April 2020 Reading Recap


Good-bye April, the shortest month this year. I have gone through a lot of sudden changes, but there are always more books to read. I even discovered two new favorites this month, which feels exciting.

This month, I also interviewed Aleksandra Ross to celebrate the release of her debut novel, Don’t Call the Wolf and I had outlined a plan to improve my craft. I will be saving the craft reads for their own post.

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Review: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson (1959)

Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Adult Horror (Classic?)
Year Release: 1959
Source: Library audiobook

Listened to the audiobook

I generally don’t read source material or classics. The thrills and chills, however, of the Netflix adaptation of Haunting of Hill House, tickled my terrors so thoroughly, I had to read the source material. What a classic it is. (Writing this review on the heels of a horror workshop is also interesting).

What really struck me the most was just how deep into the characters’ heads we get. We start off the book and everyone seems to be well-adjusted. And then they start their summer at the house. The eerieness comes in small doses, not reaching any kind of climax. The house is just like that. It’s a villain under whose spell the characters can only fall under, powerless despite their research and the resident medium.

The house itself is undoubtedly a setting-as-a-character. Its influence is felt from the very first introduction. No action that the characters take comes without the house’s influence. It’s eerie and spooky in a way where you cannot separate the characters from their setting.

By the end, I hadn’t realized it was published in the year it was. There’s a certain timelessness to both the characters and that vulnerability. Many of the feelings did translate to the Netflix adaptation, but that’s a whole separate essay, which I’m sure someone else has done.

The archetypal haunted house story, definitely give this a read if you’re behind on reading things that are thoroughly beloved.

April 2020 TBR

Shelter-in-place continues through April in Illinois. I will keep reading horror and others.

Hard Copies

  • Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus
  • Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  • The Never-Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
  • Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
  • Scapegracers by H.A. Clarke (ARC)


  • Don’t Call the Wolf by Aleksandra Ross (ARC)
  • Flotsam (Peridot Shift #1) by R.J. Theodore
  • The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer (ARC)
  • Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (ARC)
  • The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson (ARC)
  • Shorefall (Founders #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett (ARC)
  • Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin


  • Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb
  • The Fisherman by John Langan
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

No betas this month, but sending a draft to two friends for alpha reading. Exciting stuff.