My next five reads

Hello fellow book lovers! Hope you’re having a spine-crackingly good 2019 so far. Back in November, I decided to get organised and plan out my next five reads. Having a huge TBR pile is wonderful, but often that means I have no idea what to pick up next, so setting myself a short reading list really helped me hang on to my sanity.

It worked so well, I’m making My Next Five Reads a regular thing, and here’s the second instalment…

Slayer by  Kiersten White
I’ve already read the first four chapters of this series-starter, which is set in the Buffy-verse, and I’m gripped so far. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was my first big SFF love, and it’s great to be back in that world, albeit in a different corner of it. I’m loving meeting the relatives of characters from the show (yep, there’s a Wyndam-Price), and Nina is an intriguing heroine. Can’t wait to see where this goes!

The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman
LOOK AT THAT COVER. I’m a sucker for neon at the best of times, and the UK cover for this spooky mystery gives me heart palpitations every time I look at it – and only partly because it reminds me of my favourite John Carpenter film, The Fog. This is Herman’s literary debut, so I have no idea what to expect, but if this really is (as the PR spiel goes) like Riverdale meets Twin Peaks, I may have found my favourite book of 2019. So excited for this one.

Red Snow by Will Dean
The first book in the Sweden-set Tuva Moodyson crime saga, Dark Pines, was on my previous Next Five Reads, and my copy of this – the second book in the series – turned up just in the nick of time. I’m a huge Swedophile, and I really enjoyed the moody(son) atmosphere of Dark Pines, plus Tuva’s a hugely likeable and realistically flawed heroine who I’m excited to learn more about. I’ve resisted reading the blurb because I want to be surprised, but I’m guessing this one’s going gory…

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
Confession: I’ve had The Hate U Give for over a year and I still haven’t read it, so I’ll probably do a double whammy and read that, followed by On The Come Up, so that I can finally have an opinion on the phenomenon that is Angie Thomas. It’s been pretty remarkable watching Thomas’ profile soar; she’s clearly become the voice of a generation, and I’m excited to find out what she has to say.

Less Then Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
This was a birthday present from my Torn Stubs co-host (shameless plug: Torn Stubs is my movie podcast, please give us a listen!) and I’m both intrigued and nervous to check it out. I’ve never read anything by Ellis, but I have listened to his excellent podcast (he has opinions and he’s not afraid to share them), and I love the movie adaptation of American Psycho, which bodes well for this, his debut. Apparently it was really controversial when it was published in 1985. This could be wild.

Have you read any of these? What are your #nextfivereads? Drop me a comment below or on Twitter @JoshWinning.

Happy reading!

My next five reads

Hello fellow word lovers! How are you? Well, I hope. Me? I’m dreadful, thanks for reminding me. Kidding! It’s November, so I’m currently in the thick of NaNoWriMo 2018, which I’ve been really enjoying (19,000 words and counting), but pairing that with two weekends outside of the UK plus full-time work has kicked my ass slightly. Yes, I’ve come down with the fabled NaNo lurgy.

So while I take a break from trying to be hyper-creative, I thought I’d take a look at the next five books I have lined up on my TBR. Come with me, if you will…

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
The premise for this book had me at ‘dead cheerleaders’. (Anybody remember Heroes and “save the cheerleader, save the world”? Those were the days.) The Cheerleaders is Kara Thomas’ third book, and has been described as “a little bit Riverdale, a little bit Veronica Mars“, so of course I couldn’t possibly say no. It seems to have a little bit of a Buffy and Point Horror vibe going for it, too, so I’m IN.

Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
This author’s last book, Final Girls, consumed my life for roughly two days. I couldn’t put it down. (If you haven’t read it yet, go get it! You won’t be disappointed.) So I’m really excited to check out his next one, which I’ve slightly been putting off, because the copy I have is an enormous hardback, but I’m going to stop being such a wuss and get on with it. I don’t know anything about the plot because I want to be surprised, but if Sager’s previous book is anything to go by, this should be a fun, twisty ride.

Rosewater by Tade Thompson
I’ve seen buzz about this everywhere, and even though I’m not a huge science-fiction reader (I’m more on the fantasy spectrum), the premise for Rosewater is really intriguing and sort of reminded me of The Bone Season (in a good way). It’s come along at a time when black voices and stories are happily enjoying a huge surge in popularity, particularly within the realms of sci-fi and fantasy, and I’m excited to find out what has made people rave about this so much.

Dark Pines by Will Dean
Will Dean is enjoying huge success with this book, which is awesome – I’m only sorry I’ve not got to it sooner. But I finally have a gorgeous paperback copy ready and waiting (it has one of the coolest inner-front-cover quote spreads I’ve ever seen), and I can’t wait to meet Tuva Moodyson. If you know me, you’ll know I’m a Scandi nut (I even taught myself Swedish), so I’m really looking forward to reading this.

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
Grady Hendrix is my number one at the moment. I inhaled My Best Friend’s Exorcism and We Sold Our Souls, and I just can’t get enough of his lean but colourful writing, and his thoroughly lifelike characters. Somehow, though, Horrorstör completely passed me by, so I’m going to rectify that in the next few weeks. The book’s laid out like an IKEA catalogue, which is genius. But then, this is Grady Hendrix we’re talking about, so OF COURSE IT IS.

Have you read any of these? What are you sticking in your eyeballs next? Let me know in the comments below!