First of all: I apologize for my complete lack of updates during the course of this month. I’ve had a crazy busy month with work again and haven’t been able to get a lot of productivity done outside that. I’m in desperate need of a vacation, and luckily I have a few days coming up in September. Hopefully then, I will be able to catch up the backlog here as well.
That being said: for the next week I’m still in the middle of all of the hectic of my internship, so todays post will be short. I want to mention the books I read in the month of August, which will simultaneously be my wrap-up for the N.E.W.T.s readathon. I will for now only briefly mention the books, and the rating I ended up giving them. A more in depth monthly wrap up, hopefully with linked reviews, will follow later this month.
When it comes to the N.E.W.T.s, I’m not quite sure whether I passed or failed them to be honest. I set a TBR for Magical Healer, which includes 10 books, knowing full-well that this was overambitious, and I would probably fail. I technically did read exactly 10 books in the month of August, and all of them could fit one of the prompts. So in that sense: I did complete the Readathon. I didn’t however stick to my TBR, and had to switch some books around in order to make it work. For the Magical Healer career, you are required to get an E in 5 subjects: Charms, Defense against the Dark Arts, Herbology, Potions and Transfiguration. The following books are the ones I used for the corresponding prompts:
Charms: A: a book that has a stunning cover On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Rating: 5/5 stars
E: a book that has less than 150 pages Binti by Nnedi Okorafor Rating: 2/5 stars
Defense against the Dark Arts: A: a book that is black under the dustjacket Welkom in het Rijk der Zieken by Hanna Bervoets (dutch)
Rating: 4/5 stars
E: the first book that comes to mind The Need by Helen Philips Rating: 2/5 stars
Herbology: A: listen to an audiobook A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
Rating: 2/5 stars
E: a book that has between 350-390 pages Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Potions: A: a friends favorite book The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin Rating: 3/5 stars
E: a book with your house color on the cover. (In my case blue, since I’m a Ravenclaw) 10 minutes, 38 seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak
Rating: 5/5 stars
Transfigurations: A: a book that features LGBTQ+ representation Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno Rating: 4/5 stars
E: a book that isn’t the first in a series. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater Rating: 3/5 stars
Overall, this wasn't my best readingmonth so far. Not only did I really have to push myself to finish some of these, I actually only ended up loving three out of the 10 books I read. the rest of them, I felt pretty much indifferent towards. Again, a full wrap up with more details will hopefully follow later this month. Until then, happy reading and let me know: did you participate in the N.E.W.T.s? If so, what careerpath did you choose?