Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time a TBR jar pick and a horror read that both ended up being a success for me.


Title: The Humans
Author: Matt Haig

Genre: Science Fiction, Humor
First published: May 9th 2013
Publisher: Canongate Books
Finished reading: September 18th 2021
Pages: 304

“Make sure, as often as possible, you are doing something you’d be happy to die doing.”


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Matt Haig‘s books haven’t let me down yet, so I’m not sure why I haven’t picked up more of his backlist titles yet to be honest. I’ve been meaning to get to The Humans for years now, and I’m very glad my TBR jar thought it was time to finally read it… Because I ended up having a fantastic time with this story. Sci-fi can go both ways for me and I’m normally not a big fan of aliens in my sci-fi when I do read the genre, but The Humans turned to be another exception to that rule. This is such an original idea for a story! The Humans is told from the POV of an alien who is experiencing what it is like living as a human for the first time. This leads to a lot of hilarious misunderstandings as well as lots of opportunities to incorporate deeper meanings and life lessons along the way. There is a lot of focus on mental health and suicide, but heavier moments are contrasted with humor and as a whole the story felt well balanced. I could have done without the cheating element, but that would probably be the only thing that didn’t work for me… The rest turned out to be excellent and it without doubt serves as a reminder to hurry up and read his remaining backlist titles.


Title: The Final Girl Support Group
Author: Grady Hendrix

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Horror
First published: July 13th 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Finished reading: September 25th 2021
Pages: 352

“Sometimes we have to follow our guts. That’s why we survive.”


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After more than one glowing review, I just knew that I HAD to move The Final Girl Support Group to the top of my TBR pile… And I’m glad I did, because my first introduction to Grady Hendrix‘s writing most definitely turned out to be a positive one. It’s true that I’m a horror newbie when it comes to both books and movies, but I could still appreciate the references and I really liked the idea behind the plot as well as the focus on the final girls. The writing made it really easy to keep turning those pages, and there are definitely a lot of intense and seriously twisted moments included along the way. The story is told through the eyes of one of the final girls, Lynnette, and it’s an interesting POV as you are never sure up to what point you can trust her and what part of her view is based on lies or fabrications. I do confess that I never really warmed up to any of them, but that doesn’t mean that the character development wasn’t spot on and it was fascinating to learn more about the characters in play. There are quite a few twists incorporated along the way as well, and I definitely didn’t see those final reveals coming. All in all this was definitely a success for me and I can’t wait to try more of his books soon.


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