Magical Readathon: Orilum The Novice Path TBR

It’s been a wee while since I sat down to write a blog post, but here I am with a (late) TBR for the Magical Readathon: Orilium. I am so excited G is back with a new readathon, I love the thought and effort that go into her readathons, and I’m so excited to be on board from the start of her new creation.

The Magical Readathon: Orilium started at the beginning of this month, but things have been difficult here at Somewhere HQ since my aunty passed away last month and I have only just heard about this readathon, so I’m joining The Novice Path a little late and will be hurrying along it to complete it with everyone else by the end of September. The readathon starts in earnest next April, but to get us ready for our studies at the Orilium Academy and to introduce us to this new world, G has enrolled us on The Novice Path – a journey to the academy. For this readathon, you only have to read 2 books from the prompts, but we all know I am a huge over achiever, so I will be aiming to complete them all. There is also a character creation challenge which you need to complete the reading for by April 2022, but again, I’ll be trying to complete that in September too. Do check out G’s video (linked above) if you’re interested in the readathon!

The Novice Path Entrance: read a book with a map. For this prompt I’ll be aiming to finish reading Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty, which I started earlier this month. Granted, I didn’t know I would be doing this readathon when I started reading it, but it fits the prompt nicely and, as I started it this month, I’m saying it still counts.

Ashtorn Tree: a book that keeps tempting you (or top of your TBR). I will be reading The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan for this prompt. This is a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time and which I’ve heard so many good things about.

The Mist of Solitude: read a standalone. For this, I will be reading another book I started before I knew about the readathon (but still in September) which is Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly. So far I am really enjoying this one.

Ruin of the Skye: read a book featuring ghosts/haunted house, or other supernatural elements. Okay, call me a cheat if you wish, but for this prompt I’m adding a book I read this month and completed a couple of days ago (again, before I knew the readathon was happening). Kite Spirit by Sita Bramachari, which was brilliant.

Obsidian Falls: read a thriller or a mystery book. I am going to read a Netgalley early copy of Rachel Lynch’s Lying Ways. I adore this series and can’t wait to find out what’s next in store for Kelly and her family.

Tower of Rumination: read a five star prediction. I have had How to be Luminous by Harriet Reuter Hapgood on my shelf for longer than I care to admit to. I picked it up because it sounded amazing, and I still have high hopes for it, so I am choosing it for my five star prediction read.

Orilium Academy Arc: book with a school setting. For this prompt, I will be reading another book that’s been on my TBR for far too long: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu.

Next on the agenda is character creation which doesn’t need to be done until April 2022. As I said, I’m a huge over achiever, so I spent an hour creating this gal. I am not good at making up people and stories, but here is Maryn Rosella Nria (full disclosure, I used name mashers to combine names I liked until I had three I thought were alright. Also, “Maryn” is a real name meaning “of the sea” and the sea is my favourite place to be).

Maryn is a Wilding (she’s definitely more of a feral mountain dweller than an urban lass). The reading prompt for Wildings is to read a book largely set in a forest/outside. For this, I’ll be finishing my current read A Storm of Ice and Stars by Lisa Luedecke.

She comes from Darkmeadow, which is a harsh and hostile landscape, where the cities are underground inside mountains (I would absolutely die in this environment, but Maryn loves it). It is also home to Skaimorn Wisps who can full explore the landscape but don’t share what they find with others, and it’s also home to dragons (the dragons are absolutely why I chose this to be Maryn’s home). The prompt for Darkmeadow is to read a dark academia. I will be getting my hands on T.I.G.E.R.S by M.A.Bennett, the latest book in my favourite dark academia series.

Maryn is Iltirian, one of a secretive race predominantly living in the Great Underworld Library of Darkmeadow. Iltirians are quick witted and dedicated to learning. They are known for their pale skin, red eyes and fangs, as well as an ability to shapeshift (Maryn shapeshifts into crow form). To complete the Iltirian prompt, I need to read a book with a crow on the cover or title, or a red cover book. I’m going to read Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave and Tom de Freston (I’m pretty sure the birds on the front are crows – if they weren’t, they are now!)

That’s my pretty ambitious TBR for the readathon; hopefully I will have plenty of reading time this month! Are you joining in the Magical Readathon? If so, please link me to your readathon posts in the comments, I’d love to read them all.

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