March was almost a total bust. I traveled for over half of the month for work and barely got any reading done during that time. Upon returning, I got the flu, which knocked me out for an additional week. I did ok with my March goals I guess. I finished 4/6 and am nearly done with the fifth book. I made very little progress in The Stand, so that one will carry into April. Good thing, April has two readathons: Spring into Horror and Dewey’s 24-hour readathon! I will again be hosting some social media hours in the Dewey’s Goodreads group, on the Dewey blog, and via the Dewey Twitter account. I hope to hear from you during that time and can’t wait to see how your April progresses. As usual underlined books represent books I own, Goodreads links are below the pictures, and spoilers are possible.
Books read: 6
Books listened to: 7
Total pages read (includes “pages” from audiobooks): 1997
Will Haunt You (Brian Kirk) ♠♠ and 1/2♠
This was an ARC I had been looking forward to since I got it in my mail (check out my full review here on my blog or on Goodreads). The premise is so damn cool: if you read this book, bad things will happen to you too. The narrator often breaks the fourth wall giving you ample warnings. The story is kinda chaotic and at times so unbelievable you find yourself wondering if any of this is real or if the narrator just has a very vivid imagination (or even hallucinations). You can’t trust anyone in the story. All of this should make for exciting reading. Sadly, I found myself more often than not confused and irritated. I couldn’t get to any mental imagery as the plot switched way too quickly at times. But more importantly, I couldn’t get to a point where I was even the slightest bit frightened that reading this book could be “dangerous” for me and thus I feel the novel missed its goal.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good meta-narration and who isn’t afraid of a lot of chaos with a side of horror.
Sometimes I Lie (Alice Feeney) ♠♠♠
If there is such a thing as too many plot twist, this would be the book to represent it all. I mean don’t get me wrong, the narrator tells you right up front that sometimes she lies, but man, does she deliver on that. The plot grips you right away – why is Amber in a coma? Did her husband do it? Is he having an affair with her sister? Is Amber a bad person? I don’t want to say too much since you should discover each twist on your own. My humble opinion is just that there were too many, making the ending somewhat cartoonish. Plus, I am still not sure what the conclusion actually was. Like, what the f*** just happened? Did you just lie to me?
If you like a fast thriller with an unreliable narrator and many twists and turns, I recommend this book to you.
Legion (William Peter Blatty) ♠♠♠ and 1/2♠
This is the follow-up to The Exorcist, which, if you can recall, BLEW ME AWAY. Here, the detective Kinderman, who we met in The Exorcist, is the main protagonist working his way through a slew of murders that very much mimic the calling card of a long-dead serial killer. Blatty spends a lot of time on musings about religion and the mind during the first 2/3 of the novel. I quite enjoyed reading those ideas. There were several about the brain and neurons which we now know to be false believes but must’ve been novel hypotheses at the time he wrote this story. The pace of the plot really picks up during the last 1/3 of the book with a pretty big plot twist, which I definitely did not see coming. Some reviewers didn’t care for the meandering and slowness of Kinderman but to me, it evoked a sense of nostalgia. He reminded me of the show Columbo which I religiously watched with my grandma. All in all, this is a decent sequel to The Exorcist but definitely lacks Blatty’s superb writing style we see in the 40th-anniversary edition of the aforementioned book.
I recommend this book to you if you 1) read The Exorcist and 2) like a lot of philosophy with your demonic hauntings.
Pet Sematary (Stephen King) ♠♠♠♠
I really devoured this one. It was a surprisingly easy read and one of the more plot-driven novels I’ve read from King. I loved his foreword talking about what inspired this story. It was again an excellent reminder to write yourself in your books! It has been a while since I watched the movie, so reading this book, was like discovering the plotline anew. There were several characters I quite enjoyed and thought were super well developed. None of the side stories seemed unnecessary, which is something King often gets criticized for. I am hesitant to talk too much about this novel in fear to give away too much. I specifically liked the lore and folktales it was based on and I felt King did a good job making them feel new and unique without leaving out key factors.
I recommend this novel to you if you would like to give King a try but are overwhelmed by his more verbose bestsellers.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Alvin Schwartz)
Gahhhhhh, this was so good! I wish I would’ve had this book growing up. It would’ve fed my need for the scary and creepy. I would’ve loved to tell these stories to my friends. This is a treasure and everyone should read it. It has interactive tales, tales that should be sung, and tales that need a good ear and attention.
I recommend this book to you if you are a human.
Little Darlings (Melanie Golding) ♠♠
This ARC had a super intriguing synopsis. I was immediately sucked into the premise: an unreliable narrator and potential sinister paranormal plotline. Sadly, the novel ended up falling flat (check out my full review here on my blog or on Goodreads). The final conclusion left me super dissatisfied. The folk tales weren’t weaved in enough to matter, and the characters weren’t fleshed out enough for me to care. Yet, one major point of this book was super well done: the depiction of postpartum depression (PPD).
I recommend this book solely on the fact that it deals with PPD and that we should all become more familiar with it.
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Paved the Way (Rachel Ignotofsky) ♠♠♠♠
This was inspiring and educational. It’s a perfect introduction to women in STEM who have made a difference over the years. It’s nerd-tastic, swoon-worthy, and feminist. I listened to this book while glancing at an eBook copy and the narrator was very engaging. The illustrations are well done and fit the theme beautifully. It was a great work companion and I immediately ordered it as a gift for my young nieces.
I recommend this book for you if you’re looking to get a light overview of important female historical figures who influenced science as we know it today.
HOW WAS YOUR MARCH? DID YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BOOK? MINE WAS MOST DEFINITELY SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK!