Woohoo! It’s one of the highlights of my literary year once again. The best in British short story-writing talent is celebrated, and shared with the world. I was so, so chuffed that Laura from the amazing Comma Press sent over a copy of these stories, as it doesn’t even appear to be available in the … Continue reading Review: BBC National Short Story Award 2022
Oooooh, it's almost spooky season! Here in Sleepy Hollow, it's a little difficult to embrace the spirits at temperatures pushing 100 degrees. Luckily, there are so many fantastic new horror books flying around! All these books have been generously provided by the publishers via NetGalley, in exchange for a fair and honest review. Short Story … Continue reading Books to Read in September 2022
For someone who loves wearing sweaters, I really moved to the wrong part of the world. We're "enjoying" triple figure temperatures in the Hollow right now, so I barely leave the house. Here's what I've been enjoying from the comfort of my beautifully air-conditioned home. Martin McDonagh I love the writer Martin McDonagh. He's probably … Continue reading Summer 2022 Reading!
I'm pleased with the variety of books I read in June. Noticeably more comics than usual. I haven't read any plays for a while; something I hope to remedy in July. Anyway, here's the list: Five Stars The Colony, by Audrey McGee (Dreamscape Media)I grabbed the audiobook of this from NetGalley, as some of my … Continue reading My June 2022 Reads
Alternate title: Please, lovely publishers, approve my NetGalley requests. The rest of 2022 looks absolutely amazing in terms of female-authored fiction. I will not rest until I have these books in my sweaty little bookworm mitts. Lapvona, by Ottessa Mosfegh (Penguin Press) - released June 21st, 2022 The reviews for Lapvona contain phrases like “gloomy … Continue reading Books Coming in Summer/Fall 2022 That I Need to Read NOW!
I underestimate how much reading I get done. That said, May is a long-ass month. Anyway, here's the list! Five Stars The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories Vol. 2, edited by James D. JenkinsI can't fault either this collection or Volume 1. Okay, the stories aren't all perfect, but the sheer amount of work … Continue reading My May 2022 Reads
Yay! It's finally release day for Hide, one of my favorite books of the year so far. I had the pleasure of reading it back in January, and I still think about it. Here's my review: For those of you with Squid Game withdrawal symptoms, I highly recommend Hide, Kiersten White’s adult debut. Fourteen seemingly-random … Continue reading Review: Hide, by Kiersten White (Del Rey Books)
Earlier, this week I thought about the books I've read this year, and where they come from. Really, I shouldn't have looked. 39 Books read so far in 2022: 20 ARCs (from NetGalley, Edelweiss+)10 library books1 borrowed from a friend8 I actually bought with real money But how many books have I bought this year? … Continue reading Bookish Problems
You know me, I love a spooky anthology. And Tor Nightfire are dominating the horror game with their consistently awesome releases. So Dark Stars ticked so many of my boxes, and is chock-full of superb stories from the best modern horror writers. The stories in this collection are incredibly varied, but all succeed in reaching … Continue reading Review: Dark Stars, edited by John F. D. Taff (Tor Nightfire)
It is Mothers' Day this coming weekend in the US. And as some marketing emails would suggest, I’m sure there are mothers that do like books with blue covers, with a photo of the back of a woman, staring out to sea. I am not one of those mothers. I have become a different reader … Continue reading Alternative Mothers’ Day Books