today’s post idea is fully credited to Vee at https://veebookishbooks.wordpress.com/ after seeing their tweet pictured below: “Kinda wanna do a post where I read and rate maybe 6 of the Storygraphs recommendations to see if they’re good”
I thought this was such a fun idea, especially as I’m using storygraph instead of goodreads this year and have yet to use their recommendations feature!
So, I scrolled through the recommendations on my page based on what I read/enjoy and picked out 6 of the top recommended books! This will be part 1 of this post with summaries and links to all of the books I chose and then part 2 will be posted at some point this year once I’ve read all 6 books and it’ll also include my thoughts and ratings!
I’m so excited to branch out this year and try books from authors I’ve never read from and even books I’ve never heard of and on initial thoughts, I’m super impressed with the personalised recs feature- look how perfect all these weird short stories sound for me😂🙈
Make sure you check out storygraph which has so many amazing features! you can find my profile here: https://app.thestorygraph.com/profile/e4dbe33e-0aad-4147-9c80-c3fac856021b
⭐️ 1. the blindfold by siri hustvedt: Iris, a graduate student living alone and impoverished in New York, encounters four strong characters who fascinate and in different ways subordinate her: an inscrutable urban recluse who employs her to record the possessions of a murdered woman; a photographer whose eerie portrait of Iris takes on a life of its own; an old woman in hospital who tries to claim a remnant of the ailing Iris; and a professor she has an affair with. An exploration of female identity fuelled with eroticism and a sense of menace. https://app.thestorygraph.com/books/3dec3b5e-cd39-461d-81dc-8fd2f9847760
⭐️ 2. the diving pool by yoko ogawa: A lonely teenage girl falls in love with her foster-brother as she watches him leap from a high diving board into a pool – sparking an unspoken infatuation that draws out darker possibilities. A young woman records the daily moods of her pregnant sister in a diary, but rather than a story of growth the diary reveals a more sinister tale of greed and repulsion. Driven by nostalgia, a woman visits her old college dormitory on the outskirts of Tokyo. There she finds an isolated world shadowed by decay, haunted by absent students and the disturbing figure of the crippled caretaker. https://app.thestorygraph.com/books/50d9c2d0-09a1-4065-8d99-008c527f7c75
⭐️ 3. baboon by naja marie aidt: Beginning in the middle of crisis, then accelerating through plots that grow stranger by the page, Aidt’s stories have a feel all their own. In one, a whore shows up unannounced at a man’s apartment, roosts in his living room, and then violently threatens him when he tries to make her leave. In another, a wife takes her husband to a city where it is women, not men, who are the dominant sex but was it all a hallucination when she finds herself tied to a board and dragged back to his car? And in the unforgettable “Blackcurrant,” two young women who have turned away from men and toward lesbianism abscond to a farm, where they discover that their neighbor’s son is experimenting with his own kind of sexuality. https://app.thestorygraph.com/books/8b04c8e1-82de-43cd-bacd-dbbee4c5af30
⭐️ 4. farewell navigator by leni zumas: Zumas shines a bright light into the far corners of a dark, dreamlike America populated by a cast of characters on the brink of survival. A teenage boy finds his blind mother making a pass at his new best friend; a lonely woman works in a pillow factory by day and at night tends to a menagerie of sick animals; an aspiring witch is disillusioned by her spiritual shortcomings; a girl from a town so small it doesn’t exist on any map runs away with a rock band, all the while attempting to chart her way back home. The odds stacked against them, these lovingly rendered outsiders find connectedness and redemption in the unlikeliest of circumstances. https://app.thestorygraph.com/books/e16f4358-0e51-4679-99ea-aa9619eb5148
⭐️ 5. things to do when you’re a goth in the country and other stories by chavisa wood: These eight stories paint a vivid image of people living on the fringes in America. In “Zombie,” two young girls find friendship with a mysterious woman in the local cemetery. “Take the Way Home That Leads Back to Sullivan Street” describes a lesbian couple trying to repair their relationship by dropping acid at a Mensa party. In “A New Mohawk,” a man in romantic pursuit of a female political activist becomes inadvertently much more familiar with the Palestine/Israel conflict than anyone would have thought possible. And in the title story, Woods brings us into the mind of a queer goth teenager who faces ostracism from her small-town evangelical church. https://app.thestorygraph.com/books/8adcc522-bc26-4afe-a968-10bee69a6884
⭐️ 6. goodnight beautiful women by anna noyes: A short story collection exploring the mysterious inner lives of New England women and girls as they navigate the dangers and struggles of the world. A young wife watches her husband throw their earthly possessions one by one into the local quarry, before vanishing himself; two girls from very different social classes find themselves deep in the throes of a punishing affair; a motherless teenager is sexually awakened in the aftermath of a local trauma; and a woman’s guilt from a childhood lie about her intellectually disabled cousin reverberates into her married years. https://app.thestorygraph.com/books/9a56d35d-ee9d-4e4f-a15b-947bff5d9515