Okay, so maybe there will be a semi-monthly sort of consistency to these posts. Yay! Anyway, onto the rules of How a Book Gets on My Book Round Up:
Rules: In order for me to genuinely reccomend a book, it has to do several things:
1) pass the first line test.
2) pass the first page test.
3) be finishable (the story hooks me and hurls me headlong into a black hole from which I never wish to escape.)
We might as well just end the post here. I finished this two days ago and I'm 1) still not okay and 2) one ticket to Scotland please. . . oh, what return date? No, no, no you see, I'll be going there permanently. . . why. . . because of deadly reasons.
At first, I wasn't so sure about this book. The internet hyped it up with all its fancy Kirkus reviews and blah, blah, blah, none of that really matters when I'm deciding whether or not to read let alone like a book, and even the first few chapters threw me off. I almost didn't finish the book. I'M SO GLAD I DID. Warning, this book will probably break you. It has everything about vengeance and true crime that our justice system seems to lack, but it also has a sort of ghostly mystery feel to it. Oh, and the writing around a speech impediment was so impressive, I need to recommend this book to any writer every who has ever tried to write a stutter. NEWS FLASH: we have all been doing it wrong. Also there are girls that kiss and you know what, I like that in a book. I like it a lot. A good way to get on this list is to have LGBT interactions. So there.
This is a story about a horse in the mid-20th century who was, on a frozen night, spotted by a dutch immigrant. The horse was on a truck bound for slaughter and eventually this gelding went on to become the best show jumper in the world. As an equestrian, I am incredibly inspired by this story. As a writer, I was impressed with the syntax from the first page. As a reader, I basically cried all the way through and went running around the house when Snowman successfully jumped for the first time. I'm still screaming about it actually.
This. Is. The. Book. We. Have. Been. Waiting. For.
I kid you not. Trail of Lighting is the story of post-apocalyptic North America where Native Americans rule the roost and when that happens, all the mythological monsters crawl out to play, terrorizing everybody. With this many monsters, of course a badass girl with the monster-hunting skills of Sam and Dean (BRING ME MY SUPERNATURAL FANDOM, BABY) is going to bring down the lightning. This story shocked me. Literally. I still want to know how Rebecca Roanhorse did THAT. When you read it, you'll know what i mean.