NEWTs & Beat the Bingo – Week 1 Update!

So we are 1 week through NEWTs Magical ReadAThon & Beat the Bingo ReadAThon, so I thought I would do an update! So far I have completed 5 NEWTs Challenges & 4 Beat the Bingo Challenges!

Firstly here is some stats! I’m using Caz’s ReadAThon Tracker which I love and it keeps you up to date with your current reading stats! You may notice it says I have completed 7 challenges, that’s not actually correct. As I have combined BtB & NEWTs on one spreadsheet and the spreadsheet doesn’t calculate 1 book counting for multiple challenges this is only showing up with 7 completed, but I’ve actually completed 9 challenges between the 2 ReadAThons.

Book Read & Challenges completed

Firstly, we have Murder in the Mews by Agatha Chrsite. This one I started in July but finished it in August during NEWTs & BtB, so it doesn’t count for any of the challenges! I love 99% of Agatha Christie books and this one did not disappoint!

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon was my first physical read for the ReadAThons! This is book 3 of The Bone Season series and It was so freaking good! 5 stars hands down and I can’t wait for the next book in this series to release.
The Song Rising fulfilled the Herbology Exceeds Expectation Challenge of Read a book between 350 – 390 pages as well as the Read a Dystopian Book for Beat the Bingo ReadAThon!

Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie was my first audiobook for the ReadAThons & obviously this is another Agatha Christie book and also lived up the expectation. I like how this one was told in a different way to most of the Christie books I’ve read!
This one fulfilled the NEWTs Potions Exceeds Expectations Challenge of Read a book with a cover in your Hogwarts House Colour & also the Beat The Bingo Challenge Read a Mystery Book

Binti was the next Audiobook I read for the ReadAThon. This one was super short and I easily listened to it in one day! I have kinda mixed feelings about this one. I enjoyed the overall story but I also feel like it was lacking in most aspects due to it’s length and lack of explanation.
Binti fulfilled the NEWTs Muggle Studies Outstanding Challenge of Book written by a person of colour & the Read an Own Voices Book for Beat the Bingo!

Dare You To Lie was the next Audiobook I listened to and I loved it! This book gripped me from the very start & I listened to it in 2 straight sessions! I just couldn’t stop!
Dare You to Lie fulfilled the NEWTs Muggle Studies Acceptable Challenge of Cover that includes and actual photo element!

This one I technically finished on Day 8, but I’m putting it in here anyway as I read it before writing this post! The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan is the second Riordan book I’ve read and it left me underwhelmed! I just don’t think Riordan books are for me at this point!
The Sword of Summer fulfilled the Ancient Runes Exceeds Expectations challenge to Read a book written in past tense & also the Beat the Bing challenge to Read a Middle Grade book.
This book is labelled as Young Adult on Goodreads and the MC is 16, however it reads more childish to me and feels a lot more like a Middle Grade than YA.

Currently Reading!

I am currently listening to Solitaire by Alice Oseman, however I haven’t read a tonne of this one yet so I don’t really have an opinion as yet!
This one will fulfil the NEWTs Defence Against the Dark Arts Acceptable Challenge to Read a book with Black under the dust jacket.

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3 thoughts on “NEWTs & Beat the Bingo – Week 1 Update!

  1. Ooh looks like a great start of your readathons!
    I have finished 4 challenges for my NEWTs so far 🙂


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