In July I did my own round of the Harry Potter themed O.W.L.s readathon that G from Book Roast hosted back in April. You can check out my TBR for that here. I am glad to report that after two attempts I was finally able to complete my O.W.L.s, so I can now move onto the N.E.W.T.s. I will be discussing all the books I completed for the O.W.L.s readathon during my seasonal wrap-up at the end of September.
The magical readathon is a Harry Potter themed event that was created by G over at Book Roast. This event has taken the book world by storm as it is based on the exams the students take at Hogwarts in order to gain a career. It is split into two parts–the O.W.L.s and the N.E.W.T.s. The first portion takes place during the entire month of April while the latter occurs in August. The general concept is that the participants are taking each exam for the entire length of each month. The O.W.L.s determine which subjects you can sit for during the N.E.W.T.s. You can only sit for the subjects you completed during the month of April.
This year, G has created an entire catalog of careers to choose from, each with their own challenges and requirements.
If any part of that was confusing, I will link G’s announcement video here.
I don’t think it should come as any surprise that I chose the career path of an Herbologist which is the wizarding equivalent of a botanist. For the O.W.L.s there were only three subjects/challenges which meant I only had to read three books. For the N.E.W.T.s however, there are three subjects and six challenges overall making this round a bit more difficult. The general rule of thumb to follow is that you don’t actually pass a subject until you complete all of it’s required challenges.
HERBOLOGIST SUBJECTS & CHALLENGES
I passed all three subjects during my O.W.L.s, so the challenges I will attempt to complete for those are as follows:
Acceptable: Mandrake! Quick, put your headphones on! Listen to an audio book. (If not, green cover)
Exceeded Expectations: Read a book between 350-390 pages.
Outstanding: Read a book with a flower on the cover.
Acceptable: Polyjuice potion: read your friend’s favorite book.
Exceeded Expectations: House ingredient: book with with a cover in your Hogwarts house color.
3. Care of Magical Creatures
Acceptable: Follow the spiders! Why couldn’t it be follow the butterflies! Book title that starts with the letter A, for Aragog.
For a complete list of all the subjects and challenges you can check out the document that Book Roast put together here.
Phew! I think that’s everything! Let’s get started!
N.E.W.T.s READATHON 2019 BOOKS
1. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
by: J.M. Barrie
Challenge: Mandrake! Quick, put your headphones on! Listen to an audio book. (If not, green cover)
I’m one of those people who doesn’t really listen to audio books. I’ve tried a few times before, but I found it extremely difficult to sit and listen to someone talk. I just can’t focus on what is being said. So with that in mind, I decided to go with the second part of this challenge which is to read a green book. That being: Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.
Considering we are already five days into the readathon, it should come as no surprise that I already started this book. Going into it, I thought this was a prequel to Peter Pan. After about 30 pages however, I discovered this is an entity entirely of its own.
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens features the same male character from J.M. Barrie’s classic, Peter Pan. He has the ability to never grow up and interacts with fairies, but aside from that, everything else about the plot is different. I want to save all of the details for my seasonal wrap up post though, so I won’t say anything else.
2. Farmer Boy
by: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Challenge: Read a book between 350-390 pages.
Grade: Exceeded Expectations
Farmer Boy is one of the few books I own that’s between 350-390 pages. Considering I have over 200 books in my small apartment this is quite shocking.
This is the second book in the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although, for some unknown reason goodreads says it is the third book. While book one followed Laura’s family in Wisconsin, this sequel follows her future husband Almanzo Wilder on his family’s New York farm. The narrative is basically about how Almanzo tries to prove to his father that he is responsible enough to have his very own horse. I am unsure if we see any of Laura’s character in Farmer Boy, but my guess is telling me no.
3. Seed Leaf Flower Fruit
by: Maryjo Koch
Challenge: Read a book with a flower on the cover.
Since I have an entire bookshelf dedicated to gardening books, this challenge was a lot easier. This is a work of nonfiction with some fantastical elements mixed throughout. The book itself is split into four parts: seeds, leaves, flowers, and fruits. Each section has information dedicated to the said chapter title. In addition to the text, Seed Leaf Flower Fruit has tons of beautiful full-color illustrations, making it quick to get through and therefore, perfect for a readathon.
4. The Little Prince
by: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Challenge: Polyjuice potion: read your friend’s favorite book.
The Little Prince is a classic and one of my favorite books. With that said this will obviously be a reread for me. This is also a favorite of my friends on bookstagram, which makes this the perfect read for this challenge. I think we all know what The Little Prince is about by now, but for those of you who don’t, I’ll give a brief synopsis.
The narrative follows a pilot who gets stranded in the Sahara desert and along the way encounters a little prince. The prince tells the pilot all about his travels across the galaxy. As he explains his visits to each planet, there is a moral to be learned.
I love The Little Prince, because although the symbolism is hidden within the text, it is still easy to pick up and understand. I can’t wait to reread it for my N.E.W.T.s.
5. The Road to Oz
by: L. Frank Baum
Challenge: House ingredient: book with with a cover in your Hogwarts house color.
Grade: Exceeded Expectations
The Road to Oz is the fifth book in the Wizard of Oz series. I am going to be reading this title from the above yellow Barnes and Noble collectible edition. Since I am a Hufflepuff this works out great.
I just read the fourth volume last month for my O.W.L.s but sadly didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous books in the series. Considering this is a sequel, I won’t go into the synopsis for the sake of not spoiling anyone.
6. Anne’s House of Dreams
by: L.M. Montgomery
Subject: Care of Magical Creatures
Challenge: Follow the spiders! Why couldn’t it be follow the butterflies! Book title that starts with the letter A, for Aragog.
Anne’s House of Dreams is the fifth book in the Anne of Green Gables series. In it, we follow Anne in her new life as a wife and follow along as she makes memories in her new home which she refers to as her “house of dreams”.
As with Peter Pan in Kensignton Gardens, I’ve already started reading this. I’m only on page 80 and I just know that this will most likely be my favorite book in the series.
I hope you enjoyed reading my N.E.W.T.s TBR!
Until next time,