For all the information about these readathons, check out BookRoast’s channel, especially this video all about this round of the NEWTS.
The career I was aiming for this year was Broom Maker. To get the job, I needed to get an EE in Arithmancy, an EE in Herbology and an A in Charms. I also picked a couple of extra credits.
Here’s how I did and what I read.
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.
EE – Read a book with between 350 and 390 pages: The Bees by Laline Paull.
This was such an unexpected favourite for me! I was very unsure about reading a book where the main character is a bee, and it took me a little while to get the hang of it, but I ended up loving it!
O – Read a book with a flower on the cover: Murder, Handcrafted (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery #5) by Isabella Alan.
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
EE – Book under 300 pages: A Dark and Twisting Path (A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery #3) by Julia Buckley.
A – A book you think has a gorgeous cover: Past Due for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3) by Victoria Gilbert
EE – For this one I used the Confundus Charm BookRoast gave us and switched the prompt out for the group book, Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell.
O – Spongify (softening charm), read a paperback book: Bloody January (Harry McCoy #1) by Alan Parks
A – A book that ends on an even page number: Haunted House Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis & Barbara Ross.
EE – Read a standalone: SLAY by Brittney Morris
The last book I finished for the readathon and another unexpected favourite! I wasn’t 100% sure the video-game focus would work for me, but I loved the whole book.
O – A book that’s longer than 350 pages: The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.
A – Read a book with LGBTQIA+ representation: Witchmark (The Kingston Cycle #1) by C.L. Polk
EE – Read a book that’s not the first in a series: The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire
A – Read a white book: The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang
Herbology Grade: Outstanding / Total Pages Read: 969
Care of Magical Creatures Grade: Exceeds Expectations / Total Pages Read: 562
Divination Grade: Acceptable / Total Pages Read: 560
Transfiguration Grade: Exceeds Expectations / Total Pages Read: 676
Arithmancy Grade: Outstanding / Total Pages Read: 1056
Charms Grade: Outstanding / Total Pages Read: 973
Total Pages Overall: 4796