Wyrd & Wonder Reading List

Posted May 1, 2019 by Nicky in General / 22 Comments

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So here we are. It’s May, and Wyrd & Wonder has begun! I promised I’d come up with some kind of reading list, and here it is. Will I be able to read all of these? Almost certainly not (but it is theoretically possible, I promise). Will I even try? Unlikely. But I always get along better with goals to strive for, and you never know…

This is not, of course, an exhaustive list, either. I could read something else. I probably will.


  • Magic Bites, by Ilona Andrews. I’ve been meaning to reread/finish this series for a while, and it’s a bit different to… almost everything else on this list!
  • A Natural History of Dragons, by Marie Brennan. Because the new book is coming out on my birthday this summer, and it’s always a good time to spend time with Lady Trent.
  • Sorcerer to the Crown, by Zen Cho. I actually got The True Queen as an ARC… and I’d like to reread this first. (Sensing any patterns?)
  • The Traitor Baru Cormorant, by Seth Dickinson. I enjoyed this a lot the first time, but it’s been so long. Gotta reread this before I can read the sequel.
  • Valour & Vanity, by Mary Robinette Kowal. I’ve been rereading this series, and I’m up to this one, the last one I’ve read before!
  • Dreamer’s Pool, by Juliet Marillier. I want to read the whole trilogy, but I only read this one, and quite a while ago now, so… you’ve got the idea by now.
  • Sunshine, by Robin McKinley. I just got hit by the urge to reread this, so what the hey — it’s on the list!
  • Uprooted, by Naomi Novik. I feel like the amount I can remember about this is actually shockingly bad, so before I read Spinning Silver, I’d like to revisit!

Cover of A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan Cover of Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho Cover of The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson Valour and Vanity, by Mary Robinette Kowal


  • The True Queen, by Zen Cho. See above! I’m late to get this read… oops.
  • The Monster Baru Cormorant, by Seth Dickinson. It’s time for me to read this! It really really is!
  • Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey. This is due out… 4th June. I should read it before then!
  • In An Absent Dream, by Seanan McGuire. You may be sensing a theme here… I really need to stop procrastinating on ARCs.
  • Middlegame, by Seanan McGuire. It’s not out yet! I’m doing well here!
  • Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik. It’s my book club choice on Habitica! It’s also an ARC I’ve had for far, far too long.

Cover of Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey Cover of In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire Cover of Middle-Game by Seanan McGuire Cover of Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

From the backlog:

  • Snowspelled, by Stephanie Burgis. This is not very backlogged; I just got it, and I would like to get to it soon.
  • The Dark Days Club, by Allison Goodman. I might have started reading this at the start of the year and… put it down… and not picked it back up yet?
  • The Afterward, by E.K. Johnston. I’ve had this on my wishlist for a while, I forget exactly what I read about it, and picked up a copy recently.
  • Of Noble Family, by Mary Robinette Kowal. Time to finally finish reading this series!
  • Fire Logic, Laurie J. Marks. I have been meaning to read this for so very long, and recently picked up a physical copy. It’s time and past time!
  • Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City, by K.J. Parker. I picked it up on a whim during my trip to Amsterdam, and I’d like to stay on top of this year’s book purchases. So, voila.
  • Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse. Apropos of the Wyrd & Wonder readalong!
  • The Ninth Rain, by Jen Williams. Ditto.

Cover of The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman Cover of The Afterward by E. K. Johnson Cover of Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker Cover of The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

Now I kinda want to do some kind of challenge about how well I can stick to the list… But I know myself. The number one rule has always gotta be “have fun, and stop reading it if you aren’t”!

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22 responses to “Wyrd & Wonder Reading List

  1. And with that, May is already upon us! I wanted to get in on Wyrd and Wonder this year, but I guess I didn’t plan very well. Ah well, always next year. Good luck with your reading list!

    • Here’s hoping! I’ve been bet I can’t finish all the books I listed here, so naturally I’ve got to prove them wrong. 😀

  2. Even I usually am bad at sticking to TBRs, so this time I made a TBR with every single book that I am interested in and will pick books from that pile. 🙂

  3. Hallo, Hallo Nikki,

    I loved Burgis’s style for Fantasy – though I know her Dark Fantasy better, Snowspelled has me smitten! I really ought to request that from my library as they have been quite kind to me these past years in accepting more of what I request than not. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one, too.

    Most of the authors on your re-reading list are ones on my own TBR – including the Trent dragon series – I am earmarking that to become explored during Year 3 for Wyrd And Wonder as I knew I couldn’t take it on this year.

    McGuire is an author I’m exploring this month through my co-hosted RAL for #ADayeAMonth with Lou – I’m attempting to get through book 5 this May, however, unfortunately for me, I’m a bit hindered by how the first 4 were whisked back to the library unread as another reader was able to put in a request before I could renew them. *le sigh* At least I can finish Rosemary & Rue this week and look forward to A Local Habitation next week – if I get 3 or 4 read I will be just as happy if I get through 5. I figure I can double-down in June and still get current before July. A blessing really as I’ve been curious about what happens past the first several chapters I was able to read in January.. I know the series is beloved by many but I feel like I’m still getting my feet wet.

    I’m reading a considerable amount of backlogue reads for review too this month. I wanted to read them last year but was unfortunately unable too. This year, I am thankful I have a mixture of backlogue and new authors to read through – giving me a well-rounded Wyrd And Wonder by the time we celebrate its conclusion.

    I look forward to returning to see what you blog about and which of these becomes your new favourites! 🙂 Welcome and have a bookishly wicked month of exploration!
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    • The Lady Trent books are so good! I really want to just sit down and rip through the whole series in one go; I think it’ll be a lovely reread.

      And yay for Seanan McGuire! I need to get through that series too… I keep getting sidetracked!

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