A to Z Challenge Book Reviews

My Languishing TBR: H #AtoZChallenge2023 #Books #BookReviews

H is for Horses

Learn more about the challenge here.

I’m doing folklore and book review posts to reach and please a larger audience. Previous years have shown select interest in both and to minimise blogging throughout the year, I’m focusing my efforts on April.

Focusing on an A to Z of my TBR (to be read) list, each letter will have books starting with that letter on my list, a book I’ve read and reviewed (with the review!) and one of my books matching the letter with a link about more info about the book (I’ve published some new books, so take a look).

I chose the books this year quite randomly from my Goodreads Want to Read page. Some are quite creatively added to letters.

I know there were suggestions in last year’s Reflection post that I skip my TBR and just get on with the review, but I like knowing what I have left to read for each letter (and how far I’ve come with all the reading challenges I’ve done) so things are staying the same. Scroll down to the reviews if you’re not interested in what my TBR still contains. FYI, you might encounter issues with commenting if you don’t tick all the boxes marked as mandatory (especially the privacy one).

Let the fun begin!

If you’d rather check out my folklore post for today, go here.


About the Books I’ve Read

I chose books by one author with horses on the covers.

About the Book I’ve Read

Fairy Herds and Mythscapes by Kerry E.B. Black

A 3rd collection of short horror by Kerry E.B. Black, author of 2020 The Author Zone (TAZ) award-winning anthology Herd of Nightmares. This latest volume of short stories stampedes into the realm of tales inspired by global fairy tales and myths. To survive a trip through the vale of the fair folk, you must know the rules. Be polite, but don’t say thank you. Iron brings death to the fey, so if you carry it, be prepared for aggression. Stick to the path, keep your word, and be industrious. And Never eat goblin food.

Check it out on Goodreads.

My Review

I loved the premise of this book when I first saw concept art of the cover on Instagram. And just like the rest of Kerry’s books, this one doesn’t disappoint.

A must-read with my morning coffee!

5 unicorn star rating

About the Book I’ve Read

Herd of Nightmares by Kerry E.B. Black

Some nightmares possess panache, tripping into a subconscious with surprising delicacy to first creep into the dreamer’s trust. Others pound their splintered hooves through memories, scattering fear with every thundering footfall. Author Kerry E.B. Black has corralled this herd of untamable beasts for your pleasure. She hopes you see the beauty in their skeletal coats, the sparkle in their malignant eyes. May the ride they offer lead to the adventure you seek!

Check it out on Goodreads.

My Review

Hearts in jars, books that smell of sulphur and trades with elves in the woods are a few of the fun and disturbing things in this short story collection.

An absolute treat with my morning coffee.

5 unicorn star rating

About the Book I’ve Read

Carousel of Nightmares by Kerry E.B. Black

A collection of short stories that will thrill junior high and older readers, without preventing sleep. Kerry E.B. Black corralled these untameable beasts for your pleasure. Find the beauty in their skeletal coats, the sparkle in their malignant eyes. May the ride they offer lead to the adventure you seek!

Check it out on Goodreads.

My Review

The first tale, “Nightmares”, is my absolute favourite. “Wandering the Woods” is a close second. I like that the stories are unpredictable and have vivid imagery.

I liked the sketches of horses throughout the book. I absolutely enjoyed these dark, thrilling tales of monsters real and imagined.

It’s always good when I reach the end of an anthology and feel disappointed that there aren’t more stories to read.

An absolute delight to read every day with a cup of coffee.

5 unicorn star rating

My Book

How You Remind Me

I hope you enjoyed this. For more books I’ve read and reviewed, check out either my Pinterest board about reviews or my Goodreads profile. Alternatively, you can check out my reviews on BookBub. Have you read any of the books? Loved or hated any of them?

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