NEWTs Slytherin Recommendations • Arithmancy, History of Magic, Potions
16th July 2019
You’ve probably heard of the Magical Readathon, organised by G from Book Roast. If not, you can view the announcement video here! If you have seen the video, you’ll know there are 36 prompts in total. Of course, if you’ve chosen your career, there is no need to do all the prompts, but if you’re an ambitious Slytherin like me, you’ll want to anyway.
But then there is a problem – what book to choose? Don’t worry, I am here today to recommend books for three of the classes! G has chosen one blogger and two booktubers for each Hogwarts house to recommend books to you. For Slytherin, the subjects are Arithmancy, History of Magic and Potions! So, without further ado, let’s go into the recommendations!
Now this post is a bit of a long one (why are synopsises (synopsi?) so long?) so if you are looking for a specific recommendation, you can search for the prompts (just press CTRL+F and type in the prompt you want to look up. If you copy the way G put them on her prompt file you’ll be good!)
A: Book that ends on an even page number
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Science Fiction, 470 pages – “Who am I to deny gravity, Aurora? When you shine brighter than any constellation in the sky?”
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch. And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Historical Fiction, 584 pages – “I am haunted by humans.”
By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed forever when she picks up a single object, abandoned in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, and this is her first act of book thievery. So begins Liesel’s love affair with books and words, and soon she is stealing from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library . . . wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times, and when Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, nothing will ever be the same again.
E: Read a standalone
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – Fantasy, 206 pages – “There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.
Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill – Fantasy, 96 pages – “Some things are meant to come back to you.”
When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a storm, the last thing she expects is to discover a colony of Aquicorns—magical seahorse-like residents of the coral reef. As she explores the damaged town and the fabled undersea palace, Lana learns that while she cannot always count on adults to be the guardians she needs, she herself is capable of finding the strength to protect both the ocean, and her own happiness.
O: Book that’s longer than 350 pages
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – Mystery, 388 pages – “Any one of us could be made to look a monster, with selective readings of our history.”
Elise is dead. And someone must pay. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, best friend Elise and a group of close friends set off on a debaucherous Spring Break trip to Aruba. But paradise soon turns into a living nightmare when Elise is brutally murdered.
Slated by Teri Terry – Science Fiction, 439 pages – “Use the fear; feed the anger.”
Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. She’s been Slated. The government claims she was a terrorist and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?
History of Magic
A: Read a fantasy
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – Fantasy (Mythology), 408 pages – “If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – Fantasy (Superheroes), 364 pages – “Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.”
Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
E: Read a book that includes a map
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – Fantasy, 358 pages – “But if knowledge was power, then the unknown was the greatest weakness of immortal things.”
Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It’s not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al’Hiza must call it ‘home’. Amani wants to escape and see the world she’s heard about in campfire stories. Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run. But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan’s army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion…
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – Fantasy, 409 pages – “But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”
On the eve of her execution for murder, Yelena Zaltana is offered an incredible reprieve – on the condition that she becomes the food taster for the military leader of Ixia, Commander Ambrose. Avoiding poison is the least of her troubles, however… General Brazell, father of the man she killed, has vowed bloody revenge; she’s beginning to have feelings for her captor, Valek; and someone is plotting the downfall of the current regime. In a desperate race against time, Yelena must learn to control the growing magical talent withinn her and master the demons of her past. The Commander’s life, the future of Ixia and all those she loves depend on it…
O: Tom Riddle’s Diary: fond memory – reread a favourite (or read a classic)
Now, of course, this one is up to you, so I just picked one classic (one that I also would reread) and one of my favourite books I would definitely want to reread!
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – Fantasy, 368 pages – “So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”
Whisked from his comfortable hobbithole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud – Fantasy (Paranormal), 464 pages – “I wasn’t pretty, but as my mother once said, prettiness wasn’t my profession.”
For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.
A: Polyjuice Potion: Read your friend’s favourite book
Now I have a confession. I have not read these books. I actually asked my friends to tell me their favourite books and picked two I am personally interested in reading. So these are direct recommendations from my friends!
A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – Science Fiction, 518 pages – “We cannot blame ourselves for the wars our parents start. Sometimes the very best thing we can do is walk away.”
Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – Fantasy, 536 pages – “It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.”
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
E: House Ingredient: Book with a cover in your Hogwarts House colour
The Body Electric by Beth Revis – Science Fiction, 351 pages – “If I can only see him in madness, is it worth trying to hold onto sanity?”
The future world is at peace. Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories. But not all is as it seems. Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing… Someone’s altered her memory. Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings. So who can she trust?
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Contemporary, 459 pages – “In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”
Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan.. But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
O: Book that starts with a Prologue
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson – Mystery, 416 pages – “Where her books were, she was. Get the books right and the rest will follow. Now she could address the rest of the room.”
Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place” he said, “where learning is a game.” Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym, Truly Devious. It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history. True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Fantasy, 462 pages – “The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. A convict with a thirst for revenge, A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager, A runaway with a privileged past, A spy known as the Wraith, A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums, A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Still no inspiration? Don’t worry, I’ll post my TBR very soon, though of course, I can’t recommend any of those as I haven’t read them yet! Have you figured out your NEWTs TBR yet? Share your picks in the comments so others may be inspired as well!