THIS WEEK’S STAND-OUT MOMENTS
I’m trying to think what stood out this week, but to be honest, I had horrible brain fog on Tuesday and tried to stay out of it the rest of the week. Brain fog can develop when you have anxiety, even anxiety over nothing (like I do frequently), and it makes it hard to focus, process, or get onto the next task. I found a BBC article about what to do, which is basically acknowledge it’s happening and stop trying to push through. This is how I ended up watch a documentary about African Americans in horror films on Shudder.
I guess I could add that I’ve been reading old arguments and articles about Deaf Culture, and I would yammer on about that forever if allowed because it’s so interesting. We’re getting more into spatial imagining (that’s what I call it, not sure of the term) in ASL. Almost like drawing a map in the air, rather than “this sign means x.”
Nick headed to Chicago early Friday morning for work and didn’t return until Sunday evening, so I started Midnight Mass on Netflix instead of picking a movie. See, now we’re combining religion with horror instead of putting them side-by-side in my book reviews (see below). Huzzah! This limited series is seven episodes, each around an hour. I just finished #4.
Oh, I also tore it up at the Goodwill on Saturday.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Reviewing The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon was an opportunity for readers to discuss their scare tolerance. Are you more into spooky than stabby? More ghostly than gore? I understand why it’s hard to explain scare tolerance. I stammer when I sketch the line between lengthy violence and speedy murder. I give examples of movies I’ll happily watch (Halloween, Child’s Play, Terrifier) and those I refuse (mostly prolonged torture in remakes like Halloween, The Hills Have Eyes, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). McMahon’s novel is more spooky, haunting, a heavy dose of mystery, and a bit of will-it-won’t-it edge of your seat. I think all of my readers would enjoy The Drowning Kind.
If you scare yourself too much and need some church, turn to Spider in a Tree by Susan Stinson. I knew those would be interested (Karissa, Lou) and those with a hearty “nay” (Bill, C&M), so I purposely reviewed this novel to connect it with certain readers.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I’m getting nervous because my backlog of book reviews is gone! I’ll have to hurry up a bit so I get You’ll Be Fine by Jen Michalski up on Tuesday. You get a grumpy lead who genuinely made me believe she was a bad person who could mend, several Queer characters, and the mantra “you’ll be fine” — even if you won’t.
And then we get haunted again! Sing Your Sadness Deep by Laura Mauro is a collection of award-winning horror stories that approach from different angles and sub-genres, and is sure to suck you in. Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 206