Magical Readathon: Orilium TBR

Hello, reader!

You know how I don’t ever do monthly TBRs? Welp, now I’m doing one two months in a row! And they are both because of readathons, haha. September is not only my birth-month, but the month of the return of the Magical Readathon hosted by G @ Book Roast! And it’s bigger and better than ever! I couldn’t possibly hope to explain all the moving pieces of this readathon, so I’m going to link the announcement video so you can be wrapped up in the magic just like I was.

The gist is that we the readers are characters in this new world of Aeldia and we’re on our way to try and gain entrance the magical school at Orilium. This first round of the readathon focuses on our journey to arrive at Orilium Academy along the Novice Path. There are seven stops along the way, which correspond to seven reading prompts. There are a ton of resources on a shared Google drive, including a map, a brief history of the world, and sheets to keep track of your character! Just a note that all the images and resources that I’ll share in this post were made or commissioned by G @ Book Roast.

Now, though there are seven stops on this path, you only need to “master” two to complete your journey. I’m trying to go for all seven, so cross your fingers for me! There are also prompts for creating your character, but you have until April 2022 to finish those. I haven’t chosen books for those prompts because I’m trying to not overload myself, lol. So let me tell you what I’ll be reading in September!

The Novice Path Prompts:

The Novice Path Entrance: read a book with a map.

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

This book was chosen for TWR’s book club that’s not a book club (long story πŸ˜‚) and you know I jumped on a chance to re-read it! Even though I just re-read it in July… Look, I just got my Illumicrate edition, so it’s only fair I give it a read since I’ve read all my other editions, right? Right *nod* Also, I’m excited to see what my bookish friends think of it!


Ashtorn Tree: a book that keeps tempting you (or top of your TBR).

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

I feel like this book has been so close to being read so many times. I even pulled it off the shelf at one point! And, yet, it still sits unread. I’ve been eager to read this book for so long and September is finally going to be the month! I’m excited to finally get into this one. Now I just have to find it… 😬


The Mist of Solitude: read a standalone.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Trying to think of a book for this prompt was much more of a chore than I thought it would be. I’m apparently a bigger fan of reading series than I thought πŸ˜‚ But, as I was scanning my shelves, this one jumped out to me! I love The Martian and Artemis (which I think I’m in the minority on that second one) so I’m pumped to read this one. I’ve heard it has similar vibes to The Martian, which is perfect for me. I can’t wait to get to this.


Ruin of the Skye: read a book featuring ghosts/haunted house, or other supernatural elements.

The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh

I’m reading this for a TBR & Beyond blog tour and was pretty excited when I read the synopsis and it literally mentions a haunted house. I was trying to find some way to get it on this TBR! I’m also excited because it sounds perfectly creepy. I’m starting to feel the pull of spooky season and I think this will be a perfect dip. I mean, look at that cover!


Obsidian Falls: read a thriller or a mystery book.

The Dare by Lesley Kara

Though I haven’t mentioned it yet, I’m also participating in a Netgalley reading challenge in September. I’m trying to catch up on some past due reviews (shame…) and most of the books on this list are books from my Netgalley TBR. This is one of them and also one I’m hyped to read. I’ve really enjoyed the other two books I’ve read from this author. She has a way of completely capturing my attention and keeping me on the edge of my seat with her thrillers. I’m hoping this one is more of the same incredible writing.


Tower of Rumination: read a five star prediction.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

That’s right, y’all. I’m going to finally finish the first Mistborn trilogy! This was listed in my five star prediction post (which I really need to get to reading those books…) and, of all the books listed, this is the one that I’m the most sure will get top marks. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Sanderson and I don’t see why this would be any different. Besides, it’s the end of the trilogy and I can only imagine it’s gonna be epic.


Orilium Academy Arc: book with a school setting.

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

This one took me a minute. I had a couple of books that could’ve worked, but I already one and am in the middle of the other! I ended up going with this one because I have been dying to read it. I love Novik’s writing and the premise sounds so intriguing. I have heard some… not great things about the representation of POC characters, though, so I’m a little nervous going into this one. I guess we shall see!


The Character Creation Prompts:

Even though I’m not choosing books to create my character just yet, I still wanted to share the prompts in case you’re more ambitious than I!

Background

Wilding: read a book largely set in a forest/outside. 

Urban: book set in a city or town.

Province

Daerune: read a book set in a desert.

Darkmeadow: read a dark academia.

Irtheria: read a book that features fae or elven characters.

Kerador: read a book from an ongoing series

Heritage

Dwarf: read a science fiction.

Earthling: read a book with elemental magic or an element word in the book or series title (air, fire, earth or water).

Elf: moon or stars on the cover or title.

Human: read a contemporary/non-fiction book.

Iltirian: book with a crow on the cover or title, or a red cover book.

Skaimorn: read one of the oldest books you own or have on your TBR


And there we have it! The beginning of a new magical adventure! I’m loving the feel of this new readathon and the fact that G made this up all on her own is just mindblowing. If you’re participating, good luck on your venture! I’ll see you at Orilium Academy ✨✨✨

And, as always, happy reading!

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