April 2021 Reading Recap

Excuse me, but where did April go? This month went by so quickly, I cannot wrap my head around it. And what a roller coaster of a ride it was.

The big thing that happened to me was that my beloved Eclectus parrot, Investor, had to be put to sleep due to poor health. He was in our family for 20 years. I try to smile through the happy memories, but mostly it’s just tears.

In addition, the situation in India hit a close friend of mine in her immediate family, so I wanted to link to this thread of resources and places to donate to.

Honestly, my mind’s been a mess and the fact that I can focus on anything is a miracle.

Nino Cipri stopped by the blog this month to celebrate the release of Defekt, the unexpected sequel to Finna, which came out this month.

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Review: NEAR THE BONE by Christina Henry (2021)

Genre: Adult Horror
Year Release: 2021
Source: Libro.fm

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Listened to the audiobook
Content warning: spousal abuse, spousal rape (off screen but implied), brainwashing, gaslighting, body horror, kidnapping, and gore

This is by far one of the saddest horror novels I have ever read. In this wintery, mountainside tail, we get deep inside the mind of Mattie, wife to an abusive husband named William and who lives in a cabin with literally no other human contact. Then a mysterious beast leaves behind a mutilated bear, and William will stop at nothing to kill it. Strangers come around in search of the same creature and Mattie’s world might not be all as it appears.

It is a heart-wrenching exploration of reclaiming identity and fighting back against an abusive husband while also opening up and learning to trust strangers and your own instincts. And yes, there is plenty of body horror and gore, but those are not the fears to be found in this game of cat-and-mouse between humans and a beast.

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Reading Recap: October 2016

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I had such a cool concept for this month’s Reading Recap: I wanted to read only horror books and then do an exploration of why they were so scary. Graduate school felt like my own edition of survival horror at its finest, so I’ll simply be sharing the books I caught up on this month.

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