August 2018 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

Another month is over – in fact, summer’s last month is over. After a one-year break, I’m starting my Master’s this September, so I wanted to finish as much reading in August as I could, and the NEWTs reading challenge (link below) was a great opportunity.

I did pretty well in the first half of the month, then real life kicked in, and between working, preparing to move houses, preparing to start uni, volunteering at a music festival, personal conflicts, and impulsively deciding to have another go at playing the entire Assassin’s Creed series, reading kind of got pushed into the background. So, what are my final grades for the NEWTs?

Ancient Runes: 
Astronomy: Acceptable🌟 (Ignite the Stars)
Care of Magical Creatures: Outstanding 🌟🌟🌟 (The Benefits of Being an Octopus, Take Me Home, The Sun Dragon)
Charms: Outstanding 🌟🌟🌟 (Warrior, My Real Name is Hanna, How to Make a Wish)
Defense Against the Dark Arts: Outstanding 🌟🌟🌟 (Exit Strategy, Dealing with Dragons, Odakint sötétebb)
Herbology: Outstanding 🌟🌟🌟 (Not Her Daughter, Poe Dameron Vol. 2, Still Waters)
History of Magic: 
Muggle Studies: 
Potions: Acceptable 🌟 (Poe Dameron: Black Squadron)
Transfiguration: Exceeded Expectations 🌟🌟 (Rogue Protocol, Sadie)

I was originally aiming for five Outstanding grades, specifically in Astronomy, Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Herbology and Transfiguration, because those are four of my favourite subjects from Hogwarts Mystery + Astronomy because of the star/sci-fi prompts. In the end, I managed four Os, one E and two As.

If you’re curious what specifically I read for each challenge, check out my emoji list:

🏳️‍🌈 = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character
📚 = books that qualify for the backlist challenge we’re doing with Avery
🌍 = Around the World in 52 Books on Goodreads
👭 = Sapphic Book Club monthly (or bonus) read
🌷 = Lesbian Book Bingo by Jae
🍬 = Candybook Land by Elaine Howlin
🦎 = NEWTs reading challenge by Book Roast

As always, I’m linking up with Avalinah’s State of the ARC meme:

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCs (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous. Join it here.





And now for the books that weren’t review copies:

Favourite books this month:

  • Rogue Protocol & Exit Strategy
  • The Benefits of Being an Octopus
  • Learning Curves

Reviews on the blog:

Book tags:




I might be less active on here once uni starts, but I’ll definitely try to keep reading and updating you people on what I’m doing.

So, how did your summer go?


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