This is the first post in a new series I’m starting inspired by the “Try a Chapter” tag—which I’ll be using each month to choose ONE book for the following month’s TBR!
If you’re not familiar with the Try a Chapter tag, it’s a tag common on booktube (and sometimes blogs) where the participant reads the first chapter of five books and chooses one of those books to read, based on the results!
For this series, I’ll be doing something a little different:
The five books I choose will be inspired by the following month’s “theme”—for example, since June is Pride Month, the 5 books I sample for June’s TBR will be own-voice queer books. You get the idea!
Since I’m hosting Late-a-thon in January, the 5 books I sample will fit the “overdue review copy” theme! Since the other theme for January is January Jam Jar, I chose these 5 randomly from my Late-a-thon jar, which includes overdue ARCs and January releases.
- Darkest Hours — Mike Thorn
- Song of Blood & Stone — L. Penelope
- The Girl in the Green Silk Gown — Seanan McGuire
- That Which Grows Wild — Eric J. Guignard
- An Anonymous Girl — Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
My thoughts on the first chapter of…
Darkest Hours is a collection of horror short stories, so I read the first story, and oh my gosh, it was one of the most disgusting, body-horror-inducing things I’ve ever read and I KIND OF LOVED IT? 5 stars to the first story!
Song of Blood & Stone:
I read the prologue and first chapter. While the storyline intrigued me a little, I’m sad to say that I immediately hated the writing style and don’t want to continue this at all.
The Girl in the Green Silk Gown:
This is the second book in the Ghost Roads series, the first of which I read a few months back. Most of the first chapter was rehashing prior events, so it didn’t give me the chance to really get drawn back in yet.
That Which Grows Wild:
TWGW is another collection of horror shorts, so I read the first story, and gave it 4 stars on its own. It was intriguing, but didn’t necessarily make me desperate to dive into the rest of the book just yet.
An Anonymous Girl:
This is my first time reading anything from this author duo, and WOW, I was immediately sucked in! The narrative voice is enjoying and quick-paced, and I’m super intrigued by this “questionnaire” Jessica’s signed herself up for.
And the winner is…
That first story was just so weird and gross and it’s exactly what I’m in the mood for right now! I’m also going to try to pick up An Anonymous Girl ASAP. As for the rest, The Girl in the Green Silk Gown and That Which Grows Wild will both go back on my “someday soon” shelf, and I officially DNFed Song of Blood & Stone.