WWW Wednesday: What Am I Reading? #amreading

WWW Wednesday is a meme from Sam at Taking On A World Of Words

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

The Book of Accidents is my first Chuck Wendig book. Why I’ve deprived myself this long I have no idea. Love his writing, the characters, the way he stages a scene – I’m about 70% in, and I’m still not sure what’s going to happen. If you’re a horror fan, add this one to your TBR. It releases in July.

A family returns to their hometown—and to the dark past that haunts them still—in this masterpiece of literary horror by the New York Times bestselling author of Wanderers

Long ago, Nathan lived in a house in the country with his abusive father—and has never told his family what happened there.

Long ago, Maddie was a little girl making dolls in her bedroom when she saw something she shouldn’t have—and is trying to remember that lost trauma by making haunting sculptures.

Long ago, something sinister, something hungry, walked in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of their hometown in rural Pennsylvania.

Now, Nate and Maddie Graves are married, and they have moved back to their hometown with their son, Oliver.

And now what happened long ago is happening again . . . and it is happening to Oliver. He meets a strange boy who becomes his best friend, a boy with secrets of his own and a taste for dark magic.

This dark magic puts them at the heart of a battle of good versus evil and a fight for the soul of the family—and perhaps for all of the world. But the Graves family has a secret weapon in this battle: their love for one another.

I finished The Final Girl Support Group last week. Several of you were interested when I mentioned it on my last WWW post. If you’re a fan of the 70s and 80s slasher movies, you’re the audience for this novel. Like those movies, it’s kind of campy, a little over the top, and the characters lack sound judgement most of the time.

A fast-paced, thrilling horror novel that follows a group of heroines to die for, from the brilliant New York Times bestselling author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires.

In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her?

Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she’s not alone. For more than a decade she’s been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette’s worst fears are realized–someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece.

But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.

I seem to be on a horror/thriller binge lately. All I needed to see was ghost hunters in the description of The Dead and the Dark and I was smitten.

Courtney Gould’s thrilling debut The Dead and the Dark is about the things that lurk in dark corners, the parts of you that can’t remain hidden, and about finding home in places―and people―you didn’t expect.

The Dark has been waiting for far too long, and it won’t stay hidden any longer.

Something is wrong in Snakebite, Oregon. Teenagers are disappearing, some turning up dead, the weather isn’t normal, and all fingers seem to point to TV’s most popular ghost hunters who have just returned to town. Logan Ortiz-Woodley, daughter of TV’s ParaSpectors, has never been to Snakebite before, but the moment she and her dads arrive, she starts to get the feeling that there’s more secrets buried here than they originally let on.

Ashley Barton’s boyfriend was the first teen to go missing, and she’s felt his presence ever since. But now that the Ortiz-Woodleys are in town, his ghost is following her and the only person Ashley can trust is the mysterious Logan. When Ashley and Logan team up to figure out who—or what—is haunting Snakebite, their investigation reveals truths about the town, their families, and themselves that neither of them are ready for. As the danger intensifies, they realize that their growing feelings for each other could be a light in the darkness. 

31 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: What Am I Reading? #amreading

  1. I’ve always wanted to read Wendig, too, and so far haven’t. You might just be the thing that inspires me to do it.

    I’ve been waiting for your review of Final Girls. It sounds like something I’d like.

    Is The Dead and the Dark YA? How dark is it?

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  2. I’ve seen tons of recommendations for his books and when the publisher sent me a widget, I figured it was fate. The Final Girls was fun and kind of nostalgic if you enjoyed those movies – which I did. The Dead and the Dark is YA, but I haven’t started it yet. I’ll let you know.

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    1. I’ll probably finish it later today and it’s a mindbender. All kinds of twisty. Didn’t know he also wrote Star Wars books, but I plan on checking into his backlist.

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  3. The Book of Accidents has been one I’ve been keeping my eye on. I’ll be interested to get your take on it. And I was curious about The Final Girl Support Group. Riley Sager wrote a book called Final Girls which I loved. I think I’m going to have to add TFGSG to my reading list!

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    1. I found myself rolling my eyes at the characters in Final Girls just like I did when I’d watch those movies, lol. Don’t go in the basement by yourself! A season of American Horror Story was based on slasher movies – summer camp counselors, murders, lots of blood.

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  4. I actually have The Book of Accidents. The publisher sent it to me because I loved Wendig’s last book, Wanderers. I was a little trepidatious about accepting the widget because I’m not a big horror person, but, you’re right, his writing is so good that I thought I’d give it a try. I think I’m starting it late next week. Glad to hear you are enjoying it! ❤️

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    1. Any publishers send me horror widgets, I can’t click fast enough, lol. I plan on checking into his other books. It’s just finding time to read them along with everything else. Hope it works for you, Tessa!

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      1. I know Wanderer was very long but read pretty quick. It’s an interesting one that you might like. Kind of sci-fy with a pandemic at its center (interestingly enough).

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    1. The reviews on Final Girls seem mixed. Some adored it, some thought it was too over the top, but that’s how those movies were. The Book of Accidents cover is perfect for the story. Really grabs your attention.

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