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What We’re Reading #25

We’re back with more must have Ladies of Horror Fiction recommendations because we know you need more books!

Little Paranoias by Sonora Taylor Book cover

Little Paranoias by Sonora Taylor

Is it a knock on the door, or a gust of wind? A trick of the light, or someone who’ll see what you’ve done?

“Little Paranoias: Stories” features twenty tales of the little things that drive our deepest fears. It tells the stories of terror and sorrow, lust at the end of the world and death as an unwanted second chance. It dives into the darkest corners of the minds of men, women, and children. It wanders into the forest and touches every corner of the capital. Everyone has something to fear — but after all, it’s those little paranoias that drive our day-to-day.

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Emily’s Teaser Review

Little Paranoias is the second book I’ve read from Sonora Taylor, and she always tells entertaining stories. This is the first collection I’ve read from her (the first book I read was a novel), and I enjoyed it! This collection is a mix of short stories and poetry (mostly short stories), and there’s a little something for everyone here.

Click here to read Emily’s full review at Goodreads.

Toni’s Teaser Review

I really enjoyed the stories in this lovely collection. They range from stories which tug at your heart strings to stories that give you the shivers. 

Click here to read Toni’s full review at The Misadventures of a Reader.


The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher Book Cover

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher

When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods.

When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother’s house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?

Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more—Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants…until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.

Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors—because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale.

From Hugo Award–winning author Ursula Vernon, writing as T. Kingfisher.

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Toni’s Teaser Review

There is a heavy folklore element to the story and I LOVE THAT. I really enjoyed Kingfisher’s characters. As a reader I cared about what happened to Mouse. The pacing was really well done and the folklore narrative was inserted in the story really well.

Click here to read the rest of Toni’s review at The Misadventures of a Reader.


The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Book Cover

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (the graphic novel)

Everything Handmaids wear is red: the colour of blood, which defines us.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships. She serves in the household of the Commander and his wife, and under the new social order she has only one purpose: once a month, she must lie on her back and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if they are fertile. But Offred remembers the years before Gilead, when she was an independent woman who had a job, a family, and a name of her own. Now, her memories and her will to survive are acts of rebellion.

Provocative, startling, prophetic, The Handmaid’s Tale has long been a global phenomenon. With this stunning graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s modern classic, beautifully realized by artist Renee Nault, the terrifying reality of Gilead has been brought to vivid life like never before.

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Audra’s Teaser Review

A stunning adaptation that will need to be in the home of any Atwood fan.

I read this graphic novel as a refresher on Offred’s original story about Gilead before diving in to The Testaments, and it really is such a special book. The illustrations are lovely: sometimes simple, sometimes complex and always moving. I saw this story in a whole new way.

Click here to read the rest of Audra’s review at Goodreads.


Thanks for joining us today and we hope you found something to add to your tbr list! Please share your recent reads with us in the comments below.

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