March 2020 “TBR Talk”

I’m struggling to believe that it’s already March. This month I’ll be hosting my first book challenge on Instagram and tackling this overly ambitious TBR stack, all while starting another round of Whole 30. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m up for it.

For my March reads, I tried to mix it up a bit, but not overthink it as I was plucking books from the shelves. Here’s what I’m planning to read this month…

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SHOCK ROCK, edited by Jeff Gelb (various authors)I’ve been holding onto this one for a few months, and I think it’s a perfect book to go along with my “Musical March” challenge. It’s packed with short stories by authors including Stephen King, Graham Masterton, and David J. Schow, among others. Plus, there’s a foreword by Alice Cooper. Does it get any cooler? 

THE MIDNIGHT EXHIBIT VOL. 1 by Stephen Graham Jones, Philip Fracassi & Renee Miller: This is the first book in Unnerving’s 2020 “Rewind or Die” series of novellas. These books all have the coolest covers and are reminiscent of 80’s/90’s horror. I’m here for it, and I’ve purchased paperbacks of the first 5 books or so at this point. Can’t wait to read them all! The books in this series don’t need to be read in order, but I’m weird about that and will be reading them sequentially. 

THE FIRST ONE YOU EXPECT by Adam Cesare: I  picked this one up at STC Weekend last summer, and had the pleasure of meeting Adam. Sorry to say that due to my book hoarding, I haven’t read his work yet, so I have decided to change that this month. 

THE MONGREL by Seán O’ Connor: Another book that I’ve wanted to read for ages– finally making it happen this month. I’ve heard nothing but great reviews for this one!

COCKSUCKER by Lucas Milliron: Ah, the book that I likely can’t post on Facebook for fear of offending someone with the title (insert laughing emoji here)…this sounds like a wild and hilarious story. Can’t wait to see what it’s about. 

MONSTERS AND ANIMALS by J.F. Gonzalez and Wrath James White: This book features two novellas, both prequels to Gonzalez’s novel, SURVIVOR. I’m planning to read this and then add SURVIVOR to my April TBR. 

SIXTY-FIVE STIRRUP IRON ROAD- various authors: a novel in which each chapter is written by a different author– includes names such as Brian Keene, Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, J.F. Gonzalez, Bryan Smith, and more. Had to have it. 

SOFT APOCALYPSES by Lucy A. Snyder: After reading Snyder’s short fiction in the MISCREATIONS anthology, I remembered that I had this on my shelf. It’s a collection of her short fiction, and I’m anticipating some great stories in the bunch. 

ATOMIC LOVE by Jessie Rose: another rock n’ roll themed novel for this month. The author was kind to send this to me for review consideration, and it sounds great! 

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That’s my designated list for this month, but there will also be spur-of-the-moment mood reads, a couple other ARCS, and a possible beta read in March. As always, I’m grateful to you all for reading my posts/reviews and interacting. Now, it’s time for me to get reading…

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