#NEWTsReadathon2019 | Update #1

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


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?


  • 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)


  • 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.


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.


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!


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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