Weekly Mash-Up #127

Book mail, a trip to the library, and the latest NightWorms all in the same day??  Yes, it truly felt like an early Christmas around here on Tuesday!

I don’t know why I always feel the need to bring home a stack of books from the library when I have a literal mountain of unread books taking up one side of my bedroom.  But I couldn’t resist these four titles, all of which are on my must-read list…I started In the Dream House this morning and am already almost through it.  Amazing writing, I’ve had a hard time putting it down.

I’ve been in this mood to get back into the works of Clive Barker (I think the last book I read by him was sometime in the late 1990’s!), so I found one of the volumes of his Books of Blood series, The Inhuman Condition, as well as one of his darker fantasy novels, SacramentBaby Teeth comes recommended by many people and sounds like something right up my alley (is a little girl trying to kill her mother?  Or is the mother losing her mind?), and The Human Son was one I recently came across at the library and was instantly intrigued, enough so to buy a copy (it’s difficult to explain with a short synopsis but if you like sci-fi, check out the blurb on Goodreads).

As for the July NightWorms package?  I’ll be posting a full reveal soon!

The Week in Books

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman — 4 out of 5 stars

One of my Goodreads Group Reads for July.    Once again, Backman brings us a novel filled with emotion and character with a bank robbery gone wrong and a  strange hostage situation at a nearby apartment.  I’ll admit it took me a bit to get into this one as the characters were really hard for me to empathize with, but about the midway mark something just clicked and I wound up caring for the characters more than I expected.  And even though the story was totally predictable, it was still engaging and entertaining.

The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne — 4 out of 5 stars

Be sure to look for my full review here and at MrPinkInk on July 31!

Novellas, Short Stories, and Anthologies

Not All Monsters edited by Sara Tantlinger — 4 out of 5 stars

An amazing selection of short stories by women authors from the horror writing community.  Each story examines some sort of monster, whether it’s a literal creature or inner demons.  There are some interesting takes on classic fairy tales, and a heartbreaking story of a girl held captive and tortured in a basement, yearning for freedom.  From not-so-nice faeries to a tattoo artist you definitely don’t want to meet, the variety and caliber of stories is terrific and a great starting point for discovering new authors.  Highly recommend.


Stay safe and Happy Reading!!

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