#WyrdAndWonder | our first Fantasy Month anchoured just after #RRSciFiMonth to celebrate our other ‘beloved’ #SpecFic of focus: the realms of FANTASY Lit!

Posted Tuesday, 1 May, 2018 by jorielov , , 0 Comments

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Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!

Welcome to *Wyrd & Wonder* – Imyril, Lisa and I have delightfully planned a wicked #awesomesauce month of FANTASY celebration for you!

We’ve been happily museful about what we wanted to do for the month of *MAY* as we kick-off our first annual *Wyrd & Wonder* where we are asking fellow readers & bloggers of Fantasy to join us to not just read #newtomeauthors or review Fantasy novels, novellas, shorts or audiobooks (such as I shall be doing!) – but to generate (discussion) posts or other such lovelies which help us better understand what it is about this wondrously lovely genre which entices us to enter into it’s sweet folds of worlds & wonders!

I’ve been an appreciator of Fantasy since I was quite a young girl – in fact, there is a blurred line about what I first discovered – Science Fiction or Fantasy? Do you remember how *excited!* you were about seeing “The Neverending Story” for the first time as much as the twentieth? There is a certain layer of JOY bursting out of reading & watching stories of the fantastical – I personally, love seeing how the writers knit the world ‘behind’ the Quest, the Journey and the dramatic lives of the characters you are almost too excited to be ‘meeting’! These are the worlds which dimensionally re-define what is plausible and second nature to our own world – whilst re-instill why we have a penchant for Science Fiction – because where Sci-Fi leaves off, Fantasy begins or rather, both sides of the Speculative realms can sometimes blur together, co-merge and re-bend how we feel about *Fiction!* overall!

The beauty of course, is in the possibilities – of finding the authors (such as the ones I previously listed on my landing page for *Wyrd & Wonder*) and the stories which enrich our hearts & minds for what is fantastically able to be imagined. I love seeing writers ‘go further, pushing our minds to see what they see & endeavour us to consider possibilities far outside the norm’ as this is what entices all of us to read Fantasy.

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Jorie’s #WyrdAndWonder Reading List:

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The Magic Cup by Howard Behar (short story)

The Breedling & the Trickster by Kimberlee Ann Bastian (Magical Realism)

Trans-Continental: Girl in the Gears by E. Chris Garrison (novella) (Steampunk)

Sower of Dreams by Debra Holland (audiobook) (Fantasy Romance)

Liminal Lights by J.M. Bogart (Middle Grade Fantasy)

Frozen Fairy Tales (anthology) by World Weaver Press (Fantasy)

A Nest of Vipers by Richard Storry (audiobook) (Fantasy Suspense)

Shadow Shifts by J.M. Bogart (Middle Grade Fantasy)

Heroes Best Friend (anthology) by Seventh Star Press

Heir to the Lamp by Michelle Lowry Combs (Young Adult Fantasy)

No More Goddesses by Kim Baccellia (Young Adult Fantasy)

Soloman’s Bell by Michelle Lowry Combs (Young Adult Fantasy)

Shifty (anthology) by Marian Allen (Fantasy)

Trans-Continental: Mississppi Queen by E. Chris Garrison (novella) (Steampunk)

The Beauty Thief by Rachael Ritchey (Young Adult Magical Realism)

Unspun: Anthology (focus on) Kaki Olsen (Re-told Fairy Tales)

Captive Hope by Rachael Ritchey (Young Adult Magical Realism)

Woven by Bree Moore (audiobook) (Fantasy)

The Lemorian Crest by Hannah L. Clark (Young Adult Fantasy)

A Turn of Light by Julie E. Czerneda (High Fantasy)

The Red Sun by Alane Adams (Young Adult Fantasy)

The Time Key by Melanie Bateman (Time Travel)

A Play of Shadow by Julie E. Czerneda (High Fantasy)

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library finds for #wyrdandwonder:

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

The Waking Land by Callie Bates

Heartless by Marissa Meyer* technically my purchase request from Autumn 2017 (on CD)

purchase requests via my library for #wyrdandwonder:

Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

interlibrary loan requests for #wyrdandwonder:

Spymaster by Margaret Weis

An alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock

audiobook (my purchase) for #wyrdandwonder:

The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Glass & Steele Book One) by C.J. Archer

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As you might have noticed, there are quite a diversely eclectic selection of stories I’ve earmarked to read – either traditionally in print, happily in audio or in a variant of the craft – by novella or short.

I wanted to spend the month happily immersed inside Fantasy & all the variant ways Fantasy is represented to us in Fiction. However, as a side note – coming off a rough patch of health issues (re-pleat with migraines!) I also was cautiously optimistic about what I should be reading – in regards to length, which is why some of the finds I discovered at the library might be partially read or merely sampled rather than outright devoured. I will have to see how it goes – as whenever I am just returning to reading after a series of intensive migraines it’s hard to speculate how quickly I can return to reading with gusto! This is also why you are seeing quite a lot of *audiobooks* peppered into my reading list – as I am noticing the benefits of listening to stories to offset my journey into the world of print books – moreso now that Spring is in full swing with my horrid allergies also raging their ugly heads of chaos!

One thing is for certain, with the dimensional diversity I’ve curated for myself, one thing I know for certain is I’ll have a heap to discuss throughout the month of MAY!

You might even be curious why some of the stories are parlaying a bit into traditional realms of Science Fiction – all will be revealled dear hearts, you’ll simply have to await each of the story’s arrival on Jorie Loves A Story – to find out what inspired the choice to be inclusive to my readings / listenings for #WyrdAndWonder – what made them fantastically intriguing and how their place on my reading shelf this month rounded out what I hoped to find during *Wyrd & Wonder* overall! In essence, we have a MONTH of BOOKISH discoveries – dear hearts, stay patient and have a fantastic adventure with me!

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Kindly visit my co-hosts blogs:

Lisa + Imyril

Be sure to keep a watchful eye on our @WyrdAndWonder feeds for the content we’ll be sharing our event has encouraged to be developed for the month! We are happily ready to start visiting blogs & start the Fantastical conversations which we know will be enjoyed by all who LOVE Fantasy!

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Concurrently, to my readings of the fantastical, I will also be reading thrilling stories of Suspense – wherein I will be making an announcement about those stories before the week’s end!

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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Posted Tuesday, 1 May, 2018 by jorielov in #WyrdAndWonder, Bits & Bobbles of Jorie, Fantasy Fiction, JLAS Update Post, Jorie Loves A Story, Jorie Loves A Story Features, Twitterland & Twitterverse Event

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