Right now I’m finding it hard to concentrate on anything more than Gilmore Girls reruns but in my ideal quarantine scenario – if I can get there – I’ll be reading as much as I can. This is what I have on my Isolation Reading List.
Horrorstör: A Novel by Grady Hendrix
Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.
To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.
I loved My Best Friend’s Exorcism, which tapped into a dark 80’s horror nostalgia reminiscent of Point Horror. Although I’m reading this on the Kindle, Horrorstör’s hard copy comes in the form of a glossy Ikea-style catalogue which I can imagine is pretty cool.
So far this tale has me into it, with an anti-heroine I feel I’m really going to enjoy. Very much in the mood for dark and freaky right now.
Spare Room by Dreda Say Mitchell
Lisa, a troubled young woman with a past, can’t believe her luck when she finds a beautiful room to rent in a large house. The live-in owners are a kind and welcoming couple. Everything is fine until she finds a suicide note hidden in her room. But when the couple insist this man didn’t exist and that Lisa is their first tenant, Lisa begins to doubt herself.
I’m a sucker for these one day page turners, all of which end up blurring into one. I don’t know what to expect here but it was 99p in the Kindle sale and I’ll take it.
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
You’ve been held captive in one room. You’ve been mentally and physically abused every day since you were sixteen years old. Then, one night, you realise your captor has left the door to your cell unlocked. For the first time in eight years you’re free.
This is what happens next.
I know it’s twisted but I like stories about captives escaping, grimy as they are. I guess it appeals to the true crime fan in me. This was another that kept popping up in the Kindle charts and was either free or under a quid.
The Girl Who Lived Twice: A New Dragon Tattoo Story by David Lagercrantz
Lisbeth Salander’s mentor and protector Holger Palmgren is dead, and she has been gone from Stockholm since his funeral. All summer, Mikael Blomkvist has been plagued by the fear that Salander’s enemies will come after her.
He should, perhaps, be more concerned for himself.
Lagercrantz isn’t as good a writer as Stieg Larsson but he is keeping Lisbeth Salander alive and for that I am eternally grateful. I don’t know Lisbeth and Blomvist are up to this time around but I’m sure it will explosive and satisfying. Can’t wait to savour this bad girl.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Four sisters live with their mother, facing Christmas without their father as the American Civil War is underway. The family is settled in a new neighborhood, living in genteel poverty after the father lost their money. Meg and Jo March, the elder sisters, both work outside the home for money to support the family. Meg teaches four children in a nearby family, while Jo aids her grand-aunt March, a wealthy widow whose strength is failing.
I’ve never read this classic which I understand is pretty disgusting for a book lover to admit. I loved Greta Gerwig‘s adaptation though and it’s my friend Helen’s favourite read of all time, so it’s firmly on the list and raring to go. Perhaps I’ll get to it over the next five weeks.