Wow, I am still coming down off of my high of barely scraping through my O.W.L.s, but I only have one book left and three days to read it, so I’m officially embarking on my journey to become a wandmaker!

In order to pass my N.E.W.T.s, I need an O in Herbology, an E in Care of Magical Creatures, and an A in Charms. These were surprisingly hard to find books for since I’m trying to keep with books I already own, and I couldn’t even snag any of my outstanding 2018 purchases, but nevertheless, I’ve got an interesting list put together. Let’s get started!

For info on the N.E.W.T.s, check out Book Roast‘s incredibly in-depth and amazing video. The attention and detail put into this challenge is just out of this world.

Herbology – Outstanding

Green cover

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There’s a little green on this, shhhh. I literally had no other covers that had green on them but The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell, and even this is really stretching it. This was actually on my June TBR, and I never got around to it, so I’m definitely happy to be getting this out of the way before the end of the summer.

350-390 pages


Hi, my name is Mary, and I am a space nerd who is hopefully going to die over The Disasters by M.K. England. Yes? Please? I’ve heard it’s amazing, and I have been burned lately by space operas (which I think is going to happen again with one of the below books), so I really need this to be good. Also, shut up, it’s 352 pages, that’s over the required mark. I just truly didn’t want to add another huge book because I have got some monsters on this list already.

Flower on cover


Another one of those I’m stretching this a bit ones, but there are flowers on Wildwood Imperium by Colin Meloy, and I’m doubly excited to read this because I’ve been staring longingly at it for so many weeks now, and I just want to finish this series! Plus, there are going to be tons of flowers and outside adventures in the book, so that’s got to count for something.

Care of Magical Creatures

Starts with A

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Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene is somehow literally the only book I have that starts with A, so no matter what, I’m reading this for this prompt! Without reminding myself by reading the summary, I have to admit that I have no idea what this is about except for I think taking place in the desert? I definitely fell victim to cover love for this one, but that’s fiiiiiiine, I’m sure i’ll work out.

Under 300 pages


I was so surprised to find that Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu was under 300 pages??? And not like a few pages, it’s a solid almost 30 pages under 300, which just seems weird to me. I don’t know, I guess I’m just so used to books being on the longer end since my go-to is fantasy, and, as mentioned above, they are monsters.


Gorgeous cover

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Okay, y’all, time for a controversial book! The Cerulean by Amy Ewing has some fabulous one-star reviews, and I am terrified of what I’m going to find in this book. But you can’t deny it’s got a gorgeous cover! I recently read another awful book set in space, so I’m really sad this is happening again. Why can’t we just have amazing queer space books? Alternately: why can’t they all just be Once & Future?

What a motley crew this TBR is! This is definitely going to be interesting, and I am definitely going to be starting right away because some of these are pretty long. Overall, across the six books, I have approximately 2500 pages to read, so wish me luck!

Are you participating in the N.E.W.T.s? If so, what career are you trying for? Let me know in the comments!

Posted by:Mary Drover

she/her | yoga teacher | Tibetan Buddhism | part-time witch | full-time author | astronaut in a previous life

12 replies on “N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon TBR

  1. I’m so excited to start! I’m actually working on a blog post right now to talk about the Magical Readathons and briefly discuss what I read for the O.W.L.s. Normally I don’t blog about my reading, but I wanted to save all the info haha. I still haven’t made my TBR for the N.E.W.T.s though! I’m a mess! This sounds exciting though, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts as you go!

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    1. I’m also working on an OWLs wrap-up post! I can’t wait to see how yours went. It feels like such an accomplishment already!


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