Season 3: Which Retelling Next?

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to determine the fate of the fairy tale retelling in our hands. Wouldn’t you want to be a part of the suggestion process? Yes? Right? ūüėÄ

Please vote for our Season 3 fairy tale! You can look at the details on the original post, and it is a very quick click of the button. We promise there won’t be any dangerous beasties lurking in the corner, so it’s safe to vote your hearts away. Thank you kindly!

Fableulous Retellings Podcast

Season 1 is almost done, and we’ve got Season 2 under way, but now we need YOUR help! What fairy tale retelling should we delve into next?

This is just a mere fraction of the fairy tales written down in the world, but you guys, there are SO many options of what to delve into!

We’ve got a couple of ideas of where to head to next, but it would be fun to see what you guys want to see us discuss. So for that to work, we’ve made a teeny tiny poll. Tell us which of the fairy tales you want discussed in our podcast. To keep it concise, we’ve listed down three fairy tales and if you want to suggest us something, throw them in the comments section!

Please make note that we do look for fairy tales that have been RETOLD in at least two different works…

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Season 1, Episode 1: Beauty and the Beast

I mentioned this a while back, where my friend and I were embarking on a fairy tale retelling podcast. And after weeks of putting our first season together, we’ve finally published our first episode!

For our first season, we will be discussing the wonderful story of Beauty and the Beast. The episode takes a look at two of the original tales and discusses the importance of roses, libraries, and invisible servants within the popular tale.

If you like fairy tales, fairy tale retellings, fantasy, podcasts, and, well, YA and NA stories, you should really check Fableulous Retellings out.

Fableulous Retellings Podcast

Click here to download Episode 1!

Meg and Mari open their first season by discussing the classic original fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast! They focus on the original and first adaptation as it is frequently what is used in modern retellings. They make their checklist to use against the five modern retellings they’ll be reviewing this season, as well as why they think the story came to exist!

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Mystery Blogger Award

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but since I do have a backlog of posts to get through, I figured now was a good time to do this! Christina at The Bookshelf Corner was kind enough to tag me for this, which is pretty cool!¬†The Mystery Blogger Award was created by¬†Okoto Enigma.

The Rules

1. Put the award logo/image in your post.
2. List all the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
4. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
5. Nominate 10-20 people and notify them **
6. Link back to the creator of the award.
7. Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.
8. Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.

** Make note that I’m kind of a rule-breaker, so…

These Three Things

  1. I love traveling and would go around the world if I could.
  2. I have an eclectic search history, but I suppose that goes under the territory of writing a steampunk novel.
  3. I have decided that this year, my Halloween costume will be No-Face.

The Answers

  • What are you currently reading?

Several things, because why not.¬†Portal of a Thousand Worlds¬†by Dave Duncan, which I’ve put on temporary hold because of the other things I want to finish. Like¬†Days of Blood and Starlight¬†by Laini Taylor, which is a little painful to read because KAROU AND AKIVA GET BACK TOGETHER ALREADY PLSTHX. Oh, and¬†Arabian Nights, selected tales translated by Richard Francis Burton. I’m also going to re-read¬†The Wrath & the Dawn¬†by Renee Ahdieh soon.

  • What has been your favorite book read so far of 2017 and why?

Ugh. God. This is such a loaded question. I loved a lot of the books I’d read this year. I suppose it’ll have to be¬†A Conjuring of Light¬†by V.E. Schwab. Because hell yes to that book.

  • What new book(s) are you looking forward to being released later this year (if applicable)?

The downside with having gone to BookCon is that I’m now aware of SO MANY books that are coming out and want each and every one of them! The¬†Because You Love to Hate Me anthology just came out today, which I want. I’d love to finally get a copy of¬†Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.¬†All the Crooked Saints¬†by Maggie Stiefvater looks really good, and because it’s Marissa Meyer, I also want¬†Renegades.

  • If your bookshelf could talk, what would it say? (the weird-ish question)

“Reorganize me already!” Yeah, I’m due for fixing my bookshelf up again…

  • What book series would you like to see turned into a TV series or movie?

A whole lot. I’d love to see¬†Mistborn¬†by Brandon Sanderson on screen. The¬†Shades of Magic series by Schwab, the Lunar Chronicles¬†by M. Meyer would totally be an animated series and I’d watch the hell out of that. I also wouldn’t mind watching a live action serial of anything Patricia Briggs came up with. Mostly because werewolves.

Favorite Post

Uh. I suppose shoutout to my Food and Fandom page because it’s always my favorite post when I talk about food?

The Nominations

  • Totally throwing Meg @ La Foi Aveugle under the bus for this one specifically.
  • And YOU. Or anyone else who’d like to respond to these possibly riveting questions. XD

The Questions

  1. What book are you adamant on reading this year, if nothing else?
  2. If you had to listen to an audiobook instead of read a book, who would your dream voice narrator be?
  3. What actor/actress would you see playing your fictional crush, provided the book becomes a movie/show?
  4. Which of your favorite fictional characters would make excellent space pirates? And it does NOT count if they’re already space pirates.
  5. Dragon or unicorn?

Of Epic Fantasy Owl Crates and TBTBSantas

I don’t think I’ve posted a book haul-ish post on my blog in ages. Mostly because the last few books I’ve bought I’d done piece-meal. And honestly, for the most part, they were gifts. The last thing I’d actually bought at The Strand¬†for myself was a copy of¬†Dreamstrider¬†by Lindsay Smith (which, if you’ve seen the cover, is gorgeous and of course I wanted it in my collection). Everything else I’d gotten I’d given away (including six children’s books, five of which I really wanted to read but didn’t have time to, and three books to my TBTBSantee).

But! There is always the OwlCrate.


I had subscribed to Owl Crate last month, when the Wonderland Theme¬†was a definite buy because I really wanted a copy of Marissa Meyer’s¬†Heartless¬†and come on,¬†Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was an awesome book, and it’s a fabulously aesthetic theme. I was not disappointed, and when I saw that December’s was going to be on YA epic fantasies, I jumped at the chance. I hadn’t been able to call the book this time around (Of Fire and Stars¬†by Audrey Coulthurst), though it looks really good (and an LGBT one, too!), so I can’t wait to read it. The swag for the Epic theme was pretty much kickass as well, what with items from some of my favorite fantasies out there.

Next month’s theme is “Classic Remix,” and I’m fairly sure it’ll include¬†Heartstone¬†by Elle Katharine White, because it’s certainly a remix of a classic Jane Austen story, and surprise surprise, it gets released in January. My inner Austenite wants this book, but I’ve chosen to opt out of the Owl Crate because I’m not keen on getting more tea (especially if it comes out to be a slightly disappointing set of decaf).

I also had the pleasure of getting a lovely pile of swag and books from Raisa @ raisinetta and they were gorgeous, thank you so much!


Alright, don’t laugh, but I’ve been wanting¬†Eona¬†by Alison Goodman for¬†ages. And yet…I still haven’t read¬†Eon, lol! It just wasn’t right, not having the sequel when it’s clearly a duology, I guess. I also got a hardcover of¬†Sword and Verse¬†by Kathy MacMillan, which is a fantasy following, well, wattaya know, a girl named Raisa (I see the cheek you used there, har har). All the chocolates have disappeared, and the tea will as well¬†once I get going with my nightly teatimes. My sister has been grumbling about finding a particularly¬†blue¬†TARDIS hanging on our tree (which is all the more odd because our tree happens to be white and gold-themed). And Sailor Mars happens to be my favorite senshi so she is now hanging around my set of house and school keys!

Some other books I’ve managed to yoink this month includes a few library borrowed: The Bone Season¬†by Samantha Shannon (because I needed to finish it and I’d already sent the copy I bought along to my TBTBSanta),¬†the graphic novel of Brent Weeks’¬†The Way of Shadows¬†(which I’ve been wanting to get my hands on since I’ve read the¬†Night Angel trilogy and loved it) and¬†White Sand¬†by Brandon Sanderson (also a graphic novel, which looks awesome so far). Oh, and my bestie had a copy of¬†Tiger Lily¬†by Jodi Lynn Anderson, which I plan to read in February before I lock myself down with¬†A Conjuring of Light. Ahem.

Anyway. That’s all bookish updates so far! I shall be back with some holiday fooding this Sunday. If I haven’t died from the exhaustive week of knitting, baking, and gifting.

Of Entertainer Blog Awards


I am well and truly tickled when I realized I was tagged for this ¬†a while back. I know, I know, I said a while back, because I totally saw it way back when and I only just wrote up a post about it. Thank you muchly, Emma Kath @ Llady Literary for your lovely tag! Check her out, she’s quite lovely ūüėÄ

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Add these rules to your post.
  3. Answer all the questions below.
  4. Display the award picture in your post.
  5. Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

 The Questions:

1. Why did you start a blog in the first place?

Admittedly, Story and Somnomancy is not my first blog. My first blog happened to be in Xanga (where I whined a lot), and then I moved onto a LiveJournal (where I whined and wrote fanfic drabbles a lot). But for the sake of brevity (and seeing as¬†I could write much longer about my teenager self and why she started those first two blogs than I would rather do), I started Story and Somnomancy in order to practice writing on a regular basis. Somehow that’s also evolved into writing lengthier book reviews and interacting with bloggers as well as other random nerdy and bookish ramblings, but that’s the best part about evolution, no?

2. What is your favourite book? 

One does not play favorites with one’s books. They are¬†always¬†listening.

3. What do you dislike the most?

At the moment? Colds, coughs, and completely unreliable subway train services.

4. What is your favourite food item from the mall? 

If my particular mall serves bubble tea, I tend to go for those. Otherwise, something chocolatey or baked. Or, oh! Dippin Dots!

5. What is your favourite pastime?

You mean besides reading and spending my time writing? Definitely gaming. I could be spending a great deal of time gaming on my PS4 console or computer or even the random apps on my phone for hours at a time. I’m a little psychotic like that.

The Tags

I admit I am at a loss at who to tag for this at this point. Most–if not all–of the blogs I’ve followed have often inspired and entertained me in one way or another. One does not just choose her favorites! (Okay, one can, but one is too lazy to, and one is still not out of the comfort of her very warm bed.) Anyway, I’ll leave it at that.