So this year I am going to go about it a bit differently. I am separating my normal wrap up and my wyrd and wonder wrap up. Which means that this one will be all about Wyrd and Wonder. Tomorrow I will post the rest, however much that is, with my personals of that month.
I started of my fantasy reading this month with some Alix E. Harrow. First I went into her short story Do Not Look Back, My Lion which had a different take on some gender roles. Then I jumped into her The Ten Thousand Doors of January which I read in one evening. I had good hopes at that point for my TBR reading. Unfortunately my mood took a left turn and I decided to jump all into Urban Fantasy. Not a bad thing, just not what I was planning.
The first urban fantasy I jumped into was Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews. All in all I read the first 6 books of the series: Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, Magic Slays and Magic Rises, and the short story A Questionable Client. At that point I had to stop because I was losing a bit of interest in Kate and the story line as a whole. Hopefully later on in the year I can come back to it and finish the series with the next 4 books.
Then I realized I still have the seventh Fever book, Burned, by Karen Marie Moning still waiting to be read. It was a quick read but unfortunately not that enjoyable. I hope the next few pick up again.
Then I jumped into my next series. Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs has been raved about to me for years and now I finally stuck my head in with the first three books: Moon Called, Blood Bound and Iron Kissed. And I can totally see what you all mean. I can’t wait to read more in this series, but I am currently out of owned books. I cry.
Next up I read Rosemary and Rue, the first October Daye book. I have some mixed feelings about it. I didn’t love it as much as I’d hoped. I read book 2 and liked it better. I think it might be because the setting was more restricting and we don’t need to set up as much as the world as in book 1. Book 3 was also a very interesting book and I can’t wait to see what will happen within the rest of the series.
Wyrd and Wonder I always plan ahead for but this year I struggled a little more. Still I ended up posting 21 times for it. I started May off with a review of one of my favorite series so lets just share the reviews I did during Wyrd and Wonder first.
Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett is the sequel to Foundryside, one of my favorite books from 2018. Shorefall was another great read! I specifically saved my review of Discworld’s Imaginarium, that I read in January, for Wyrd and Wonder.
Iron Cast by Destiny Soria was an interesting book about magic, oppression, friendship and music. And I am now sure I really want to follow this authors career. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow was yet another review I posted.
Drowned Country is an arc I had the pleasure of reading and the sequel to Silver in the Wood. I am very much in love with these characters and need so much more. And lastly I shared why I am so drawn to Mercy Thompson based on the first 3 books of the series.
The readalong book during Wyrd and Wonder was The Goblin Emperor this time around. While I started in late I still managed to jump on board posting answers to the questions our host Lisa asked us. I posted my answers to Chapters 1 to 17 | Chapters 18 to 26 |Chapter 27 to the End.
With Top Ten Tuesday being every Tuesday most of us always manage to give the prompt a fantasy twist. We’re good like that. I first talked about Six Fantasy Tropes I Enjoyed. In response to a discussion I did I shared 7 Magical Realism Books. Then I shared The Reasons I Love Doing Wyrd and Wonder. And lastly I shared Five 5 star books in 5 words, in a mg/young adult edtion.
I made a call out to all SFF blogs to be added to a SFF Masterlist I am making. Unfortunately I haven’t had much time or enough focus to publish the list with the ones that have signed up so far. I hope to get this done in the first half of June.
Wyrd and Wonder is also a great time to discuss and make some great lists for fantasy. I discussed that what many call Magical Realims, isn’t. I also added in the last minute addition of Urban Fantasy vs Epic Fantasy as that came out of the search terms of my blog. I also talked about the norm of gender constructs in fantasy. And lastly I talked about how my mood reading took me to urban fantasy and shared a few series I have read over the years.
There was one author appearance. Christian Cura shared and excerpt of his new book.
⌘ Imyril welcomes everyone to Wyrd and Wonder with at the start 60 participants! Which has grown since…
⌘ Katrina from Read. Ruminate. Write. shares some Fantasy Gateway Books.
⌘ Jess from Jessticulates talks about the lack of centaurs in fantasy. She also talks about if we should use fantasy to retell history and shares her love of The Goblin Emperor.
⌘ Sia from Every Book a Doorway shares a very personal story with us as she talks about why fantasy saved her. She also talks about unicorn books.
⌘ Brittany from Perfectly Tolerable shared some underrated fantasy books.
⌘ Lila from Hardcover Haven shares 10 YA Fantasy books to get you started with the genre.
Wyrd and Wonder Participants
|Imyril||There Is Always Room for One More||https://onemore.org/|
|Lisa||Dear Geek Place||https://deargeekplace.com/|
|Jorie||Jorie Loves a Story||https://jorielovesastory.com/|
See you all next year~