February is Women in Horror month and it’s a time of year I like to be more deliberate about my reading choices. I try to read books by women most of the time. I don’t have a great track record when it comes to joining in on readathons, but I’m hoping to join in on the #lohfreadathon this year.
Challenges and Books
Book by a Woman of Color
Now You’re One of Us by Asa Nonami (translated by Michael and Mitsuko Volek)
This is a book that really grabbed me with it’s disturbing, yet minimal cover design. This follows a bride who hastily marries and moves in with him and her new in-laws. Everything seems perfect at first, perhaps a little too perfect, but with comparisons to Rebecca and Rosemary’s Baby, I’m guessing there’s something behind that perfect facade. I heard this described as Japanese Gothic, and I’m very much looking forward to it, since I enjoyed her short story collection Body last year.
Book by an LGBTQIA+ Author and A Book That’s Been on Your TBR Forever
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
This is a short story collection that I’ve been putting off for a long time! It’s a collection that plays with a lot of different genres and I keep hearing so much about the green ribbon and the Law & Order SVU story. If I love it I’m definitely going to dive into Machado’s memoir released last year.
Young Adult Book
The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring
I’ve heard this is a psychological thriller with Gothic elements that’s set in an Argentian finishing school. I currently have this one out from the library, along with some others I picked up when the Bram Stoker Longlist books were announced for this year.
A Book with a Great Cover
The Auctioneer by Joan Sampson
This is one of the titles included in the Valancourt reprints of older titles. I picked it for a future episode and because the idea of small town horrors where real people are the monsters is my jam.
A few of the books have been on my to-read list for a long time, so I’m going to be combining the challenges. What are you reading for Women in Horror month? Are you participating in the Ladies of Horror Fiction Readalong?