#WWWednesday No. 9 | #Mythothon Reading List for Year II – a wicked lovely readathon hosted by Louise @foxesfairytale

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WWWWednesday a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

I ♥ the premise of this meme {WWW Wednesdays} due to the dexterity it gives the reader! Smiles. Clearly subject to change on a weekly rotation, which may or may not lead to your ‘next’ read providing a bit of a paradoxical mystery to your readers!! Smiles. ♥ the brilliance of it’s concept!

This weekly meme was originally hosted by Should Be Reading who became A Daily Rhythm. Lovingly restored and continued by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Each week you participate, your keen to answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading!?
  • What did you recently finish reading!?
  • What do you think you’ll read next!?

After which, your meant to click over to THIS WEEK’s WWWWednesday to share your post’s link so that the rest of the bloggers who are participating can check out your lovely answers! Score! Perhaps even, find other bloggers who dig the same books as you do! I thought it would serve as a great self-check to know where I am and the progress I am hoping to have over the next week!

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I need to preface this post by explaining since I never had the chance to properly conclude my readings for #WyrdAndWonder Year Two this past May [2019] I wanted to either write a post for #TheSundayPost and/or #WWWWednesday as a proper send-off to the event I love co-hosting and/or as a way forward as a reader who is still committed to reading the stories she was slated to be reading for the event itself.

I’ve organised this the way I would the event itself – breaking down what I was able to read during #WyrdAndWonder (ie. what I recently finished reading) – whilst discussing (ie. what I will be reading next) and of course what I am currently slated to be reading right now in September which carries forward the Fantasy Reads I first attempted to read in May for Wyrd And Wonder.

I am also hoping to start participating in this meme again, as I liked the journalled effect it gave me and a way of ‘checking in’ with my readerly goals. I’ve lost track of half my readathon and reading challenge goals this year and this would be a lovely way to re-attempt to re-align with those goals for the last quarter of the year. Likewise, I might trade off weeks – participanting in #WWWWednesdays and #TheSundayPost, thereby being able to participate in two memes each month rather than just focusing on one or the other. I also intend to start releasing my #TopTenTuesday posts which I tried to release in July.

Overall, my main goal next Wednesday is to say “good-bye” to Wyrd And Wonder and “hallo” to #SpooktasticReads! As always, thanks for continuing to want to take the journey with me and finding out which stories curate my bookish joy as I blog my readerly life!

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#Mythothon Year 2 banner created by Jorie in Canva.

Last year, I had the joy of discovering this lovely & beautiful readathon #Mythothon hosted by a bookish mate of mine, Louise @ Foxes Fairy Tale – wherein she encouraged all of us to seek out re-inspired tales straight out of Greek Mythology and to take ourselves visually to a hidden sub-niche of Speculative Fiction – across genres and stories of interest, as there are many Gods & Goddess within Greek Mythos to be explored. You can re-visit the Reading List I composed for #Mythothon Year One – whilst I share with you today the reading list I’ve compiled for the second year.

Remember last year why I wanted to dig into #Mythothon?

In truth, I’ve been toying with the idea of adding Classical Mythos & Mythos retellings to my Classics Club List – as much as the fact, there are rare moments where I have ventured into Mythos whilst reading as a book blogger. Some were misses for me – one rather became an #epicfail of EPIC proportions whilst the other one let me down for the potential I saw inside it.

This year my curiosity is piqued once more to dive into *Norse Mythology* with a fierce passion of intention – therefore, due to time constraints & the ways in which life can throw off our readerly mojo – I’ve had to scale back a bit the stories I wanted to include on this year’s reading list. However, for the wildcard selections – those will become explored once I restore #Scribd into my life – for now, I’m using my local libraries (both for audiobooks and print) whilst reading the stories I have for review during #Mythothon Year Two!

When I was younger I had friends in Scandinavia – I didn’t get actively interested in reading stories set against the Vikings or the Nordic countries until I was much older. I also couldn’t always source the stories until I was a book blogger and a lot of hidden worlds of literature started to open up to my readerly eyes because of the paths and passageways I was traversing as a book blogger. It has become a blessing of mine over the years and this year it was thrice blessed as I received *three!* new stories for review which happily befit this readathon! They are also my top priority readers these final thirteen days of the readathon!

If you are participating this *September!* kindly leave me a comment & a link to where you’ve put your bookish list of lovelies to explore during #Mythothon – whilst I’ll love to know which of the prompts I wasn’t able to source a story you’ve filled yourself as I am intrigued by Norse Mythological re-tellings and/or original stories or works of Non-Fiction! All recommendations are encouraged and I will be spending another year seeking them out!

Now without further delay,
let’s dig into what #JorieReads during #Mythothon2!

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#Mythothon Reading Prompts
& Categories of Interest

List compiled by Louise @ Foxes Fairy Tale

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HELHEIM – LAND OF THE DISHONOURABLE DEAD:
Read a book about or featuring death in a significant way.

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan (Scottish Mythology)

The Familiars by Stacey Hall
(17th Century witch trials with folklore/mythos)

UPDATE: Local borrows via audiobook

SVARTALFHEIM – LAND OF THE DWARVES:
Read a book that’s less than 250 pages in length.

Suggestions welcome!

NIFLHEIM – REALM OF MIST:
Read a book with a “cold” coloured cover.

The Kings and Queens of Roam by David Wallace

UPDATE: Local borrow via audiobook

MUSPELHEIM – REALM OF FIRE:
Read a book with a “hot” coloured cover.

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

UPDATE: Local borrows via audiobook

MIDGARD – LAND OF HUMANS:
Read a contemporary novel.

Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
(South American Mythology and Folklore)

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

UPDATE: Local borrows via audiobook

ALFHEIM – LAND OF THE ELVES:
Read a book that’s part of a series.

Hope’s Prelude (Trinity Stones series, Book One) by L.G. O’ Connor

UPDATE: Reading for Review

Sif and the Dwarf’s Treasures (Thunder Girls, Book Two) by Joan Holub

UPDATE: Will be requesting (local library)

JOTUNHEIM – LAND OF THE GIANTS:
Read a long book.

Cycles of Norse Mythology by Glenn Searfoss (*800+)

UPDATE: Reading for Review

VANAHEIMR – LAND OF THE VANIR GODS:
Read an award-winning or nominated book.

→ (by an award-winning author) Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park

UPDATE: Local borrow via audiobook

More Suggestions welcome!

ASGARD – LAND OF THE ÆSIR GODS:
Read any book you choose!

The Lemorian Crest (Cobbogoth, Book Two) by Hannah L. Clark

UPDATE: Reading for Review

ODIN, GOD OF WISDOM AND MAGIC:
Read a non-fiction book.

The Once and Future Queen by Nicole Evelina

UPDATE: Reading for Review

THOR, GOD OF THUNDER:
Read a book that makes a lot of noise: hyped, controversial etc.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

UPDATE: Will be borrowing the audiobook // borrowed 20 SEPT

FRIGG, GODDESS OF BEAUTY, LOVE, FERTILITY AND FATE:
Read a book with a fantasy or magical element.

Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud

UPDATE: Will be borrowing the audiobook // borrowed 20 SEPT

HEL, GODDESS OF THE UNDERWORLD:
Read a book with a duel or multi-POV.

No More Goddesses (Book One: Myths & Mayhem) by Kim Baccellia

UPDATE: Reading for Review

FREYA, GODDESS OF LOVE, FERTILITY AND BEAUTY:
Read a book with a beautiful cover.

Suggestions welcome!

BALDUR, GOD OF BEAUTY, KILLED BY MISTLETOE:
Read a book set around a holiday (Christmas, Halloween, Diwali etc.)

Suggestions welcome!

IDUN, KEEPER OF THE APPLES OF YOUTH:
Read a YA or MG novel.

Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting

UPDATE: Will be requesting (local library) | my purchase request

We arrive inside the 16th Century, where we find a father is lovingly guiding his daughter (Jaclyn) to understand how to use her sword and defend herself even past the level he has reached himself. It is unusual in their world for a girl to rise up the ranks of martial acuity but for her father, it was a matter of pride his daughter could hold her own. The mother, we find out later is of the same mind but for most of the opening chapters we find her settled on a different point of tact. She wishes Jacklyn to be more ladylike and less active; to learn how to attract a young man who would honour her with marriage and a family; rather than having her choose to do everything against her nature (as her mother presumes) to ensure a harder life to lead.

There is a division in the family in regards to Jaclyn – the more her mother makes a case for her to rise into the realisation she is meant to marry, the further her father is able to reach her and tempt her to seek a different path. It whilst she is curious about which path she should be choosing that she gets a bit reckless. Whilst checking on the horses one day, she discovers a hidden cache – weapons she presumes are her fathers, including a lance she can barely wield much less guide out of the hidden niche she found below the horse’s hooves!

There was a closeness to this family as well – you can see it in how they interact with each other and how they get along. Even the mother, despite her concerns for Jaclyn’s future, she wants her daughter to thrive and be well. The father has a quiet wisdom about himself – how he tries to teach Jaclyn lessons of life which will help guide her in the future – even if he cannot guide her in the present. You feel there is something coming along, something not even the mother or father could have predicted and where Jaclyn must brace herself for that that will bring into her life.

-quoted from my readerly notes from my spotlight for this novel

FREYR, GOD OF FERTILITY:
Read a book with a sequel.

The Black Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey

UPDATE: Local borrow via audiobook

HEIMDALL, GUARDIAN OF THE BIFROST:
Read an LGBT+ book.

Suggestions welcome!

SKADI, GODDESS OF HUNTING AND WINTER:
Read a book with a weapon on the cover.

Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, Book One) by Tasha Suri

UPDATE: in the hold queue via audiobook from the library // 20 SEPT

HUGINN AND MUNINN, ODIN’S RAVENS: ‘
THOUGHT’ AND ‘MEMORY’: Read a book set in the past.

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

UPDATE: Will be borrowing the audiobook // borrowed 20 SEPT

TYR, GOD OF WAR, LOST A HAND TO FENRIR:
Read a book with a disabled character.

Suggestions welcome!

MIMIR, GOD OF WISDOM, DECAPITATED:
Read a book with a face on the cover.

Suggestions welcome!

SLEIPNIR, AN EIGHT-LEGGED HORSE:
Read a book about an animal or with an animal on the cover.

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

UPDATE: Will be borrowing the audiobook // borrowed 20 SEPT

BRAGI, GOD OF POETRY:
Read some poetry.

Suggestions welcome!

LOKI, GOD OF MISCHIEF:
Read a standalone novel.

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

UPDATE: in the hold queue via audiobook from the library // 20 SEPT

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Wildcard Extras:

Unless noted otherwise, these are rooted in Norse &/or Vikings Mythos

  • → #libraryfinds
  • Thor’s Serpents & Odin’s Ravens (The Blackwell Pages series) by Kelley Armstrong
  • Secrets of Valhalla (Secrets of Valhalla series) by Jasmine Richards
  • The Sea of Trolls, The Land of Silver Apples & The Islands of the Blessed (Sea of Trolls trilogy) by Nancy Farmer
  • Valkyrie & The Runaway (Valkyrie series) by Kate O’ Hearn
  • → #Scribd finds [via audiobook]
  • The Songweaver’s Vow (Greek & Norse Mythos) by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
  • Estrid by Johanne Hildebrandt
  • Daughter of a Thousand Years by Amalia Carosella
  • In the Days of Giants by Abbie Farwell Brown
  • Runewarriors, Sword of Doom & Ship of the Dead (Runewarriors series) by James Jennewein and Tom S. Parker
  • The Sea Queen by Linnea Hartsuyker
  • Asgard Stories: Tales From Norse Mythology by Mary H. Foster and Mable H. Cummings
  • The Dwarves by Markus Heitz
  • Silver Hammer, Golden Cross by Octavia Randolph
  • Veil of Time by Claire R. McDougall // *not an audiobook; seeking @ library
  • Poems of the Elder Edda: Classics in Norse Literature by Mondello Publishing Audio
  • The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. & Christopher Tolkien
  • Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • → #Scribd Finds Non-Norse but with elements of Magical Realism or Mythos
  • The Winter King (Warlord Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwall
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
  • That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston
  • Furthermore & Whichwood (duology) by Tahereh Mafi
  • A Million June by Emily Henry
  • A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
  • The Reader: Book One of Sea of Ink and Gold by Traci Chee
  • Soundless by Richelle Mead
  • → #Scribd finds [Non-Fiction audiobooks]
  • To Walk a Pagan Path: Practical Spirituality for Every Day by Alaric Albertsson
  • The Path of Druidry: Walking the Ancient Green Way by Penny Billington
  • The Goddess Is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch by Deborah Blake
  • The Vikings: A New History by Neil Oliver
  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

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My Top Priorities : What I am currently reading:

The following titles I received in exchange for an honest review,…

Cycles of Norse Mythology by Glenn Searfoss
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Edda’s and Sagas of the Northland recount epic struggles for control of the world. In this land lost amid the cycles of time, canny gods confront shrewd giants, while valiant heroes battle honorable foes.

Cycles of Norse Mythology  takes the reader on a thrilling exploration of the Norse Universe as the Gods and Giants are exposed in their complex interactions. From the creation of the world to its violent ending, this comprehensive re-imagining breathes life and modern relevance into the Norse gods and their foes, while remaining faithful to the traditional myths. Through engaging, lyrical storytelling, this work presents the gripping adventures of the Norse Gods in a style to delight modern readers of all ages.

Cycles of Norse Mythology  comprises six cycles of 100+ interconnected stories that encompass the entire breadth of Norse Mythology. All tales are extended to create greater tension between the reader and the characters. Sequence gaps are filled by interpolations based on cross references in classic and modern literature.

Cycle 1: Prophesy. Odin travels the dark road to Niflhel seeking knowledge from the withered lips of the long dead seeress. In this frozen land, he is forged to his purpose by the harsh lashings of the seeress as she relates the creation stories of the cosmos, the nine worlds, the sun and moon, day and night, the origin of giants, dwarves, elves, mankind, and the gods themselves.

Cycle 2: The Victory Gods. Returned to Asgard, Odin learns the truth of prophecy and the ultimate cost of purpose. As the Æsir expand their number and their power, Gullveig’s brutal death at their hands sparks a bloody war with a rival clan, the Vanir; their eventual truce unifies the godheads in an uneasy alliance. Post-war rebuilding introduces the primary gods and goddesses, along with the Einherjar, valorous warriors gathered from battlefields across Midgard. Meanwhile, Thor’s martial journeys into Jotunheim underscore the constant tension with the offspring of Ymir.

→ Cycle 3: The Sword of Vengeance. Accompany the fiery blade born of love and hate that is destined to play a pivotal role in the shaping of the Norse universe, through the tragedies of Volund its creator, Nidud king of the Njara who is ordered by the Odin to capture the blade, and Svipdag the chosen son of man fated to recover its keen edge, and who ultimately gifts it to the Æsir for his marriage to Fryeja .

→ Cycle 4: Premonitions. Victory, jealousy, and revenge follow the Æsir gods and goddesses as they seek to avert their ultimate fate. The Fenris wolf is tricked and bound. Baldur’s death sends shudders through the nine worlds as innocence dies and the first portents of Ragnarök begin to align. Vali, fresh born from his mother’s womb, slays Baldur’s hapless killer. Freyr gives away the Sword of Vengeance for a bride; an ill-fated gift which ultimately finds its way into the hands of Surt at Ragnarök. Loki’s devious and sometimes, vicious attempts to humble the gods highlight the strife and dissent of within the Æsir clan and result in his horrible punishment.

→ Cycle 5: Ragnarök. Unable to avoid the final confrontation, the Æsir gather their band of chosen warriors and prepare for battle. The rainbow bridge shatters as ancient enemies charge onto Vigrid Plain, eager to end the reign of the victory gods. Follow the fortunes of the primary combatants as they boldly face known defeat, the Æsir goddesses awaiting their fate in the great hall of Fensalir, and the remnants of mankind who survive to greet the dawn.

→ Cycle 6: Of Gods and Men. While Cycles 1-5 focused on interactions among the gods, this cycle encompasses stories of direct interaction between the Æsir gods and mankind. These stories contrast human folly with the morality inherent in Norse Mythology.

→ Glossary: Norse Mythology heralds from an era when names reflected the character attributed to an object, such as a weapon, a person’s character, or their current station in life. This glossary provides a quick reference to the meaning behind names and terms used in the book.

→ Source Reference: References for further reading are included for persons who want to delve deeper into the study of Norse Mythology. This bibliography is restricted to books published in or translated into English and is by no means, exhaustive. As with all resources, the harder and longer you look, the more there is to be found.

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When a review request came in to my blog in August for a *Norse!* Mythology book over 800+ pages to say I was pleasantly gobsmacked would be putting it mildly! I couldn’t believe my good fortune an author would seek me out about a book like this one on the cusp of entering September wherein I had already begun to actively seek out works set within this scope of focus & interest! Likewise, I have been delayed beginning my posts and features this #Mythothon2 – which is why I wanted to let all participants know if you are interested in featuring this work of beauty on your blogs or social channels – kindly leave me a comment on this post so I can put you in touch with the author! Mr Searfoss is open to all kinds of posts featuring this title and I believe he might be open to other reviewers who have a keen interest in reading this narrative, too!

I will be posting a ‘check-in’ post this weekend during #TheSundayPost and next #WWWWednesday as well. At this point in time I am tentatively scheduling my review for this book on the last day of the #Mythothon2 – the 30th of September.

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Wanders Far by David Fitz-Gerald

Wanders Far lived in dangerous times and was faced with one difficult challenge after another. He was a skinny, quiet boy who was raised on the banks of a tributary of New York State’s Mohawk River, hundreds of years before colonists arrived. One lifetime was not enough for Wanders Far’s old soul.

From a very young age, his wanderlust compelled him down one path after another. No village could contain him.

He was happy living a simple life in the physical world during challenging times. The spirit world had other plans.

A wise, enigmatic shaman mentored Wanders Far and helped him cultivate the supernatural visions that haunted him. His guide could only help him so far.

He set out to become a runner, carrying important messages across the lands of his people and their enemies. He ended up fulfilling a much greater destiny than he ever imagined.

I recently shared an interview with the author of this novel (link will be at the bottom of this post) – however, what I found most remarkable is how there is such a huge cross-overlay between my readings of the Spirit Keeper duology by K.B. Laugheed and Wanders Far. You’ll be able to read my thoughts on behalf of this novel during #HistoricalMondays on the 23rd of August.

Kindly re-visit my reviews for Laugheed’s novels to better understand what I am inferring:

Whilst Wanders Far directly cross-relates into the mythologies of Native American beliefs, traditions and the stories they passed down through different generations. I was dearly blessed finding this story available on a blog tour as I have felt deeply anchoured into this section of Historical Fiction ever since I first discovered Laugheed’s duology.

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As Louise has a very loose attachment to which aspects of Mythology and Mythos (or legends and fables) origins we focus on during her #Mythothon readathons, I’ve taken a bit of liberty to re-visit one of my *favourite!* finds which are the after canon series involving Camelot – specifically tied through Guinevere, King Arthur and Merlin. You’ll find this next section of #currentreads focusing on this canon of interest.

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The Once and Future Queen by Nicole Evelina

Guinevere’s journey from literary sinner to feminist icon took over one thousand years…and it’s not over yet.

Literature tells us painfully little about Guinevere, mostly focusing on her sin and betrayal of Arthur and Camelot. As a result, she is often seen as a one-dimensional character. But there is more to her story. By examining popular works of more than 20 authors over the last one thousand years, The Once and Future Queen shows how Guinevere reflects attitudes toward women during the time in which her story was written, changing to suit the expectations of her audience. Beginning in Celtic times and continuing through the present day, this book synthesizes academic criticism and popular opinion into a highly readable, approachable work that fills a gap in Arthurian material available to the general public.

Nicole Evelina has spent more than 15 years studying Arthurian legend. She is also a feminist known for her fictional portrayals of strong historical and legendary women, including Guinevere. Now, she combines these two passions to examine the effect of changing times and attitudes on the character of Guinevere in a must-read book for Arthurian enthusiasts of every knowledge level.

Ever since I first tucked inside the Guinevere Tale Trilogy, I have become enchanted by the story of Guinevere inasmuch as I’ve become dearly curious about the knowledge Ms Evelina gleamed about her through her tireless research – all of which produced this work of Non-Fiction. Ahead of #Mythothon Year Two, I reached out to the author whose left me bereft and thankful for reading her trilogy as I exited the fictional account of Guinevere’s life to see if I could read what inspired the journey I had just taken into the world of Camelot.

You can happily re-visit my ruminative thoughts about this Feminist Historical narrative per each review I showcased for the three installments which were at the heart of them emotionally convicting and uniquely told through a lens on Evelina could have conceived.

(*) after-which, kindly view my review of “Sign of the White Foal” as it serves as a segue between Evelina’s trilogy and the next story I’ll be discussing in a moment which teleports us back into this sub-niche of focus through Merlin’s POV. Sign of the White Foal is the masculine counterpoint to the Guinevere Tale Trilogy.

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Bel Nemeton by Jon Black

Jon Black’s award-winning novel Bel Nemeton combines 6th century Arthurian historical fantasy with brainy 21st century pulp.

After Arthur’s death, Camelot’s fall, and his final break with Nimue, Merlin of Camelot is left with only his thirst for knowledge, hunger for new experiences, and a desire to forget. The great druid and sage leaves Britain’s shores behind, wandering the world of the 6th century. Merlin’s travels take him to the wild unknown of Dark Ages Europe, a wizardly duel deep in the Arabian Desert, the exotic riches of the Silk Road, the pomp and pageantry of the Sui Emperor’s court, and beyond.

Fifteen centuries later, time has obliterated all traces of Merlin and his journey. Almost. A chance discovery at archeological excavation in Central Asia leaves Dr. Vivian Cuinnsey, professor of Celtic linguistics, wondering if Camelot’s great druid was more man than myth. Traveling to Uzbekistan to discover the truth for herself, she is immersed in a web of intrigue revealing there are those who will kill to learn Merlin’s secret. Teaming up with morally-ambiguous treasure hunter Jake Booker, they begin their own globe-trotting adventure, racing all comers to discover the location of Merlin’s tomb. And his treasure.

It was quite serendipitous I crossed paths with Mr Black and had the chance to discuss with him the key components and elements of his novel Bel Nemeton – as foresaid, this novel picks up the threads of Camelot’s after canon through the portal of following Merlin. After finding this on the footheels of reading Sign of the White Foal wherein I already became acquainted with a more masculine version of Camelot as you tuck closer to one of the male leads, I was especially curious about how this story would play out.

Therefore, after conversing with the author about the story and his writerly style, I determined this was definitely the ‘next’ step for me as I moved from Evelina to Thorndycroft to Black; the latter two authors of whom are in the early beginnings of their serials. As I have a prequel series to read for Thorndycroft be as it were and Black is going to be continuing this with future installments as well.

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What do you think you’ll read next? Part One:

I want to finally dig into the stories which have been languishing on my backlogue awaiting me to revisit their stories with fresh eyes and a new perspective of focus – thus, the stories which are my second priority are the following:

  • Hope’s Prelude (Trinity Stones series, Book One) by L.G. O’ Connor
  • The Lemorian Crest (Cobbogoth, Book Two) by Hannah L. Clark
  • No More Goddesses (Book One: Myths & Mayhem) by Kim Baccellia
  • The Wisdom of the Middle Ages by Michael K. Kellogg *Non-Fiction
  • The Wisdom of the Renaissance by Michael K. Kellogg *Non-Fiction

I’ve blogged about these titles off/on over the years since they’ve entered by backlogue and I’ll keep it a bit of a surprise now why they fit so well into #Mythothon until I reveall my forthcoming reviews as these happily will  finally be read and contemplated this September!

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What do you think you’ll read next? Part Two:

Betwixt and between my first and second priority reads will be a sampling of the following stories of which I happily found on audiobook via my local libraries OverDrive catalogues.

The audiobooks I’m listening to for a #25MinutePreview (the audiobook version of #25PagePreview) wherein I am sampling the stories I’ve borrowed to read:

  • Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
  • We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  • The Lost Queen by Signe Pike
  • The Gracekeepers by Kirsty LoganGabriel
  • Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen
  • The Kings and Queens of Roam by Daniel Wallace
  • Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
  • The Affair of the Mysterious letter by Alexis Hall (inspired by Sherlock Holmes)

You’ll notice I’ve included a story inspired by Sherlock Holmes – when it comes to Mythology and the concept of stories which work through after canons of Mythos origins – I started to re-contemplate what that could mean in the scope of Classical Literature. How there are certain stories which befit this category of interest because the distance between the original stories and more contemporary variants are such a wide range of years that you could in theory conclude the Classical stories such as: Sherlock Holmes, Jane Eyre and the collective works of Jane Austen – could in theory mind, be considered their own unique ‘Mythos’ of popularity because of how widely received they are and how readily they are re-spun.

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Leave me comments if you love these kinds of stories & let me know your thoughts on Mythos Retells! Add your thoughts, comments & recommendations for me in the *threads below this post and/or TWEET ME!

Before you leave —

I did post the following in case you didn’t see my tweets
to announce the posts directly:

Merlin’s Shakespeare Interview

Wanders Far Interview

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{Sources: Book cover for “Cycles of Norse Mythology” and the book synopsis were provided by the author Glenn Searfoss and are used with permission. Book cover for “Wanders Far” and the book synopsis were provided by Historical Fiction Virtual Book tours and are used with permission. Book cover for “The Once and Future Queen” and the book synopsis were provided by the author Nicole Evelina and are used with permission. Book cover for “Bel Nemeton” and the book synopsis were provided by the author Jon Black and are used with  permission. #Mythothon Year Two Bingo Card and #Mythothon Year Two Prompts & Category Interests provided by @FoxesFairyTale and are used with permission. Post dividers badge by Fun Stuff for Your Blog via Pure Imagination. Blog graphics created by Jorie via Canva: #Mythothon Year Two banner and the Comment Box banner.}

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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.

"I write my heart out and own my writing after it has spilt out of the pen." - self quote (Jorie of Jorie Loves A Story)

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Posted Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 by jorielov in Bits & Bobbles of Jorie, Blogosphere Events & Happenings, Bookish Memes, JLAS Update Post, Jorie Loves A Story, Jorie Loves A Story Features, WWW Wednesdays




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2 responses to “#WWWednesday No. 9 | #Mythothon Reading List for Year II – a wicked lovely readathon hosted by Louise @foxesfairytale

    • Hallo, Hallo Louise,

      I started to sample the first twenty-five minutes of the audiobooks I had checked out for #Mythothon late Thursday night; except to say I was growing more and more disappointed! :( If it wasn’t the visuals which were making me a bit squeamish or the ways in which the stories themselves were being written just weren’t delivering me with one of those “ooh, this is my cuppa” moments – I kept hitting the “stop” button and returning them early back to the library for the next people in line to enjoy instead.

      This particular one held promise – I *loved!* the narrator’s baroque as her accent and the ways in which she breathed life into each of the ‘words’ – PURE JOY!

      Yet, I couldn’t get *attached*. I might re-borrow this down the road but for whichever reason it wasn’t a good fit for me ‘right now’.

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