When I saw Kelly mention the N.E.W.T.s readathon, I just HAD to investigate further. I’m a real Harry Potter fan, having grown up with the books, so I can’t ignore a HP inspired readathon. Of course I couldn’t start with the N.E.W.T. levels without doing the O.W.L. exams first, as any Harry Potter fan will of course understand… So even though the O.W.L. readathon was originally held in April, I’m doing my own O.W.L. exams now in August. Want to know what it is all about? Check out the Youtube video of the creator and host of the readathon: Book Roast!

So, as she stated in the videos, there are pass and fail grades, depending on how many O.W.L.s you get. And you can only do the N.E.W.T.s of the O.W.L.s you pass, so it’s really important to think about which to complete to be able to get keep your favorite magical career path well on track. I’m not sure which career would be for me, but I’ll stick to my love for reading, plants and animals and go from there. Before I continue with my TBR for this readathon, first the pass and fail grades:

Pass Grades
# Outstanding: at least 5 OWLs
# Exceeded Expectations: at least 3 OWLs
# Acceptable: at least 2 OWLs

Fail Grades
# Poor: only one OWL
# Dreadful: start but not finish any OWLs tasks.
# TROLL: do not show up at your OWLs examinations.

I’ll be going for at least eight O.W.L.s in total, since I want to be able to pick my N.E.W.T. exams carefully later on… We’ll see how things go I guess.

Another note: since the original readathon went from April 2nd till April 29th, only books finished between August 2nd and August 29th will count for this challenge.

I’ve tried to put together a tentative TBR for each of the O.W.L. exams… I might change some of these if I find a better match, but we’ll see. It looks like that without knowing, I’ve already passed Astrology and I’m currently reading books for Arithmancy, Defense Against The Dark Arts and Muggle Studies. Except for Defense Against The Dark Arts, they are not exactly the subjects I would imagine studying myself at Hogwarts though haha.


1. Ancient Runes: Read A Book With a Symbol On The Cover

This was actually quite a tricky one, because what to call a symbol? But I liked the ‘poison’ symbol on the flask for this one. Plus it’s a classic I’m reading no matter what this month, so an easy pick. (Not sure if I would want to study Ancient Runes in Hogwarts though… My experience with ancient Greek in high school was a pretty much torture haha.)

2. Arithmancy: Read A Book With A Number On The Cover/Title CURRENTLY READING

How can I not pick one of my new all time favorites for this one?!

3. Astrology: Read a Science Fiction Novel FINISHED 03/08

The Echo Room has time travel in it, so I’m calling it science fiction even though it’s not hardcore sci-fi and all. 😉

4. Care of Magical Creatures: Read A Book That includes magical creatures or features one on the cover.

I’m still not sure about this one… Although I’ve been meaning to read Uprooted for ages as well as continuing the Dragonian series with Thunderlight (I remember trying to start that one a while ago and couldn’t get into it, so I’m not sure if it’s a safe bet).

5. Charms: Read A Fantasy Book

There are so many books I could pick for this one, but I really want to read the final Rebel At The Sands book ASAP so Hero At The Fall it is.

6. Defense Against the dark arts: Book about / featuring secret societies/clubs CURRENTLY READING

I had to think on this one, but then remembered a series I started some time ago that would be perfect. So book number two The Masked City it is, even though the first book had some flaws.

7. Divination: Read A Book Featuring Prophecies

This one was HARD to find! I had to ask for the help of Goodreads Lists to find this one, because I had all forgotten about this series… Book number two The Crown Of Embers it is; I remember really liking the first book, so I’m actually looking forward to read this one.

8. Herbology: Read a book with a nature-related word in the title

I want to read more of my own books, so I’m thinking of Rivers Of London or Light. I might read something else instead, because there are a lot of options, but we’ll see.

9. History of Magic: Read a historical fiction

I have a lot of titles to choose from here, but since I need to read this ARC in August, I’m keeping things easy and just leave this one here.

10. Muggle Studies: Read a muggle non-fiction book CURRENTLY READING

I’m not sure how a muggle non-fiction book is different from a normal non-fiction book? I first thought of It’s Okay To Laugh, since the memoir can definitely be described as muggle-proof… But I did DNF it, so technically it doesn’t count I guess? So I’m playing safe and using The Tango War instead, which I needed to read anyway since the publish date is coming up. WWII non fiction and an interesting angle at that; very interesting so far!

11. Potions: Read a book about/ with alchemy

I was thinking this one would be difficult to find, and then I saw Ink And Bone fits the description and I already had that one on my August TBR anyway. 😉

12. Transfiguration: Read a book that deals with shapeshifting or something of the sort or a book with a cat on the cover.

It took me a little while to find this one and I’m still not sure I’m happy with it. I guess I’m not really into stories with werewolves or shapeshifters in the first place… Although I might just reread the third Harry Potter book in Spanish (Lupin!!) and call it a wrap. Oh wait, I actually love that idea!


Any recommendations for the magical creatures prompt or the shapeshifting/cat on cover one? Or any other exam I still need to read? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Feel free to comment. 🙂


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