OVER-AMBITIOUS TBR for the Magical Readathon: Getting my N.E.W.T.s!


Do you remember back when I signed up to get my O.W.L.’s a while back? It’s time to collect my N.E.W.T.’s as well! As if I could ever refuse a Harry Potter-themed reading challenge, right? If you want to check out the original announcement post, you can just go here and listen / watch the original video by Book Roast.

The important thing to mention first is that I can only do the subjects for which I got an O.W.L. This made me realize I never made a wrap-up for that one but I DID remember I got all O.W.L.’s so that’s that, right?! I really checked but I simply didn’t feel like making that an entire part of this post so.. yeah.. I’m lazy. Sue me.

To continue my magical education, I first had to decide what career path I’d want to take and… Well… I’d love to go with a career as an Auror! That means I have to get an O or E for the following subjects: Potions, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Transfiguration, Herbology and Charms. Let’s take a look at my TBR for those!

All covers link back to Goodreads, so feel free to check them out!

A:  Has a name of a color in the title [Out of the Blue – Sophie Cameron]
E: Read a book with a male lead character [A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman]
O: Book over 350 pages long [One Day in December – Josie Silver (EARC)]

Out of the BlueA Man Called OveOne Day in December

A:  Read a last book in a series [Library of Souls #3 – Ransom Riggs]
E: Read a foiled book [Legendary – Stephanie Garber]
O: Book with word “dark” in the title or series name [The Subtle Knife #2 – Philip Pullman]

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)Legendary (Caraval, #2)The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)

A: Book with a grey cover [Hollow City #2 – Ransom Riggs]
E: Book from an author you haven’t read anything of before [The Lion Tamer Who Lost – Louise Beech (ARC)]
O: Read a book set in a kingdom / with royals [Twice Dead – Caitlin Seal (EARC)]

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)The Lion Tamer Who LostTwice Dead (The Necromancer's Song, #1)

A: Book with a green cover [Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell]
E: Book with illustrations [Kitchen Princess – Miyuki Kobayashi]
O: Book with air, light, sun or water in the title [Northern Lights #1 – Philip Pullman]

FangirlKitchen Princess: Search for the Angel CakeNorthern Lights (His Dark Materials, #1)

A: Read a book with magic in it [The Amber Spyglass #3 – Philip Pullman]
E: A book with a cover that charmed you [Harshville – Olivia Wildenstein (EARC)]
O: A book that you think will leave a mark [My Whole Truth – Mischa Thrace (EARC)]

The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)HarshvilleMy Whole Truth

I’m making it a bit difficult for myself since I can’t read the E / O book if I haven’t read the A / E book and by adding some series that’ll be.. even more hard than it already is. Oh well – it’s a known fact I love a challenge!

All other subjects and their prompts are the following:
I’ve added books to most of the prompts but I don’t know how far I’ll get with these… If I even get started on them, that is. Time will tell!

A: Book set in the past [Macbeth – Shakespeare]
E: One of the most ancient books on your  TBR [Mansfield Park – Jane Austen]
O: Book translated from another language [The Girl on Paper – Guillaume Musso]

A: Book of at least 300 pages [The Art of Baking Blind – Sarah Vaughan]
E: Book that ends on an even numbered page [The Sleeping Prince #2 – Melinda Salisbury]
O: Book that’s not first in a series [The Scarecrow Queen #3 – Melinda Salisbury]

A: Stars on the cover [The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw]
E: “Sky” in the title
O: Story that’s set on a different planet / world

Funny how getting an O on Astronomy isn’t even an options since I don’t own one book with “Sky” in the title..

A: Animal on the cover [Batman: Nightwalker – Marie Lu]
E: Book under 160 pages [Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare]
O: Includes dragons in any way [The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien]

A: Set in the future [The Power – Naomi Alderman]
E: Book under 200 pages [Under the Eye of the Clock – Christopher Nolan]
O: Read a mythology book

A: Book that you think would fit right in at the Hogwarts Library [Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them]
E: Read a book published at least 5 years ago [Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance – Emily Franklin]
O: A book that’s at least 400 pages [The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty]

A: Book written by one of your favorite authors [The Language of Thorns – Leigh Bardugo]
E: Read a biography [M Train – Patti Smyth]
O: Read a retelling [Dorothy Must Die! – Danielle Paige]

That’s quite the TBR, isn’t it?! Good thing I’m definitely not planning on ticking them all off. I’m going to focus on my Auror-career and if I have time left to read some other books, even better. If not, so be it!

Are you participating in this madness? You ready for your magical education?!
Anyone want to take a bet on how many books I’ll actually tick off?



7 thoughts on “OVER-AMBITIOUS TBR for the Magical Readathon: Getting my N.E.W.T.s!

  1. Wow that is a lot of books! I was inspired by your post but since I didn’t do my OWLs, I’m going to do that one first and do NEWTs in my own time. But I’m super excited! I have my TBR all ready and I can’t wait to dive in! Good luck!


  2. This looks like an experience, to say the least. I don’t know if I could ever?? Manage to read this much lmao 😂 how much time do you even get to read all of this?? Good luck, by the way ✨


  3. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Legendary! I wasn’t a huge fan of Caraval but I’ve heard Legendary is waaaay better. And have you read Fangirl before? If not, I’m super excited to hear your thoughts on that one. I liked it a lot, though I thought the first half was very slow.


  4. I honestly have no idea what the career paths are or what you need for them, welp. I just picked my 5 favourite subjects and I’m aiming for an Outstanding in all of them, and if I manage to read anything more than that, then awesome.

    Out of the Blue sounds so good, I’m really excited to see what you think!

    I see you’re reading the entire His Dark Materials trilogy! I was meaning to re-read it because I think a lot of it went over my head as a kid…

    I have exactly one book with “Sky” in the title that I own and haven’t read, so uh, I guess I’m reading that one? (Unless Skywalker counts :P)


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