Fiction: Good Stuff I Read Recently

Because your to-read pile needs more books, right?


I love to read. Sometimes for pure entertainment, sometimes to learn, sometimes to be wowed by beautiful language or a story that makes me see the world in a different way. Here's what I've been reading lately...


Dark Things I Adore by Katie Lattari

“When Audra parks the car at her house and we get out, I am singularly focused. I am a wolf. I am vile. Wicked.”

This story follows a fierce woman's plot to bring down a manipulative man - her art professor. It's a juicy revenge tale that follows two timelines - 1988 and 2018 - that converge in the woods where.... things happen. I don't normally read dark books, but when I read a preview excerpt of this one, I was completely hooked. The writing is captivating. Katie's easy way with words means you're constantly encountering turns of phrase that pull you in and hold you tight, even if they're illuminating a creepy darkness. Also, I'm always here for books where someone attempts to take down a narcissist; bring it.

If you want a sample to see if this book is your kind of jam - here's a chapter on The Nerd Daily - I challenge you to read it and not want more.

https://www.katielattari.com/

 

Satellite Love by Genki Ferguson

cover image for satellite love showing a Japanese girl in silhouette against a blue sky backdrop
“ I realized, then, that love could be a threat. That the basic foundation for romance is knowing that the other could destroy you at any moment, yet trusting that they won't. Mutually Assured Destruction.”

True story, I met Genki in a bookstore in Vancouver just before his book came out. Glad I did! (Shout out to the great indie Book Warehouse on Broadway.)


Book blurb: Set in 1999 Japan, Satellite Love tells the story of Anna Obata, a lonely teenager who falls in love with a satellite—and what happens when the satellite is called down to Earth to understand his own humanity and the fragile mind of the young woman who called him into being.


This is a curious book and I was intrigued from the very start to know where the story would go. There's a mysterious undercurrent to this character-driven story that carries you along. It's thoughtful and strange and not the kind of story where things are happily, neatly tied up but it takes you on a journey and I loved it for that.

https://genkiferguson.com/

 

The World Gives Way by Marissa Levien

Book Blurb: In fifty years, Myrra will be free. Until then, she's a contract worker. Ever since she was five, her life and labor have belonged to the highest bidder on her contract--butchers, laundries, and now the powerful, secretive Carlyles. When one night finds the Carlyles dead, Myrra is suddenly free a lot sooner than she anticipated--and at a cost she never could have imagined. Burdened with the Carlyles' orphaned daughter and the terrible secret they died to escape, she runs.


I haven't read a generation ship story in a looong time so I snatched this up as soon as I heard about it. This is a story that dives into its characters while taking you on a cat and mouse detective chase that turns into so much more. In the end, it's about people, and how we all navigate the world we find ourselves in - complete with their flaws and injustices, and what really matters in the end, when facing the end. Loved it.

http://www.marissalevien.com/

 

Now that I've cleared some space on my bookshelf, I'm open to recommendations! Read anything cool lately? Anything that stuck with you after you finished it, stories that pop into your head as you wait for the bus or do laundry?

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