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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To Love or To Loathe…There’s the Trope

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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 Wyrd and Wonder prompt is “love it or loathe it”:

What cover art themes / tropes instantly make you pick up a book – or put you off it?

For this prompt I decided to talk about tropes that I either love or loathe. Let’s start with the ones that make me wrinkle my nose, shall we?

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The Dark Side of Fantasy

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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 Wyrd and Wonder prompt is “dark:”

Time to celebrate a subgenre – choose your path wisely, whether you love grimdark, dark fantasy, or horror.

When I stop to think about the type of fantasy I read, it comes down to either fantasy with romance or dark fantasy. Usually there’s some of both subgenres in a fantasy book that I pick up.

What is dark fantasy? Fantasy Book Fanatic describes this subgenre as “typified by a deliberately ominous tone, reinforcing what is commonly perceived as a “gloomy” atmosphere. Standard features of fantasy are deliberately intertwined with a sense of terror and dread to create this sinister subcategory of fantasy.” FBF lists characteristics often found in dark fantasy books, which can include a deliberately ominous tone; the possibility that evil can win; themes of good vs. evil; a lack of heroes; elements of horror; and a gloomy atmosphere.

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Fantasy Landscapes

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If you’re not sure what Wyrd and Wonder is, check out my introduction post for more information. Imyril, one of the hosts, also has a post with all of the prompts.

Today’s Wyrd and Wonder prompt is fantasy landscapes.

What landscapes or locations feel particularly fantastical to you – and why? Could be (cover) artworks, film / tv locations, places you’ve visited, castles, spooky houses, soaring towers in mountains, beautiful woodland groves, shadowy urban fantasy streets, pools like portals to other worlds – what makes your imagination sing?

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