N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon Wrap Up! | August Wrap Up


Happy end-of-newts!

This year, I was going for Alchemist, which was the most challenging of the careers. I figured, even if I didn’t get it, I’d likely qualify for some other career. But go me – I did it! I read seventeen things this month, qualifying me for Alchemist!

My original TBR was a bit lofty, in retrospect. I did complete 17 books that filled the prompts I needed, but I ended up having to swap out a lot of my original TBR for other books when I ran into the time crunch. I finished my last one as of 10 minutes ago, and it’s about 9am on Aug 31st as I’m writing this, so I finished with about 15 hours to spare!

This is what I needed for Alchemist:

And this is what I read:

Ancient Runes

  • A: Read a book recommended by a friend

Saga, Vol. 9 (Saga, #9)

Saga vol 9 by Brian K Vaughan – This ended up being super great, and man did it break my heart. I’m now full caught up on this series and I’m eagerly awaiting the next one. Come back from hiatus, please ;~:

4.5 stars

  • E: Book written in past tense

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – It was really neat getting to see the source material for a movie I love so much. I actually ended up re-watching the movie as well when I finished this. It was a good time!

3.5 stars

  • O: Book that has been on your TBR for ages

Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine

Bitch Planet vol 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick – This ended up being really interesting and I’m planning on continuing. The art was different, and so was the plot. It’s definitely gotten mixed reviews and I can see why, but I ended up rather enjoying this!

3.5 stars


  • A: Book that ends on an even page number

Chew, Vol. 3: Just Desserts

Chew vol 3 by John Layman – This series is such a joy. I really liked this one.

4 stars

  • E: Read a stand alone


Nod by Adrian Barnes – Now this one, this one was a really interesting read. Don’t pick it up if you don’t like hanging questions, as the author unfortunately passed away before he could write another book in the series, but for what it is, it’s really good. It follows a man in a world that can no longer sleep, and he being one of the handful who still can, has to watch the world crumble around him. Really, this was good. I really liked it.

4 stars

  • O: Books that’s longer than 350 pages

The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 2: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages

You by Caroline KepnesThe Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages by Akira Himekawa – This is one of the books I had to swap out. I simply just didn’t have enough time. This is the second book in the Legend of Zelda series, but note they’re all companions, not direct sequels. Each follows a different Zelda game. I ended up rather enjoying this, and I feel like part of it was due to the fact that I’ve never played the oracle games, so I wasn’t constantly comparing them. This was good though!

3.75 stars


  • A: Audiobook

Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2)

Windwitch by Susan Dennard – Originally I had left this prompt open, as I tend to pick up audios randomly. So this is the one I ended up using. Just like the first book in the series, I really enjoyed this. I’ve been itching to start Bloodwitch, which I’ll do after I read the novella.

4 stars

  • E: Book between 350-390 pages

The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 1: Ocarina of Time Parts 1 & 2

Me Before You by Jojo MoyesThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time by Akira Himekawa – This was another swap-out. This one is the first in the series I mentioned, and while it’s my favorite Zelda game, I liked this graphic novel less than the other one I read, namely because I couldn’t help but compare it to the game as I read. It was good, but my mind wouldn’t let me love it.

3 stars

  • O: Book with a flower on the cover

The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún, Volume 1 (The Girl from the Other Side, #1)

The Girl From the Other Side vol 1 by Nagabe – This first volume was a tad slow, but the ending was interesting enough that I plan to continue it. I feel like it could become a favorite series. It definitely has the potential

4 stars


  • Read your friend’s favorite book

Dorohedoro, Vol. 1

Dorohedoro vol 1 by Q. Hayashida – This is among one of my best buddy’s manga series. She lent it to me ages ago and I figured now was the best time to pick it up. I think I read it back in high school sometime too and remember really liking it. This time around though, it was alright.

3 stars

  • Book with cover in Hogwart’s house color

Chew, Vol. 4: Flambé

Chew vol 4 by John Layman – Again, this series is great. Gonna hopefully get volume 5 soon!

3.5 stars

  • Book that starts with a prologue

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – I have so many feelings about this. Parts of it I really liked, other parts I really didn’t. At some point if I get off my ass, I’ll write a review about it.

3 stars


  • Read a book the LGBT+ representation

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – I did like this book a bit more than the previous book. Liked it enough to get me invested, so I plan on picking up the third one at some point here.

3.5 stars

  • Read a sequel

Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 3

Delicious in Dungeon vol 3 by Ryoko Kui – This was super cute, as I had predicted. I have volume four all ready and waiting too!

3.5 stars

  • Read a book over 500 pages

Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki

Empire of Storms by Sarah J MaasWolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda – This is my final swap out. At 500 pages, I don’t know what I was thinking, originally choosing a novel. This graphic novel though flew – I think I read it in an hour. It was really good and really cute. I enjoyed it.

3.5 stars


  • A: Moon on cover/title

The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2.5)

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss – I ended up liking this more than I liked The Wise Man’s Fear honestly. Mostly because the lack of Kvothe. If you’re looking for action or adventure, this is not the book for you. But it’s quaint, and I liked it.

3.5 stars

  • E: Night in title/series name

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon – This almost ended up being a new favorite of mine. I still really enjoyed it, but giving it a 5 at the end (which I reserve for ‘new all-time favorites’) felt a bit wrong. But don’t let that dissuade you from reading it. I still really, really enjoyed this book. It was great! My husband had been after me to read it for a while and I’m glad I finally did.

4 stars

And that’s it – 17 books up, 17 down. I finished. And now I have the rest of the day to read whatever I want until the next readathon (Space Opera September) starts tomorrow.

If you participated in the Magical Readathon, lemme know how you did!

4 thoughts on “N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon Wrap Up! | August Wrap Up

  1. Woohoo!! I managed to get through 17 things too although I was only required to read 4 to be an aurologist. Was considering to complete another book today but I’m tired of reading for the while, so I’m taking a break from books this weekend.

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