What I read in November 2023

December again, is it? Soon be time to stuff as much reading into the holiday period as I can, and pick out my top reads of the year.

But first: it’s Emotional Madness tonight, and I’m the 20-minute headliner! I’m reading out a speculative fiction/non-fiction mash-up that I’m quite pleased with. Hopefully the audience will like it, too.

The Worm in Every Heart, Behold the Void, Under the Tamarind Tree, Crow Face, Doll Face

The Worm in Every Heart: Stories, by Gemma Files - 4*

Behold the Void, by Philip Fracassi - 4.5*

Under the Tamarind Tree, by Nigar Alam - 4*

Crow Face, Doll Face, by Carly Holmes - 5*

The Road Through the Wall, Pass the Cyanide, Now She Is Witch, Frankissstein

The Road Through the Wall, by Shirley Jackson - 4.5*

Pass the Cyanide, by Karmen Špiljak - 3.5*

Now She is Witch, by Kirsty Logan - 4.5*

Frankissstein, by Jeanette Winterson - 4*

Spread, Wild Seed, Yule Island, Let Them Float

Spread: Tales of Deadly Flora, edited by R.A. Clarke - 4*

Wild Seed, by Octavia Butler - 4*

Yule Island, by Johana Gustawsson - 4*

Let Them Float, by Katy Wimhurst - 5*

Looking ahead…

I’m on top of all my blog tour posts for the remainder of the year, so other than a handful of books that authors and publishers have directly asked me to review, this month I’m not planning what I read so much as seeing where the mood takes me.

While I’ll aim to get to some books (and zines!) I’ve had on my TBR pile for a while, I think we all know by now that it won’t actually get any smaller!

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Writer of blogs and short stories, reader of books, player of board games, lover of cats, editor of web content, haver of PhD.

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