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The “Summer” Recap

This one reminded me of exactly how badly I keep wishing it was Fall already. Not because of the pics, but because it reminded me it was too bloody hot outside!  For me, there are fewer things worse than being hot and sweaty.  I would much prefer staying cool/cold because there are dozens of ways to warm up.  But it’s not like you can just cool down by taking your skin off.  And taking your clothes off will get you thrown in jail most places.  So, give me cool/cold weather over the hellish heat of summer any day!

Here I shared my thoughts on summer: fire, Hell, overheated plants that are wilting, WILY HAIR.  The list could go on but I could only fit so much in one photo that I had to choose carefully.  I thought this was the best time to share Hell by Kathryn Davis.

“Part mystery, part domestic meditation and part horror story, Hell is Davis’s tour de force.” (Joy Press, The Village Voice.) In her brilliantly eerie third novel, three households coexist in a single restless vision.”

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I have love for this book. Love. I'm finishing up a little reading/personal journey that began this summer; I'll be sharing soon. This book by Tiffany McDaniel was such a large part of it. . . . While not technically horror, there are some horrific elements and I promise this book stays with you. Lingers. There was no other choice for me when it came to Day 22 of the #ladiesofhorrorfiction challenge: "summer". The last parts of the novel shattered me; I'm still finding pieces here and there. McDaniel's prose is a thing of beauty and there are moments when her knowledge of the English language and how it can be used just left me staring. Have you read this? Thoughts? . . . . #bookphotography #photochallenge #booksofig #booknerd #womenempoweringwomen #thesummerthatmeltedeverything #tiffanymcdaniel #bookish #bookworm #bibliophile #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booksofinstagram #summerreading #constantreader #readersofinstagram #bookfeaturepage #bookstoread #booklover #tracyreviews

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Also from our LOHF team, tracy_reads79 shared The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel.

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984:
the year a heatwave scorched the small town of Breathed, Ohio.
The year he became friends with the devil.

When local prosecutor Autopsy Bliss publishes an invitation to the devil to come to the country town of Breathed, Ohio, nobody quite expected that he would turn up. They especially didn’t expect him to turn up a tattered and bruised thirteen-year-old boy.

Fielding, the son of Autopsy, finds the boy outside the courthouse and brings him home, and he is welcomed into the Bliss family. The Blisses believe the boy, who calls himself Sal, is a runaway from a nearby farm town. Then, as a series of strange incidents implicate Sal — and riled by the feverish heatwave baking the town from the inside out — there are some around town who start to believe that maybe Sal is exactly who he claims to be.

But whether he’s a traumatised child or the devil incarnate, Sal is certainly one strange fruit: he talks in riddles, his uncanny knowledge and understanding reaches far outside the realm of a normal child — and ultimately his eerily affecting stories of Heaven, Hell, and earth will mesmerise and enflame the entire town.

Devastatingly beautiful, The Summer That Melted Everything is a captivating story about community, redemption, and the dark places where evil really lies.”

Ouija.doodle.reads took us back to 1973 with this classic from Lois Duncan, I Know What You Did Last Summer.  We all love this book and movie, right?!

“Last summer, four terrified friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But now, someone has learned the truth and is determined to get even.

The horror is starting again. There is an unknown avenger out there who is stalking them in a deadly game. Will he stop at terror-or is he out for revenge?”

Heylittlethrifter shared these awesome covers of Point Horror books – The Lifeguard by Richie Tankerley Cusick and The Surfer by Linda Cargill.  I will never not be obsessed with 90s horror covers like these!

The Lifeguard by Richie Tankerley Cusick

“Kelsey’s summer should have been paradise: An invitation to rich and famous Beverly Island, complete with sun-drenched beaches and three gorgeous lifeguards on duty. But Kelsey’s summer is the opposite of paradise. It starts with the note under her pillow from a girl who’s missing. Then there’s the crazy man in the lighthouse who won’t leave Kelsey alone.

And there have been a number of suspicious drownings…. At least she has the lifeguards around to protect her….

Poor Kelsey. Someone forgot to tell her that lifeguards don’t always like to save lives.”

The Surfer by Linda Cargill

“Jessie has never seen the daring beauty on the surfboard before. The one who gets a thrill out of surfing in stormy seas. And now it seems Jessie will never know her. The girl disappears beneath the treacherous waves…never to surface again…

So who’s the new girl in town? The one who casts a spell over everyone she meets. She can’t remember her name. Or where she comes from. Jessie thinks she knows… Has the beautiful surfer come back from the dead? Or is it something worse…much worse…”

Wrapping up our “Summer” recap, we have this amazing photo shared with us by banzaireads showcasing Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi and Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan.

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

“An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side.” Unsettling, heartwrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities.

Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asụghara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves–now protective, now hedonistic–move into control, Ada’s life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.

Narrated by the various selves within Ada and based in the author’s realities, Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.”

Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan

“Tangled tales of earth, salty tales of water

Bewitched retellings of thirteen classic fairy-tales with brave and resilient heroines. Tales of blood and intrigue, betrayal and enchantment from a leading Irish YA author.”


Do you tend to read books related to the current season or holiday? What are some of your favorite seasonal LOHF reads??  Let us know below!

Next week we will share highlights from the prompt, “MY EMOTIONS!” So get ready!

 

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