October 2022 Reading Recap

October was my first month without my main WIP. Because I’ve been in such an intense state of revision, I took October off to tap into things I’ve wanted to watch and read for a while, and honestly, it’s been quite restorative. 10/10 highly recommend. I might have a new project in the works, but it’s all joy and no stress. Book-shaped, but without all the other intensity.

Which, speaking of, it’s November. Am I doing NaNoWriMo? Who knows.

October’s blog interviews were:


  • Empire of the Feast by Bendi Barrett (adult, space opera)
    • A novella featuring a reincarnated emperor and an orgy keeping an eldritch horror at bay
    • Efficiently packs several tropes and subversions in a such a short space
  • The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayer (adult, science fiction)
    • Bioethics meets a near future where octopi are being studied to understand nonhuman communication to nefarious ends
    • I could not get passed the one they/them character being an android, sorry!
    • The pacing also wasn’t even
  • The Scratch Daughters (Scapegracers #2) by H.A. Clarke (YA, contemporary fantasy)
    • The lesbian witches who are gay are back and more magical than ever, with a demon in tow
    • Full of compassion, authentic friendship strife, and more spells
  • You Fed Us to the Roses by Carlie St. George (adult, horror)
    • A rad collection of tricks and treats for horror fans by someone with a genuine love for the genre
    • Some stories play it straight, others subvert tropes
    • Author interview went up on 10/18/2022


  • Empty Smiles (Small Spaces #4) by Katherine Arden (MG, horror, 2022)
    • A collection of short stories that overall were rather hit or miss for me
    • The titular story and a handful of others, however, slap
  • Never Coming Home by Kate Williams (YA, thriller, 2022)
    • And Then There Were None retelling with influencers
    • Missed opportunity as far as the order in which the kills went plus the justification didn’t really work for me
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean (adult, non-fiction, 2010)
    • If this is how the periodic table had been taught, maybe I’d remember more nuclear chemistry
    • Engaging and thoughtfully arranged
  • Lanny by Max Porter (adult, folk horror, 2021)
    • Definitely a horror because a child goes missing and also there’s fae nonsense involved
    • Incredible depiction of a small town and the mistrust of newcomers

Physical Copies

  • Titus Groan (Gormenghast #1) by Mervyn Peake (adult, fantasy, 1946)
    • A classic I am reading as part of my quest to write a horny goth novel
    • Dense descriptions, unhinged characters, I get why this has stuck around all this time
  • Warriors of God (The Hussite Trilogy #2) by Andrzej Sapkowski (adult, historical fantasy, 2022)
    • Sapkowski continues to hate Reynevan in ways I have not experienced in fiction yet
    • Epic scale battles with a laser focus on keeping the massive cast discrete despite multiply repeated names

Light Novels

  • Boogiepop returns VS Imaginator Parts 1 & 2 by Kouhei Kadono & Kouji Ogata (horror, seinen, 2006)
    • A prequel harkening back to Boogiepop’s first battles against other urban legends
    • Seamlessly navigates multiple perspectives and masterfully comes together in the end


  • Cat Massage Therapy Vol. 2-3 by Haru Hisakawa (slice-of-life comedy josei, 2022)
    • The fluffy cuteness of cats running a massage parlor continues
    • Excellent full-color art and some tension, but really, turn your brain off and relax with kitties (and puppies!)
  • Dick Fight Island Vol 1 by Reibun Ike (fantasy, josei, 2021)
    • A political system where the king is decided by duels where the first one who comes, loses
    • Great dicks, great fights, 100% mindless, 10/10 no notes
  • Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 1-7 by Sui Ishida (horror, seinen, 2015-2016)
    • All my brain zaps reactivated because this series pushes so many of my favorite buttons: horror, cannibalism, gray lines between morality
    • Kaneki Ken did nothing wrong, I’m so excited to see what strange choices he makes in the rest of it

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