Goodness, the end of March feels a lot different from the end of February, doesn’t it? The less dwelt upon that the better, I think, but needless to say I didn’t really go out and shop much. I usually have a compulsion to pick up some book or another, in a shop or online, but honestly I’ve not really felt that either. It was a quieted, then more subdued month, in that respect.
No need to carry on, I suppose. On to the books!
About as low as it can get for new physical books in a month, but that’s okay. The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor is a book I’ve been quietly looking forward to for a while. My enthusiasm towards Welcome to Night Vale as a fictional world is not what it once was, but I am still quite ready and willing to read a new novel when one comes out. This is the third standalone novel, and its premise seems quite different from the previous two, so while I’m apprehensive about the subject (a character whose mystique is only to their benefit) I’m even more intrigued about where the story might go.
Age of Reptiles: Ancient Egyptians by Ricardo Delgado is my only digital purchase for the month, but I was elated to find it on sale. I read the first omnibus last year and loved it. Essentially, it’s a graphic novel about dinosaurs that tells stories without any text whatsoever; not for dialogue, narration, nor sound effects. The omnibus was a wonderfully unique piece of storytelling and I’m really looking forward to reading more. I have a number of graphic novels I need to get to, but this has jumped to the head of the line.
I believe I first heard about The Book of Koli by M. R. Carey from a WWW post over at I Wuv Books. I’ll always admit when the cover is what draws me in, and that was definitely the case here. I love how otherworldly it looks, despite the fact that they’re just plant sprouts. After looking it up on Goodreads I read some comparisons made between this book and Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer too (I loved the film adaptation, but haven’t read the book yet), which secured my interest.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune first caught my attention when I read Sam’s review of it over at The Writerly Way. The novel has an emphasis on romance between two of its main characters, which isn’t typically a draw for me, but I decided that this book might be a great opportunity to branch out a little. There are fantasy elements present that sound appealing, so I’m hoping that if the romance plot doesn’t interest me much there will still be other elements I’ll want to stick around for.
I just hope everybody is doing well. These are trying times, but we will persevere. Listen to the health experts, wash your hands, and care for one another. Until next time, thank you for reading.