I’ve seen How a Woman Becomes a Lake by Marjorie Celona listed as a thriller in a few different places, and went into this book expecting a wild ride. However, what I read wasn’t what I was prepared for at all. Instead of a story full of twists and turns, I found a beautifully written mystery about how the lives of a handful of characters unfortunately crossed.
After reading and reviewing Kissing the Coronavirus, some friends reached out and told me there was another masterpiece published that followed the same twisted theme. As soon as I saw the cover for Courting the Coronavirus I opened my Kindle app and hit that “purchase” button. I mean, what kind of hot, messy garbage was this one going to include? I knew I had to read and review it, and let all my friends know what wonders this weird little story told.
Fair warning: this review is full of SPOILERS and is very NSFW! Proceed with caution. Seriously. You’ve been warned.
A book specifically about women’s sexual health? YES, FINALLY! As soon as I saw the description for Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics by Lara Parker, I knew I had to read it.
I had MULTIPLE friends send me a screenshot of this story asking me to read it for some laughs, and I don’t think any of them actually thought I would. But you know what? I SPENT THE $1.50 AND DOWNLOADED THIS PIECE OF GLORIOUS TRASH IMMEDIATLEY! I couldn’t decide if it was a 1 or 5-star read, so I settled on an even 3. Now, before we dig into this masterpiece, fair warning that there will be spoilers.
“I hope you aren’t afraid of ghosts.”
I first heard about Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour during Penguin Teen Canada’s fall preview event this past summer. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Nina LaCour’s books from friends, but I’ve never actually read one . . . until now. The way this book was described—a beautiful story full of ghosts and grief—piqued my interested a lot, and I knew I needed to read it.
“Lana Lee is feeling stressed. Between updating her family’s Chinese restaurant, the Ho-Lee Noodle House, orchestrating a weekend long sidewalk sale for her restaurant and the other businesses in the Asia Village, and lending a sympathetic ear to just about everyone in her orbit, she’s beat. Unfortunately, things are about to get even crazier for poor, overworked Lana.”
I heard about the Noodle Shop Mystery series earlier this year and was immediately intrigued by the titles and covers! When I saw Killer Kung Pao by Viven Chien on NetGalley, I knew I had to read the book and give the series a try. I wasn’t sure if they had to be read in order, but I took a gamble and was so pleased with the story.
“Quinn Maybrook just wants to make it until graduation. She might not make it to morning.”
When I first heard about Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare, I had two immediate thoughts: 1) this book is going to be terrifying, and 2) I absolutely had to read it. Needless to say, I was over the moon when I received an early digital copy, and friends, it did not disappoint.
“She was here, in the daylight. She is breaking all her own rules. She is going to finish what she started.”
Friends, I did it: I finally read a book that takes place in the woods that didn’t scare my pants off! Sure, it made me uncomfortable at times, but it didn’t give me nightmares (yet). Instead, Some Kind of Animal by Maria Romasco Moore used a creepy setting to create thriller centered around the love two twin sisters have for each other.
I’ve been reading a lot of graphic novels this year, and when I found out you could request them through NetGalley, I went a little overboard. While browsing through available titles I stumbled upon The Daughters of Ys, written by M.T. Anderson and illustrated by Jo Rioux, and immediately requested a copy.
I can’t remember the last time I read a book that made me cry as much as More Than Us by Ryan Jones did. This book deals with themes of suicide, mental health, and self-harm, so please be aware if you decide to add this title to your TBR list.