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NEWTS Readathon 2019 TBR

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It’s time for the NEWTs examinations again! Back in April, I sat the OWLs readathon and was able to pass all twelve subjects which has given me a lot of flexibility in what careers and subjects I want to try for in this second part of the Magical Readathon. You can read my round-up (and my twelve ratings) for that part of the readathon here.

For all the information about these readathons, check out BookRoast’s channel, especially this video all about this round of the NEWTS.


This year, BookRoast has added in a careers aspect to the readathon, to help direct your TBR if you want to.

The career I’ll be aiming for this year is Broom Maker. To achieve a job as a broom maker and get myself a position at Quality Quidditch Supplies, I need to get these exam results:




(I read Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman for this subject)


(I read A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes for this subject)


(I read Exile by S.M. Wilson for this subject)

Muggle Studies

(I read Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron for this subject)



E in Arithmancy

E in Herbology

A in Charms


Since I’ll be competing with so many other graduates for this prestigious job, I’m going to aim high and go for an Outstanding (the highest grade, three books) in each of these subjects. I’m also planning to aim for a couple of extra credit classes unrelated to my carrer goals. I want an Exceeds Expectations in both Care of Magical Creatures and Transfiguration, and an Acceptable in Divination.


With all that in mind, here’s my 2019 NEWTs TBR.



A – Mandrake! Put your headphones on! Listen to an audiobook or read a book with a green cover: Death in Dark Blue (A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery #2) by Julia Buckley has a green cover (sort of minty?) and I might listen to this on audiobook anyway.

E – Read a book with between 350 and 390 pages: The kindle edition of The Bees by Laline Paull just fits this, at 353 pages, but I’m probably going to get the paperback from my library too, just in case I want to switch between them.

O – Read a book with a flower on the cover: Murder, Handcrafted (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery #5) by Isabella Alan. Flowers in a vase on the counter and flowers sewn onto the quilt, two-for-one!


Care of Magical Creatures

A – A book title that starts with the letter A, for Aragog: Assault and Pepper (A Spice Shop Mystery #1) by Leslie Budewitz

E – Book under 300 pages: A Dark and Twisting Path (A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery #3) by Julia Buckley clocks in at 273 pages.



A – A book you think has a gorgeous cover: Past Due for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3) by Victoria Gilbert

E – For this one I’m going to use the Confundus Charm BookRoast has given us. We can switch out any prompt for the group book, Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell. It’s been on my TBR for ages, so this seems like a great opportunity to pick it up.

O – Spongify (softening charm), read a paperback book: Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan 



A – A book that ends on an even page number: Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis & Barbara Ross has 320 pages.

E – Read a standalone: SLAY by Brittney Morris

O – A book that’s longer than 350 pages: The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave has 400 pages.




A – Read a book with LGBTQIA+ representation: Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1) by Sarah Glenn Marsh has #ownvoices bisexual rep.

E – Read a book that’s not the first in a series: The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire 


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A – Read a white book: Bone China by Laura Purcell


What do you think of my choices? Do you have any favourites here?

If you’re taking part in the readathon too, let me know your career, subjects and book choices!

11 thoughts on “NEWTS Readathon 2019 TBR”

  1. Nice list! I keep thinking I’m going to join the Magical Readathon, but haven’t gotten to it yet. Maybe next year… 🙂

    Have you read the first Writer’s Apprentice Mystery? I’m guessing you liked it, since the 2nd and 3rd books are on this list. 🙂

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  2. Good luck! I already have to read 10 books for my career (dying) and I haven’t even finished one yet. I am reading a bit of Spellslinger alongside those books so if I don’t get through some of my bigger books I can put that one there.

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    1. Good luck to you too! I’m sure you can do it 😊 I’ve seen lots of people really like to Spelllslinger books and I’ve been looking forward to trying it for a while, so having it as the group book is perfect timing!

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