N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon | 2019

It’s exam time again! 😀 This time we’ll be sitting for our N.E.W.T.s!! Well, that’s if you’re participating in Book Roast’s Magical Readathon that’s inspired by the Harry Potter books.

The first part of the readathon was held in April. Back then, we sat for the O.W.L.s (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) hoping to read enough books so that we can freely select a career before sitting for our N.E.W.T.s (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests) in August. I decided in April to pursue the wizarding career Aurologist — one who studies auras — although it doesn’t attract much respect in the wizarding community (quite like divination). But wizards don’t know all, and I believe there’s much mystical knowledge to gain when one pursues the path of being an aurologist.

It’s quite obvious that Aurology isn’t held in high standard since there isn’t much one has to do to be considered an Aurologist. But, (if all this were real) I’d want to be valued for my knowledge in aurology and how it applies to other fields, and conduct research on it. As such, it would be of value to consider other N.E.W.T.-level subjects. So, in addition to the mere 6 books I have to complete to be considered an Aurologist, I’m gonna be hard on myself and read a whole lot more. Let’s see how many N.E.W.T.s I can attain. 🙂

Btw, if you were confused by all that, watch Book Roast’s video to learn more about the readathon. You can still participate even if you didn’t do the O.W.L. readathon in April. But the gist of the readathon is to first read enough books to pass the O.W.L.s and then read enough to pass the N.E.W.T.s to be considered for the wizarding career you’ve chosen. Both readathons have different prompts and slightly different rules for “passing” a subject/exam.

Only passing grades are noted for N.E.W.T.s.

O = Outstanding

E = Exceeds Expectations

A = Acceptable

Since I’ll read a lot more than I have to, my plan is to read a comic book/graphic novel/manga or something very short for the Acceptable level and a novel for either Exceeds Expectation or Outstanding levels.

Below are pictures of the books I’ll most likely read as well as other books I’ll probably consider (because I’m a mood reader who needs options).

Required

Astronomy

I passed my Astronomy O.W.L. by reading Zodiac Starforce, #1 by Kevin Panetta, illus. by Paulina Ganucheau, which was fun and made me want to try the complete volume. It’s a YA comic book about girls who have superpowers that they use to save the world.

A = Moon on the cover or anywhere in the title

Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, illus. by Shae Beagle & Kate Leth
Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection ed. by Hope Nicholson
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder, illus. by Natacha Bustos

E = Word ‘night’ in book or series name

In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

O = Read a sci-fi book (or book with stars on the cover)

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Lady Mechanika, Vols. 1 & 2 by Joe Benitez (illus.)

Divination

I passed my Divination O.W.L. by reading All Systems Red by Martha Wells, which surprised me by how entertaining it was. It’s a sci-fi novella about an android who’s sent to a distant planet to guard a group of scientists but instead it really wants to be left alone to watch sitcoms all day.

A = Read a white book

The Gigantic Beard that Was Evil by Stephen Collins (illus.)
Daytripper by Fábio Moon (illus.) & Gabriel Bá (illus.)
Soul Eater, Vol. 1 by Atsushi Ohkubo (illus.)

E = Read a short story or a collection of short stories

Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection ed. by Hope Nicholson
Ayiti by Roxane Gay
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

O = Read the last book you bought/took from your library

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval (illus.)
How to Treat Magical Beasts: Mine and Master’s Medical Journal, Vol. 1 by Kaziya (illus.)

Additional

Research paper on Theory of Color: Auras and Their Interpretation at a Glance

I don’t think this prompt is necessary to do, but I decided to interpret it as “Read a book about color,” and, lucky enough, I have such a book. I’ve already started Kassia St. Clair’s The Secret Lives of Color, so my plan is to complete it by the end of August — by the end of N.E.W.T.s.

Other subjects

It’s not necessary that I do these, but I’ve decided to give myself a hard time. 😛

History of Magic

I passed my History of Magic O.W.L. by reading Middle Passage by Charles Johnson, a historical fiction novel about a freed slave who stows away on a slave ship bound for Africa to escape his debtor and a woman intent on marrying him. The story is funny and the book is one of the best I’ve read so far this year.

A = Read a fantasy

Cinderella: or the Little Glass Slipper by Charles Perrault, illus. by Camille Rose Garcia
Curse Words, Vol. 1 by Charles Soule, illus. by Ryan Browne
Journey by Aaron Becker (illus.)

E = Read a book that includes a map

The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
The Templeton Twins Make a Scene by Ellis Weiner, illus. by Jeremy Holmes

O = Tom Riddle’s diary: Fond memory — reread a favorite (or read a classic)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Charms

I passed my Charms O.W.L. by reading Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson, a book of semi-autobiographical short stories told in stream-of-consciousness format about a guy dealing with his drug addiction. The stories are extremely well written, but I didn’t like the format.

A = Read a book that you think has a gorgeous cover

Lady Mechanika, Vols. 1 & 2 by Joe Benitez (illus.)
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (illus.)
Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection ed. by Hope Nicholson

E = Read a comic/graphic novel/manga (or book under 150 pages)

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 7-9 by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.)
How to Treat Magical Beasts: Mine and Master’s Medical Journal, Vol. 1 by Kaziya (illus.)
Velvet, Vols. 1 & 2 by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Steve Epting

O = Spongify (softening charm) — read a paperback book

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

Herbology

I passed my Herbology O.W.L. by reading Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (illus.), which was pretty good. The stories succeeded in sometimes creeping me out. It’s a graphic novel full of short horror stories.

A = Mandrake! Quick, put your headphones on! Listen to an audio book. (If not – green cover)

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

E = Read a book between 350-390 pages

Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (illus.)
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

O = Read a book with a flower on the cover

Splintered by A.G. Howard
You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down by Alice Walker
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Potions

I passed my Potions O.W.L. by rereading Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol.s 4-6 by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.), which was just as fun as the first time I read it. It’s a sci-fi/fantasy manga series about two brothers who’re trying to regain their original bodies after a fateful experiment.

A = Polyjuice Potion: Read your friend’s favorite book

Cinderella: or the Little Glass Slipper by Charles Perrault, illus. by Camille Rose Garcia
Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda
Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic by the British Library & J.K. Rowling

E = House ingredient: Book with a cover in your Hogwarts house color

Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan (illus.) & Eric Fan (illus.)
Lost Boy by Christina Henry
Run for It by Marcelo D’Salete (illus.)

O = Book that starts with a prologue

The Witch’s Market by MingMei Yip
The Fall by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

Transfiguration

I passed my Transfiguration O.W.L. by rereading Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1-3 by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.). It was great to revisit a favorite, and I’d like to continue and complete this manga series.

A = Read a book with LGBTQA+ representation

Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples
Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, illus. by Shae Beagle & Kate Leth
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 5: Imperial Phase, Part I by Kieron Gillen, illus. by Jamie McKelvie

E = Read a book that’s not a first in the series

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 10-12 by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

O = McGonagall does not mess around! Read a book over 500 pages.

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison = 502
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan = 527
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi = 531

Ooookaaaayy… That’s a whole lot, but I’m in the mood to challenge myself, and I’d really like to see how far I’ll get with this challenge.

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32 thoughts on “N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon | 2019

    • Glad to hear you liked In the Night Wood. I bought it at random. I just picked up the book in the store and read a few sentences and liked it. It seems that the writing is really good.

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  2. I love these HP themed reading challenges so much, they’re just so cool. I think I may try to do them next year, this year I just have way too much other stuff going on. Looks like you have a lot of reading ahead of you, best of luck!

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  3. WOAH! Now that is a list Zezee!! Good luck and I hope you fall in love with everything you read. ❤️ I’ve never even tried to participate in this or the OWL readathon. It seems really complex to me hahaha. I love that you are including all kinds of graphic novels and going for a killer record of books.

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    • Fullmetal anime/manga is such a great story. I love it too. I watched the anime, so now I’m re-experiencing the story through the manga.
      I think this readathon will take place again next year so maybe you can participate then. 🙂

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  4. Good luck! 🍀 I hope you will be able to read a lot of these books! The Secret Lives of Color sounds interesting. And I usually don’t read graphic novels, but I would like to try The Tea Dragon Society.

    I’m also going to participate in the NEWTs. I hope to become a journalist/writer 😊

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