Weekend Reads #96: Week 3 — NEWTs Progress Report

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend. However instead of a topic, I’ll instead share my progress on my N.E.W.T.s (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests). 

Oh man! I’ve been reading so much, I’m surprised my eyes haven’t popped out yet.

Astronomy

All done. Yeahie me! 😀

Divination

All done. Yeahie me! 😀

Additional

Reading The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair. I’m nearing the end, y’all! I’m almost there. I can see the light!

History of Magic

Making progress. I’m close to the O.
Books read: Cinderella: or the Little Glass Slipper by Charles Perrault, illus. by Camille Rose Garcia; Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

Charms

I have an E! I’m considering to go for the O, but I think I’m gonna change my mind and not read much the last couple days of August.
Books read: The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill; Fullmetal Alchemist, Vols. 7-9 by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.)

Herbology

I’m reaching for E by reading Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen. I think I’ll get it.
Books read: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, narr. by Jim Dale

Transfiguration

I might also stop at E on this one.
Books read: Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, illus. by Shae Beagle

Still haven’t started Potions yet, but I might stop at A on that one since it’s not my favorite subject.


What I’m currently reading:

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair

I should be able to complete it this coming week. I’m only about 100 pages from the end.

The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

I’m currently buddy-reading this with Millie from Milliebot Reads as a reread because we both read it as kids. The story is slow and a bit of a bore, but I don’t mind reading it. Should be able to complete it next week.

Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen

I enjoyed the first book, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast, so much that I was eager to get going on this audio book. I’m enjoying it so far. I think I’ll be able to complete it next week too.


What are you reading this weekend?

Are you participating in the N.E.W.T. Magical Readathon? If so, what’s your progress so far?

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Weekend Reads #95: Week 2 — NEWTs Progress Report

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend. However instead of a topic, I’ll instead share my progress on my N.E.W.T.s (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests). 

I spent a couple days last week not reading anything, so I’m a little behind but still making decent progress… I think. 🙂

Astronomy

I exceeded my own expectations with this one and earned an Outstanding.
Books read: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF by Brandon Montclare & Amy Reeder, illus. by Natacha Bustos; In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey; Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clark

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Weekend Reads #94: Week 1 — NEWTs Progress Report

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend. However instead of a topic, I’ll instead share my progress on my N.E.W.T.s (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests). 

The N.E.W.T. Magical Readathon is inspired by the Harry Potter books. As in the books, participants first sit for their O.W.L. exams (which took place in April) to past subjects that will determine what N.E.W.T. exams they can take and, ultimately, what wizarding career they can choose.

I’ve chosen to become an Aurologist — someone who reads and studies auras — and although the requirements for this career aren’t extensive, I’ve added a few more subjects I’d also like to pass to be considered an Aurologist who’s well versed in other fields. Well, then. Here’s my progress so far:

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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.

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Wrap Up: O.W.L. Magical Readathon | 2019

Let’s see how I did on my O.W.L.s. 😐

Back on the first of April, I posted my TBR for the O.W.L. Magical Readathon (created by the Book Roast) and announced my intention to pursue studies that would make me an Aurologist, someone who studies auras — their colors, meanings, and sensations. Now it’s time to see how well I did on my exams.

The O.W.L. Magical Readathon is inspired by the Harry Potter series. Participants read books that match the prompts for each subject in pursuit of their chosen wizarding career. The O.W.L.s took place on April 1-30 and the N.E.W.T.s, which will decide whether or not a person can pursue their chosen career, will be held on August 1-31.

Let’s revisit the requirements for my chosen career: (my TBR post)

Aurologist

Key traits of an aurologist:

Intuitive

Perceptive

Requirements:

O.W.L.s

Astronomy

Divination

History of Magic

N.E.W.T.s

Astronomy – must receive E

Divination – must receive E

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Weekend Reads #93: Week 2 — O.W.L. Progress Report

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend. However instead of a topic, I’ll instead share with you my progress on my O.W.L.s (Ordinary Wizarding Levels).

The O.W.L. Magical Readathon is in session. It began on April 1st and I’m sharing my weekly reading progress reports as I work toward becoming an Aurologist — someone who reads and studies auras.

I was doing well until last week when I took a road trip and forgot to carry the books I intended to read. Has that ever happened to you? I was close to finishing one book and, not wanting to be on a trip without a book, I packed a few others that I thought would would interest me and would apply to this reading challenge.

I threw in my bag Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which I’ve been reading on and off since last year. It’s slow reading. Though some parts interest me because of the tension and gothic atmosphere of certain scenes, the majority of the story so far has been boring, so I take long breaks from the book. I would DNF it, but I have my mind intent on completing the book. I enjoy reading horror stories about vampires and other parasitic monsters that hunt humans, so I’d like to finally complete this classic that has inspired such stories. So yeah, that’s why it was in my bag for this trip. I could only read a few paragraphs at a time because I tended to start snoozing after every third paragraph.

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Wyrd & Wonder Is Coming | Here’s What I’ll Read

“Last May, an intrepid band of like-minded bloggers and book lovers devoted themselves to all things fantasy. LisaJorie, and I will be heading out in search of dragons, magic and Faerie again this year. Will you join us for Wyrd and Wonder?”

So begins Imyril’s post over on There’s Always Room for One More that introduced me to this year’s Wyrd & Wonder event. I’ve been looking forward to this event since last May because I was unable to participate then. This year, I intend to be part of it in any way I can.

What is Wyrd & Wonder?

It’s a month-long celebration of all things fantasy. Participants can participate in any way they like, just make sure to sign up (there’s no deadline for signing up) and check the Master Schedule to see what others plan to do or to add your posts.

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