Nonfiction November 2019 Recommendations & TBR

I used to be a much more avid reader of nonfiction, but for some reason this year and last have not been particularly fruitful in that category. I couldn’t even tell you why, exactly, because I loooooove nonfiction. I think there’s just so many fiction books out there that get so much more hype that it’s easier to gravitate towards them. Nonfiction November is meant to get you thinking more about reading nonfiction, even if you just read a single nonfiction book, and even though I already have a pile of fiction books I want to read in November, I’d like to incorporate some nonfiction into my diet too!

Rachel has just put up a fabulous post for Nonfiction November where she discusses nonfiction books she would recommend alongside nonfiction books on her TBR, all to the tune of the challenge prompts set out by booktube’s abookolive, who hosts the challenge every year. Olive has designated four challenge words meant to be interpreted in whatever way you like: design, sport, true, and voice. I really love the way Rachel laid out the post, so I will be doing the same thing; that is, for each category, I will lay out a nonfiction book I am recommending alongside a nonfiction book I hope to read. Continue reading “Nonfiction November 2019 Recommendations & TBR”


Book Review: A Cosmology of Monsters

A Cosmology of Monstersa cosmology of monsters
Shaun Hamill

Pantheon, 2029

In the acknowledgements of this book, Shaun Hamill calls it a “literary genre hybrid.” That’s a really good description, because this is a very odd novel. It’s got elements of cosmic horror, sure, but it’s not really scary in that way, necessarily. It reads more like a literary novel, especially in the beginning, and the scary bits are all to do with the banal realities of everyday life. I almost feel like there’s a very large metaphor being teased out here, one that I’m struggling to properly articulate but that has something to do with everyday tragedies as horrifying monsters. It’s about a haunted family, and while I wouldn’t go so far as to call it Gothic, it definitely has elements of Gothic family sagas. Continue reading “Book Review: A Cosmology of Monsters”


13 Spooky Films to Watch in October

october films

I don’t tend to watch a lot of movies these days, even though there was a time when I would watch something like five a day, but this October, I wanted to make an effort to watch some horror/thriller movies that would get me in the mood for Halloween! Most of them are classics in some way, or cult classics at least, or well-talked about horror movies that have made some sort of cultural impact and that I have been meaning to watch for ages. Continue reading “13 Spooky Films to Watch in October”


Wrap-Up: September 2019

  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (★★★★☆)
  • Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (★★☆☆☆)
  • Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (★★★★★)
  • Blood+ Adagio Volume 1 by Kumiko Suekane (★★★★★)
  • Blood+ Adagio Volume 2 by Kumiko Suekane (★★★★★)


So, as you can see, my intended TBR for September was a massive failure. In general, this month was kind of a #fail in terms of reading; I’m not sure why I read so little. Also, I always feel a bit weird including manga or graphic novels in my reading count, because they’re so damn short! I read both the above manga volumes in under an hour. It feels like cheating to include them, but, I mean, they’re still published volumes with their own Goodreads entries, so…

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