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!

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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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Weekend Reads #92: Week 1 — 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, but because I’ve been so busy lately, I wasn’t able to start my reading until this week. Since it’s a month-long readathon, I’ve decided to share my progress at the end of each week so you all can see if I past my subjects to become Aurologist — someone who reads and studies auras.

Aurology is an esoteric subject, quite like divination, and so far I’ve done a great job reading books that fit it. By the way, I’ve already deviated from my TBR for this readathon. If you’re familiar with my blog, that’s probably not surprising to you. I hardly ever follow those things although I enjoy creating them.

The first book took me on a wild, stream-of-conciousness ride filled with drugs, random hookups, and many bad decisions. I didn’t like it. It was disconcerting and I couldn’t make sense of anything, though there were brief moments of clarity. It totally fucked with my aura reading, and I’m sure many straight-laced professors would disagree with dabbling in such a book. Although, if one is to be an aurologist, one can’t be too uptight and the book did show a possible, though chemical-inducing, way of transcending reality.

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O.W.L. Magical Readathon | 2019

I’ve decided to participate in one of the most creative and fun readathons I’ve ever seen — the Magical Readathon created by booktuber, the Book Roast.

I love and appreciate the amount of work and detail that went into creating it. The readathon is inspired by the Harry Potter books and is separated into two parts that are based on the wizarding exams mentioned in the books:

O.W.Ls (Ordinary Wizarding Levels), which take place April 1-30, and N.E.W.Ts (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests), which are held August 1-31.

Those who participate in this readathon aim for a wizarding career (auror, herbologist, Hogwarts professor, etc.), which are outlined in a career guide. Like Harry, Ron, and Hermione, we’ll all take O.W.L.s and then N.E.W.T.s and must past them to be qualified for the wizarding career of our choice.

I won’t go into more details than that, but this is a fun readathon to participate in whether or not you are a Harry Potter fan. I urge you to join in. You can learn more about the readathon here.

I’ve decided to aim for a career as an

Aurologist

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Top 5 Wednesday #29: Tome Topple

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and now managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group.

This week’s topic:

Largest Books on My TBR

This week’s topic is in honor of the #TomeToppleReadathon, a two-week long readathon that will run through the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. that was started by vlogger Sam at Thoughts on Tomes.

The readathon kicks off this week on November 16 and ends on November 29. The only rule is to read books that are over 500 pages long. >> LINKS >> Goodreads group | Twitter | IG challenges

I’ll share the challenges and my plans for the readathon below but first, here are the largest books on my TBR:

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

approx. 1056 pages

I started reading this years ago but haven’t gotten around to completing it yet. It’s about a guy who so loves tales of chivalry that he decides to become a knight. The story is quite enjoyable. I just need to dedicate some time to rereading and completing it.

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Marvel-A-thon TBR

It’s June and I happen to have some extra reading time to spare, so I was beyond excited when I saw Lauren share her TBR for the Marvel-a-thon readathon, I got excited and decided to join in. It’s exactly what I needed.

I love readathons like this. I think them so creative! The Marvel-a-thon was created by Jamieson of Jamishelves. It’s a month-long readathon (June 1 to July 1) based on the Marvel cinematic universe. Here are the details as posted by Jamieson:

This readathon is focused around Marvel movies in the cinematic universe, each of the movies have been split into their phases and there is one challenge per movie.

The goal is to read a book for EVERY SINGLE MOVIE (that’s 21 movies, by the way). Everyone starts in Phase One, and you can’t move on to the next phase until you’ve completed all the challenges. Here is the game board:

Visit Jamieson’s post for more details on the rules. By the way, we are allowed to skip 2 categories per phase. I’ll indicate below the ones I might skip. Since this is a lot of books to read, and since it doesn’t seem to be a big deal whether we read a book or comic book, I’ve mostly chosen comic books so I can hit all the categories. I’ve also thrown in a few rereads for series I want to complete.

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