August TBR: NEWTs Magical (Harry Potter) Readathon 2019

It’s August! And that means it’s time to once again tackle the NEWTs Magical Readathon! This readathon is hosted by booktuber, and huge Harry Potter fan, G at Book Roast. The readathon is based around the NEWTs exams taken by Hogwarts students in their final year of school. This readathon follows on from the OWLs readathon held earlier in the year. You are certainly able to do this readathon without having done the OWLs but I feel as though it’s more fun if you have.

As I mentioned during the OWLs readathon, this year G introduced magical professions into the mix. Basically, you pick a wizarding career and attempt to complete the listed subjects to the required levels to qualify for that profession. During the OWLs I set my sights on the Hogwarts professor career. However, since then (and in my typical fashion) I’ve reverted to my original choice of Auror (I completed the requisite OWLs subjects to go for either).

So, in order to meet the requirements for an Auror, I need to complete 9 prompts. Eek. Tough, but not impossible. Below is my TBR for the month with the prompts I’ll be completing for which subjects. Two things – first, prompts work in a tiered system and second, a handy guide:

  • ‘O’ – Outstanding Grade – complete 3 prompts
  • ‘E’ – Exceeds Expectations Grade – complete 2 prompts
  • ‘A’ – Acceptable Grade – complete 1 prompt

Charms is a subject I expect to get through pretty quickly, largely because I’ve got a YA contemporary and a comic to read for it. Still, I expect both of these to be super enjoyable. The prompts and my picks are:

  • A: A gorgeous cover – LETTERS TO THE LOST by BRIGID KEMMERER
  • E: A comic/graphic novel/manga: SAGA VOL. 4 by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN & FIONA STAPLES


This is my biggest challenge subject as I need to complete all three prompts to make it as a badass evil wizard catcher. I think I’ve picked some solid reads for the first two to get me through but for some bizarre reason I’m having trouble finding something I want to read for my Outstanding prompt…Might need to wait and see what I find/floats my boat a few weeks in once I’ve completed stages 1 & two for the subject.

  • A: Black under the dust jacket – SORCERY OF THORNS by MARGARET ROGERSON
  • E: The first to mind off your TBR – RECURSION by BLAKE CROUCH
  • O: A book by an English author or with an English setting – UNDECIDED

Just the one prompt to fulfill my Herbology requirements but this is one of the books I’m most looking forward to reading this month.

A: An audiobook or book with a green cover – WILDER GIRLS by RORY POWER

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Two prompts for Potions. One of my picks may prove a challenge for me as I’m not usually much of a classics reader but I wanted to do something a little out of my comfort zone for a change. If it all goes badly, I’ve got something light and fun to follow it.

  • A: A friend’s favourite – TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES by THOMAS HARDY (I can thank my friend Megsy for this one and for giving me a few options to pick from too).
  • E: A cover in your house colour (Hufflepuff) – THE BRIDE TEST by HELEN HOANG

Last but not least, it’s Prof. McGonagall’s favourite subject and again only the one prompt to do (and an easy one at that).

A: A book with LGBTIQA+ representation – GIRL MADE OF STARS by ASHLEY HERRING BLAKE

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And there you have my August/readathon TBR. I’m really excited about this. The last few months have been a bit of a slog at points and it’s probably why I bought a lot of new books to create this TBR. I’m feeling good about my chances of completing everything, even though it’s more books to read in the space of a month than I’ve been managing lately. Cross your fingers for me and wish me luck! I have a feeling I’ll need it.

Anyone else out there magical readathon-ing with me?

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5 thoughts on “August TBR: NEWTs Magical (Harry Potter) Readathon 2019

  1. I’ve pushed my NEWTs to October as I had already signed up for ARC August. Do you want some recs for the DADA Outstanding? Some easy, quick to read books I know of that are set in England are:
    * The Girl Who Fell by Violet Grace
    * Pride, Prejudice and Jasmine Field by Melissa Nathan
    * The Falconer by Elizabeth May (*cough* not that I have finished this yet, but lots of people rave about it)
    * Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
    * Royals / Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins
    * Heartstopper by Alice Oseman (not confirmed, but they play rugby which as far as I’m aware is usually UK, Australia, NZ and South Africa)
    Plus there’s also Harry Potter and the ADSOM trilogy.

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