Monday Mash-Up #023

First, I want to give a huge shout-out to all the great Dads out there—Happy belated Father’s Day!!

Second, I’m just wondering where the heck Monday went?!  Now that my son is out of school for the summer, the days seem to melt together, making it easy for me to lose track of what day it is.  Shake it off, Glenda!  😀

While this past week was pretty quiet around here, it did provide some extra reading time for me.  And boy, did I find some winners this week!  On Saturday, I received my order of three novellas by Chad Lutzke, who I will admit I am now obsessed with.  No, I’m not turning into the narrator of You, but I am wondering where this author has been all my life (or at least the past few years since he started writing)!  I give a full five stars to the following novellas, all of which I read Saturday afternoon:

Stirring the Sheets

Of Foster Homes and Flies


Lutzke’s stories are listed as horror, but these three I would lean more towards very dark fiction.  And they are addictive!!  His writing style is straight-forward but emotionally powerful and pulls the reader in from the beginning.  I am hooked!!!  If you like your stories on the darker side, be sure to check this author out!!

Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy — 5 out of 5 stars!!

Another new-to-me author who I am now obsessed with reading more of his stuff (I already have two more of his books on hold at the library).  This one tells the story of Jacob, an 18-ish year old with a drug dealing daddy and a crack whore mom, living in small town North Carolina.  The story is dark and brutal, but with glimmers of light and hope that made me love the characters and story even more.  Highly recommend!!

Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff — 4 out of 5 stars!

Wolff is probably best known for his memoir, This Boy’s Life, but this collection of short stories shows his range and writing skills.  These are definitely not feel good stories, but still worth checking out.

Strange Weather by Joe Hill — 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Hill’s collection of four novellas is, well, different.  I was expecting horror and instead got sci-fi and a statement piece on gun control.  They were good, just not what I was looking for.

Killing Eve:  No Tomorrow — 3 out of 5 stars

Why do I keep reading this series when I clearly love the television show more?  *sigh*  I went into this one with lower expectations, and I don’t know if that made the difference but I did find this installment a bit better than the first book.  And, of course, it ends on a major cliffhanger which will have me reading the third book when it comes out in 2020 and lamenting the fact that it is still not as good as the tv show.

The official first day of summer is this Friday!  While we have no major vacation plans, we will be enjoying local day trips, outdoor living, and family programs at the library.

And, of course, a good book or two!!

Until next time, Happy Reading!!



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