I believe Carmen Marie Machado to be an actual genius. I have read both this haunting dastardly collection of short stories and her memoir and both are worth our time and attention. Beautiful, strange, and alluring, Machado finds a way to light the sharp broken parts of us with beauty and purpose.
Women Talking found me in a beachside bookstore when I was entering my sophomore year of high school. It cracked open my previously riddled with nothing but b tier fantasy mind. Not that there is anything wrong with some wonderful half-baked world-building but there is something far more reaching about the ways in which Miriam Toews showed me a world self-contained and rich. Her history with the topic at hand shines through. A book I will forever call my favorite, not only for its honesty and its strong characters but for the real human heart that beats within its pages.
I love nothing more than a collection of horror-leaning short stories and Get in Trouble is no exception. Kelly Link is one of my deepest inspirations as an amateur writer. Her writing is witty and strange at first and heartfelt and harrowing at second.
The most romantic book I've read to date. Two agents on opposing sides of an endless time war begin leaving notes behind for the other to find at their recent victories. surreal and sometimes hard to grasp if you just allow yourself to be carried along you will not be disappointed. Some lines I continue you to think about years after reading.
Growing up in a small town, growing up queer, and growing up confused are perfectly captured in this poetic graphic novel. Some experiences and musings I thought were only unique to me were explored in this book that takes place across the world from my hometown. A forever favorite after reading.
Four Blackfeet Natives are haunted by a final hunting trip they take before all going their separate ways. I was enthralled as I watched the past come back on four uniquely twisted paths to wage its revenge on these men. The writing is dry and descriptive, the characters are gray and still, you will feel their fear just as potently.
In its original format, this novel means a lot to me, but the story is all the more elevated when illustrated. Emily Carroll went above and beyond breathing life into this old story. I have a signed copy and it is indeed my prized possession.
Kiley Reid is wickedly efficient. She makes characters who teter between unbearable and amiable so realistically. All intentions are hidden under confusing layers of what is right and what seems right that come together to form these unbelievably human characters.
Patrick Ness is my favorite YA author without a question. The grace and heart he gives to teens is unparalleled. Burn is about Dragons in the 50s, like the 50s as they were but there are dragons, and for some reason, its genius, and I don't know why I'm not consuming more media just like it.
Another excellent short horror story collection that does exactly what it says on the tin. I was confused, terrified, and enraptured. Popular for a reason.
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Absolutely absurd and otherworldly. A series of statements, all made by employees inhabiting the same facility. The story starts strange and cloudy and the details never really clear and still I was enthralled.