This second round of Trope-ical Readathon snuck up on me and I almost forgot to register and make reading “plans.” Nevertheless, I made it. For those unaware of Trope-ical Readathon, you can find all of the details here. In summary, Trope-ical Readathon August 2023 includes 13 “Common Challenges” whose prompts contain common tropes (or their alternatives); 2 team-specific challenges; and 1 team book challenge (out of 2 choices). There are 6 teams and completion of a challenge earns your team points. You can sign up to participate through August 6.
In March I signed up with Team Nonfiction/Poetry. But I decided to switch back to Team Fantasy for this round. Looking at the prompts and challenges it appears as though several books I read in July would have done nicely for the readathon. Oh well!
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Todays’s Wyrd and Wonder prompt is “bite-size fantasies.” While this sounds delightfully fun, it is meant to focus on short story or novella-length fantasy stories. Since last year’s Wyrd and Wonder I have read quite a bit more fantasy books (obviously), some of which were on the shorter side. Here is a list of some bite-size fantasies that might be of interest. I loosely interpreted novellas as 200 pages in under, though I believe technically they are typically shorer than that.
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The Wyrd and Wonder prompt challenge for today is “most often recommended to you (or by you).” I don’t usually find myself asking for recommendations often, simply because I have a huge backlist at home. As this is the case, I’ll focus on fantasy books I tend to recommend to others. If you know me, I bet you know what will be first in this Wyrd and Wonder frequent recommendations list! This list is on the shorter side because I really have to like something to constantly recommend it to others. Call me a critic, if you will, but that’s just my nature!
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Fantasy as a genre encompasses many subgenres, one of which is historical fantasy. This subgenre incorporates fantasy elements into a specified historical setting. For example, someone could write a book set in 17th century Scotland that incorporates magic and mythical creatures.
In continuation of celebrating fantasy, today’s Wyrd and Wonder prompt is historical fantasy. Below is a list of historical fantasies I have read and enjoyed. Hopefully this gives you some ideas to include on your To Be Read list! The book covers link to their respective Goodreads pages.
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I’m off to a great start here with the Wyrd and Wonder prompts! Today it’s all about the fae. Or as I sometimes like to call them: my book boyfriends. I kid, I kid. But not really. I don’t know what it is about the fae that grabs my attention, heart, and soul with fantasy book choices. Maybe I can blame my high school self for adoring Legolas in the film adaptations. (Yes, I know Legolas is technically an elf.) Or, going further back in time, I loved the fairy prince, Cornelius, in the animated movie Thumbelina. Suffice it so say there’s a lot of romanticization of the fae despite their characterization as tricksters. But that makes for a great enemies-to-lovers scenario, right?
Now, let’s jump into a list of books that have fae characters. Some I liked more than others, but I shan’t be as discerning today. What I thought was average others might really like. In making this list I realized it’s about time to find a new fae-centered read.
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