The clouds part before you, revealing a high peak, topped with what initially looks like snow. As you peer closer, you realise the mountain is made of books, not rock. The sun glints off the summit, and you make out the words “Cover to be revealed” over and over. Ah, that’s where all the unread ARCs end up.

Digital painting of a sign in front of a moody looking mountain range. The sign has three destinations: Mount TBR, Slump Valley, and Stack of Doom.

Welcome to this year’s Wyrd and Wonder hosted by Annemieke @ A Dance With Books, Imyril @ There’s Always Room for One More, Jorie @ Jorie Loves A Story, Ari @ The Book Nook, and Lisa @ Dear Geek Place.

Wyrd and Wonder is a month-long celebration of all things fantasy, and the theme for this year is Comfort Zone. Ari has also created this amazing map. I’ll be travelling around the map using portal magic, of course, so there’s no planned route. I aim to stop by Pirate Cove, Cosy Cottage, Swept Away Straights, The Waters of the Past, and Bite Sized Islands, and am very much trying to avoid Slump Valley!

Wyrd and Wonder fantasy map, the place names are prompts for the event.

You can get a list and suggested interpretations at A Dance With Books.

We can never defeat Mount TBR, but I’ll be scaling a small boulder of (hopefully) comforting fantasy reads this month. Maybe this will be the month I actually get back into the October Daye series? I can’t guarantee an avalanche of other books won’t knock me off course.

Burning Crowns by Catherine Doyle + Katherine Webber

Long Live Evil by Sarah Rees Brennan*

The Honey Witch by Sydney J. Shields*

Elusive by Genevieve Cogman*

The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire

Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire

The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire

A Killing Frost by Seanan McGuire

Dying With Her Cheerpants On by Seanan McGuire

Scales and Sensibility by Stephanie Burgis

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

Hex and the City by Kate Johnson

*Review copy

Mount TBR illustration copyright © Ellie Warren 2024.