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NEWTs Wrap Up (August)

Ahhh, this month didn’t go as planned. I thought that being on vacation  I would have plenty of time to read and that was reflected in not only my career choice but also the length of the books on my tbr. What can I say? I’m an ambitious cupcake when it comes to reading.

But let’s start from the beginning. If you have no clue what I’m talking about then please check out G’s announcement videos for more detailed info. But basically, this was the second part of the Magical Readathon. It’s centred around the exams in Harry Potter. The OWLs were in April (check out my posts here: (TBR) & Wrap Up) and since I read all the 12 books for my OWLs I could choose whatever I wanted from all the careers.

And of course, my Slytherin ass decided to go for the most difficult one. Surprise!

As I already said, I didn’t have as much reading time as I had thought I would have .. but I still managed to get all the grades I needed! Yay!!

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Usually, I do my Wrap-Ups in the order I read the books in … but this time I’m gonna switch that up because as the clever and super organized person I am (ahahha) I started with the books I chose for the O prompts. You know .. those that would only count if I read two other books (A & E)? So I after about 2 weeks I had read 6 of the needed 17 books … and none of them counted yet because none were for an A prompt ^^ As I said. I went about this the clever way …
So, I’ll rather do this wrap up in order of the grades .. I think that’s easier for everyone.

But enough of that and let’s talk some books!

To become an Alchemist I needed:

Outstanding in: Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Herbology, Potions & Transfiguration
Exceeds Expectations in: Astronomy

In total that are 17 books and ca (because audiobooks) 6272 pages!

Ancient Runes

A: a book recommended by a friend

More than we can tell
More than we can tell by Brigid Kemmerer

I had two friends recommend me this. Right after I finished Letters to the Lost (which is kind of the first book, but they are companion novels so you can read them separately as well) and absolutely loved that one. Rev is the main character in this and I’m sooo glad he got his own story, that was all I wanted after reading LttL! And he got all I wished for. Just as the first one, this is both funny, heartwarming and it makes you cry! (Yes even I felt my cold heart melt!)

I can only recommend you pick them up if you haven’t yet!


E: a book written in past tense

The Man in the Brown SuitDer Mann im brauen Anzug (The man in the brown suit) by Agatha Christie

What can I say? I just love Agatha Christie! Although I haven’t yet read any of her books in English, which is highly unusual as I like to read the originals whenever possible. But these have just such a huge nostalgia factor for me … I just can’t. I know most of them by heart and suddenly switching to the English audiobook really didn’t work for me. Maybe one day I’ll read a physical copy. For now, the German audiobooks it is. It’s probably the 800th time I listened to this and it’s funny how I notice things now that I really didn’t as a kid, but I still loved it. Obviously!


O: a book that has been on your TBR forever

Darke
Darke by Angie Sage

I can’t really tell you why this series never really left me. I read the first 2 or 3 books as a kid and stopped when book 4 wasn’t immediately available. But for some reason, I couldn’t stop thinking about Jenna and Septimus and therefore decided to actually finish this series over a decade later (wow I feel old now!)
I know this series is called Septimus Heap and I liked reading about him the first 4 books … but this book had decidedly too much Septimus and not enough Jenna! It was still and fun and quick read though, considering it is over 600 pages long!


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A: a book that ends on an even number

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Der Mord an Roger Ackroyd (The Murder
of Roger Ackroyd) by Agatha Christie

Told you I was a fan. I especially love all the Poirot books. I don’t what exactly it is about this little arrogant Belgium man but I adore him!
I’m sad Hastings wasn’t in this but then again I quite like the change of story-telling. It was familiar enough to be a cosy read and still something new (even though this was also a reread (relisten?).

 


E: A Standalone

adifferenttime
A Different Time by Micheal K Hill

I have a full review of this on my blog if you haven’t checked it out yet. This is a book that is a little out of my comfort zone as it is a love story with Scifi elements but I’m glad I picked it up (or rather I’m glad I was part of the Book Tour for this).

It is a lovely novella about two characters struggling to find there place in life and through some miracle they can start talking.

I flew through this and can only recommend you read it!


O: a book that’s longer than 350 pages

Written in BoneKalte Asche (Written in Bone) by Simon Beckett

I had originally planned to read this book for the prompt ‘being on the tbr forever’ but while reading it I noticed that I had in fact already read it years ago … I just couldn’t remember a thing!

But with some rearranging, I could use it still! This is the second book in the series about Forensic Anthropologist David Hunter and I really enjoyed this one. It was atmospheric, exciting and I loved the science aspect of it.

I’ll definitely continue with the series. If you don’t like when they talk a lot about the corpse etc … maybe skip this one though, just a fair warning.


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Astronomy A: a book that has a moon on the cover/in the title

Descendant of the CraneDescendant of the Crane by Joan He

I’m just gonna assume that that is the moon and not a sun. It looks pretty dark and she has a lantern and I think if I remember correctly there is a scene in the moonlight in the book?
Anyways, I buddy read this with a friend and that was exactly what I needed. I had started the book one time before and stopped around chapter 17. This time I liked it waaay more, I gave it 4 stars. It had some issues but the main character Hesina was just so intriguing to read about. I also really loved the ending, but I still hope we’ll get a companion novel or sequel or something… 


E: a book with ‘night’ in the title/series name

Night of Cake and PuppetsNight of Cake & Puppies by Laini Taylor

Originally I wanted to read Nevernight for this prompt, but I didn’t have enough time. I read way less than I thought I would while on vacation so I needed a short book for the last day.

If you know Laini Taylor, you know her writing is lovely and that isn’t different in this novella. It was a cute story and all, but I wasn’t as invested, to be honest. Although I did appreciate the atmosphere and the little magic in it.

 


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Herbology A: Listen to an audiobook

Sparkling CyanideBlausäure (Sparkling Cyanide) by Agatha Christie

This one has been, and always will be, my all-time favourite Agatha Christie and I have absolutely no clue why. Maybe I first listened to it when I was in a particularly good mood or something?

When I said that I know most of her books by heart … with this one all my family knows it just from walking into my room when I was listening to it for the millionth time! When I hear the first words I’m immediately in a good mood no matter what happened before. It’s magic!


E: a book that is between 350 and 390 pages

Until it fadesUntil it fades by K.A. Tucker

I don’t know if I’ve already told you about this but this summer I suddenly got into the romantic mood, a genre I never really read. Like … never. But I just couldn’t stop listening to one audiobook after the other? Some were quite bad (I even dnf’ed one which I never do) but this one was quite nice!

It was kinda soothing to listen to, no tragedy or death anywhere for a change ^^And I appreciated that it wasn’t as cheesy as some of the other books I read … (I hate it when they go all out for the endings)


O: A book with a flower on the cover

The Art of TaxidermyThe Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot

This novel is written in verse which was a completely new experience for me. (Aside from highschool required reading … but I never really read those so …)

It’s a lovely story about the unique way grief affects us, shapes us. I loved the dynamics between the characters in this book and after 30% I was so invested in the story.

Lottie starts to collect dead animals and her aunt isn’t pleased by that. I loved the conflict between the two and I really appreciated that the book showed us that you can mean well and only want the best and still hurt someone.

I’ll post a full review soon as this was a NetGalley copy

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A: Read a friend’s favourite book

Sleeping GiantsSleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

I’ve heard Jude talk about this for a while now so it wasn’t really a surprise when she recommended me this. And as always she was right! I loved this book so much!

It’s written in interviews, journal entries, transcripts etc and all the characters were so interesting! I couldn’t stop listening to it. And I can really recommend the audiobook, they have a full cast of narrators and they all do a fabulous job!

I just love the concept of this story!


E: Read a book in your house colors

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Yes, I caved. I figured that while I’m still somewhat in the literary fiction/contemporary/romance mood I could see what all the hype was about.

Oh dear, this book was phenomenal! Evelyn is just the best character. I love how unapologetic she is, how stern in what she wants.

Also, the ending was perfect and I will definitely buy a physical copy of this because I need to annotate it!


O: Read a book that starts with a prologue

Waking GodsWaking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Since I loved the first one so much I decided to immediately continue with the second instalment. I think I loved this one even more than the first.

It broke my heart though! (Jude’s recommendations tend to do that. I’m sure she secretly hates me and just wants me to be in pain!)

No, but seriously. I loved this (Although I didn’t really like one of the new narrators (the one for Eva?) but other than that it was perfect!)


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Transfiguration A: Read a book that has LGBTQIA+ rep

Sorcery of ThornsSorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

This one got mixed reviews, just like her first book. But since I really liked Enchantment of Ravens I was fairly certain I would enjoy this one as well. And I’m glad to report I did.

The biggest plus point this got was for the setting! I love libraries and books that are about the love of books and reading, that feature bookish magic and all that.

Also, I loved that when one of the mc’s mentioned that he’s bisexual it was no big deal. The others just accepted that easily, it was no plot point or twist or something. Just ya know, something that came up in a conversation.


E: Read a book that is not the first in a series

Der Blaue Express
Der blaue Express (The Mystery of the Blue Train) by Agatha Christie

My mom and I listened to most of this on our drive home from Sweden and it was the perfect book to get through the long hours in the car.

It was also a reread for me (most of her books are) but I was still very entertained by it. The characters were great in this one and I had my fav detective Poirot again!

I loved how people always changed their mind about how clever Poirot is!


O: Read a book that is over 500 pages

BlutbuchBlutbuch by Kai Meyer

This is the third and final book in the series about Furia and the bibliomantic world. Unfortunately, this series isn’t translated into English (yet?). I hope it will be though because I really loved it and would love for others to read it.

As I said earlier, I love books that centre around books and the whole magic system in this depends on books and our love for them. It’s such a pleasure to read about that!

Also, I think this was the perfect conclusion to the series. My best friend (with whom I buddy read this .. yes, we actually managed to read something together) thinks so too. It was actually her fav in the series.


 

And that concludes this awfully long and awfully late Wrap Up! And I’m proud to present to you my new and shiny Diploma! I’m an Alchemist now!!

Alchemy diploma

Did you participate in the NEWTs? What career did you choose? Please link your Wrap Ups below! I’m really curious to see what you all chose to read for this! 

I had an absolute blast, as always with G’s magical readathons! 

10 thoughts on “NEWTs Wrap Up (August)

      1. Yes well there is an ARC of Toll three miles from me and I was hoping to tap my inner Kaz Brekker to mastermind my way into the dinky bookstore I hate to take it but I’m not Kaz Brekker. So you know…

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  1. First, I love Agatha Christie with all my heart. One of my life goals is to read all of her books.

    Second, OMG! You did amazing!!! Congrats on becoming an Alchemist. =D I joined the NEWTS in an unofficial way. I didn’t sign up or pick a profession or updated my progress, but I tried to finish as much prompts as possible and get as a few Os in my favourite classes.

    Happy readings! 😉
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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    1. That’s one of my goals, too!! If there ever is a Agatha Christie readathon I’m gonna shine!

      Thank you!!! How many O’s did you manage? Any new favourite books?

      P.S. you’re blog is soooo cute!! I love the color scheme and all the adorable little illustrations! 😍

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