November 2021 Reading Recap

November featured not as much reading as I’m used to. That’s because I finished my rewrite as my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project, rather than writing the requisite 50,000 words. I did it! I completed the rewrite, and it is now sitting in beta readers’ inboxes. The work took a lot out of me, so much so that I’m still feeling vaguely hungover.

December will feature some more things. But also, what do you mean it’s December already?

ARCs

  • A Spindle Splintered (Fractured Fables #1) by Alix E. Harrow (2021, adult, fantasy, queer)
    • Boldly wonders about the multi-verse of Sleeping Beauties trying to find agency in their crappy endings
    • There’s a bit of “magic solves the terminal illness” but this might be explored further in future volumes

Audiobooks

  • Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read (1974, adult, nonfiction)
    • Story of the Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crash-landed on the side of a mountain and it took them three months to get rescued
    • Due to being contemporary to the tragedy, nonfiction lacks some context
  • The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor (2021, adult, thriller)
    • A lady pastor moves with her 15-year-old daughter to a new town with many, many secrets
    • Compelling mother-daughter relationship
    • Resorts to making the psychologically ill character the villain in addition to other problematic stereotypes and tropes
  • Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder (2021, adult, horror)
    • Motherhood is the real horror here
    • A mother turns into something feral as the tension between who she was before and during stay-at-home child-rearing hits a boiling point
    • If you like cats, skip this one
  • Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand (2014, adult, horror)
    • A band spends the summer in an estate and their lead singer goes missing
    • The use of interviews and retrospective adds to the eeriness

Physical Copies

  • House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland (2021, YA, horror)
    • Three sisters went missing as children and returned as something else
    • In the present, one of the sisters disappears and the other two search for her
    • Biting prose with excellent use of the crossover between fairy tales and dark horror

Manga

  • Hanger Vol. 1-3 by Hirotaka Kisaragi (2020, shounen-ai, science fiction)
    • It takes a superhuman drug user to take down a superhuman drug use
    • Boys kiss
    • Angst and an interesting exploration of identity
  • Mieruko-Chan Vol. 3 & 4 by Tomoki Izumi (2021, slice-of-life, horror)
    • The hauntings continue with more world-building and concentrated tale of a boy healing from his trauma
    • The ghosts continue to be horrifying
    • I love seeing all the characters interact

Until next month,
Jo

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