Book Haul #81: The Wyrd & Wonder Edition

The last time I did a book haul was back in March, and since then, 99% of the books I bought were fantasy, which makes this the perfect book haul for Wyrd & Wonder, a monthlong celebration of all things fantasy! So let’s just call this the Wyrd & Wonder edition.



Kicking things off with this bunch, all of which I got because bloggers I follow read and loved them and inspired me to get them.

Reviews from Mogsy and Mayri, the Bookforager, made me add Mordew to my TBR and eventually buy a copy. The Summer Tree is one of the read-along books for this year’s Wyrd & Wonder. Obviously, I got it because I intended to participate in the read-along, but life/work demands are getting in the way. I’ve only ready two pages so far. 😩 I’m working my way through Abercrombie’s novels with Emily of Embuhleeliest, and Best Served Cold will be the next one we read. As for Legends & Lattes, I’ve been seeing it everywhere and unfortunately, I forgot which blog made me add it to my TBR.

Mordew by Alex Pheby
Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

I also picked up a few Tamora Pierce books to continue with my reread of them and to add them to my collection. I’m trying to find these old editions of the Protector of the Small series, which I recently started rereading, and I FINALLY got Tempests and Slaughter. Can’t wait to read about younger Numair!

Page by Tamora Pierce
Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce
Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

Chrestomanci! 😀 These volumes collect the Chrestomanci stories. I think I bought the first volume either last year or earlier this year. I recently read the first story, Charmed Life, and loved it so much that I had to get the second and third volumes too. Although I can’t remember if I read these stories as a kid, reading Charmed Life gave me such strong nostalgia for my childhood that I’d bet I read them back then.

The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume II by Diana Wynne Jones
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume III by Diana Wynne Jones

This batch is a mixture of picture book (Attack of the Underwear Dragon), graphic novel (Malika: Warrior Queen), and nonfiction book — the odd man of the bunch because it’s not fantasy related. I’m getting into houseplants these days, so it makes sense to get a book about how to keep them alive. I think I’ll suck as a gardener, but surprisingly, I’m doing well so far. Haven’t killed them yet, although I did overwater one. 😭

Attack of the Underwear Dragon by Scott Rothman, illus. by Pete Oswald
Malika: Warrior Queen, Vol. 1 by Roye Okupe, illus. by Chima Kalu
How Not to Kill Your Houseplant:Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged by Veronica Peerless, illus. by Debbie Maizels

Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of it!


10 thoughts on “Book Haul #81: The Wyrd & Wonder Edition

  1. There are those authors who I continue to hear such great things about that I collect their books long before I ever actually sit down to read one, a bad habit as every so often I find I dislike them and then I’ve wasted all that money collecting them. But I continue doing it just the same, and Guy Gavriel Kay is one of those I’ve been collecting. I have really high hopes and want to take the time to read something by him soon. Have you read anything else by him or is this your first attempt?

    I’ve never heard of Legends & Lattes but I’m really curious about that one. It looks as if it might be the sort of book I sometimes crave, a high fantasy with a bit of comedy where some ridiculousness is ok, something easy to read that just flows, a feel good sort of fantasy.

    I really enjoyed Diana Wynn Jones’ book that inspired the Miyazaki anime movie, and the name currently escapes me… but that leaves me very open to trying more of her work.

    And of course, Attack of the Underwear Dragon! Too funny! I hope you love all of these you read. 🙂

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    1. It’s the same here — collecting books by raved-about authors I haven’t yet read. I’ve slowed down a bit and have started to stop myself at getting just one book by such authors. I also own Kay’s Tigana, I think, but haven’t yet read it. I did attempt his A Brightness Long Ago, but I picked it up at the wrong time and didn’t complete it. I think I may have been going through a bout of reading slump at the time.

      I keep hearing Legends & Lattes is a feel-good story. So certainly for when you want something light.

      Howl’s Moving Castle! I kept thinking the influence was the other way around: the film influenced the story. Lol! I haven’t read the book or seen the Miyazaki film, so I don’t know much about either.

      Lol! Thanks! 😀

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  2. Tempests and Slaughter was amazing! It’s so interesting and sad to see the changes in Numair and Ozorne’s relationship and what led Numair to flee to Tortall.


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