These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!
Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones
“The greatest good, all that, which is also just a way of saying the least bad,”
Crossroads by Laurel Hightower
“The first time Chris buried a part of herself by her son’s roadside cross, it was an accident.”
Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare
“I . . .” I’m not your sweetheart, motherfucker.”
Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda
“It was so easy to pretend that everything was normal. We’ve always been great pretenders here.”
The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean
“For here was the thing that no fairy tale would ever admit, but that she understood in that moment: love was not inherently good.
*A FEW SPOILERS*
This book is a contemporary horror story where a teen prank goes very wrong and all hell breaks loose: is there a supernatural cause, a psychopath on the loose, or both?
Sawyer is very resolute in his thoughts that Manny the mannequin has come to life and is now hell bent on killing them all. I have to say his reasonings behind it was quite weak and the fact that he is so almost eagerly willing to murder the rest of his friends just to spare the rest of their families gives me that hero complex vibe. I don’t know how he gets away with each of them as he doesn’t really think through each little detail of the murders and executes them pretty much out in the open with a lot of witnesses.
I feel like this is basically about Sawyer not willing to grow apart from his friends and how fixated he is on trying to maintain their connection through Manny. They used to be so close and would pull all these pranks and hang out all the time and gradually that has stopped to the point where Manny has been sitting in his garage for years. Even the reoccurring theme of the super hero movie throughout the plot he uses as a way to reinforce the validity of his thought process.
One thing about Stephen Graham Jones’ books is he kind of throws you straight into the story. I just always feel a bit disoriented when I start like I missed an introduction somewhere, it’s quite strange. You definitely have to suspend a bit of belief when reading this book but it was definitely weird yet entertaining.
⭐️3/5 stars this was a wild ride!
It’s Top Ten Tuesday time once again! The original prompt this week is book titles that you find hilarious but honestly I couldn’t think of any books that came to mind. So instead I decided to go with 10 book titles that had me intrigued and compelled enough to want to pick up and find out what that could possibly mean.
10 Compelling Book Titles are:
You’ve Lost a lot of Blood & Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark
We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry
My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente
In My Dreams I Hold A Knife by Ashley Winstead
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power
Since we are now halfway through the year I thought it would be a good idea to just check in on the diverse books I was trying to prioritise this year and see how I’m going! So far I have read 2 out of the five books I had on my list so I definitely feel like I need to move them to the top of my TBR.
Books I’ve Completed are:
My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones – I don’t know whether it’s Stephen Graham Jones’ writing style or just Jade’s perspective in particular but I was confused as to what was happening for the majority of the story. Where she was and what she was doing and also who she was talking to, it was framed in a way that was a bit too chaotic for me. She was kind of devolving slowly but also as people kept dying she was become more assured of her predictions. It was very much a stream of consciousness style of writing and I couldn’t really follow along and appreciate it as much as others seem to. ⭐️2/5 stars
We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry – The concept was something I found to be super intriguing, but the way the connection between them all is created was a touch on the ridiculous side. Emilio being the overseer that these girls need to appease and power up to beat their opponents and get to state was just so over the top and kept me invested. ⭐️3/5 stars
Books I still need to read are:
As per this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt these are 10 books I’ve read in the last year or so with an adjective in the title.
Where the Drowned Girls Go & Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong
A Vow so Bold and Deadly & A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa