This month, our guest for Shelf Edition is Sam from The Literary Hooker! Sam is a bookstagrammer, blogger and reviewer for Sci-Fi & Scary. She also co-mods the Grim Readers Book Club on Goodreads. When she’s not reading, she’s probably cross stitching and/or watching trashy TV.
Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?
Two that I’ve read this year and absolutely loved were To Be Devoured by Sara Tantlinger and Soon by Lois Murphy. Both books packed an enormous emotional punch for me but were still intensely disturbing and scary. I love horror that can make me cry and then have me jumping out of my skin within a couple of pages, and both of these delivered on that.
What LOHF books do you have on your TBR?
Tons! I’ve definitely been adding them to my TBR faster than I could ever dream of reading them. But if we’re talking ones I plan to get to in the immediate future: Brother by Ania Ahlborn, Whispers in the Dark by Laurel Hightower, and Infernal by Cheryl Low are all near the top of my up-next stack. I’m also really looking forward to reading the Gabriel Davenport books by Beverley Lee, A Shining in the Shadows. Vampires just scream fall to me, so I’m definitely going to be reading that one soon now that the weather is shifting!
Where do you find recommendations? Are there any LOHF books that have been recommended to you that you loved?
Social media is probably where I find most of my recommendations lately. Bookstagram has been very dangerous for my TBR! And of course LOHF is an awesome resource for finding new authors. I’ve been getting a bit more into Twitter recently and I’ve found quite a few recommendations there, especially since the author community is so active and supportive of each other on that platform! The rest of the Sci-Fi & Scary team are also a great source for recommendations, since we’ve all got pretty diverse tastes. I’ve found books through them that I likely wouldn’t have stumbled across otherwise.
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon was recommended to me on Bookstragram, and it ended up being probably my favorite read of 2018. I also found Bunny by Mona Awad through the LOHF team and loved it, that’s another one I probably wouldn’t have had on my radar without it being recommended!
Where do you shop for books?
I’m lucky that we’ve got a lot of really neat bookstores in Toronto. I always love browsing used bookstores and seeing what I stumble across. There’s also Bakka-Phoenix Books which specializes in genre and spec fic which I love! And then of course the obvious places like Amazon and Indigo.
Are there any upcoming LOHF releases you’re excited about?
Where can people find you on social media?
Thank you for joining us, Sam! Our tbr piles also thank you! If you would like to be featured on a future shelf edition please leave a note in the comments. We’d love to see your shelves!