I’ve read a lot of books this March and April, but I’ll be honest: they’re mostly Point Horror! I’ve been working on a brand new podcast, Teenage Scream, about Point Horror and other 90s teen horror. I’m absolutely loving it, and it will be launching next month so I’ll post links then.
I have managed to fit in some other reading too, mostly non-fiction. Here are the best books from March and April:
Negotiating With the Dead, Margaret Atwood – I seriously can’t get enough of Atwood’s essays on literature and writing. Her book Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature is one of my favourites, and I loved this almost as much.
Wildflower, Drew Barrymore – Adorable and uplifting. This is the perfect holiday read if you want to stay surface-level and read something quick and sweet.
This Is How, Augusten Burroughs – Loved every page. Similar in spirit to Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things, but with fewer punches pulled. I’ll be returning to this book again and again.
As If, Blake Morrison – Literary, beautiful, awful. The latest in my pile of thoughtful, insightful true crime (including Robert Kolker’s Lost Girls, Richard Lloyd Parry’s People Who Eat Darkness and James Renner’s True Crime Addict). It’s a genre I love, and I’m always looking for more like this.
Dark Asylum, E.S. Thomson – I’m so in love with the Jem Flockhart series, and I can’t wait for the next one. More queer historical thrillers, please!
Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Witches, Various Authors – Four stories of witches from around the world. Gorgeous art and enthralling narrative. I treasure this book.
Based on a True Story, Delphine de Vigan – I loved this! Misery meets Single White Female. One of the best novels I’ve read so far this year.
The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads, Tim Wu – Well researched, transparently written and compelling. Certainly made me think twice before falling into a clickbait rabbithole.
Super Extra Grande, Yoss – This is the queer Cuban sci-fi you didn’t know you needed in your life.
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What are the best books you’ve read recently?