Magical Readathon #NEWTSReadathon2019 Update Post

A little note before I continue with the #NEWTSReadathon2019 post… I’ve decided to go on a short blogging break to see if I’ll be able to get rid of the blogging slump that way. This basically means I won’t be posting any new content on It’s All About Books until August 21st and I will be limiting my time on social media as well. (Twitter is probably your best shot if you need to get hold of me before then.)

Looking forward to some self care and see you in two weeks! ❤ ❤

Remember I signed up for the N.E.W.T.s Readathon last month? I’ve decided to make a separate update post again to keep track of my progress. The Magical Readathon: N.E.W.T.s edition runs from August 1st to August 31st… Back in April I participated in the O.W.L.s, and after passing all twelve Hogwarts subjects I had a free pass for any career. I’ve decided to officially go for the Magizoologist career this year, which means I will be concentrating on the N.E.W.T.s for Care Of Magical Creatures, Charms and Herbology.

>> Last updated August 17th 2019 <

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Magical Readathon #NEWTSReadathon2019 TBR

It’s almost time for another Magical Readathon! In case you hadn’t heard of this readathon before, it’s a Harry Potter themed readathon hosted by the wonderful Book Roast and divided into two parts: the O.W.L.s in April and the N.E.W.T.s in August. The  readathon runs the whole month of August and you can find more details in the video below!

 

Back in April I participated in the O.W.L.s, and after passing all twelve Hogwarts subjects I had a free pass for any career. I’ve decided to officially go for the Magizoologist career this year, which means I will be concentrating on the N.E.W.T.s for Care Of Magical Creatures, Charms and Herbology. Below I’ll reveal a tentative TBR, which might change as there are still two weeks left before the readathon starts and who knows what I might read until then. 😉

First up the subjects needed for the Magizoologist career! For this career I need an O in Care Of Magical Creatures, and E in Charms and an E in Herbology, which basically means I need to read 7 books before the end of August… The needed titles are highlighted in the picture below and the prompt descriptions are on the left.

I don’t think I’ll be able to read the amount I did last year and complete almost all subjects (especially since I’ve decided to go on a two-week blogging break in August), but I’ve made a tentative TBR for the remaining nine Hogwarts subjects and we’ll see if I can manage to pass them all with an Acceptable at least. I won’t be stressing too much about reading them all though, but I guess it does help that a lot of these titles are books I can’t wait to read in the first place. 😉


Are you joining the N.E.W.T.s readathon this year? Have you read any of the titles on my TBR yourself? Any title you think I should read first?


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#BeatTheBacklist Epic BTB Bingo: Final 14 TBR

As you may already know, I have signed up for the Beat The Backlist challenge as well as the Epic BTB Bingo card this year and so far things have been going way better than planned. In fact, I’m down to my final fourteen prompts to complete the full bingo card! I wasn’t expecting to reach this number this quick, but I guess it shows I have really been reading my backlist titles this year. Want to see my progress?

I already have a few line bingos, but I want to get the full bingo and with only 14 titles left and 7 months to read them, I don’t think that will be too much of a struggle. I’ve decided to make a TBR for the prompts that are left so I don’t have to go hunting for titles whenever I want to read another bingo title.  Find out what books I picked for my final 14 below!

FINAL 14 TBR

ROW 1

# BANNED BOOK: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
# ANTHOLOGY: Alles Is Breekbaar (Fragile Things) by Neil Gaiman

ROW 3

# GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS WINNER: I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara
# BLURBED BY A FAVORITE AUTHOR: The Secret Diary Of Hendrik Groen by Hendrik Groen
# SET IN A PLACE YOU WANT TO VISIT: The Island by Victoria Hislop

ROW 4

# BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH: We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby

ROW 6

# CHARACTERS WHO ARE TWINS: Cut And Run by Mary Burton
# A BOOK YOU LEARNED ABOUT FROM BTB: Ivory And Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

ROW 7

# BOOK ABOUT FOOD: The Confectioner’s Guild by Claire Luana
# AMPERSAND (&) ON COVER/IN TITLE: The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

ROW 8

# COVER LOVE: The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
# POPULAR AUTHOR’S FIRST BOOK: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

ROW 9

# PART OF A DUOLOGY: Muse Of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
# NEXT IN A SERIES YOU STARTED: Force Of Nature by Jane Harper


Have you read any of these titles and/or which of these do you think I should give priority to?


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Double Trouble ABC Challenge

I missed doing an ABC challenge in 2018… So even though I’m not sure I’ll actually finish the challenge this year, I decided to just give in and give it a go. The catch? I’ll be doing not one, but TWO ABC challenges: one with the book titles and one with the last name of the authors. Like the title states: double trouble! But hopefully also double the fun. (I know there are lots of existing ABC challenges out there, but I’m just doing my own challenge this year to keep things simple.)

My rules:

TITLE: read one book that has a title with each letter of the alphabet. The A’s and The’s don’t count… Also, the Q, X and Z titles can have those letters anywhere in the title.

AUTHOR: read a book with an author’s last name for each letter. If there is more than one last name, it should be the first that counts… And the Q, X and Z names can have the letter anywhere in the last name.

Let’s go ABC crazy!!

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2019 Beat The Backlist: Epic BTB Bingo #BeatTheBacklist

As you may already know, I have signed up for the Beat The Backlist challenge again this year and so far things have been going great. I wasn’t going to because I’m trying to avoid the pressure, but the Epic BTB Bingo card was just too much temptation for me and I ended up giving in. So this will be the official BTB Bingo update post!

A little reminder: my goal is to read a total of 80 books published before 2019, with at least 30 of them published 2016 or before.

Aaaaand I’m on team RAVENCLAW this year!!

Let’s continue with the empty EPIC BTB BINGO card first… I’ll be updating the second bingo card at the end of each month with the titles I managed to read and you can find a full list of prompts and titles below that one.

Below the books I (will) read for each prompt! Books I have read and posted on the challenge page are in blue.

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2019 Beat The Backlist: Official Update Post #BeatTheBacklist

I had a lot of fun with the previous Beat The Backlist challenges, so of course I signed up again. This challenge is hosted by Novelknight and in 2019 will be all about reading once more… No extra complications or extra points for reviews, just getting those backlist titles read and earning brownie points for that. This challenge is all about reading all those poor neglected books on your shelves instead of just new releases. We all love our new releases, but those older books deserve our attention too right? 😉 Books have to be published before 2019 to count, and you can set your own goals as you see fit.

I’ve decided to set my goal at a total of 80 books published before 2019, with at least 30 of them published 2016 or before.

Aaaaand I’m on team RAVENCLAW this year!!

On to the official update post part… Where I will share the books I’ve read that fit the challenge. Books that fit in with my personal challenge are either orange for books published in 2018 or 2017 or green for books published before that.

>>> Last updated August 18th 2019 <<<

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2019 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge #NGEW2019


I joined this challenge in 2017 and 2018 and both years it turned out to be a big success. I managed to read no less than 108! NG ARCs last year and 16 other ARCs; way more than I planned and in a way I’m hoping I’ll be less successful in 2019. Why? I want to finally read more backlist titles as well… Let’s see if I can find a healthy balance in 2019. This yearly challenge is currently hosted at Reading Between The Pages.

Challenge Guidelines

  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. There is no deadline to signup.
  • Everyone is welcome to participate – you do not need to have a blog.
  • Any genre, release date, length, etc. counts, it just needs to be a book from NetGalley or Edelweiss.
  • Books can count for more than one challenge that you are participating in.
  • If you want to move up or down a level – go for it!
  • The first day of each month I will post a monthly “link-up” for you to link your reviews. If you forget one month, no worries, just catch up the next month.
  • Questions: Feel free to leave a comment below or use the contact page at the top of this post.
  • Hashtag: #NGEW2019

The Levels

Bronze – 10 Books

Silver – 25 Books

Gold – 50 Books

Platinum – 75 Books

Diamond – 100 Books

I will be going for 50 books, which I hope will be doable. I currently have a whopping 17 NG books pending (plus a bunch of other ARCs) and a 94% ratio, so we’ll see how things go I guess.

Have you joined this challenge? What are your goals? Feel free to comment. 🙂


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