• What We've Been Reading
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    What We’ve Been Reading #94

    We have three recent reads to share with you today! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more recommendations that you need in your collection. Lakewood by Megan Giddings A startling debut about class and race, Lakewood evokes a terrifying world of medical experimentation—part The Handmaid’s Tale, part The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. When Lena Johnson’s beloved grandmother dies, and the full extent of the family debt is revealed, the black millennial drops out of college to support her family and takes a job in the mysterious and remote town of Lakewood, Michigan. On paper, her new job is too good to…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #93

    We have three recent reads to share with you today! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more recommendations. Abjectification by C. Kubasta Abjectification mines our most intimate moments to flesh out the horrors of human interaction. In the isolated system of these stories, the past is animate and tangible, located in the body, fantasy & nightmare intertwined. Like matter, what we’ve loved isn’t destroyed, it merely changes forms. A man thinks he’s found a haven from the past with a new love in “Freak Show”; Meghan seems sensitive to exposure, but she isn’t the woman Jeff imagines he’s been…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #92

    We have three recent reads to share with you today! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more recommendations. Antioch by Jessica Leonard Antioch used to be a quiet small town where nothing bad ever happened. Now six women have been savagely murdered. The media dubs the killer ‘Vlad the Impaler’ due to the gruesome crime scenes of his victims. Clues are drying up fast and the hunt for the monster responsible is hitting a dead end. After picking up a late-night transmission on her short-wave radio, a local bookseller named Bess becomes convinced a seventh victim has already…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #91

    We’re a few days late but we can’t let a week go by without reading recommendations! Today we have another eclectic mix of books and we hope you find your new favorite. Don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥   Where The Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda In this witty and exuberant collection of feminist retellings of traditional Japanese folktales, humans live side by side with spirits who provide a variety of useful services—from truth-telling to babysitting, from protecting castles to fighting crime. A busybody aunt who disapproves of hair removal; a pair of door-to-door saleswomen hawking portable lanterns; a cheerful lover who visits…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #90

    We’re back with our review round-up featuring three recommendations that we’re pretty certain you are going to adore! Don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥ Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth Our story begins in 1902, at The Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it The Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #89

    Today several of our team members are sharing their recent and recommended reads. We hope you find something you’ll love! Don’t forget to click either tag above to find more books worth your time ♥ The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut. In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #88

    Today our team members are sharing three recent and recommended reads with links to complete reviews. All come very highly recommended and we hope you’ll find something you’ll love! Don’t forget to click either tag above to find more books worth your time ♥ Little Feasts by Jules Archer Following her successes from All the Ghosts We’ve Always Had, critically-acclaimed flash fiction writer, Jules Archer, returns to the dinner table with Little Feasts, her debut short story collection. The stories are a table-long buffet of femininity, a lying tree, childhood innocence, toxic masculinity, and a 20-pound cast-iron skillet. Works within have been featured in Five:2: One, SmokeLong Quarterly, Maudlin House, PANK, and more. Goodreads | Amazon…

  • Reading Recommendations,  Women's History Month

    Load Up Your TBR: Women’s History of Horror

    This month, we’ve been celebrating Women’s History Month, and of course, that means we’re celebrating the LOHF way: it’s time to stack up your TBR! This list is all about a Women’s History of Horror, highlighting books written by (and books that feature) women who pioneered the horror, sci-fi, and other speculative genres. If you’re interested in learning more about women in horror throughout the ages, check out our previous post outlining the history of the genre and the women who created it here. Now on to the books! Happy reading! You can also view this list on our Bookshop.org page. If you purchase any book through our Bookshop, we…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #87

    Today our team members are sharing three recent and recommended reads with links to complete reviews. We have an eclectic mix of erotic short horror stories, a young girl grappling with ghosts, and the history of Halloween. We hope you’ll find something you’ll love! Don’t forget to click either tag above to find more books worth your time ♥ Trick or Treat? A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton Every year, children and adults alike take to the streets dressed as witches, demons, animals, celebrities, and more. They carve pumpkins and play pranks, and the braver ones watch scary movies and go on ghost tours. There are parades, fireworks displays,…

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    What We’ve Been Reading #86

    Happy Wednesday! Today we’re back with review link-ups featuring horror stories by Christina Henry, Gwendolyn Kiste, and Caitlin Starling. We hope you find a new favorite book! Don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥ The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry When people go missing in the sleepy town of Smith’s Hollow, the only clue to their fate comes when a teenager starts having terrifying visions, in a chilling horror novel from national bestselling author Christina Henry. When the bodies of two girls are found torn apart in the town of Smiths Hollow, Lauren is surprised, but she also expects that the police won’t find…