Wyrd & Wonder is all done and won’t be back until next year. But there are other events to possibly look forward to in the fall, like Spooktastic Reads and SciFiMonth. But in the meantime, here’s my wrap up.
Wyrd & Wonder is a monthlong celebration of all things fantasy where participants can participate in any way they like, whether reading books, watching shows, playing games, anything. Thanks to the hosts — Imyril, Lisa, Jorie, Ariana, and Annemieke — who kept us abreast of everyone’s posts, we had a fun, interactive event. Shout out them!
Here are what my plans were and how I did.
Read ONLY fantasy books in May.
This was easy and is the only goal I managed to accomplish, but I only managed to complete one book and that’s Charmed Life, the first book in this anthology of Diana Wynne Jones’s Chrestomanci middle grade books. Other than that, I started many books and have a buddy-read on going.
I completed the readathon! 😀 I’m so proud of myself — and my characters too — for surviving Orilium’s Spring Equinox semester. Confused about what I’m talking about? Well, the gist of it is —
This is part of the Magical Readathon hosted by booktuber, G, where we get to create characters, have them choose a calling (i.e., a career), and attend a magic university called Orilium Academy. For more details about the readathon, character creation, and all that, see my previous post.
We only needed to create one character for the readathon, but I created two because I got carried away. That means I had a lot to read. Luckily, I own a lot of unread comics and picture books and short stories, so they came in handy and I managed to complete the readathon in time.
We also had the option to take part in quests and guild wars. But I had too much going on, so I did neither. However, although we only had to read books for the required courses, I also took on some additional ones as electives my characters took because I obviously got too excited about all this. Well then, let’s see how my characters did.
It’s a laid-back monthlong celebration of all things fantasy.The event takes place during May (May 1-31), and you can participate in any way you like: whether that’s reading a bunch of fantasy books, playing a bunch of fantasy games, watching a bunch of fantasy movies, dressing up as a bunch of fantasy characters for every day in May, or whatever else you come up with. You decide how you’d like to display your love of fantasy.
This year’s celebration marks the fifth anniversaryof W&W, so we have five hosts. In addition to the original Wyrd & Wonder crew — Imyril, Lisa, and Jorie — there’s also Ariana and Annemieke.
And, since a fifth anniversary is traditionally honored with a gift of wood, the theme of this year’s W&W is forest fantasy. You can stick to the theme if you like, but it’s not necessary.
Anyway, if you’d like to learn more about the event, see the links below.
There are two semesters at Orilium Academy called equinoxes.
Spring equinox = month-long readathon in April
Autumn equinox = month-long readathon in August
The readathon structure is similar to when the Magical Readathon was based on the Harry Potter world and we’d do OWLs and NEWTs, so:
Spring equinox — April — one prompt per course
Autumn equinox — August — three prompts per course; the number of prompts completed determines the grade you get for the subject
The courses (prompts) you take are based on the Calling (career/vocation) you choose for your character. There are many Callings but four are exclusive to each guild:
Archmage — for House of the Arcane members
Master of Elements — for Order of the Crescent members
Godseer — for Archivist members
Dream Walker — for Mind Walker members
Optional: Guild Tiers — a way to acquire social status within your guild via points your character can gain by completing semesters, mini readathons, and other tasks like random quests that’ll pop up on the adventure board (on Twitter, for now).
Each level on the tier comes with perks for the readathon.
Everyone starts at the lowest tier — Initiate.
Those who completed the Novice Path last year earned 50 points!
(Completing the Novice Path and character creation prompts and all that aren’t required, but you can do it if you want.)
Optional: Guild Wars — competition between the guilds
Hey! 😀 I managed to complete the mini readathon within the time frame I gave myself! I’m so happy!
This mini readathon was just to get us excited and prepared for the longer one taking place next month (April), where we actually begin classes at Orilium Academy. If you’re confused about what I’m taking about, check out G’s video(or my previous post on this). She’s the creator of this readathon that allows us to created characters and get as creative with them as we want.
This mini readathon took place March 14–20 but because of my busy schedule these days, I extended it for myself to March 15–28 and mostly read picture books and comics. It was wonderful, and that’s the thing with this readathon: We can make it as intense or chill as we want it to be. It’s totally up to you.
During the mini readathon, we read to determine what conduit (an object that helps the character direct their magic) and legacy (a skill, ability, or pact unique to each guild) our character will achieve before beginning studies at Orilium. I also used the time to complete my characters’ backgrounds. Here’s what I’ve got:
If you’re not familiar with this readathon, here’s a quick rundown —
It was created by G, a booktuber who runs Book Roast. It was initially inspired by the Harry Potter books, but she switched it up by creating her own world as the basis for the readathon.
The first part of the revamped version took place in fall 2021, where participants journeyed to Orilium Academy, the magic school in G’s fantastical world. The reading prompts were based on the things we encountered on the journey to Orilium Academy. Once completed, we took a quick quiz to determine what guild we’ll join at the academy.
Now G is hosting a Mini Magical Readathon to help us get ready to begin our studies at Orilium Academy in April. It’s a short readathon, taking place March 14-20, with even shorter requirements (just two, actually). All you have to do for this readathon is choose a conduit and a guild legacy for your character.
There’s a reading prompt for each of the various conduits and guild legacies, but I’ll only list below the ones I’ve chosen for my characters. I got overexcited last year and created two characters for the readathon — the party lover, ZeZee (because I couldn’t be bothered to think of another name), and her introverted pal, Silverin.
Typically, I’d post this as soon as the new year starts, but I haven’t been in the mood to read or blog, so I delayed it until I was.
Considering how low my interest in reading and blogging was in December and the beginning of this year, I’d like to take things super easy this year regarding my reading. Most of my goals will be the same as previous years, but I intend to scale back on the amount I intend to read. I’ll also pass on continuing with certain goals, like the list of 8 books I really want to read but never get to every year. (Maybe I’ll get to them this year when I don’t have them listed as a goal.)
OVERALL READING GOALS
spend less read more of my own books take it easy
I’d like to try harder to spend less on books, so fingers crossed that I manage to do so this year (although I’ve already bought a couple books since the year started. Whoops!). Of course, I’d also like to read more of my own stuff in an attempt to weed out books I hate from my shelves. And, as I mentioned above, I’d like to take it easy this year with the goals.
Spooktastic Reads is a mini-event hosted by the Wyrd & Wonder crew — Imyril, Lisa, and Jorie — over the 13 days leading up to Halloween, so October 19 – 31. (For more info, check out Imyril’s post.)
Spooktastic Reads is a laid-back event, so there’s no need to make a TBR or to even read books for it. You participate in whatever way you like, which I’m grateful for because this is always a busy time of year for me.
I tend to always make a TBR and never read anything from it, so this time I shall instead list books I’ve already started and need to read. There’s nothing scary on it (well, one of them may be, but I doubt it). These books just give me fall vibes.
My journey along the Novice Path was a success! 😀 But it wasn’t without obstacles. Let’s see how I did on the journey.
The Magical Readathon is a monthlong readathon created by G, a booktuber, that was once inspired by the Harry Potter books. G updated the readathon by creating her own world and lore for it. The Novice Path is the first part of the readathon. For more details, check my first post about the readathon.
G provided a map for the Novice Path that has landmarks along it where characters face decisions that determine which guild at Orilium Academy their character will enter. I’ve included my choices and guild results in the review of my progress along the Novice Path below.
(Quick warning that this is a long post because I got a bit excited about the storytelling part of it).
Looking Back on My Novice Path Journey
My journey along the Novice Path got off on a rocky start. I rushed to cobble together my TBR because I didn’t realize the readathon was soon to start and was hoping to read for it books that I was already intending to start in October, which sort of worked for me but kinda didn’t.
The readathon was initially inspired by the Harry Potter books, but the creator — G, a booktuber who runs Book Roast — has moved away from them due to comments J.K. Rowling made regarding the trans community. But now the readathon is back and better than ever because G created her own world and magic systems for the readathon.
(Click here for the video where G gives all the details about the readathon and shares the files for it. G created the readathon — the world, lore, magic systems, all that stuff. She commissioned Lisa, who did the art for Orilium Academy below.)
The readathon is now based on a planet called Aeldia that contains 4 continents — Irtheria, Darkmeadow, Kerador, and Daerune — that are populated by humans, elves, earthlings, iltrians, skaimorns, and dwarves, as well as demons and dragons and other creatures. When sorcerers reach a certain age, they are compelled to journey to Orilium Academy to further their studies, a journey called the Novice Path.
For this part of the readathon, we will all follow the Novice Path to Orilium Academy.
(For details on all this, see the Book Roast video linked above.)
The Novice Path
The readathon begins with the Novice Path, a monthlong readathon where participants must complete at least 2 prompts by midnight on September 30 to succeed. Only one book may be used for each prompt. Next year, we will move on to the next part of the readathon where we begin our studies at Orilium Academy.