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
- Takeaway: Thorough sarcasm works when your main character has his own wants and fears
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,