NEWTs readathon Participation Announcement for August Week 2

The NEWTs readathon has been steadily creeping the bookish web for the past month. As my mental health teetered into unstable-land, I had attempted to participate in the initial readathon, a prequel if you will, to the NEWTs one. It was called OWLs and I totally failed. However, I want to give this readathon a shot.

Here are the challenges I want to try out this week.

NEWTs Readathon Challenge #1: Ancient Runes

  • NEWTs LEVEL: Acceptable.
    • PROMPT: A Book Set in the Past 
      • The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
        • Satisfying my interest in alternative historical fiction and feminist retellings of the spy-genre that is predominantly saturated with toxic masculine tropes.
  • NEWTs Level 2: Exceptional 
    • NEWTs Prompt: Oldest Unread Book on Your Shelves
      • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 
        • It is satisfying the NEWTs’ essence of this subject, I think. It is the oldest book I have owned without ever reading. I hope I am grasping the prompt correctly.
    • NEWTs Level 3: Outstanding 
      • NEWTs Prompt: A Translated Book
        • I have been dying to read a Naguib Mahfouz book for ages. Embracing my Egyptian roots and partial upbringing, I had purchased my first Mahfouz book. It’s time to give his stories a chance, right? Also, he’s hailed as the Egyptian Dickens, so heartbreak is right around the corner. What is ancient runes if not pain and agony?

NEWTs Readathon Challenge #2: Arithmancy

Listen, man, I am not even going to pretend to know what the heck arithmancy means. But, my ambitions lead me to weird places. Among them, I presume, is me trying to fulfill NEWT levels of reading.

Let’s do this.

  • NEWTs Level 1: Acceptable 
    • PROMPT: A Book of at least 300 pages
      • Sabriel by Garth Nix is a story I have seen on many recommendation lists. My copy nears the 500-page mark, so I am not sure of the practicality of including it in my reading plans for the weeks.
  • NEWTs Level 2: Exceptional/Exceeds Expectations (I don’t know, man)
    • PROMPT: A Book that Ends on an Even Number
      • Cold Magic by Kate Eliott ends on an even number and it was a fairly recent purchase–like a few months back, I believe.
  • NEWTs Level 3: Outstanding
    • PROMPT: Not a First in the Series
      • A few options for this one (feel free to chime in and recommend whichever ones you like)
        • The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
        • OR: In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce

(I do have some writing books that could be part of the final NEWTs prompt for Arithmancy).

Your Turn: If you were to take your NEWTs, which subjects would you focus on? What is your magical world dream career? If none of them suit you (trust me, I feel you on that), which jobs would you invent for that world?
See you in comments

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One thought on “NEWTs readathon Participation Announcement for August Week 2”

  1. Good luck with the NEWTs, Dina! I think I’m most excited about prompts like translated books, because those align with my wishes to read more diverse books. I hope you’ll end up liking your picks!

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