Of course, December is a busy month for everyone. There’s the holidays, and then that final rush to finish as many books as possible, to push that end-of-year number even higher. I didn’t feel the need to rush – I knew I was going to make my fifty-book goal, even if I cut it a bit close. I was happy with my pace, and even though I feel like a snail compared to others, this is the most books I’ve read in a year ever. I’m proud of that.
2018 was the year I delved further into horror, and the first year of this blog. It was the year I moved to a new home, went out more, and started writing again. It was also the year I made new friends, and got the opportunity to talk to and work with authors.
I hope 2019 will be more of the same!
Happy new year!
In 2019 I plan to read more books (the goal of five a month), and include more of my owned titles.
I’d also like to thank the horror community – all of the bloggers, reviewers, and horror fans I’ve interacted with, I adore you!
The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz – I feel like I’m getting slowly acquainted with Jonathan Janz. Considering Flame Tree Press is re-publishing many of his older works, I suspect I’ll be quite familiar with him soon enough. I liked The Sorrows (his debut novel) a lot more than the previous title I read. It was, in parts, enjoyable. I think as a storyteller he likes to throw a lot into the pot, which can certainly be entertaining. You can read my full review here.
Abyss by Darren Gallagher – This collection included some published stories by Darren Gallagher, as well as brand new ones. The thing that struck me first and foremost was the style of writing; very clear-cut and straight-forward, which worked well despite my preferred approach of prose. Like any collection, I favoured some in particular, and didn’t connect with others. You can read my full review here.
Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter by C.A. Verstraete – Lizzie Borden took an axe, And gave her mother forty whacks! A great concept on historical events! I feel like this kind of read has a time and a place, as it’s not really one that requires too much thought. It was fun, yet had certain issues I couldn’t ignore. You can read my full review here.
Abode by Morgan Sylvia – I adore childhood recounts, especially when they involve the dark and eerie. Abode had some fascinating elements, and its format was different than anything I’ve read before. It’s too bad it was so padded out – if shorter and less repetitious, it would have been a four-star, no question. You can read my full review here.
Familiar Spirits by Various – A last minute read, but I’m so glad I slipped it in before the end of the year. Ghost stories to remember, with many memorable additions. I admit, I got emotional at some points throughout (which is a rare occurrence), so I was delighted. You can read my full review here.