my N.E.W.T’s 2019 readathon TBR!

to be read.

Hello, friends!

This is my official announcement post to my first ever read-a-thon. I’ve never taken part in read-a-thons before, because commitments intimidate me. I’m just not prepared to the responsibility that is set a TBR and then stick to it for the rest of the month. But we’ll try and see how it goes.

I feel like a kid getting potty-trained. We’re getting the diapers off for our first outing of the day and hoping I don’t pee my pants.

(That was a terrible metaphor. I should probably stop watching so many family-vlog channels).

The Magical Readathon is hosted by @ Book Roast and it is a Harry Potter inspired read-a-thon, based off of the fictional tests the students at Hogwarts have to take: the O.W.Ls (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) and the N.E.W.Ts (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests). I didn’t take the O.W.Ls, but since these are fictional tests, we’re good; and I’ll be jumping straight to the N.E.W.Ts. It’s a month-long read-a-thon, running from August 1st to August 31st.

Now, this read-a-thon is not a regular read-a-thon. It’s a cool read-a-thon.

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Just kidding. All read-a-thons are super cool and a really nice way to get involved in the community + feel motivated to read more books.

I’ll not try to explain everything about how this one works, since you can check out the announcement video and check all the links to get a jinx of it. But, essentially, you choose a career and then follow the prompts as you’re taking tests to, eventually, get your dream job!

I chose the career of the Auror, because I’m apparently that overly ambitious. But, truly, the Aurors are really interesting within the world of Harry Potter and I liked the prompts a lot. If I ace my tests – aka read all the books in my TBR -, I’ll become an Auror, which is a glorified but also incredibly risky position, which means I’ll be rich and successful, but that is If I survive. 🙃

As for my TBR, I have to achieve the following to graduate:

  • O in Defense Against the Dark Arts
  • E in Charms
  • E in Potions
  • A in Herbology
  • A in Transfiguration


ONE. Book that’s black under the dust jacket

40554141This was legit the hardest challenge to complete. Bold of you to assume I even owe hardcovers; do you know how expensive they are?

I currently do not owe a single hardback on my TBR shelf, therefore, I had to go through recommendations and find out that Daisy Jones & The Six does actually have a black cover under the dust jacket, so it fits!

Even though I was not exactly thinking about reading this one this month, since I already have a lot of audiobooks to listen to, apparently this is the best route to go when it comes to this book, so it’s happening nonetheless.

TWO. Gilderoy’s memory charm – (grab a pen!) First book that you remembered just now from your TBR!

20649195. sy475 I don’t know if I’m exactly cheating in this one, but the first book to pop up was actually These Witches Don’t Burn, but I’m already fitting this one in another challenge. So, I went with my second immediate choice, and that is Because You’ll Never Meet Me.

I’ve realized that, so far in 2019, I’ve only read two books featuring disability. I really want to up that number, since it’s a theme within diversity I feel like doesn’t get addressed enough in books and definitely deserves more rep. Therefore, I decided to pick up this one – which I believe features one main character who can not leave the house due to seizures – and, hopefully, it will motivate me to pick up more books with disability rep.

THREE. Cornish pixie! Swat it away with a book written by an English author or set in England

32768522Another really convenient worldwide readalong happening this month is the Carry On Read-a-long, hosted by @WednesdayBooks and @MyKindaBook.

Now, this is incredibly convenient for a number of reasons:

  • I was already planning to re-read Carry On nonetheless since the sequel comes out next month (!!!!##!(!)!$!()
  • The audiobook is available on Scribd
  • This book is set in England



ONE. Read a book you think has a gorgeous cover

36484081. sy475 I’m particularly passionate about the cover of These Witches Don’t Burn. Purple used to be my favorite color – and I still have a soft spot for it. Plus, the art is amazing.

Another thing I’ve been lacking on is reading more F/F romance. I’ve been absolutely terrible at it this year, so I want to redeem myself and this is a witch-y romance with girls loving girls and I’m very much on board.


TWO. Read a comic/graphic novel/manga

35838135. sy475 Apparently, this readathon is just calling me out on all the things I said I was going to do at the beginning of the year and haven’t yet.

Including the disability rep, the F/F romance, I’ve also been terrible about keeping up with my manga series. Therefore, I plan on finishing Your Name by picking up the 3rd and final volume and finally figuring out how this story ends, since surprisingly, despise how hyped and well-loved this story is, I have never been spoiled!

(Please don’t spoil now. Just. Please).


ONE. Pollyjuice potion: read your friend’s favorite book!

119322. sx318 My best friend gifted The Golden Compass for me last year, for my birthday, and I have yet to read it. I know, I’m a terrible friend. Don’t @ me.

Before we complete the anniversary of my not-read, though, I plan on picking this one up. He specifically gifted it to me because it’s one of his favorite books ever, so he wanted to share the love, apparently.

A part of me is incredibly thankful I didn’t read it sooner, though, since it fits this prompt so well and I’d honestly have no idea what to read if not this, since I only have two friends, lol.

TWO. House ingredient: book with a cover in your Hogwarts house color.

35389164. sx318 Fun fact: I’m a Slytherin but green is actually my least favorite color.

Therefore, I do not owe any books with green on the cover. The only one that comes close to this is the 6th volume of Orange, which has sprinkles of green, but I still think it counts. Plus: I’m reading more manga, so yay!



ONE. Mandrake! Quick, pit your headphones on! Listen to an audiobook.

38746485Technically, you’re only supposed to start + finish a book within the read-a-thon frame, but I’ve only listened to about 10% of Becoming, by Michelle Obama, and I’ve put it down for over a week now, so I’ll have to go back and re-listen to it anyway, so it’s not a big deal.

I obviously failed my 19 hour long audiobook adventure this past month, which I blame on my lack of commuting. Since school is back, hopefully I’ll achieve this one.


ONE. Read a book with LGTBQ+ rep.

20820994. sy475 My re-read for the month (along with Carry On) will be I’ll Give You The Sun, which I now finally owe a physical copy of! Even though this is one my favorite books ever, I had yet to owe a physical copy of and it’s BEAUTIFUL.

Plus, one of our main characters in this one is gay, so it totally counts.




Are you planning on taking part in the Magical Readathon? If so, which career did you choose? And what books are you anticipating reading? Let me know in the comments!


21 comentários sobre “my N.E.W.T’s 2019 readathon TBR!

  1. This is cool! I don’t have time to do this this year but I’ve put it in my calendar for next year!
    I’m also so glad you enjoyed I’ll give you the sun! I’m gonna be reading it soon (that is if my library FINALLY puts it on hold for me) 💕💕

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  2. Loved reading this post Lais! I listened to Becoming already and it’s pretty enjoyable! the audiobook is pretty long though haha! and omg yes the cover of these witches don’t burn is amazing, and it matches the vibe of the book so well! I enjoyed it so much and it definitely delivers on the f/f front :) good luck with this readathon ahhh–wish I could participate but I suck at readathons and I have school!

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    • i’m so glad you enjoyed it! it makes me even more excited to read it.
      i’m happy to hear that, because again, i’ve been lacking a lot on reading f/f romance, so i think this one will fill the space really well.
      thank you so much! i hope you get to participate next year!
      thanks for stopping by, caitlin! 💞

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  3. Yay!! I have always wanted to participate in a readathon but alas I am not organised enough and I don’t think I read enough books at this point. But I’m so exciting you are doing this!! Best of luck with it!! 💛 I think Auror would be a great job to get 😉
    I definitely need to read more books with disability rep– I hope because you’ll never meet me is good. I will be interested to hear your thoughts about it!! 😊
    I didn’t know there was a Carry On readalong happening– I do need to read Carry On but I don’t think I will get to it in August but I hope you enjoy your reread and the sequel when it comes out!!
    These witches don’t burn does sound AMAZING– I love the cover and the title!! I need to read more f/f romances and I am very excited for Crier’s war coming out later this year!!
    Happy reading!!! 💛

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    • i’ve felt the same, so i really don’t know what to expect from this readathon. i think it will be more manageable since i have the whole month to read, but it’s still nerve-wracking, being my first one ever!
      i hope to love this one as well. hopefully, by the end of the year, i’ll have read a lot more titles featuring disability to recommend.
      i hadn’t heard of crier’s war yet, but i’m so glad you put it on my radar! it sounds amazing & really badass. i’ll definitely consider reading it once it comes out.
      thank you so much for stopping by, sophie! 💛

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  4. LMAOOO the beginning of your post and your metaphor for being potty-trained was hilarious. I’ve heard so many good things about Your Name, and it’s such a popular anime!! So many people said that it’s heartbreaking, so I’m really, really scared to watch it. Good luck with your tbr! <3 YOU CAN DO IT.

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    • Oh my, that metaphor for potty training, hahah. I really need to stop watching so many family vlog channels on YouTube!
      SAME! I was really intimidated by it but also I’ve started it already and so far it hasn’t broke my heart yet, so I’m expecting the ending to mess me up completely, lol.
      Thank you so muchhh!! And thanks for stopping by! ❤️

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  5. I just heard about the NEWTS readathon a day ago, it seems super interesting!! Ooh, auror is a great choice!! High achiever, I see 😏
    GIRL I GET YOU. Hardbacks are so freaking expensive, not all of us can just own a bazillion (welp, my parents won’t pay XD)
    I’ve never heard of Daisy Jones, but it sounds cool! And I love it when books are black under dust jackets, lol. And Because You’ll Never Meet me sounds awesome also bc of the disability rep.
    CARRY ON ASDFGHJLLAKD I haven’t read it yet omg I’m a loser 😭 but gayyy repppp I’m here for ittt!
    These Witches Don’t Burn sounds great! I’m here for the F/F romance! Literally I feel like I haven’t read any mangas at all, haha. Other than a brief foray into Death Note. 😂
    Girl that q woulda been so hard for me like my bsfs don’t necessarily read much, and one of them is THE reader, like me, so…. actually, I think her’s is HP haha.
    Ooh, Becoming! And LGBTQ rep!!!
    Oh my word, this comment is so freaking long haha I’m sorry!! But have fun!

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    • hahah, i actually totally expected to never be able to achieve some of those “well-known” careers, but the tropes for auror didn’t seem super intimidating, so i went for it! it sounds really amazing, hahah.
      i think black and dark blue under dust jackets is really elegant; it almost makes me want to keep my books without the dust jacket, since they look like some of those old copies you’d find in libraries. but i only owe one black hardcover and i’ve already read it this year, so it wouldn’t really fit for this TBR, sadly.
      you should definitely go for more than the brief foray into death note! it’s such a great manga – it definitely has its issues but it’s a really great story; i’m sure you’d love it!
      same! all the other close friends i have are not readers so i literally would have no one else to pick. this trope is definitely not the most considerate one hahahah.
      don’t mind the long comment! thank you so much, aditi! ❤️

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      • Well, you can totally do it!! And you’ll be a great auror, catching all the baddies out there 😎 with them cool sunglasses and a coffee in hand (that just seems like the side of you no one knows *wiggles eyebrows*)
        Yes! I love that aesthetic, it reminds me of HP and old 1800s books they I’ve never read ahh

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      • *that I’ve never read.
        Death Note didn’t appeal to me too much, but maybe I’ll get to it sometime! I have such a huge TBR though, lol. Yeahhh that trope isn’t the best. Thankfully, I’m surrounded by readers, so that’s awesome! No problem, Lais! And sorry abt the 2 parts haha.

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