reading list – end of june 2020

Ahhh, the apocalypse has come and I’ve been doing some reading.

I haven’t released a read list in awhile, so I figured that this would be as good of a time as any to write something up. Plus, I have gone through a ton of books since the last list. I’m thinking maybe I’ll throw in some ratings too.

If you are really interested in my ratings, I have everything on Goodreads.

The books are in no particular order. I’ll give some explanation where I think it is warranted and we’ll go from there. Here. We. Go….

  • Spungunion – John Boden
    • This is a recent one for me. Good damn it was good. Weird, wild, terribly fulfilling. It’s a novella-length book, so it’s a quick read. It’s set in central Pennsylvania and as a PA native, I felt like this book spoke to me on a deep level.
  • The Monk of Mokha – David Eggers
    • This book was a gift and I never expected to enjoy it as much as I did. It is a page-turner and, surprisingly, a very educational book. Highly recommend for coffee fans.
  • The Reddening – Adam Neville
    • I expected more from this one than I got. However, I think it was worth the read. I love folk-horror and this scratched that itch well. There are weaker points in the center of the book that make it hard to trudge through. It could have benefitted from some more editing. Otherwise, it’s a good one.
  • Dune – Frank Herbert
    • I read it because it is a science fiction classic. However, I was not a fan. It starts strong and then begins navel gazing prior to the halfway mark. Is it important to read? Yeah, probably. Do I think I’ll ever return to it? Definitely not.
  • Dear Laura – Gemma Amor
    • This one is my current read and it is one hell of a novel. I haven’t hit the end, so I suppose there is a chance for it all to fall apart. However, Amor is a writer that traps the reader in the narrative. I’ve slowed down to savor this book. It’s a must-read for a horror fan. So, good.
  • The Luminous Dead – Caitlin Starling
    • Loved this book. I’m a big fan of sci-fi horror and I think it is an underrepresented genre. Starling redefines it with this one. It reminds me of a mix between The Descent (2005) and Alien (1979). It’s a game-changer.

Goodreads tells me that I’ve read 15 books in 2020. This list is a little light. Maybe I’ll write another one down the line. Keep reading.



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