May 2019 TBR: It’s Wyrd and Wonder!

ww-2019-dragon-banner-all-capsI am so excited!

Last year I tried to participate in Wyrd and Wonder but got sidetracked, something that is likely to happen again but I still want to try. I have been reading a lot of fantasy and related genres these last months and I am always up for more. You can find the sign-up post here in case you also want to participate in this fantasy goodness.

I am trying to keep my TBR to a manageable size because I still have plenty of Women’s Prize books left to read before the winner is announced (I am determined to make it through the longlist until then!) but I also always get super excited when thinking about books I could potentially read. I had decided to go with one book per medium – and then my copy of Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse arrived and I couldn’t not include this.

Hard Copy: A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

32200595I am determined to finally finish this series – while I did not love the second book, I do love Schwab herself. She has such a lovely online presence! I also really enjoy her imagination, even if her characters don’t always work for me. Even though this is super long, her writing is readable enough that I should be able to breeze through it, once I get properly started.

Hard Copy: Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse

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I read the first book in this series the moment it came out last year and have been excited for the sequel ever since. It reignited my love for Urban Fantasy which has been dominating my reading this last year. I just adore what Roanhorse is doing with the tropes of the genre and the basis in Native American mythology is breathtakingly done.

 

Audio Book: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

29774026Speaking of long books, the audio book for this is 26 hours long (which always feels like I am really getting something for my money!). I recently moved and now walking to work takes me half an hour, so I get a reasonable amount of reading done this way. Shannon’s feminist dragon fantasy is awesome so far, but also a bit confusing with its big cast of characters – apparently I did not pay proper attention in the beginning because I only remember one of the main characters, so I will have to restart the audiobook.

Kindle Book: The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang

41118857I was lucky to snag my first ever Edelweiss Arc for this one and I cannot even tell you how excited I am to get to it. I really enjoyed the first book in the series and I cannot wait to see where Kuang takes her story next. It will be absolutely brutal, I am sure, but also amazing and I personally am here for it.

 

Graphic Novel: Monstress Vol. 3: Haven by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

41952016I have not been reading graphic novels much lately but I do love the medium. And I particularly love what Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda are doing here. The art is stunning and the world-building intricate and everything about this just works for me. (I have heard people find it very hard to stomach in its graphic depiction of violence so this might not be a series for everybody though)

But who am I kidding; I will probably just keep reading Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling books until I reach the end of the series as published so far.

*Image Credit:  Dragon – by  kasana86.

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20 thoughts on “May 2019 TBR: It’s Wyrd and Wonder!

  1. I am SO excited for The Dragon Republic! Hopefully I still remember everything from the first book. I do remember there being a lot of characters in the second half that I found boring but hopefully it’ll come back to me.

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    1. I also hope she’ll get me caught up. There were indeed very many characters. I am stupidly excited (and scared!) to see where the story goes next. Let me know when you feel like starting it.

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    1. I really tried to keep my TBR reasonable, as I still have six books of the Women’s Prize longlist to read until early June. But I also get so excited looking at the wonderful books I own and haven’t read!

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  2. That’s an epic TBR! I loved A Gathering of Shadows, so I’m probably not the right person to ask about A Conjuring of Light – but V E Schwab is always a fun read. But oooooh The Dragon Republic. I have that stashed away here too and I’m trying SO hard to save it until I finish my Subjective Chaos nominees but but but but but… I really want to read The Dragon Republic. Erm.

    Good luck with the reading and so glad to have you along for the adventure 😀

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    1. Thank you! I am so glad you’re hosting this again. And hopefully I’ll be more active this month.
      I really like V E Schwab but don’t always love her books. I am determined to finish the series at last though!
      I just cannot wait to read The Dragon Republic. I salute your willpower to read other books you have to finish first.

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  3. I can understand not loving the second book of ADSOM. It was predictable for me. But I really loved A Conjuring of Light. So much comes together in there. ❤ I hope it will be the same for you.

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    1. My main problem is actually Lila; she really got on my nerves. So I am not super sure I will love the last book but I do really like Schwab’s writing. Plus, it is super readable once I get stuck into her books.

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    1. I am around a third of the way through Storm of Locusts and it is incredible. I am enjoying it even more than I did Trail of Lightning. I’ll definitely write a review!

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      1. Priory of the Orange Tree is also a massive time commitment; especially because I decided to listen to the audiobook. I might finish even fewer books because of this. (But it’s great! So much dragony fun!)

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      2. I also have the audio of that one but I have been holding off because I already listened to one super long book recently-ish (The Ruin of Kings). Lol! I’m looking forward to getting to it eventually though. Glad to know you’re enjoying it!

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  4. Hallo, Hallo Hannah!

    Swinging through our first week’s batch of posts – as I fell behind this weekend in my visitations due to an epic supernova migraine! :O Grr!! Blessed the coffee I drank today helped nip that in the bud as after 3x days who wants to keep contending with that chaos!? As a co-host of the event, I wanted to give you a proper cheer and s/o of encouragement for joining us! I know Imyril made it here before I did, but I’m having a blast tonight meeting everyone I missed the first go-round!

    lol I was distracted last year myself (ie. migraines & allergies) and was hoping to dodge that from happening this year, but eh. Allergies and the meds you try to take to deal with them sometimes have a MAJOR backlash (at least for me?) — so moving forward, with positive thoughts and hoping not to repeat this weekend,… here’s to hoping for both of us we’ll be able to stay active and rooted in the event,…

    I happily re-checked out PRIORY — it is one of the BIG Fantasy novels I’m hoping to complete before 1st of June! Let’s see if we both can make it through – I have the hardback … my library has two copies and for whichever reason, I seem to be the only reader whose keen on reading it!? I’m hoping if I keep it checked out for most of May, I’ll encourage others to give it a chance!! 🙂

    I’m really hoping this Feminist spin on #dragonfiction will be my cuppa tea — I am very particularly particular about my dragons!! Still like you… I know I’ll have my work cut out for me as the breadth of the book itself seemed like it was going to have a huge cast to keep track of !!

    Looking forward to hearing which of your #mustreads this month become your favourites~!!

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    1. Migraine’s are the worst! They constantly derail my reading plans as well. I am glad to hear you’re feeling better! I am also glad you guys are hosting again this year because I do love trying to participate!
      I am really enjoying Priory – the world building is exquisite and I like how centered on female stories the book is. I don’t read all that many books about dragons, so I don’t think I have any particular preferences when it comes to their depiction. But it is definitely a time commitment, that’s for sure. The audiobook is 26 hours long – and the story is too involved to listen to it faster.

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      1. I’m so wicked thankful you visited my blog this past week – I can’t believe I misplaced this convo! I’m also learning how to use TweetDeck & the WP Reader more to my advantage this weekend – which means I’m trying to keep a better eye on the convos I’ve joined and the convos I want to be responding to next. Now if I can put at least a dent into PRIORY this weekend & the 1st Night’s Edge novel I’ll be properly wicked happy by Monday!

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