1) Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward
Any anthology subtitled ‘Beautiful horror stories’ is bound to get my attention. And while some stories were better than others, I found the majority of the tales to be beautiful, horrific – and so so heartbreaking.
2) Bedtime Stories by Diana Secker Tesdell
I guess I was in a short story mood at the beginning of the month. This anthology was full of magical, dreamy tales from some incredible authors such as Neil Gaiman, Angela Carter, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
3) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
It always takes my a few chapters to get into an Austen novel but once I got used to the language again, I was hooked. Austen has such a sharp eye for social absurdities and hypocrisies and exposes them with incredible wit and insight. While Sense and Sensibility is not my favorite Austen novel (I find the two main romances are underdeveloped) for a debut novel it still contains so much of Austen’s unprecedented genius.
4) It by Stephen King
The reason I only read 4 books in March was because half my month was taken up by this massive masterpiece of horror. I’ll admit, I probably could have finished it sooner but It is one of my favorite books of all time and I didn’t want it to end. Now I’m suffering from a total book hangover and don’t know what to do with my life. But that’s the mark of a great book. (Btw, did you guys see the trailer for the movie? It’s terrifying!)