October 2020 Reading Recap

In October, my friends and I went full spooky season and watched a new movie every weekend. By new, I mean, it was a different movie, but it happened to be new to at least one of us every time. Watching movies with friends is nice, don’t you know?

Started a new job this month, so reading has noticeably slowed down. Whoops.

Read Cover-to-Cover in October

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

  • Adult dark fantasy about the KKK turning into more literal monsters and the Black hunters taking them down
  • Epic on every page
  • Takeaway: Writing an intense and horrifying work while maintaining the joy that comes from community coming together

My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress by
Rachel DeLoache Williams

  • Adult nonfiction told from the perspective of one of Anna Delvey’s victims
  • Not much of a focus on rich people shenanigans, but mostly about an abusive friendship
  • Takeaway: Sometimes things are much sadder than initially expected

The Tower of Fools (The Hussite Trilogy #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski

  • Adult fantasy about an adulterer in 1400s Poland
  • Spends every chapter roasting him and everyone around him
  • Novel-in-translation
  • Takeaway: Thorough sarcasm works when your main character has his own wants and fears

Audiobooks

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

  • Young adult horror about a girl trying to find her lost sister
  • Really good use of multi-media in presenting the whole story
  • Takeaway: Non-linear storytelling can really up the dread

The Merciful Crow (#1) by Margaret Owen

  • Young adult fantasy about a girl and her caravan of crows protecting a prince thought dead
  • Hella sex-positive!
  • Teeth magic!
  • Takeaway: Nodding to tropes but making them feel relevant to the main cast

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

  • Adult horror about a divorced woman working at a crap-taxidermy museum
  • If Narnia was horrific
  • The cat doesn’t die in the end
  • Takeaway: Putting jokes in from time-to-time to relieve the pressure but not lessen the terror

The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

  • Young adult fantasy about a girl’s village that gets taken by soul eaters
  • I really wanted more of the soul eaters, considering the book starts with their story
  • Takeaway: Consistency is key

The Last Book on the Left by
Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zabrowski

  • Adult nonfiction covering nine notorious serial killers
  • Grisly, but does nothing to paint these villains as heroes
  • Takeaway: How to take a podcast and turn it into an engrossing read

November is NaNoWriMo, the beginning of two beta reads. We’ll see how reading books goes.

Until next time,
Jo

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