Weekly Mash-Up #113

It’s always a great week when book mail is involved!

I had some credit with Thriftbooks so I thought I’d mix it up with some contemporary fiction and horror.  I’ve started Moshi Moshi for one of my Goodreads groups and I already know I’ll be searching for more of Banana Yoshimoto’s works in the near future!

And even though it’s still officially winter, I’ve been seeing signs of spring popping up!  My daffodils are pushing through the ground and several trees and shrubs are sprouting new greenery.  Even my indoor houseplants are sensing a change in the air and have been going through some growth spurts as well.  Although autumn is my favorite time of year, it’s always invigorating and renewing when spring begins to take shape.

The Week in Books

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida — full review coming at the end of March

The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong — 5 out of 5 stars!

When I get the chills while reading a story, then you know it’s a pretty damn good book!  Yu-jin wakes up to the smell of blood and finding his mother’s murdered corpse, and with no recollection of the past several hours.  So what exactly happened???       This psychological thriller takes you on a slow-burn journey where we find out who the true psychopath is.  I can’t say much more without giving major spoilers but if you’re looking for a creepy, mind-twisting  read then be sure to check this one out.  Highly recommend!

Force of Nature by Jane Harper — 4 out of 5 stars

One of my March Mystery TBR.  Alice goes missing while on a company retreat in the wilderness.  Was it accident, murder, or something else??   I’m quickly becoming a fan of Jane Harper’s multilayered stories, and this one did not disappoint!  The alternate views with each chapter work really well, and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.  Although this is the second in the Aaron Falk series, it can be enjoyed as a standalone novel.  Highly recommend!

Novellas, Short Stories, and Anthologies

Tiny Nightmares edited by Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nieto — 3 out of 5 stars

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of short stories and novellas, and in the past year I started to check out various types of “flash” fiction (shorts under 1,500 words).  Now, having finished this latest anthology I’ve come to the conclusion that flash fiction just isn’t for me.  There were a handful of standout pieces in this anthology but for the most part, the stories were bland and underdeveloped.  Yes, I know, flash fiction is not supposed to have fleshed-out characters and complicated plots, but at the very least I want some entertainment value!  When my personal notes became a list of 2 stars, “???,” and “wtf!”‘s, I knew my time with flash fiction was over…for now.  All was not lost, though, as I now have my eye on a couple of new-to-me authors who I really want to see more of their work in the future!


Stay safe and until next time, Happy Reading!

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