Wyrd & Wonder Is Coming | Here’s What I’ll Read

“Last May, an intrepid band of like-minded bloggers and book lovers devoted themselves to all things fantasy. LisaJorie, and I will be heading out in search of dragons, magic and Faerie again this year. Will you join us for Wyrd and Wonder?”

So begins Imyril’s post over on There’s Always Room for One More that introduced me to this year’s Wyrd & Wonder event. I’ve been looking forward to this event since last May because I was unable to participate then. This year, I intend to be part of it in any way I can.

What is Wyrd & Wonder?

It’s a month-long celebration of all things fantasy. Participants can participate in any way they like, just make sure to sign up (there’s no deadline for signing up) and check the Master Schedule to see what others plan to do or to add your posts.

But really, if you are interested in participating in this all-things-fantasy event, make sure to check out these three posts over on Imyril’s blog to get more info about it.

Intro & Sign Up
Banners & Giveaway Announcement
Wyrd & Wonder Challenge

What are my plans?

All my posts in May will be about fantasy.

I haven’t yet worked out the details of this or even what I will post. But everything published on this blog in May will be focused on fantasy … which means I need to get some reviews I’ve been procrastinating on out of the way now. Only reviews of fantasy books will be published in May.

I will only read fantasy books in May.

This won’t be hard. Actually, it will be a treat because fantasy is my favorite genre. I will post my Wyrd & Wonder TBR later in this post. But, if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you already know that I might not follow it. For now, let’s pretend that I will actually read all the books I place on it. I just might surprise myself and do so.

I will attempt to publish at least one post everyday (except maybe Sundays).

The Wyrd & Wonder Challenge (linked above) will come in handy for this. It lists prompts for every day in May but leaves the option of how to post them up to the participant. So you can post them as a book tag, an Instagram challenge, or as posts for your blog/booktube channel. I haven’t yet decided how I want to go about it, but I might do a blog/IG combo post.

I will host a giveaway.

Yes, indeed, I will! 😀 I’m becoming more comfortable hosting such things. The giveaway will be fantasy-focused, of course. I haven’t yet worked out all the details, but the prize will be a book(s) of up to $30USD purchased through Book Depository (so it’s an international giveaway). I will post an announcement about it on May 1st. Those participating in Wyrd & Wonder will have an edge (I’ll figure out what I mean by that closer to May 1st).

Hmm… I think that’s it for me for now. I want to enjoy this event, so I’ll only do as much as I can manage. (Unfortunately, this reservation does not extend to the amount of books I’m considering to read for the event.)

Here’s my TBR:

My plan is a bit ambitious considering that my reading time has shortened a bit due to a second job and other things I do, BUT I’d like to complete at least one book per week in May for this event. I’ll also include fantasy books that I started in earlier months but haven’t completed by the beginning of May.

Ideally, I’d like to focus on fantasy books by WOC authors or the YA fantasy books that’ve been on my shelves for years, but it’s highly unlikely that I’ll stick to any constraints I place on myself, so I’ve listed below a variety of books most likely to appeal to me. The only constraint that I will really, really, REALLY try to follow is to ONLY read fantasy books I ALREADY OWN. The exception will be library books I haven’t yet started or am still reading by the beginning of May and audiobooks I borrow to occupy my mind at work (because work is a bore sometimes).

Anyway, here are the books:

I have here a variety of fantasy novels, novellas, comic books, and picture books that range from adults to kids. I’m sure the variety will keep things interesting for me.

I listed The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie and Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend first because I recently borrowed them from the library and it’s highly likely that I’ll still be reading them come May. Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven will be a reread. Ashley over at Falling Down the Book Hole recently posted a wrap up for the series that convinced me to give it a second chance.

Monstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu and Paladin of Souls by Louis McMaster Bujold are sequels I’ve been meaning to read for a long time, and The Devourers by Indra Das is a novel I DNF’d last year. I want to give it another try, but I intend to just pick up where I left off. I plan to read Marlon James’s Black Leopard, Red Wolf this year and will start on it at the end of May. Most likely I won’t complete it by the end of Wyrd & Wonder.

I’ll probably only read five of these books, but at least I have loads to choose from.

So, are you planning to join the Wyrd & Wonder event? Let me know below. 🙂


2019 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

I began the year well, reading-wise. I read 18 books and enjoyed/liked the majority of them. There were only three that I didn’t like, and only one of the three that I hated — The Stand. But read on to see my stats for this year’s first quarter.

Books | Audio Books | Comics

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Let’s Rewind: March 2019

Let’s Rewind March, which was a lot more fun than I expected, and also my birthday month! 🙂

Let’s Rewind is my version of a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other shit, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever the hell happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.

March was wonderful and not because my birthday popped up because it didn’t go as planned. Still, I enjoyed my birthday for what it was and hope to partake of some of things I had planned for it later this month.

As is often becoming the case lately, I was super busy in March with my jobs, but I enjoyed them although I was sometimes tempted to quit my second job because of how tired I was on some days and how much my free time has shortened. These days, I have to make plans weeks in advance to hang out or run a simple errand because of the amount of work hours I put in on the weekend. But there’s a reason for this, a goal, which I’m not yet ready to share on here, so I’ll persist with juggling these two gigs.

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Blog Tour | Excerpt: “Wicked Saints” by Emily Duncan

Today’s post is a little different from what you usually see about here. Today, I present my first blog tour post! 😀

Thanks to Wednesday Books, I am able to participate in the blog tour for Emily Duncan’s young adult fantasy novel, Wicked Saints, which was published yesterday, April 2. It’s about a girl who can speak to gods but must team up with two guys to stop a war.

Here are the details on the story!

Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan
Pubbed: April 2, 2019 by Wednesday Books
Genre: YA fantasy
Series: Something Dark and Holy (Book 1)

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Top Ten Tuesday #38: 2019 Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Books on My Spring 2019 TBR

For me, a TBR list often becomes a list of books I really want to read and tell myself to read but never actually read. So here are the books I probably won’t read this spring.

Umm…so I’m gonna cheat a little and list the books I’m currently reading. This way, I’m guaranteed to complete at least half the books on this TBR within the given time.

Currently Reading:

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Let’s Rewind: February 2019

So let’s rewind February so I can tell you ALL that happened. Well, nearly all and no juicy details will be included either, so it’ll be a boring post for you if you’re not interested in books and bookish things.

BTW, Let’s Rewind is my version of a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other shit, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever the hell happened to me in the month. You know, usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on and see what I say. You might stumble upon something that interests you.

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Let’s Rewind: January 2019

For the past year, I’ve been trying to think up a name/theme for my monthly review posts. I did my monthly reviews as part of the What’s on Your Nightstand meme hosted by 5 Minutes for Books on the last Tuesday of every month. But shortly after partaking of that meme, I skewed to the left of it and started doing my own thing. Instead of only listing what I’ve read for the month, what I’m currently reading, and what I plan to read next, I also included articles, music, art, TV shows, and whatever else I did in the month. I decided that I needed something suited to me and finally, I’ve created it!

I call it Let’s Rewind. It took all of 2 minutes to think up and a long-ass time to design a logo for it (I’m proud of my lil iPod-looking thing), but finally I have something. This Let’s Rewind feature will be exactly like my What’s on Your Nightstand posts (except I’ll no longer feel bad for going against the instructions, haha!). These posts will be published at the end of month and will be a review of what I watched, read, visited, and/or listened to as well as anything else I’d like to mention. So, let’s jump right in!

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