Book Review: On This, the Day of the Pig

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If you’re a Malermaniac like me, there’s not much I can tell you about Josh Malerman’s writing that you don’t already know. Each of his stories is unique and imaginative, and as much as I’d like to savor each book, I always end up flying through them within a short amount of time.

On This, the Day of the Pig, now rivals Black Mad Wheel for the position of my favorite Malerman book. I certainly found it to be the creepiest of his novels so far, and I’ll never see a pig in the same way again. I loved everything about this book! The pacing is excellent; the action begins right at the beginning, and it never lets up from that point on. This book has everything you’d want in a horror novel. You can feel the tension, the characters are well-developed, there are moments of gore, and it will also make you think. Not only was I scared, but I also cycled through other emotions while engrossed in this tale. There was even a moment in the story that made tears spring to my eyes.

This book is available as a limited release from Cemetery Dance. If you are a Malerman fan, or just simply love horror, do yourself a favor and pick this one up.

Smonday Blues in the Dead of Winter

I tend to have anxiety on Sundays, and have a hard time relaxing knowing that Monday is coming. I  recently found out that I’m rather allergic to dust mites and mold, so a deep cleaning of the house was needed this weekend. I’m not exactly the best about dusting…looks like that needs to change. It also turns out that I’m moderately allergic to my cats, but that I can deal with, as I won’t send them away!

I  haven’t had as much time for reading as I’d like this weekend, but I did finish “Dead Leaves” by Kealan Patrick Burke last night. Here is my full 5 star review:

Kealan Patrick Burke has permanently claimed a spot on my favorites shelf. Dead of Winter, his second seasonal collection of stories, is my favorite so far. Burke’s writing showcases the reality that horror is much more than just scares. This collection contains stories that are haunting, but it also explores themes of grief/loss, regret, guilt, and resentment.

My favorite stories were:

-Doomsday Father Christmas

-Black Static (not even two full pages, but it packs a punch)

-Visitation Rights

-Home

The stories in this collection gave me chills, made me smile or chuckle at times, and also left me a bit melancholy-in the best way possible.

As always, I can’t wait to add more to my KPB collection!

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If you’re reading this, thanks for stopping by, and have a great week ahead!

Bookish Goals for 2019

Almost two years ago, I  discovered the #bookstagram community on Instagram. At that point, I  decided to dedicate my feed exclusively to books. I’ve met so many great people, and have been exposed to many new authors and publishers. I  started to write more reviews, rather than just rating books. One of my goals for 2019 is not only to write more reviews, but to improve my craft in that area as well as share on more sites. So, I’ve decided it’s time to start a blog, and see where it leads.

Some of my other bookish aspirations this year are:

-Diversify the books on my shelf

-Be engaged in more bookish discussions by interacting with others on social media

-Start writing again

Here on the blog, I’ll be sharing my book reviews along with a few other tidbits from my life. If you’re following along with my bookish adventures, welcome, and thank you!