N.E.W.T.s Readathon

Starting tomorrow, August 1st through the 31st, those of us joining Gintare over at Book Roast will be taking our N.E.W.T.s.  I spent quite a bit of time planning out a tentative TBR based on the requirements for each subject that I will be trying to complete on my path to becoming a Librarian.  I couldn’t find anything about the necessary grades to become a Librarian, but since most of the magical careers require at least an ‘E’ for “Exceeds Expectations” in most, if not all of the required subjects, that’s what I’m going to try for first.  However, I have to achieve an ‘O’ for Outstanding in at least one subject to pass my N.E.W.T.s in general.  That means, at a minimum, I’ll be attempting to read 11 books in August!
Ancient Runes:

  • Jackaby by William Ritter
  • The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble
  • Rose of Fire by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


  • Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
  • The Thickety by J.A. White
  • Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

Defense Against the Dark Arts:

  • The Sons of Macha by John Lenahan
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

History of Magic:

  • Magyk by Angie Sage
  • Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit
  • Anywhere But Here by Jason D. Morrow

Muggle Studies:

  • The Space Between by Diana Gabaldon
  • Chasing the Flame by Samantha Power
  • Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley


O.W.L.s Readathon

Starting from April 2nd through the 29th, those of us willing to join Gintare over at Book Roast will be taking our O.W.L.s.  It’s been a while since I’ve gotten excited about a reading challenge, but as soon as I saw this one, I knew I had to pull a Hermione and sit all 12 exams!  I spent yesterday coming up with a tentative TBR based on the requirements for each subject and I chose the 5 I will complete first (bolded in the list below) so that I’ll be allowed to take the N.E.W.T.s for those subjects on my path to becoming a Librarian.  Madam Pince has to retire at some point, right?

  • Ancient Runes: The Heart of the Revolution by Noah Levine
  • Arithmancy: The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
  • Astronomy: The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
  • Care of Magical Creatures: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • Charms: The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts: Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
  • Divination: Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier
  • Herbology: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  • History of Magic: The Queen’s Fool by Phillipa Gregory
  • Muggle Studies: Voices of Freedom by Eric Foner
  • Potions: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
  • Transfiguration: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones