in that subject, and I’m also thinking of diverting from my original TBR and reading Riley Sager’s The Last Time I Lied for my E in Potions.

I was originally planning to read The Binding, but I think I’m going to save that novel for the autumn. I have quite a bit of fantasy on my TBR, so I think it’ll be a nice palate cleanser for me to read a thriller. I have an eARC from NetGalley that I still haven’t read and, luckily for me, the American cover is blue, so it works!

Are you taking part in the N.E.W.Ts Readathon? How’s your reading going?

 

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