Wrap Up, Wyrd & Wonder

Wyrd and Wonder Wrap Up!

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We’ve come to the end of the fantasy month, but considering the number of new additions to my tbr, my next few reads will probaby be fantasy too. I didn’t read as much as I meant to, but that’s pretty much always the case. I still read more than any other month this year (so far) and I’m ahead on my GR challenge so that’s nice 😀

In the sign up post I wrote a list of my goals for this month – let’s see how I did:

  • read at least 7 fantasy books – nope, I’m currently in the middle of my sixth read
  • participate in The Bone Shard Daughter read-along – done; the book is amazing
  • participate in the Book Bingo – yep, my results are below
  • do every challenge prompt – nope, I did the first few and than missed a couple of days and gave up completely
  • do a fantasy themed Bookish Memory Check – done, the post is here
  • review every book I read in May – nope, I wrote 3 reviews, remembered that I really don’t enjoy writing reviews all that much and really shouldn’t force myself to do it
  • re-watch LOTR the extended edition – done, this was one of my better ideas
  • watch some fantasy movies that are new to me – done, the list is below
  • listen to music that’s inspired by fantasy books – yeah, but not as much as I planned to
  • check what other participants are doing – yes, I found a lot of new blogs to follow!

So, 7 out of 10 – pretty good 😀

What I read:

The only book I didn’t enjoy was Trick, everything else was well chosen – I’m not yet done with The Color of Magic but I’m more than halfway through and it’s amazing. The first two books I read are both part of the Grisha world – I loved going back to it after watching the show. Spinning Silver and The Bone Shard Daughter are my favorites. But it sucks to read an amazing first book in a series to find out that the next part is months away – I can’t wait to read The Bone Shard Emperor. Spinning Silver is my first read by Naomi Novik, I will read Uprooted next and I’m sure I won’t be disappointed. Also, the author is one of the founders of AO3, which I’m very thankful for 😀

Unreliable allies – Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Award winner – The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Standalone – Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Read-along – The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
Finish a series – Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
Freebie – Trick by Natalia Jaster

What I watched:

I re-watched The Lord of the Rings: The Extended Edition. The movies are still as perfect as the first time I watched them 16 years ago and they’re still too short.

After watching LOTR I decided to re-watch The Hobbit as well. I only watched them once before, I just didn’t fall in love with them like I did with the original trilogy but they’re still enjoyable. And some of the dwarves are very nice to look at.

I finally watched some fantasy movies that I’ve been meaning to watch for years: Matilda, Shrek and Night at the Museum. I liked all of them, but I wish I’d seen them when I was a kid, because I would have absolutely loved them back then. I’m mostly glad I saw Shrek so I can finally understand all the references people make.

I also watched The Old Guard. I saw many gifs of this movie when it first came out – it was everywhere. At first I wasn’t really into it but I ended up loving it. Hopefully the sequel will happen.

I love kdramas and I meant to watch a fantasy kdrama this month, but there was no time, so I watched Il Mare, a very good movie that’s been on my list for a while. It’s about two people who live in the same house but two years apart and they exchange letters through time.

And one of my favorite fantasy shows – the 2009 Alice mini series (only two episodes). There’s a lot of cheesiness here and the special effects are not that great but the chemistry between actors makes up for everything.

One book, one idea challenge

I started this challenge to get myself out of my routine and try some new things in life. My picks for the five books I’m done with:

  • Crooked Kingdom – learn slight of hand tricks
  • Rule of Wolves – go horse riding
  • The Bone Shard Daughter – meditate every day
  • Trick – learn to juggle
  • Spinning Silver – learn to sew

I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue this after Wyrd and Wonder but now I know that I will. There just wasn’t enough time to try all of those things and when I first thought of this challenge, I meant to simply try things once and only continue if I find them interesting enough. But trying things once is not always enough – I’m not going to learn juggling or sewing in a day and trying meditation only once seems pretty useless. It’s five things that I’m a complete newbie at, so I need to do some research and give them all a proper try. So far I’ve tried juggling, slight of hand and meditation and I look forward to learning more.

This was my first time participating in Wyrd and Wonder and I want to participate every year from now on. I want to join more events like this, it’s a great way to find new books and new people to follow. So if anyone knows about anything similar… let me know 😀


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