I’m very excited about it being August. It’s my birthday month but, more importantly, it’s also the month of the N.E.W.T.s Readathon 2019! I *loved* the O.W.L.s version earlier this year so I can’t wait to get stuck back into the prompts to hopefully chase down my chosen career of Hogwarts Professor of Potions.
As with the O.W.L.s, there’s an amazing introductory video with all of the detail you could want at Book Roast HERE. The list of prompts is as fantastic as I’d hoped and I had so much fun just picking out my TBR! You can only do a N.E.W.T in something that you have an O.W.L. in, and if your goal is to get Outstanding for example, you have to run through Acceptable and Exceeded Expectations first. To teach Potions, I’ll need an O in Potions (obviously), an E in Defence Against the Dark Arts and an A in two other subjects. That’s 7 books, which is a bit of a stretch for my usual reading habits. Still, exams are meant to be challenging! 🙂
Acceptable: Polyjuice potion – Read your friend’s favourite book: I don’t have any of my friends’ favourite books that I haven’t read so I’m following the intro video’s advice and going with a favourite of what seems like the whole of the fantasy reading world and finally picking up The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. I’ve been reading this since the 1st and I’m about half way through and I love it.
Exceeded Expectations: House ingredients – Read a book with a cover in the colour of your Hogwarts House: I’m a Ravenclaw so it’s a blue cover needed for me. I’ve gone with Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens because the series looks like it’ll be super fun. Strictly not the right shade of blue but I’m making my peace with that.
Outstanding: Book that starts with a Prologue: I’m trying to read more translated fiction so I’ve chosen White Hunger by Aki Ollikainen. At 136 pages, I’m hoping it’ll help me along the way to reading 7 books in the month! It also sounds like a really moving book about a famine in 1860s Finland.
Defence Against the Dark Arts
Acceptable: Book that’s black under the dust jacket: I actually have very few books that even have dust jackets because I’m not a hardback book fan. I do have Sleeping Giants by Sylvia Neuven though and fortunately (as it’s the only book I have that fits the brief) it comes highly recommended.
Exceeded Expectations: Gilderoy’s memory charm – the first book you remembered from your TBR: Thank goodness the first book I remembered wasn’t a whopper of a tome! Instead it was Nine Man’s Murder by Eric Keith. I love me a locked room mystery and I think that this is one such mystery. I’m excited to finally get to it.
Acceptable: Cover that includes an actual photo element: I’ve gone one better and picked out The Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, the final instalment in the series of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and packed full of creepy old photographs!
Acceptable: Mandrake! Quick, put your headphones on! Listen to an audiobook (or if not, a book with a green cover): I’m going through more of a podcast phase at the moment and I’m not fancying audiobooks but I have had The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth on my shelves for a few years and it has a mostly green cover.
Drop me a link to your TBR if you’re joining in too! I’ll be updating on progress here and on Twitter at @SheReadsSheRuns.