The Magical Readathon is back and I’m so excited to be taking part. Not only does it motivate us to read more but it’s also nice to make reading a group activity among members of this community.
The N.E.W.Ts (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests) readathon is based on the highest wizarding tests in the Harry Potter universe. It was created by Booktuber Book Roast. If you want more information about this then follow this link.
For this readathon, my aim is to become a Hogwarts Professor. I need O in Arithmancy (in a subject I wish to teach), an E in Defence Against the Dark Arts and two As in subjects of my choice.
I chose Arithmancy as my main subject because I had most of the books already on my shelves that fit the prompts and I didn’t want to go out and buy new ones (it’s not because I’m at all good with numbers!)
A – Read a book that ends on an even page number
I picked The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell for this one because it ends on exactly 500 pages. While it’s a thick book it is meant to be a quick read (I hope). It is a historical fantasy, following a girl named Esta, who steals magical artefacts. There are only a few people remaining who have magical powers, those who enter “the brink” are likely to lose their powers forever, as well as a chance of losing their lives.
E – Read a Standalone
I picked a book that I have been dying to read to fit this prompt. Everyone, and I mean literally everyone, has been talking about this book. It is Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. This is basically a hate to love trope. The first son of America hates the Prince of Wales. The tabloids somehow get hold of this information so they have to pretend to be friends. I love the fact that the President is female and that there’s a lot of LGBTQ+ rep.
O – Read a book with more than 350 pages
I will be reading the graphic novel, Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau, for this prompt. I don’t know too much about it but know there’s a lot of baking involved. It has good LGBTQ+ rep I believe. Graphic novels, for me, are perfect for a readathon as they’re so quick and easy to finish.
Defence Against the Dark Arts
A – Read a book that has been on your TBR forever
Nevermoor: The Trials Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. This is a children’s book but I was intrigued because it has been compared by so many people to the Harry Potter series – which is perfect for this readathon! I doubt it’s as good as J K Rowling’s highly acclaimed novels but I’m excited to compare the two.
It’s about a girl, Morrigan, who is set to die on her 11th birthday because she is cursed. She gets whisked away to Nevermoor and has the chance to compete in several trials to be saved by a special society.
E – Read a book with black under the dust jacket
I will be reading the final instalment in the Cormoran Strike series, Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (aka J K Rowling). It’s a detective series that pans four books. Each book has a different storyline but there is a nice story of friendship between the two main characters throughout the series. I’m going into this one without knowing too much about the plot as I don’t want to spoil the final storyline for myself. But I am super excited to read it! This is also a very long book (almost 700 pages) which isn’t ideal for a readathon but I think I’m going to download the audiobook to help me out a little bit.
A – Read a book with a gorgeous cover
This was an easy choice because I wanted a quick read and also because I wanted to read the final book in the series. The book I will be reading to get an A in charms is Orange: The Complete Collection Volume 2 by Ichigo Takano. I read the first volume last month and really enjoyed it.
The story follows a girl who gets a letter from her future self. In the letter she is told to complete tasks to stop an event from happening in the future. It has some time travel elements as well as a really sweet and heartwarming friendship group. This book does have some trigger warnings for anyone suffering with mental health issues or those who are triggered by suicide. It is a manga series so it will be a fast read. The illustrations are gorgeous, as is the front cover of the book.
A – Read a book with a white cover
The book I will be reading to fit this prompt is I Heart Hawaii by Lindsey Kelk. This is the eighth and final instalment in the series. I’m excited to read it but so sad it’s ending. The entire series follows a woman named Angela during a part of her lifetime. We see the ups and downs of her relationships as well as witness her friendship with Jenny blossom. I really like the fact that her career, as a writer/ journalist is a big focus of the series as well. I don’t know much about the final book as I don’t want to spoil anything. I know I’ll definitely be in for a laugh with this one though.
So they are the seven books I need to complete the prompts for the career of a Hogwarts Professor. What career path did you choose?
What books are you reading for the N.E.W.Ts readathon? Let us know by commenting below or tweet @bookwormgirl_24!