Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2022

Hello, everyone! How is it already May? April was a pretty good month. The first week or so I was still recovering from oral surgery, but I’m grateful there were no complications. I’m feeling better now and am all healed up. I also went on a short vacation over the Easter holiday, which was nice. I haven’t left the house much since COVID started. So, it was nice to have a change of scenery even if it was only for a few days. Unsurprisingly, the other major thing that happened this month was that I read A LOT. I participated in two readathons and ended up reading even more than usual. Scroll below to see all the details!

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Readathon Updates

I haven’t been the best at getting my weekly updates finished the past couple of weeks. So, I thought I’d just take a quick minute to post an update on how my readathons are going this month. This month has been a bit of weird one so far when it comes to reading. Almost every book on my TBR has been changed because I’ve been focusing more on mood reading, which has been a nice change of pace. That being said, I’ve made some pretty good progress on getting the challenges finished. I’ve only got four books left to go, and I plan to finish one of them today (hopefully). Padwin has been doing a great job of finishing his classes at Orilium and only has two more to go to successfully complete this term of his magical education! Hopefully he’ll be able to pull it off.

Also, Happy Easter to all those who celebrate!

TBR: April 2022 (Magical Readathon & Mythothon Edition)

Hello, everyone! I’ve been really struggling the last few days to pick what I want to read next. I’ve been so excited about these two readathons for a while, and now that they are here I’m kind of in a slump, which has me bummed. I’ve finally settled on some choices, but I think many of these will likely change as the month progresses. I’m really in the mood to mood read, but I’m going to try to stick to these as closely as I can because they are mostly ARCs/tour obligations. (Edit note: The first two books I’ve started for this month since initially writing this post are not on these lists. lol. So, I’m off to a great start…)

I’m participating in two readathons this month, Magical Readathon and Mythothon. You can find my picks for each down below along with a little more info about each readathon!

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Magical Readathon Character Introduction

Today I’m excited to introduce you all to my character for the Magical Readathon. I participated in the novice path of this readathon back in September. I finished the path but didn’t get to the character creation prompts. I’ve been working on them over the last couple months, and everything is finally ready. This is great because there is a Gear Up mini-readathon this week, which will allow me to gear up my character to get ready for class to start at the academy. That’s right. I’m doing a readathon within a readathon. Two of the books I’ve chosen for Trope-ical Readathon will also be used for prompts in this readathon. Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to Padwin O’Sohkan, one of the newest recruits at Orilium!

Character Description & Background

Mood board I created for the character

Padwin is a young male Iltirian who grew up in the underground cities of Darkmeadow. He has spent most of his life roaming the halls of the Great Underworld Library, where his parents work as researchers cataloguing occult knowledge. Padwin is extremely shy and would consider books to be his closest friends. However, he has always been fascinated by people and often perches in the stacks of the library while in his crow form to watch others as they spend time together. Part of him longs to be included, but he finds others too overwhelming and unpredictable to be worth the effort most of the time. He has decided to leave home for the first time to attend Orilium in order to learn new secrets about magic that are available only to those who join one of the guilds. He is nervous about this new adventure, especially being above ground for the first time and the necessity of meeting so many new people, but he is also excited to learn new things, which is something he is passionate about. He hopes his time spent learning in the library and honing his shapeshifting will give him an advantage in his new studies.

Padwin recently survived the journey through the novice path. In doing so, he showed considerable skill and was invited to join the Mind Walkers guild. He’s pleased with his guild because he knows they can help foster his interests in psychology, while also allowing him seclusion and space when he needs it. He is particularly interested in learning how to access alternate planes of existence to escape to when needed where he can ponder the great questions of existence.

The books I read while creating Padwin’s character are listed below:

BackgroundUrban: Book set in a city or townAge of Ash by Daniel Abraham
ProvinceDarkmeadow: Read a dark academiaNinth House by Leigh Bardugo
HeritageIltirian: Book with a crow on cover or title, or a red coverObsidian by Sarah Daley

Gear Up Readathon TBR

Now that Padwin has made it to Orilium, he must get his supplies before classes start and choose the gift he would like to begin learning from his guild. He has chosen to wield a staff as his conduit for magic. He also desires access the astral plane so that he can learn how to easily retreat to a safe space when he needs to get away.

The books I plan to read this week to help Padwin gear up are listed below:

ConduitStaff: Book from a seriesThe Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart
Legacy GiftAstral Plane: Read a book set in a different world than oursForestborn by Elayne Audrey Becker

Are you participating in Magical Readathon? If so, leave a link to your character in the comments below!

Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2021

This has been a quieter month than last month. I spent most of the month either at home reading or going to the doctor for my own appointments or that of family members. It has been an amazing reading month, though, and I have loved so many of the books I read. I’ve also met some spectacular reading goals this month and crossed six months of being a book blogger. It has me excited to see what the rest of the year has in store.

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TBR: September 2021 (Magical Readathon Edition)

Hello, everyone! I can’t believe it is already September! The six month anniversary of my blog is approaching quickly. The time really flies. I’ve decided to participate in another readathon this month after having so much fun with the Trope-ical Readathon last month. The Magical Readathon is happening throughout September, and it looks amazing. The organizer created an entire world and story for this readathon, and I am excited to get to make my own character for it. It is also much more my speed with only seven prompts. So, I’m fairly certain I can complete them all.

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