Not only is May the Asian Readathon, but it is also the first year for Read your own adventure, as hosted on Tiktok. As a rogue I will be reading a mixture of genres to tick off my prompts, as well as combing them with the Asian authors I will be using for the Asian Readathon.
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and therefore the Asian Readathon hosted by With Cindy. This is a month-long readathon encouraging people to pick up a range of Asian authors and to expand their TBRs all year round.
Tony Chu is a detective with a strange secret, as a Cibopath he can get physic impressions from whatever he eats. This helps make him an impressive detective, as long as he doesn't mind taking a bite of a corpse for two! Get ready to enter the fascinating world of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), full of bizarre food powers, sick crimes, and the aftermath of a bird pandemic that has outlawed chicken of all kinds.
You Must Not Miss is a wonderful piece of fantasy horror that proves the YA genre isn't without its gems. Magpie's life has completely fallen apart. Her father was caught cheating, her mother has turned to alcohol, her sister has left, and all of Magpie's friends have left her following a situation at a party six months previously.
The Troop is my first Nick Cutter, and it did not disappoint. It is well known that Nick Cutter writes body horror well, so I have been looking forward to finally picking this one up.
Lussi is desperate for a new job after she is let go from her previous publishing company. She has a string of bestselling horror books to her editing bow, so it shouldn't be that hard to find a new company. Sadly, she finds that the lead up to Christmas isn't the ideal time to be job hunting, especially as nothing is released over the holidays. Secret Santa is a festive horror comedy set in the 80's, which doesn't skimp on the nostalgia.
Carly is meant to be getting ready for college and making decisions about what route she wants her life to follow. She should be doing that, but she just can't stop thinking about her aunt Viv, who disappeared before she was born. The last anyone knew of her was that she was working at The Sun Down Motel when she went missing, so where better to look for answers once and for all?
As an auto-buy author, I can't get enough of Stephen Graham Jones and how he builds horror into your everyday. Stephen Graham Jones moves between folk horror and grindhouse horror with complete ease, offering a unique look at horror you won't find anywhere else.
If you are a fan of amazing 90's slashers and enjoy a small-town mystery with a topping of gore, look no further than Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare.
Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica (translated by Sarah Moses) is a book that gets under your skin and sits there festering long after you've put the book down.