Weekly Mash-Up #124

Have you ever had those moments where you get behind on some task or chore, then another, and another…and pretty soon a couple of weeks have gone by and you realize you haven’t accomplished anything?  That’s the way it’s been for me so far this month!  I mean, eleven days without finishing a book??!?!  What’s wrong with me??!!

On the plus side, once I got my ass in gear I was able to finish some great books!  This week is short and sweet, but already planning for next week so stay tuned!

The Week in Books

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt — 5 out of 5 stars!

One of my June Pride selections.  Make sure you have some tissues on hand when you read this one!  Set in 1987, this is the story of young June who loses her beloved uncle to AIDS.  This book not only explores family dynamics, love, and forgiveness, but also profiles the prejudices against the gay community as the AIDS epidemic soared.  Highly recommend!

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones — 4.5/5 out of 5 stars

Seventeen-year-old Jade’s obsession with ’80’s slasher movies helps her deal with her real life horror story.  But when strange things start to happen in her small town, will her encyclopedic movie knowledge save her?  This is far from your standard slasher horror tale.  This is not really a story about serial slashers  (fair warning though, there are some pretty gruesome scenes!), but rather one of an outcast girl who finds the idea of killers running amok better than her own reality, who finds bravery behind her own fiction.   I fell in love with Jade and I hope you do, too.  Be sure to mark your calendar for the August 31 release date!

The Hours by Michael Cunningham — 4 out of 5 stars

One of my choices for June Pride month.  I hadn’t watched the movie and had heard very little about this book before starting it, and I wound up being pleasantly surprised.  While I thought the storyline itself was in the three-star range, the beautiful writing more than made up for it.  This is one of those “quiet” reads perfect for a rainy afternoon.

Stay safe and Happy Reading!

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