N.E.W.Ts Readathon

Magical Readathon

I’m so excited for this readathon! I love these Harry Potter readathons, especially since so much thought goes into each one. The Twitter for this readathon is here and the challenges are here.

Before my O.W.Ls, I chose the alchemist as my career, partly because I was in a reading mood but also because Nicholas Flamel? Who wouldn’t want to be an alchemist? There were loads of careers I was interested in.


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Sorcery of Thorns

Sorcery of ThornsAll sorcerers are evil.

Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

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Summer Strangeathon TBR


I do like this readathon, the challenges are always things I really don’t expect. This round is from the 22nd July (today!) to the 28th July. Monday to Sunday, I think I can do that. The Twitter is here and it’s doing reading sprints through the readathon.

Strange Challenge card for July Session of the readathon. Challenges are listed in the replies.


  • Read a book where someone breaks the law
  • Read a book with a queer protagonist
  • Read a book you’ve been saving for October
  • Read a book that came out this year
  • Read a book where it rains
  • Read a book where they go camping
  • Read a book with shine
  • Accidentally read a book that doesn’t fit any challenges

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Summer TBR

Selective Focus of Starfish Between Shells on Seashore

Well, this was supposed to be a Top Ten Tuesday topic but I didn’t get this out on time so it’s just going to be a separate post otherwise half the summer will be gone! In summer, I reach for contemporaries, as most people do I’m sure, but I also reach for mysteries and thrillers. Agatha Christie is a go-to for me, but I have a few books I picked up to get to.

There’s going to be ten books on this TBR because it’s a sensible number for a three month TBR for me… no, it’s not. I like the numbers five and ten and that’s the only reason.

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June Wrap Up

Wow, this was not a good month for reading or for readathons. I didn’t read as much as I would normally and I forgot about the two readathons I was looking forward to the most, not to mention being late for the readalong (though I did get to the book in the end). Real life involved a job interview and a job offer, which is great, but my attention was definitely on that.

However, there were a lot of books I loved this month.

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July TBR

So this TBR is a little late but I was actually trying to catch up on my reading and reviews at the end of June in preparation for July Camp Nanowrimo. There are a lot of things going on in July and I’m hoping to focus on all of them but reading is going to be third on my priority list, below Camp Nanowrimo and my new job.

August is the month of the N.E.W.Ts readathon where I have a list of nineteen books to read before the end of the month. Considering my luck with TBRs, I’m hoping to save a lot of my shorter books for that readathon and so I’m putting some longer books on this month’s TBR.

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