#WyrdAndWonder 2022 | My 2022 Hugo Award reading plans

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Hello hello!

It’s Wyrd & Wonder time! My favourite annual blogging event, celebrating all things fantasy, is back, and I’m so excited for all the sweet, sweet fantasy content I’ll be able to read around the blogosphere this month.

Most years I give myself a TBR for Wyrd & Wonder, but TBRs haven’t really been working out for me over the past few months so this year I’m going to stick with the annual ‘challenge’ I like to set myself: reading the short story and novelette categories of this year’s Hugo Awards!

I love reading the short fiction nominated for the Hugos; it’s a brilliant way to find new authors whose work I’d like to keep an eye on, and a wonderful way to celebrate short fiction which is often overlooked in favour of novels and novellas. This year I am also planning to read the novella shortlist as it turns out I’ve read half of the nominees already, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to read the other three this month! I don’t want to pay £7.99 for a digital copy of a novella and two of the nominees I don’t own…

Best Short Story

I’ve been reading the short story and novelette shortlists since 2019, and I don’t think there’s been a single year where Sarah Pinsker hasn’t made an appearance. I’ve heard good things about her story this year, so I’m looking forward to trying it! I’m also looking forward to “Mr. Death”—Alix E. Harrow is one of my favourite authors and I haven’t disliked anything I’ve read by her, so I’m expecting good things from this story, too. It’s interesting to see a story published on Twitter and a story from Magicthegathering.com on this year’s shortlist – I’ve never played Magic: The Gathering, so I’m wondering how much of Seanan McGuire’s story I’ll really get – and it’s clear from this shortlist that the spring issues of Uncanny Magazine were very strong.

Best Novelette

Caroline M. Yoachim, Fran Wilde and John Wiswell are all authors whose work I’ve read on previous shortlists – I remember not liking Yoachim’s story much and I found Wilde’s previous story a little forgettable, but I’m looking forward to reading more from all of them – and it’ll be interesting to see if I prefer Valente’s short story or her novelette. I don’t think I’ve read anything by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki or Suzanne Palmer before, so I’m looking forward to seeing what I think of their work!

Best Novella

I was pleasantly surprised to discover I’ve already read half of the novella shortlist! While I enjoyed A Spindle Splintered it’s probably my least favourite of Harrow’s stories that I’ve read and Fireheart Tiger didn’t work for me at all, but Across the Green Grass Fields was a 5 star read for me and I’d love to see it win even though I’m sure it won’t because most people who love the Wayward Children series didn’t like it all that much. I would love to see fewer Tordotcom novellas on the shortlist in future, but they’ve done a great job at finding a space in the market and other publishers need to catch up. I bought the kindle edition of Elder Race – it was only a few quid – and my library has been able to get A Psalm for the Wild-Built for me. I’m hoping they’ll be able to get The Past is Red, too! I have a feeling either A Psalm for the Wild-Built or Fireheart Tiger will win, but we’ll see…

What are your Wyrd & Wonder reading plans?

7 thoughts on “#WyrdAndWonder 2022 | My 2022 Hugo Award reading plans

  1. Ellie Warren says:

    I think a lot of Wayward Children readers are split between the standalones and the continuing story books. I usually prefer the ones continuing the story BUT I am a big fan of horses in general and loved Across the Green Grass Fields.

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  2. Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits says:

    I’m planning to read as many Hugo nominees as I can, too! Thank you for the link to that Twitter story, I hadn’t been able to find it.

    I noticed that Tor.com’s ebook of the month for May includes A Psalm for the Wild-Built. I’m not sure if there are any restrictions to getting a copy, but it could be worth looking into that if you wanted a copy for yourself.

    I love Suzanne Palmer’s short fiction! I hope you enjoy this story and the others you haven’t read yet!

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  3. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies says:

    I’m not doing W&W, but I love your approach of getting to Hugo nominees. I’ve also read a bunch of the novellas and hope to read more. Of these, I think Elder Race maybe needs more buzz? I haven’t seen too many people talk about it, but I absolutely loved it. I loved the Wayward Children story too and Psalm for the Wild-Built. Good luck!

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  4. dinipandareads says:

    Oh, so many books on this list sound so good! I read my first book by Aliette de Bodard at the end of April and I liked it but I also thought the book was maybe too smart for me? 😂 I’m curious to read more of her work and was eyeing Fireheart Tiger but now I might just keep checking out the books set in her Xuya Universe. I can’t wait to read Psalm for the Wild-Built as well. It was oof pricey but I also couldn’t resist getting it cos I’ve heard so many good things! I hope you enjoy all these books, Jess and have a brilliant month of Wyrd & Wonder! 💜

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  5. Annemieke says:

    Yeah Tor really knows how to publish those novella’s! Sounds like you have some great plans Jess. I can’t wait to see what you think about some of them. I might jump into some of the novella’s later this year.

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