The House Cup Reading Challenge | Sign Up & TBR


Guess what everyone? I haven’t learnt from any of my mistakes in the past few months (don’t join in on multiple readathons and readalongs, folks) and I’m enthusiastically signing up for the House Cup Reading Challenge. That’s right, it’s a Harry Potter themed readathon… so you can see why I had an issue saying no, right?

The readathon is taking place from Sunday 15th October until Sunday 12th November and is hosted by Lauren of Live, Love, Read/@BetweenDPages; Alex of Book Daisy Reviews/@booksydaisy; Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf/@Kelsenator; and Erica of Escape Under the Cover/@slychica08. The aim? Read some books based on the challenges which (you guessed it) are Hogwarts-themed! You earn points based on the number of books you complete which fulfill the Main and Bonus Challenges (20 points and 10 points respectively) and then report your points to your House’s Head Girl at the end of the readathon. Using the hashtag #housecupreadingchallenge on Twitter will also earn you 1 point per tweet (limited to 20 points total). Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

The Reading Challenges


The main challenges are the year challenges, everything else is bonus, and the requirements (along with what I might read for them) break down as follows:

First Year: reader’s choice – COMPLETED
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (yes I’ve already started to read this for Victober but if I don’t let myself count it for this as well I won’t finish it once this readathon starts up)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (I didn’t get along with Charlotte on a re-read, so switched to Anne)

Second Year: reader’s choice – COMPLETED
Saga: Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Third Year: reader’s choice
Saga: Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Fourth Year: reader’s choice
Saga: Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Fifth Year: reader’s choice
Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur

Sixth Year: reader’s choice
Lady Susan by Jane Austen

Seventh Year: reader’s choice
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (I have 300 pages left of it, I’m sorry but I’m counting it as a book for this because that IS the length of a full book)

Gryffindor: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine
The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2) by Alison Goodman

Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship
Lumberjanes: Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen

Ravenclaw: Read a book that revolves around a mystery
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty? (Allegedly this has mystery elements – if anyone has read it, does it?)

Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world
TBC – any ideas let me know!

Astronomy Class: Read a book set in outer space
Saga: Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature
The Voyage of the Basilisk (Lady Trent #3) by Marie Brennan

Tri-Wizard Tournament: Read a book that includes a competition
TBC – any ideas let me know!

Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers
Circe by Madeline Miller

Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain
The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris

Platform 9 3/4: Read a book that features travel
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (screenplay) by JK Rowling

Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group
The Bat by Jo Nesbo (buddy-reading with Liz)



And, finally, to properly introduce myself:

Name: Emma
Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw
Wand Type: elder wood with unicorn hair core, 14 1/2 inches, unyielding
Pet: black cat
Favourite Subject: Charms
Favourite Professor: Remus Lupin


That’s it for my sign-up and TBR – I’ll see you all on the other side aka once the readathon begins! I’ll be updating via a thread on Twitter, so you can find that here. If you are participating too please do say hello in the comments or on Twitter and we can cheer each other on during the reading challenge!

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8 responses to “The House Cup Reading Challenge | Sign Up & TBR”

    • Lupin’s my favourite, he was SUCH a good teacher for them, and I loved how he cared for and encouraged Harry.

      Thanks so much – good luck to you too! :)


    • Aah thank you for the confirmation – I’ve seen the TV show advertised everywhere but didn’t look into it too much in case it gave away the storyline so I had to check it was definitely a mystery in parts! I’m hoping to get to some of the bonus challenges for sure, but we’ll see how I do.

      I haven’t read Song of Achilles yet, though I’ve wanted to read it for years… I should really do something about that. I managed to get an eARC of Circe via NetGalley so I really do need to get to it because I was so excited that I’d been approved for it!


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