HEY, Y’ALL! Welcome to another episode of the Raccoon Awards, a place where I, your professional book nerd, throw books at you like it’s a dodgeball game. Usually I post reviews, but I am trying to do monthly reading recaps to cover anything that might have fallen through the cracks.
This month was kind of a failure in terms of the TBR planning. The differences in what I planned to read and what I actually read are staggering. However, books I read? They were chef’s kiss. Let’s taco bout it.
Here’s what I read:
The Album of Dr. Moreau by Daryl Gregory is a fantastic story what says what if you took five of the animal-human hybrids from this classic H.G. Wells story, made them into bubblegum pop stars, and turned those pop stars into suspects in an Agatha Christie-esque whodunnit? This story is so weird but SO FUN! I seriously enjoyed it so much and can’t wait for it to be out in the world. You can preorder a copy here if you’re interested.
Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi is a book that needs no introduction; I’m pretty sure I’m the last person in the world of SFF to read it, I swear. It’s a powerful and compelling tale about racial inequality in an almost-like-real-life dystopia. Click here to pick up a copy.
Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker (aka Seanan McGuire) is an absolute gem of a book that can be read for kids or adults. It reminds me of Phantom Tollbooth, Alice in Wonderland, and the Wizard of Oz all rolled up in one with some Chronicles of Narnia vibes dashed in for good measure. I can’t wait to read the next installment. You can join the adventure here.
Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace was probably my favorite book that I read in February (or at least, tied with Album for fave). It’s my particular brand of weird: foodie culture mixed with the supernatural, some really bad puns, and the theory that angels taste like spicy chicken nuggets. Find out why they’re cooking angel here.
Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones is a hoot, perfect for fans of dark, comedic horror. A prank gone wrong brings a mannequin to life, and for the greater good, Sawyer’s friends have to make the ultimate sacrifice. Who will survive a night of the mannequin? Click here to get yours.
Prosper’s Demon by K.J. Barker was such an entertaining read! This book felt like watching a chess match between an exorcist and a demon, and the checkmate? Oh, it was so, so good. Highly recommend you pick up a copy here.
So that concludes what I finished in February.
I had two books I DNF’ed: Cherry by Nico Walker and The Land by Thomas Maltman. Both of them were more mood-based than anything else; Cherry was actually one of my favorite reads of 2019 so these are really just reflective of my headspace.
And on to what I didn’t get to that I meant to read:
-Walk Among Us
-Arsenic & Adobo
-First, Become Ashes
-The Galaxy and the Ground Within
-The Witch’s Heart (re-read).
This wasn’t particularly a good month for me, reading-wise? I got a lot of writing and sewing done, but not much reading. I’m hoping March will be better. I’m getting a huge pile of frontlist to go through!
Happy reading everyone 🙂