August Wrap-Up & September Reading Plans | Magical Readathon 2021

The internship is over, I repeat the internship is oveeeeer!! I’m now on vacation until mid-September when I’ll be starting my first-ever real adult job. Not that this internship wasn’t a real job but still, it was related to school. Now, it feels different, almost like I’m on my own!

I’m excited for the new start but also a bit weary. While I learned a lot of things during my last internship, it was also really hard. The management was… an experience to say the least, I was far from my family and friends and I quickly realized that I didn’t see myself working in this company after my graduation. I hope I will have a better experience with the new job, at least now I’m closer to my family. I will still be working in quality management in the food industry but I’ll be working on product development and product performance review. I’ll have between 25 to 30 business trips a year to audit production sites. It’s probably going to be challenging but I’m eager to start learning new things!

Still, I hope I will be able to make a bit more time for the blog in the coming months. I don’t know if I’ll post a lot in September and in the first half of October but I’ll try my best. 2021 has been pretty rough so far but I appreciate every single one of you for sticking by. You’re all the best honestly!

Well, it was a pretty rambly update so I hope you have a snack and a hot drink because I have a feeling this post is going to be a long one!

Books Read

August was an amazing reading month: I enjoyed everything I read! πŸ˜€ My favorite book of the month was The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez, a mind-blowingly good debut that broke my heart over and over.

Apex #121 and Clarkesworld #170 were very solid issues, I read a bunch of amazing stories that I would highly recommend. I’m very behind on my short stories reviews but I WILL post a Short Fiction Sunday in September because I have a lot of amazing stories to share!

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages was a stunning sapphic love story set in a magical San Francisco. I randomly picked this novella up when it was the only thing downloaded on my Kindle app on my phone and oh my, one of the best decisions I made this month!

I had (and still have because we’re not finished) the best time discussing A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar with Mayri from Bookforager. We buddy-read the book and we both have a lot of things to say about this book (our Google doc is 6 pages-long and we’re not done yet!). Reading books is awesome but buddy-reading makes it a million-times better!

The only meh read of the month was Threading the Labyrinth by Tiffani Angus, the book had a lot of potential but the characters felt very flat to me and since it didn’t have much of a plot… well, it wasn’t great.

TV Shows

I have been seeing friends every week-end in August so, I didn’t watch many things except RuPaul Drag Race Down Under and RuPaul Drag Race All Stars Season 6. Since I already raved about RPDR a few months back, I don’t have a lot of things to gush about. I still think it’s the best reality show ever! πŸ˜‡

I also watched the second season of Black Mirror (except for the White Christmas special). I enjoyed the second season as much as the first but it’s definitely not a series to binge because it’s very dark and bleak. My favorite episode of the season was White Bear. I didn’t see the twist coming at all and it completely floored me!

Again, no k-drama for me! I don’t know which one to start yet. I’ve watched an episode of Penthouse but it was too cheesy and ridiculous for me so, I don’t think I will watch the rest. I’m in the mood for a darker and political drama so I might try Stranger, The Lies Within or Chief of Staff next!

September Reading Plans

I recently heard about a very cool readathon hosted by Book Roast in September. They used to host readathons inspired by Harry Potter but after the many JKR debacles, they have decided to create new readathons not associated with JKR.

So, in 2021 the Magical Readathon has been revived and in September I will be participating in the Orilium – The Novice Path Edition readathon. If you want to know a bit more about this event, I highly recommend Book Roast’s video introducing it because it’s super informative and it’s always a very imaginative video. They have created a whole mythology for the readathon complete with very cool art.

There are seven challenges for this particular edition of the Magical Readathon and they are as follows:

  1. Novice Path entrance: “Read a book with a map”
  2. The Ashthorn Tree: “A book that keeps tempting you”
  3. The Mist of Solitude: “Read a standalone book”
  4. Ruin of the Skye: “Read a book that features ghosts, haunted houses or any type of supernatural things”
  5. Obsidian Fall: “Read a thriller or a mystery book”
  6. The Tower of Rumination: “Read a 5-star prediction”
  7. Orilium Arc: “Read a book with a school setting”

Here are the books that I’m considering for the different challenges:

Finding a fantasy book with a map isn’t too hard! The first book that came to my mind for this particular challenge is She Would Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan. She Would Became the Sun could also work for the 2nd and 6th challenge but a book can’t be used for more than one prompt.

A book that has been tempting me for a while is The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. I read the First Law trilogy 6 years ago and I’m due for a re-read!

For the 3rd prompt, I’m thinking about reading an ARC that I have received recently of the science fiction novella The Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler. It sounds great and it’s short, perfect for a readathon!

As for a book about ghosts and supernatural things, I’m pretty safe with A Master of Djinn by P. DjΓ©li Clark! I can’t wait to read a full novel set in his alternate steampunk Cairo.

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides is going to be my thriller pick, I enjoyed The Silent Patient a few months ago and I’m excited about his new novel.

My five-star prediction is going to be The Escapement, Lavie Tidhar’s new novel. I don’t know what this book is about but since it’s written by Tidhar, I’m expecting to love it!

Last but not least, I have two options for a book with a school setting. The first book that came to my mind for this challenge is Legendborn by Tracy Deonn but then a good portion of The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang takes place in a school. Depending on my mood I will go for one of the two books!

I love making TBRs but I also love mood reading, I might switch up some of the books on this list depending on how the month is going! πŸ˜‚

How was your month of August? What’s the book you can’t wait to read in September? πŸ˜€

8 thoughts on “August Wrap-Up & September Reading Plans | Magical Readathon 2021

  1. Congrats on your job! It sounds fascinating, and I hope you enjoy it. Your TBR looks really good. I keep hearing great things about Master of Djinn and Legendborn, so I can’t wait to hear what you think😁

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  2. Congratulations on ending your internship and my very best for your new job! It sounds challenging, yes, but at the same time very interesting and fulfilling, so… way to go!!! πŸ™‚
    And I’m very curious to hear your thoughts about your re-read of The Firs Law: it’s one of my favorite fantasy series, and I always love to revisit it through other readers’ eyes…

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  3. All the very best for your new role! Even if it gets tough, I hope there’ll be stuff to pull you through. Including this book loot, which looks like an excellent assortment. My bet’s on Passing Strange, of which I have heard good things, and The Necessity of Stars, which has such a gorgeous cover.

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