Spooktastic Reads: Monsters and Beasts

The prompt today for Spooktastic Reads, a Wyrd and Wonder mini event, is “monsters and beasts.” I’m always amazed at authors’ imaginations and the fauna they create. In celebration of this creativity, here’s a list of books that have some interesting and sometimes bone-chilling monsters and beasts.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Given this series brought me back to the world of reading, I have to include it here. There is a slew of unique monsters in these books. I promise no spoilers, but the Suriel, the Bone Carver, Bryaxis, and the Weaver are some of my favorites. If you know, you know.

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Spooktastic Reads: Dark Fantasy Books

The prompt today for Spooktastic Reads, a Wyrd and Wonder mini event, is “dark fantasy.” Definitions of dark fantasy already exist on the internet, including in a great post by Fantasy Book Fanatic. There they define dark fantasy as “a fantasy sub-genre that is typified by a deliberately ominous tone, reinforcing what is commonly perceived as a ‘gloomy’ atmosphere.” To avoid duplicating efforts defining this subgenre, today I’m sharing some of my favorite dark fantasy books.

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Spooktastic Reads: Creepiest Cover

Today’s prompt for Spooktastic Reads, a Wyrd and Wonder mini event, is “creepiest cover.” I suppose there are numerous ways to spin this, such as the spookiest cover I’ve ever seen, read, or have on my bookshelf. I opt for the last option: the spookiest book cover I have on my physical book shelves.

The creepiest book cover on my shelf be a little out of left field (or maybe not).

Did that get a small laugh out of anyone? Or a whimper? I haven’t yet read it but as soon as I do it will go into the donation pile.

The runner up (or first place on my shelves of fiction) is EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE by Jay Kristoff. This says “power” to me more than “creepy,” but so it is as I don’t feel I have many books with creepy covers.

What’s the spookiest book cover on your shelf?

Monthly Book Blog Wrap-Up: May 2022

May has been a whirlwind of activity for me. I joined Wyrd and Wonder for the first time, which is a celebration of all things fantasy. There were daily prompts that I aspired to participate in, which resulted in quite a lot of blog posts this month. I posted way more than I usually do and, to be honest, even though it was fun I am looking forward to slowing my roll.

Nearly everything I posted in May was for Wyrd and Wonder. This wrap-up is essentially also a Wyrd and Wonder recap. So, if you missed anything amidst my posting blitz this month, here’s a roundup of everything.

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Wyrd and Wonderful Book Discoveries

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Wyrd and Wonder is a celebration of all things fantasy. The format of figurative consumption doesn’t matter. You can read, watch, game, puzzle, etc. anything fantasy! To learn more visit my introduction post, which includes links to the hosts and more information about this month-long appreciation of the fantasy genre.

Today’s prompt is “Wyrd and Wonderful,” for which we share a book that we were introduced to during (this or a previous) Wyrd and Wonder. I can’t just pick one book, so I’ve included a few below. Since this is my first Wyrd and Wonder, these books were all mentioned by this year’s participants. I linked to Bookshop.org (not affiliated) where possible; otherwise the book link navigates to Amazon (not affiliated).

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