OWLs are done. Now onto my NEWTs

So in April I sat my OWLs with a whole lot of other students and I did very well (I got an Outstanding by passing all 12 subjects). Now I have received my letter from Hogwarts that it is time to sit my NEWTs.

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The NEWTs will be held over the month of August so there is 31 days to complete any of the subjects that you wish to do.

The main video for this readathon is up on Book Roasts channel which I highly recommend watching but the general idea is that in order to complete the subjects for the NEWTs exam you must have passed the subjects in the OWLs and as I passed all 12 subjects I can take any of the subjects exams. However just like the OWLs I am going to try sitting all 12 exams and getting outstandings for all of them….. I know I’m crazy.

The other key rule with this readathon is that you must complete one level before moving on to the next. So you have to read a book for the A level prompt before moving onto the E level and both prompts before the O level. So basically in order to get Os in every subject you need to read 36 books.

The second rule of the exams is that in order to pass the NEWTs you must obtain a minimum of Acceptable in 2 subjects and an Outstanding in 1. This means to pass this readathon you need to read a minimum of 4 books. So the grades for this readathon are as follows:

Passing Grades:

Outstanding – O – Read all three books for the subject
Exceeded Expectations – E – Read the first two books for the subject
Acceptable – A – Read the first book for the subject

Failing Grades:

Poor – Run out of time but read over 80% of A level
Dreadful – Run out of time but read around 50% of A level
Troll – Run out of time but read under 20% of A level

So now on to the Subjects and prompts for each passing level as well as my required reading:

Ancient Runes

A: Book set in the past – Gotham by Gaslight by Brian Augustyn
E: One of the most ancient books on your shelves that you haven’t yet read – Dracula by Bram Stoker
O: Book translated from another language – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi


A: Book of at least 300 pages – Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
E: Book that ends on an even numbered page – Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout
O: A book that’s not a first in a series – Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout


A: Stars on the cover – These broken stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
E: Book that has the word ‘sky’ in the title – The sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
O: Story that’s set on a different planet/world – Saga Vol 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

Care of Magical Creatures

A: Animal on the cover – Fabels Vol 1 by Bill Willingham
E: Book under 160 pages – Zero Year: Secret City by Scott Snyder
O: Includes dragons in any way – Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them by J. K. Rowling


A: Read a book with magic in it – Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
E: A book with a cover that charmed you (would buy without knowing more about it) – Death of the Family by Scott Snyder
O: A book that you think will leave a mark – Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Defense Against the Dark Arts

A: Read a last book in a series – Sentinal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
E: Read a foiled book – Ink by Alice Broadway
O:Book with the word ‘dark’ in the title or series name – Zero Year: Dark City by Scott Snyder


A: Set in the future – Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
E: Book under 200 pages – The City of Owls by Scott Snyder
O: Read a mythology book – Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan


A: Book with a green cover – Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
E: Book with illustrations – Fables Vol 3 by Bill Willingham
O: Read a book with either one of these words in the title: light/air/sun/water – Air by G. Willow Wilson

History of Magic

A: Book that would fit in at the Hogwarts Library – History of Magic by J.K. Rowling
E: Reda a book published at least 5 years ago – Gates of Gotham by Scott Snyder
O:A book that’s at least 400 pages long – Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Muggle Studies

A: Read a book written by one of your favourite authors – Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
E: Read a biography – Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
O: Read a retelling – Fables Vol 2 by Bill Willingham


A: Has a name of a color in the title – The Black Mirror by Scott Snyder
E: Read a book with a male lead character – The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder
O: Book over 350 pages long – Just One Year by Gayle Forman


A: Book with a grey cover – Elixar by Jennifer L. Armentrout
E: Read a book from an author you haven’t read before – Saga Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
O: Read a book that’s set in a kingdom/ has royals – Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I have worked it out and in order to achieve Outstandings in all classes I need to read 295.2 pages a day, which is maybe doable especially since there is a lot of graphic novels on my list and they wont take long to complete. I will be doing a weekly wrap up as I did with the Owls to keep you guys updated on my progress as well as doing a weekly vlog on my BookTube channel.

I hope you will all join in for this readathon as it is going to be heaps of fun and use the hashtag #NEWTsreadathon2018 on twitter and Instagram.

Go Slytherin!

Happy Reading

4 Comments on “OWLs are done. Now onto my NEWTs

  1. This is such a cute and fun idea! Props to you for really going for it! I’ve only just discovered this readathon so I’m thinking about doing my OWLs for August instead, and then the NEWTs sometime in the future. : )


    • I had a lot of fun and stress trying to organize the TBR. Mainly because I wanted to have a few series in there so I had to make all the books work with the prompts.

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