The parchments have been unfurled, we have marked out our areas in the Common room and the anti-cheating quills are at the ready as we prepare to for the
NASTILY EXHAUSTING WIZARDING TESTS!
Gintare at Book Roast the creator of the O.W.Ls readathon has yet again created an exciting Wizarding World readathon! like the O.W.Ls this was another labour of love for Gintare and I urge you to go check out her announcement video and follow the official Twitter. For all the details.
The N.E.W.Ts take place from the 1st – 31st of August
PASSING THE N.E.W.Ts
As expected the N.E.W.Ts are a lot more complex than the O.W.Ls we are in our final year at Hogwarts, preparing for working in the Wizarding World so these are tough exams.
First in order to sit your N.E.W.T in a subject you must have passed the O.W.L.I sat my OWLs in April and it was so much fun, especially Interacting with the community.
Once you have picked your N.E.W.T subjects there are Three prompts for each subject, representing each of the passing grades. Meaning in order to read the top grade, Outstanding, in that subject you must read three books. The first prompt awards you the Acceptable grade, the second Exceeds Expectations grade and the third prompt gives you the coveted Outstanding.
You have to sit them in order to achieve the grade.
In order to pass the overall readathon you are only required to pass 2 subjects, one at outstanding level. This means a total of 4 books.
MY WIZARDING CAREER.
In true Ravenclaw fashion I passed 11 of my Owls, (check out my Wrap-up) the only owl i did not sit was Divination. Therefore I am able to select any of those subjects to sit my N.E.W.Ts.
After long discussions with Prof Flitwick, I have decided to continue down the career-path of either an Unspeakable or Curse Breaker. Therefore I would need to achieve a passing grade in the following subjects:
Defence Against the Dark Arts
Again the Ravenclaw in me is aiming for Outstanding in of these subjects which would be a total of 21 Books!
MY N.E.W.T CHOICES
A = Acceptable, E = Exceeds Expectations, O=Outstanding
A: A Book set in the Past – The Oueens of Innes Lear by Tessa Gratton
E: One of the most ancient books on your self – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
O: A translated book – The Year of the Rat by Chen Qiufan translated by Ken Liu
A: Book with at least 300 pages – The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
E: A book that ends on an even number – Rivers of London Vol 5: Fox Cry by Ben Aaronovich
O: Not the first in a series – Giant Days Vol 2 by John Allison
A: Read a book with magic in it – Charmcaster by Sebastian de Castell
E: A book with a cover that charmed you – The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
O: A book you think you would leave a mark – The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
Defence Against the Dark Arts
A: The last book in a series – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
E: A book with a foiled cover – The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman
O: A book with the word ‘Dark’ in the title – Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
A: A book with Green on the Cover – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
E: A book with Illustrations – Giant Days: Vol 1 by John Allison
O: A book with light/sun/air/water in the title – Evil under the Sun by Agatha Christie
A: A book with the name of a colour in the title – Deepest Blue (eARC) by Mindy Tarquini
E: A book with a male main character – Rivers of London Vol 4: Detective Stories by Ben Aaronovich
O: A book over 350 pages long – Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
A: A book with a grey cover – Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett
E: A new to you author – The Poppy War by R.F Kuang
O: A book featuring royalty or set in a Kingdom – Clariel by Garth Nix
It may seem like a lot of books but I am actually on holiday for most of August due to the International Fringe Festival here in Edinburgh. While i will be spending my evenings at shows and a weekend hanging out with awesome visitors I have a total of 19 1/2 days off work to just read! That combined with my 3 hours of commuting each day and the cunning use of audio-books I am confident I can get a good few outstandings under by belt!
Are you participating in the Newts? Are any of these books on your TBR? Have you read any of these books? Which NEWT should I start with?