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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The Day 2 blog challenge is hosted by Artemis Starlite at http://www.starlitebooknook.wordpress.com/ and the challenge is talk about your favourite summer reads.

So I don’t tend to pick particular books for summer especially since a lot of the books that come out in our summer are fall reads for the rest of the world. So I’m going to do this on the slant of what I take on vacation with me and since that was 2 weeks ago I think I have some recent knowledge for this.

I particularly love series when on vacation. I feel like when I am relaxing with all the time in the world it is a great time to get lost in a large series and binge as many as them as possible. On my trip to Vietnam I binged the Darker Shades series by V.E Schwab as well as started the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard.

Thats it for today and I will be back another day’s challenge soon.

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The Day 1 blog challenge is hosted by Evil Queen Books Blog and the challenge is to list your three favourite vacation spots.

3 Thailand – Thailand has some great resorts so it is the perfect place to go a hide away in a resort and not need to leave (I know there are some great places to visit but sometimes you just need to do nothing on a holiday).

2 A private island or villa – I have always wanted to spend a week at a secluded villa. Just be able to read and swim away from everyone else.

1 Ireland – I love Ireland and I have been there twice. I love the vibe when you walk around and the history. I would love to go back and just drive around the country.

Thats it for today and I will be back with Day 2’s challenge

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It is that time again….. The Summer Biannual Bibliothon starts tomorrow and I am putting my hat in the ring to participate.

So once again there are reading challenges that I will be completing however I will be doubling up some books so that they count for more than one challenge.

1. Read the group read: The Wicked Deep by Shae Ernshaw
2. Choose a book from someone else’s TBR: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
3. Try the first chapter of 3 books and pick 1: Starting The Letters to the Lost and The Wicked Deep and then the actual book is Circe by Madeline Miller
4. Read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year: The Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kremmerer
5. Read a predicted 5 star read: Children of Blood and Bone
6. Own voices: From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon
7. Read the last book you bought: From Twinkle with Love

This year however I won’t be doing the video challenges as I haven’t had time to plan and film them but I will post a vlog on my Booktube account as well as a wrap up post here.

I am also aiming to complete some of the Blog Challenges and the host for these are:

1. Ashley – http://www.saidthestory.com
2. Erica – http://www.thebrokenspine.net
3. Kay – http://www.bookaplenty.wordpress.com
4. Gabi – http://www.starlitebooknook.wordpress.com
5. Jacqueline – http://www.evilqueenbooksblog.wordpress.com
6. Amanda – http://www.obsesswithamanda.wordpress.com
7. Emily – http://www.emilythebooknerdxo.blogspot.com

And also if I have the time the Instagram challenges hosted by:

1. @Sophiesticated
2. @Zairabookcorner
3. @Noor_reads
4. @thebookandrose
5. @oftwinsandbooks
6. @cintarellastories
7. @juliasbookcase

Let me know if you guys are also participating as well.

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