N.E.W.T.’s Magical Readathon TBR August List

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Longtime followers of the blog will remember I participated in O.W.L.’s Magical Readthon back in April. I had a lot of fun and met the requirements of my chosen career as a Writer/Journalist. I also picked up a few extra O.W.L.’s. I wasn’t the best student, but since I was participating in Camp NaNoWriMo at the same time I think I did pretty well.

For those of you unfamiliar with the two part readathon I’ll leave a link to Book Roast’s YouTube announcement video. As the creator the readathons she’ll explain them better than I ever could.

As in the books series, the N.E.W.T. challenge is more difficult than the O.W.L. challenge. Since I’ve just began writing the sixth book in my Hemlock Wolf Pack Series and will be writing during August (when am I not writing?) I’ve been more strategic about what I want to do next month.

To Recap Which O.W.L.s I received in April:

  • Astronomy
  • Care of Magical Creatures
  • Charms
  • Herbology
  • History of Magic
  • Muggle Studies

I received 6 out of 12 O.W.L.s which isn’t too shabby. In August I’ll be focused on just 3 core subjects: History of Magic, Muggle Studies, and Astronomy.

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Most readers are familiar with the N.E.W.T.’s grading scale, but for those of you who aren’t here’s the short version.

A for Acceptable.

E for Exceeds Expectations

O for Outstanding

I’ll be trying for an O in each of my chosen subjects. If I finish all 9 books needed for that I’ll look at prompts for the other subjects I received O.W.L.s in.

For my career as a writer/journalist in the wizarding world I’ll need:

  • History of Magic – Exceeds Expectations
  • Muggle Studies – Acceptable
  • One chosen subject (Astronomy) – Acceptable

TBR August 2019

History of Magic:

Acceptable: Read a Fantasy Book

The RiverKeep by Martin Stewart

Exceeds Expectation: Read a book with a map.

Yes, The Griffin Mage Trilogy is technically more than one book, but I own them as a collection.

Exceeds Expectations: Reread an old favorite or a classic

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Muggle Studies

Acceptable: A Cover that includes an actual photo element

Eleven Things I Promised by Catherine Clark

Exceeds Expectations: A Books set in our real world

I figured I’d need something to cheer me up after the Fault in Our Stars so I chose Comet’s Tale.

Outstanding: Book written by a person of Color

Willow Trees Don’t Weep


Acceptable: Moon on the cover or anywhere in the title

Outrun the Moon by [Lee, Stacey]
Out Run the Moon

Exceeds Expectations: Word night in the book title or series name

Dragon's Oath (House of Night Book 1) by [Cast, P. C., Cast, Kristin]
Dragon’s Oath a House of Night Novella

Outstanding: Read a scifi book or a book with stars on the cover

We Are All Made of Stars: A Novel by [Coleman, Rowan]
We are All Made of Stars

What wizarding career are you pursuing in August? Let me know in the comments!


Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon TBR: August 2-3, 2019

With all the writing I’ve done this year I feel so behind on my reading. I’m 4 books behind at the time of writing this. (Mid-July 2019) I’m really looking forward to taking a day away from the keyboard to dive into some books for the day.

This is my second time participating in a Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I really enjoyed it back in April, but I learned a few things about myself. First, I have to move around. I’m the sort who has a bit of trouble sitting still for hours on end. So, this time I’ll be taking more frequent breaks to move around. I think I wrote a readathon tips back in April, but I’ll be writing another one this time around now that I have a better plan.

If you’ve never heard of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon it’s a day to set aside for reading. You don’t have to read for the full 24 hours. I certainly don’t plan to. Me without sleep is like taking a bone from a dog. It’s never a good idea. There are a lot of games, giveaways, etc. So, be sure to check out the website for more information.

This time the readathon will begin on August 2nd at 8PM EST and end the following night at the same time. If you need help figuring out which time the readathon starts for you check out this timezone converter. I never know what my sleep schedule will be like. So, this year I’m not going to time my reading. I’m just going to count up the books.

Since the N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon also takes place all of August I’m taking advantage of Dewey’s to get a good start on my books for the month. I’ll post soon that readathon too.

Last time I made the mistake of planning my day a little too much and felt a little stuck in what I was reading. This time I’m going to give myself a little more variety and not worry as much about how much I read.


That’s my planned reading for the day. I likely won’t make it through all 3 books, but if I do I’ll just pull more from my N.E.W.T.’s Readathon List.

What are you reading for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon this August? Let me know in the comments.