Book Roast has done it again! I am just in awe of all the work that G has put into this readathon and so, so grateful to her that she’s created another one. She has truly gone above and beyond this year, and the fact that she’s planning it to be a multi-year adventure where each readathon builds on the last one is just amazing. I can’t wait to see what next year brings and to continue to dive deeply into G’s incredible world building. Like, y’all. She literally created an entire fantasy world for this readathon, bow down to her.
A word of advice: previously, I would just read through the documents included because it’s hard for me to find time to watch YouTube videos of any length, but G has excellent captioning, and I think it was very beneficial for me to watch the video in its entirety this time rather than just piece together things from the documents. Granted, it took me about six hours to watch it because I had to keep pausing it–I am not exaggerating even a little when I say I don’t have the attention span or the time for watching videos, catch me never on TikTok–but it’s 100% worth it.
I am going to try to complete all of the prompts with one caveat: they’ve all got to be fantasy. Since we’re in a magical world, I want to stay with the magical theme, and though that’ll be a little hard for at least one of the prompts below, I’m going to try to stick with it. Thus, here is my TBR for the Novice Path through Orilium!
The Novice Path Entrance:
Read a book with a map.
As G said, this one is going to be pretty easy since most fantasy books have maps, and I’m going to cheat a little and pick Into the Dying Light by Katy Rose Pool. It releases this month, and I’m reading it no matter what, plus posting a review about it, so might as well include it on my TBR for this month. Plus, I’m hella excited about it, and I’m going to try to read these books in order like I’m actually going on the journey, so it makes sense to start here.
A book that keeps tempting you.
Admittedly, I can’t totally remember what We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett is about, and I know I could easily solve this by reading the summary, but one of my favorite things to do is go fully blind into a story and just not know anything. Something about it caught my attention enough to make me want to read it originally, and it’s been side-eyeing me for several months now, so it’s high time we finally dug into it.
The Mist of Solitude:
Read a standalone.
Oh, look! It’s me, picking a bunch of books that have been on my TBR for way too long and sneaking them into this themed TBR so I can finally tackle them. Normally, I’d pick newer books, but here I am with A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth because I’d really like to finally read this Sleeping Beauty retelling, and I’ve never put it on a specific TBR, so why the heck not now! Wait. Is this a retelling, or did I make that up? I just peeked at the summary, and it doesn’t sound like it at all, so I may have made that up, but also it sounds way cooler than that, and I’m even more excited now.
Ruin of the Skye:
Read a book featuring ghosts/haunted houses/other supernatural elements.
Is The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco on my Halloween TBR? Well, it was, and now it’s on this TBR instead because y’all, it’s literally got bone in the title, plus it’s about witches (supernatural elements!), so I’ve got to pick it for this one. Plus, I’ve got eight thousand other witch books, and several spooky books, to keep me occupied next month.
Read a thriller or a mystery book.
Can I just fib a little and call Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim a thriller? I mean, she uses the word “cutthroat” in the summary, and though I have no idea if the insides are actually as volatile as that word leads me to believe, it sounds like it’s going to be a thrilling book of racing through a chaotic competition, and I know that’s not what thriller means, but hush, it’s going to be fine, we’re going to have a great time.
Tower of Rumination:
Read a five-star prediction.
There is a zero percent chance that I’m going to finish up my current five-star predictions list before I get to September, particularly because the readathon was announced halfway into August, so I’m 100% picking a book from this list. Luckily, I mostly pick fantasy books for pretty much everything, so this’ll be easy! And I think I’m going to go with Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender. I’ve been trying to find time to squeeze this in forever, and this’ll be two different things haunting me to read it now, so fingers crossed! The cover of this is just glorious, and Callender is one of my favorite authors–yes, I’ve only read Felix Ever After, but I’ve read it twice in one year, and I think that means I can call them one of my faves–and I’m so excited to see what else they have to offer outside of the contemporary world.
Orilium Academy Arc:
Read a book with a school setting.
Okay, not gonna lie, this one is hard, and I think I’m actually going to break my book buying ban in order to fulfill it. I could fudge it a little and figure out something else that kind of works, but I’ve been wanting to read A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee ever since it was announced, and this just feels like the perfect opportunity for it. It’s got a school setting, I’ve been wanting to read a Lee book forever because she’s such an awesome follow on Twitter, and it’ll nicely round out this list and get me prepared for schooling at Orilium!
Now, for my character. I am not going to attempt to create my character in September, as well, because my reading for this year has maxed out around 8-10 books per month, and that would just be too much to try. I’ve already got my Halloween TBR set for October, as well, so I’m thinking that I might start in on my character in January. Yes, I skipped December because I’m going to be doing my annual I’ve given up on TBRs and would just like to chill and read literally everything vibe that seems to happen at the end of every year. G has set the deadline for character creation in April, when we’ll be embarking on Orilium Academy in truth, so I’m feeling good about giving myself a January date to start creating. And I know that there are only three prompts for character creation, buttttt I’m already thinking I’m going to want to make it a whole thing, so.
I’m really going to try to get all seven of these books read in September, so wish me luck and keep an eye out for a wrap-up toward the end of the month!