Sadly I missed out on Wyrd & Wonder last year because I didn’t discover it until too late, but this year I want to get involved after falling back in love with high fantasy in 2018. I’m hoping to read lots of fantasy, which I’ve already been having a great time with this year, and to post some reviews and some discussion posts.
I don’t tend to give myself TBRs, aside from the TBRs I create for readathons (and usually stray from anyway), but I have some reading to do to catch up on the Booktube SFF Awards, I have one particular fantasy book that I’m craving to dip my toes into and I’m participating in the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge and want to read some of the Asian-inspired fantasy on my shelves.
So, without further ado, on with my TBR!
The big one that I’d love to get to in May is Samantha Shannon’s The Priory of the Orange Tree. It’s epic, women-led fantasy with an f/f romance and I’ve seen nothing but rave reviews. Usually when a book’s this hyped I’d be nervous, but I feel in my bones that I’m going to love this book and I can’t wait to read it.
I only have one book left to read in the Fantasy category of this year’s Booktube SFF Awards, Grey Sister, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to get to Red Sister and Grey Sister in May. Once I get into this series I’m sure I’ll really enjoy it, I just need to get past these first few chapters of Red Sister! I also need to catch up on my reading for the other categories I’m reading this year: Science Fiction, Debut and YA.
Naturally I’m not going to include the books on the Science Fiction shortlist on my TBR for a fantasy readathon (although I will still be trying to read those books in May, so wish me luck), but there are three fantasy books I still need to read: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang and Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor.
Muse of Nightmares was on my O.W.Ls TBR and I thought I’d pre-ordered it. Turns out I hadn’t, so I wasn’t able to read it in April like I’d hoped!
If I can fit anything else into what’s already an incredibly ambitious TBR, I’d love to cross some of these Asian-inspired fantasy novels off my TBR, too: Descendant of the Crane by Joan He, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan and Jade City by Fonda Lee. I’ve heard great things about all three of them!
Am I going to read all of these? Of course not! But if I can cross a couple off my TBR during Wyrd & Wonder I’ll be a happy bunny. I’d really like to get the Booktube SFF Awards books read so I can vote in the Fantasy, Debut and YA categories having read all of the books that have been nominated and watch the liveshow without fear of any spoilers, and I really want to read The Priory of the Orange Tree asap because I think it could be a new favourite, and I want to read so much more Asian-inspired fantasy this year and there are so many books on my TBR that I think I’ll love.