NEWTs Readathon | Progress Report #2

Howdy folks. It’s been a little while hasn’t it? I dropped off the face of the blogging world for a week or so because last weekend I went home and did… pretty much nothing, just hung out a little bit with family and that was it. As nice as that was, it meant I didn’t have much motivation to blog towards the end of last week and, as I took Monday and Tuesday off work, come Wednesday I was trying frantically to catch up with stuff at work to the point where I’ve found it quite tiring by the time I get home on an evening. Add onto the fact I managed to get an annoying cold on Wednesday and that hasn’t particularly left me in the right head-space to blog. Still, I have been reading a little bit, which is good because that’s the subject of this post… I come to you today with the second of my progress reports for the NEWTs Readathon.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, it might be best to pop over to my TBR post or even my first progress report, but tl;dr version is that the NEWTs Readathon is happening in August. It’s a month-long readathon based around the NEWT examinations in the Harry Potter series, and it’s hosted by Gintare from the Book Roast – check out the announcement video, or head over to the readathon hashtag on Twitter for more details. I’ve been sort of keeping up to date with my reading progress on my usual readathon Twitter thread, but I also like to keep myself accountable with more overarching progress reports such as this one you’re reading right now. So let’s see how I’m doing, shall we?

Books/Grades Completed

  • Ancient Runes, A – book set in the past
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

  • Astronomy, A – stars on the cover
    Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt

  • Charms, A – read a book with magic in it
    Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

  • Transfiguration, A – book with a grey cover
    The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
  • Transfiguration, E – book from an author you haven’t read anything from before
    Giant Days by Non Pratt


Books/Grades In Progress

  • Charms, E – book with a cover that charmed you (i.e. cover buy)
    The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

  • Muggles Studies, A – read a book written by one of your favourite authors
    Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (change to original TBR)

  • Potions, A – name of colour in title
    Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (change to original TBR)

  • Transfiguration, O – book that’s set in a kingdom/has royals
    The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye [audiobook] (change to original TBR)


Books/Grades To Complete

  • Ancient Runes, E – most ancient book on your TBR shelf
    The Elder Edda
  • Ancient Runes, O – book translated from another language
    Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola [audiobook]

  • Astronomy, E – book that has the word ‘sky’ in the title
    Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray [audiobook]
  • Astronomy, O – story set on different planet/world
    A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

  • Charms, O – book that you think will leave a mark
    Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

  • Muggle Studies, E – a biography
    Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick [audiobook]
  • Muggle Studies, O – a retelling
    The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (change to original TBR)

  • Potions, E – book with a male lead character
    Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren [audiobook]
  • Potions, O – book over 350 pages long
    The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

As you may be able to tell, I’m not particularly on-track with where I should be with this readathon, but I’m trying my best, I swear! Hopefully I’ll be able to get a lot of reading done in the next week and maybe, just maybe, by then I’ll have finished reading The Count of Monte Cristo so that it no longer affects my reading. That’s my goal for this upcoming weekend anyhow, let’s see how that goes, shall we?

Are you taking part in the NEWTs readathon? Which books have you read so far, and how have you liked them? Let me know in the comments below and we can cheer each other on in the readathon!

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6 thoughts on “NEWTs Readathon | Progress Report #2

  1. bookishluna 19/08/2018 / 13:02

    I think you are doing great with the readathon especially since you are reading Count of Monte Cristo as well. I currently have 2 O’s, in Muggle Studies and Potions I also have an A in Herbology.

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    • Emma 21/08/2018 / 21:47

      Aw thank you! I’ve finally finished Count of Monte Cristo this past weekend so I can finally just concentrate on the NEWTs readathon which is something of a relief.

      Best of luck with the readathon, it sounds like you’re doing brilliantly so far!

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  2. jessticulates 18/08/2018 / 20:32

    Wow, you’re doing so many N.E.W.Ts! I finally got my O in Arithmancy today, and so far I have A’s in Charms and Ancient Runes but I still haven’t started History of Magic. I was initially aiming just to get E’s in Ancient Runes and History of Magic and to try and get another O in Charms, but now I’m thinking of pushing myself to see if I can get O’s in all four subjects by the end of the month but that means reading another 7 books, so we’ll see if I can make time to read! I’m hoping to read Spinning Silver this month, too. =) Best of luck with the rest of your reading and well done for completing The Count of Monte Cristo! That book is such a beast.

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    • Emma 21/08/2018 / 21:48

      Thanks Jess! I’m clearly an overachiever, haha, though I doubt I’ll finish all of these challenges as I’d like to. :P

      It sounds like you’re doing excellently – best of luck for the rest of the readathon, I’m sure you can do it!


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