Quarterly Reading Recommendation

I can’t believe it’s already been another three months since my last recommendation post! This is going to be my second instalment for 2021 and this month I only picked 5 books to list since I didn’t read as much during those three months and these were the only books I wanted to recommend. If you want to check out my first quarterly reading recommendations click HERE!

My recommendations for April – May – June are:

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

June Wrap Up

I’m definitely proud of what I was able to finish this month and happy with all the books I chose! Some that have been on my TBR for quite a while now and a couple of newer releases so a pretty well rounded bunch. They were all really great books and I am excited to finally be getting out of my reading slump!

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones – ⭐️3/5 stars

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland – ⭐️4/5 stars

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He – ⭐️3/5 stars

Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️5/5 stars

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️4/5 stars

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn – ⭐️3/5 stars

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5 Diverse Books I Want to Read Update

Back in January I posted about 5 diverse books I really wanted to read in 2021 and now that we are halfway through the year I thought I would post an update! I have actually read 3 out of 5 of the books and I had a few mixed thoughts/feeling about them. 

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Morena-Garcia

This was an intriguing, dark, weird and twisted tale that didn’t shy away from shocking the reader. I appreciate how far Silvia Moreno-Garcia was willing to push the plot and take it to a place that I wasn’t able to predict for sure. This was highly original and in the end quite thrilling and action packed.

My Rating:  ⭐️3/5 stars

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

I liked the fact that we are given insight into the other characters and it just isn’t all about Juliette and Roma. I was also highly invested in the two gangs and the way they differentiated from each other. Learning about the blood feud and why the two gangs are so willing to kill each other when they breach each other’s territories gave much needed depth and excitement.

My Rating:  ⭐️3/5 stars

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Overall this was not what I was expecting at all! I almost forgot going into it that it was a horror and surprised by the graphic scenes, but it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting to know what is going to happen next. I almost wish it was longer, but then I feel like overcomplicating this premise would of made it less intriguing. So it is what it is.

My Rating:  ⭐️3/5 stars

The other two books I still need to read are:

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The Only Good Indians Review

*Some spoilers below*

The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.

It took me a solid 100 pages or so to understand what was even happening in this book. The writing just didn’t really gel with me and I had a hard time comprehending the prose. The story was definitely compelling and shocking but I didn’t feel as invested in these characters as what I probably could have been.

The book just launches into Ricky’s point of view and I was lost. I didn’t know whether or not what was happening to him was real and I was almost indifferent to his death. Lewis I felt more of a connection to and was actually invested in his character and the subsequent demise of his state of mind. The guilt he carried around all these years and the paranoia surrounding that day and how the elk was coming for him felt real and raw. I was shocked to see how far he would go to try to rid himself from the elk woman and how apathetic he was afterwards, reasoning with himself that he did what was necessary.

Again I didn’t really feel a connection to Cass or Gabe, I didn’t get enough time with either or them to forge that connection either. Which I guess kind of makes sense in terms of the plot. Ricky got a majority of the time because he was the one who killed the mother and the baby elk and was tortured the most, Cass and Gabe are just getting the repercussions because they were there that day as well. Leaning about the sweat was definitely interesting and I liked that they added Nate’s character into the mix as a way to explain what was happening and how the would resort back to these ancient methods on the Res.

Overall this was not what I was expecting at all! I almost forgot going into it that it was a horror and surprised by the graphic scenes, but it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting to know what is going to happen next. I almost wish it was longer, but then I feel like overcomplicating this premise would of made it less intriguing. So it is what it is.

⭐️3/5 stars brutal, haunting and visceral

Prediction Book Tag 🏷

I did this tag around this time last year and thought why not revisit and do some predictions for 2021!

All of these prompts are your predictions for your…

Picture1The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

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Picture2These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

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Picture1The Diviners by Libba Bray – I have a feeling I’m either going to love this book or hate it!

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Picture2Witchshadow by Susan Dennard– I have a few ships in this series so I’m excited to see what is going to happen!

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Picture4Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare 

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Picture5Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett 


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