Title: The Saint of Lost Causes
Author: Carly Schorman
Rating: 3.5/5

“Jonathan Lambert stared at the tiny ball of fisted fingers jutting out from the newborn in a desperate show of life.”

When children start going missing in retaliation for the harm corporations cause their local communities, the rich and powerful now have to worry about what they’re going to lose. Known only as Jude, the mysterious force kidnaps children in plain sight, only to whisk them away to never be seen again.

Told from the perspective of six people, The Saint of Lost Causes follows the repercussions of Jude’s…

Title: Merlin of the Magnolias
Author: Gardner Landry
Rating: 3.5/5

“It was the kind of bright, halcyon morning that would have augured for a chamber of commerce day for Bayou Boughs had Bayou Boughs been an incorporated city.”

If I had the technological capacity to understand and analyse seismic shifts in energy, my reaction to realising something was going to happen to the city would be a lot more alarmist. But when your title character is named Merlin, it’s almost expected that something about him would be a little off.

An eccentric Houston native, old-money-borne Merlin McNaughton spends his days…

This review discusses rape, abuse and racism. If these are topics you are sensitive to, please proceed with caution.

Title: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
Author: Grady Hendrix
Rating: 5/5

“This story ends in blood.”

Patricia Campbell may have lived the exciting life of a nurse, but now she’s just a homemaker and manages the lives of her rebellious children, workaholic husband and dementia-ridden mother-in-law.

So when she joins a new not-book-club dedicated to discussing the trashiest of crime novels — rather than high literature — she didn’t expect that her fellow book readers would become her…

Title: The Honjin Murders
Author: Seishi Yokomizo, translated by
Rating: 4/5

Every murder mystery writer longs to prove their chops with a locked room murder mystery, our narrator declares. Such novels are a test of every writer’s intelligence; the answer to these mysterious can’t be so improbable that it throws off the reader, neither can it be so simple to disgust them. The reader must be befuddled to the point of thinking that the crime is actually committed by a ghost, only to realise at the end of the novel how foolish they have been.

In The Honjin Murders, our…

Since my last Animal Crossing article, I’ve since racked up over 300 hours playing as a little island representative (and no, I’m not done with my island yet).

My growing obsession means that I’ve been so involved in the Animal Crossing community that all I see on my Twitter timeline now is just ACNH content. Whether it is pictures of other people’s islands, or memes about Raymond, I have seen it all.

Title: My Sister, the Serial Killer
Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite
Rating: 3.5/5

I’ve had Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel on my to-read list for almost a year now. If my memory serves me well, I had found it while scrolling through the Goodreads Choice Awards in 2019 and thought that the concept of the book was interesting and so kept it on my to-read list. However, I recently chanced across a hardcover copy for an affordable price and decided to buy it and of course, read it.

(Aside: I rarely buy books because books tend to be $20 and over and I’ll…

Title: Magpie Murders
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Rating: 4/5

When I had picked up Magpie Murders, I had gone into it blind; I hadn’t anticipated the book to be about two murder mysteries all at once. For that reason, the prelude confused me and it wasn’t until I had gotten hooked on the vibe of Atticus Pünd and was desperately trying to find the earlier books in the series that I realised Magpie Murders is a two-in-one book.

For those looking to dive into this book, here is a little bit of context. Anthony Horowitz’s book is split into two halves…

Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Rating: 5/5

Lovers of fanfiction, rejoice! For those of us craving published books that read like AO3 stories, Red, White & Royal Blue is the novel we’ve been searching for all these years.

We follow First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz, who has been forced into faking a friendship with his sworn nemesis, Prince Henry of England, after an altercation at the royal wedding. Over time, as their friendship grows, Alex finds that Henry is not as bad as he seems and that his feelings are changing in ways he cannot explain.


Title: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
Rating: 5/5

When Aiden Bishop starts waking up in bodies of people that he hardly knows, it doesn’t take him long to realise something is seriously wrong.

Trapped in a time loop, Bishop is forced to relive the day Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered in the bodies of eight different hosts till he finds her killer. But Blackheath hides more secrets under its deteriorating exterior and the stakes are higher than they seem.

As someone who grew up on Agatha Christie novels, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a beautiful…

Image by toonlinkirl via Twitter

It is the dream of any Animal Crossing player to be able to sell their turnips at good prices. After spending a small fortune and flooding our houses with little round white vegetables, we can only pray to find a decent price to sell them before Daisy Mae comes back for her weekly visit.

And every once in a while, we are lucky enough to be blessed by the landlords in training — Timmy and Tommy Nook — who are willing to buy our turnips at 400, 500, and even 600 bells per turnip.

If you are one of the…

Hui Ying

Hui Ying is a Singaporean-based writer who is currently pursuing her degree in Communication Studies. Find them on Twitter as @princxmorbucks.

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