Books Read-a-thon TBR

NEWTs Readathon

August 2, 2019
Hogwarts Crest

Round Two of the Hogwarts Read-a-thon hosted by G from Book Roast has begun...and, of course, my TBR is a little late. Gotta stay on brand...

This time we are taking our NEWTs. The way you plan your TBR stems from what OWLs you passed and therefore what challenges you can take part in this time around. But let's be real, like G said, read whatever you want for whatever challenge.

Personally, I passed Potions, Muggle Studies and Divination so I will be taking part in those challenges. This time to pass the NEWT there are three challenges per subject.

A: Acceptable

E: Exceeded Expectations

O: Outstanding

In order to achieve an outstanding, you must first complete the A and E challenges.

 

So to start, for Potions the challenges are:

A: Polyjuice Potion: read your friend's favourite book!

E: House Ingredient: book with a cover in your Hogwarts House Cover.

O: Book that starts with a prologue.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

For those unaware, my Hogwarts house is Gryffindor so finding a cover with red on it wasn't exactly a challenge. I'm kind of unofficially trying to do ARC August as much as possible so a lot of my TBR books this month are from my ARC shelves. I've had This Mortal Coil* on there for a little while and again I know it's one I'm going to love.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Deep Blue* by Jennifer Donnelly

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

For the Potions Acceptable challenge, I had my friend Kimi choose a book for me. She picked Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, a series both her and Fi have been on at me to read for yearssss. I have a feeling it's going to be a similar thing to the Illuminaw Files, I'll be left wondering why I didn't read them sooner!

You can find the Goodreads page here.

This Mortal Coil* by Emily Suvada

This Mortal Coil* by Emily Suvada

Finally, for potions, the book with a prologue I chose was Deep Blue*. Another from my ARC shelf. I went through a phase when I was about 15 of trying to read all the mermaid and siren books. How I didn't read these at the time I don't know. I recently read Alexandra Christo's To Kill a Kingdom and absolutely loved it. I can't wait to get some more mermaid stories.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Next up is Muggle Studies. The challenges are as follows;

A: A cover that includes a photo element.

E: Book set in our real world.

O: Book written by a person of colour.

A relatively new addition to my book collection the Woman in the Photograph fits so well with this challenge. I mean there's actually a camera on the cover. I loved the sound of this novel. It focuses on a woman whose career is cut short by a damning photograph in the height of a feminist movement. I'm super excited to get to this.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

A Song for Ella Grey* by David Almond

A Song for Ella Grey* by David Almond

I knew I needed to read this book as soon as it arrived. I love videogames so much and the fact that this is a POC own voices book just makes me even more excited. I loved Sword Art Online and Otherworld. I can only imagine how much I'm going to love this one.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

The Woman in the Photograph* by Stephanie Butland

The Woman in the Photography* by Stephanie Butland

I'm ashamed to admit how long A Song for Ella Grey* has been on my TBR...It's that long that I can't remember what it's about other than its set in this world. It'll be a nice surprise.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Slay* by Brittney Morris

Slay* by Brittney Morris

Finally, Divination. The challenges are as follows;

A: Read a white book.

E: Read a short story or a collection of short stories.

O: Read the last book you bought/got from the library.

Rogue Wave* by Jennifer Donnelly

Rogue Wave* by Jennifer Donnelly

I've read Jen Campbell's picture books but none of her adults works yet. The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night* looks absolutely stunning and I think is the only short story collection I own!

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

Considering I will have read Deep Blue* reading Rogue Wave* sounds like a very good idea. And the cover is pure white!

You can find the Goodreads page here.

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night* by Jen Campbell

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night* by Jen Campbell

Finally for books and challenges is to read the last book you bought. At the time I made this TBR Boy Erased was the last book I'd bought but it has changed since then...ah well. Life of a book hoarder. Boy Erased is not an ARC and it's also non-fiction! A bit different for me. We like the diversity here though.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Spellsinger by Sebastien de Castell

Spellsinger by Sebastien de Castell

This is a fun little idea. If you change your mind or can't find a book to fulfil a challenge you can use the confundus charm and swap in Spellsinger instead. A very good idea.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

That's my TBR for the NEWTs Readathon.

What are you planning to read?

Any of these?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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