Wow it feels like forever since I have done a TTT post but I have to admit that some of the recent topics just haven’t interested me lately so I haven’t done them. However I use a lot of bookish websites so this weeks topic is right up my alley and I can’t wait to share these gems with you. (Some of them I am sure you already know about).

10 My Bookish Lyfe – This is a fairly new to me blog but I am loving going through Ashlee Marie’s posts.

9 The Book Moo – Mel from The Book Moo is the creator of the Series Crackdown Readathon and does great reviews, updates and Netflix addiction posts.

8 Silvia Reads Books – Silvia does great reviews as well. She also really good recaps and recommendation posts.

7Kristin Kraves Books – Kristin does great reviews and I love all the graphics that she uses. She also has great Tags posts.

6 The Book Raven – Tiana from The Book Raven is an prolific blogger. I hope to one day have my blog as good as hers.

5 Munch Reviews – Maddie from Munch Reviews does awesome book reviews, Top Ten Tuesday & WWW Wednesday posts, and other posts.

4 Little Book Owl’s Readathon Calendar – Ok so this is more like one page on a blog website but it is extremely helpful. I love participating in Readathons but half the battle is finding out about them with enough time to prepare what the hell you are going to read. Catriona from the Little Book Owl has a calendar on her blog that shows all the readathons planned for the year (well at least the ones she is told about). I have found this calendar super useful in planning what readathons I want to participate in.

3 Book Series Recaps – Ever started reading a series and then have to wait a year for the next book to come out only to get to that release date and completely forget what has happened so far? I do this all the time and then feel as though I need to reread the entire series to be up to date but Book Series Recaps has detailed summaries of what happened in previous books including any spoilers.

2 Recaptions – Similar to Book Series Recaps, Recaptions is a site just for series recaps. What I like about this site more than Book Series Recaps is everything is in dot point and I find the recaps to be a bit more in-depth. (This is the site that I am aiming to get my recaps page similar too and then maybe become a Recaptions sidekick)

1 Goodreads – Ok this one might be an obvious answer but I use Goodreads nearly everyday. I might not be updating my reading progress as much as I should but there are many functions that I love in Goodreads. I love the groups area as I am involved in many groups and many of them have monthly books that we all read and discuss. I also spend a lot of time using the list area. The list area makes it super easy to create new releases posts and to organize my book hauls.

I can’t wait to see what your favourite bookish sites are. Link your post in the comments if you have done this TTT as well or just comment with your favourite sites.

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So we are almost half way through the NEWTs exams and I really thought I would be in a better position than I am now. I blame Elementary for this as I have gotten sucked into it and keep watching it when I could be reading.

Week two consists of days 6-12 and has been a pretty bad reading week.

Current Grades:

A: 4 – Arithmacy, Charms, Herbology & Muggle Studies. I have also started Astronomy
E: 1 – Arithmacy
O: 0

Books Read:

Daimon by Jennifer L Armentrout
Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout
Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout
Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Deity by Jennifer L Armentrout

I wont even go into how far behind in my word count I am because it is a lot! Next week I am going to take the train a bit more to work which should hopefully increase my reading in week 3.

Hope you are all enjoying this readathon too.

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NEWTs Week 1 – Wrap Up

Week 1 of the NEWTs is over and as I did with the OWLs I will be doing weekly updates.

This week consists of days 1 to 5 and considering I have done a decent amount of reading however as I added up my required daily page count I am really behind.

Current Grades:

A: 2 – Charms & Herbology. Started Arithmacy
E: 0
O: 0

Books Read:

Daimon by Jennifer L Armentrout
Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout
Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout – 50%

So my according to my plans by the end of day 5 I should be up to 1500 pages but unfortunately I am only up to 499 pages, so I guess I have some catching up to do. I have also discovered that I tend to read a lot more on weekdays as I get distracted on the weekend. Seriously who the hell thought Netflix was a good idea. It is the biggist distraction ever.

Next week I am hoping to catch up on my page count, finishing the Covenant series and lets also aim for O’s in two subjects.

Hope you are all enjoying this readathon too.

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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

Arithmacy

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

Astronomy

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

Charms

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

Divination

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

Herbology

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

Potions

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

Transfiguration

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!

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Ok so I’m just going to start out by saying that I didn’t do that well during this Read-a-thon. I was hoping to get a decent amount of reading over the first weekend but I managed to distract myself by re-organizing my bookshelves and cleaning the house.

I started off the read-a-thon by reading Circe by Madeline Millar and I got to page 161 however as much as I was enjoying the book it was taking me way too long to read it so I put it down and started Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer.

I loved this book and if I didn’t need to sleep I would have read this in one sitting. Reading this helped me get pumped up again with my reading for the week so I went straight into reading The Wicked Deep by Shae Ernshaw. This was an easy read and since I had the day off work I was able to read this in the one day. Then as the read-a-thon was drawing to a close I picked up From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon. This is also when my addiction to Netflix went into full swing so needless to say I barely started this book.

I also managed to complete the first two blog challenges but then there was one challenge that I didn’t want to complete and then I forgot to go back and complete the others. My Bad!.

I did say in my TBR that I was going to complete the Instagram challenges but I struggled with the time zone differences because the prompts were posted so late in the day for me and then I got really confused which day I should be posting. I would love it if next time they were released a week earlier like the blog challenges were.

So to summarise here is what I achieved:

2 books completed
1 book 50% completed
1 book 15% completed
2 blog challenges completed.

I hope that I can do better at the Winter Biannual Bibliothon and maybe I will put my name in to host a blog challenge. I really enjoy this read-a-thon and even though it has only been the second time I have completed it I look forward to many more to come.

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