I read 13 books in December!
BECOMING written and narrated by Michelle Obama 5*
WINTER'S BONE by Daniel Woodrell 4*
MOURNING JEWELRY by Stephanie Wytovich 4.5
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens 5*
ARCS/Reads for Review
THE SEA DREAMS IT IS THE SKY by John Hornor Jacobs 4.5*
SCAPEGOAT by Adam Howe and James Newman 4*
IN THE NIGHT WOOD by Dale Bailey 4*
HUSK by J. Kent Messum 4.5*
THE VALANCOURT BOOK OF HORROR STORIES, V.3 edited by James Jenkins and Ryan Cagle
THE TRAVELING VAMPIRE SHOW by Richard Laymon 2.5*
SAGA, VOLUME 9- by Brian Vaughan 5* YOU BROKE MY HEART!
SANDMAN: OVERTURE by Neil Gaiman 5*
KILL OR BE KILLED, V. 1 by Ed Brubaker 4*
Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:
Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR
(I failed but had fun trying!)
1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene
2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon
3. October by Michael Rowe
4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson
5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard
6. Cold in July by Joe Lansdale
7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
8. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
9. Hex by Thomas Heuvelt
10. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Running Total: 157
Total Goal: 150
I'm not a good enough reviewer to properly review this book. Instead, here's:
My friends have it all over me regarding reviews of this book, so I'll let them speak for themselves. What a great way to finish off 2018!
Now I'm going to go ugly cry.
This is such a beautifully told story and I feared it was going to break my heart because books like this usually do. It didn’t and I’m glad for that. It gets all five stars because it never let me down.
Kya is just a child when her mother, older sisters and eventually her abusive father abandon her in the marsh. She has no education and must use her wits to survive and despite all of the odds she does. She’s strong, smart and resourceful and even though the church going townsfolk cruelly call her “Swamp Trash” and other unsavory names, as they hold their beautifully clean children close, she doesn’t let it get her down and finds help and friendship in the most unexpected of places.
I adored this book so much and think everyone should read it. It’s uplifting and gorgeous and also very gritty and down to earth. Kya is my kind of kid who grows into a woman who doesn’t abide any crap from the people and the men who continually let her down. At one point she calls one a “Chickenshit Asshole” and I wanted to hug her as I laughed because she was so right and I was thinking the same thing for pages and pages on end.
It’s a lovely read about the strength of spirit, the mistakes of youth, of friendship and kindness, resilience, prejudice and forgiveness and also the strange alluring beauty of the swamp and all that surrounds it. I recommend it with all that’s left of my heart.