Okay, okay, so I may have a reading challenge/readathon problem. But last time, I just missed this event by a few days and this year, I forgot when it was going to happen and somehow only discovered yesterday that it will, in fact, happen now, throughout the month of May. So you see, I just had to join. Mind you, I don’t know how successful I’ll be or how many of the daily prompts I can participate in but, damn, do I look forward to Wyrd and Wonder. Not least becaues the community seems to be wonderful and welcoming and everything that makes the world feel a little better right now. Let’s all love fantas books together.
My Tentative TBR
Now that the Hugo Award finalists have been announced, I am much more convinced that I can stick to a planned TBR. At least mostly. And because Wyrd and Wonder is all about reading and enjoying and talking about fantasy, I’ll focus on that, even if there are some sci-fi books here, waiting to be read.
- Darcie Little Badger – Elatsoe
- T. Kingfisher – A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking
- Seanan McGuire – An Artificial Night
- Seanan McGuire – Come Tumbling Down
- Joanna Ruth Meyer – Into the Heartless Wood
- S. A. Chakraborty – The Empire of Gold
- C. L. Clark – The Unbroken
- Tamora Pierce – The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
- Leigh Bardugo – Rule of Wolves
- Rebecca Roanhorse – Black Sun
I actually just threw those together randomly from whatever was near the top of my TBR but I’m quite happy with the variety we got going on.
There are YA and adult novels, Urban Fantasy and secondary world fantasy, books based on fairy tales and/or myths, quite a few BIPOC authors, two 2021 publications, a lot from 2020, and one much older one. Depending on how well I do, I might just throw in a fantasy classic. I’ve been meaning to read Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees and Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly and they would both fit well.
Then again, there are some books coming out in May that could destroy my reading plans by demanding to be read first:
- Joan He – The Ones We’re Meant to Find (cannot WAIT)
- P. Djèlí Clark – A Master of Djinn (Full length Clark novel, yay!)
- Maggie Stiefvater – Mister Impossible (Gimme more Lynch brothers any day)
- Rivers Solomon – Sorrowland (Is it sci-fi, is it fantasy? I don’t know but I need it!)
Plans for May
Other than hopefully read the books above (or at least most of them), I want to participate in some of the daily prompts. I really love the topics and ideas that are coming up. Some of them will take a bit longer to prepare, others can be answered quite easily. There are some prompts that require creativity (erm… spine poetry), and others that are easier to do (like a list of favorites). And of course, May shall be the month in which I deliver all those reviews that are still stuck in my brain.
I will also follow the Twitter #WyrdAndWonder and I look forward to reading the many posts my fellow bloggers write as well as seeing those gorgeous Instagram pictures of pretty books that everybody seems to be able to take.
Also, in order to fully enjoy Wyrd and Wonder and to get all that reading done myself, I plan to work less during May! You can hold me accountable if I fail. Seriously, guys, bring on the shame bell. 🙂