#5Books: Book recs and who is in the mood for an apocalypse?

#5Books for the week ending 12 October

But before we get to that: How can I be ill again? 

(You really could not have expected a deeper question from moi?)

Yes, I am sick again. It’s the Murphy’s Law of everything that once things get back to normal and my friends have gone back to Canada, I’ll get sick. Bleh. I am most definitely over being sick this winter/spring/silly season.

But overall, I had a wonderful time catching up with old friends, shopping and relaxing some — which is why I missed last week’s recs. So back to the recs: apocalypse anyone?

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

So Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth, so you know no pressure even though she’s able to heal Freddie, the girl she’s been crushing on for years from a gunshot. And then, the shooter gets sucked into the clouds minutes later. Throw in the talking girl on a tampon box, and more unbelievable things and Elena comes to believe the world is ending and she might be the only person who can do something about it. So like I said, no pressure. Not entirely sure how this is all coming together, but I must admit, the blurb has said all the right (quirky) things, so consider me hooked!

Even if it kills her

So yes, this is the 7th book in a series, but I think it sounds pretty self-contained and could stand on its own. So Bailey is a true-crime journalist, and in this book reunites with an old friend from college — Jillian, who disappeared (as in retreated from life) after a neighbour killed her whole family. She reconnects with Bailey because the man accused of killing her family now might be released due to DNA evidence, and Jillian wants closure, something she thinks Bailey might be able to give it to her. A mystery, a wrongful conviction and a emotional, consuming case? Yes please! 

Paul takes the form of a mortal girl

So this has to be one of the weirdest titles for a book, but also literally true: Paul is a shapeshifter who happens to tend bar at the only gay bar in a university town. This is a book about his adventures shapeshifting from a Riot Grrl to Women Studies major and more — and I want this simply to see how this author pulls this off. It’s one of the most dynamic, interesting plots I’ve seen in a long time.

Dark Chapter

This is based on the author’s, Winnie Liu’s, real life experiences and is the story of Vivian, who is raped by a 15-year-old teenager one afternoon in London. The story features both their POVs, which is something that attracted me to it, especially given Liu’s own experiences. By no means an easy book, I know, but a powerful one.


Timothy Blake is a genius, who solves impossible cases. He’s also a sociopath, and given I’ve been rewatching Sherlock, this caught my eye. When Timothy is called in to investigate the disappearance of a 14YO boy, he is assigned a partner, linked to his past — which is the first breadcrumb about this character in the blurb — he’s got a secret, one he is determined to keep hidden no matter what. And, this is confusing: he has a price for his help — every time he saves a life, he gets to take one — how does that work?! I may have watched too much Criminal Minds and Mindhunter, but I want to see how the author pulls off such  character’s mindset. 

These have been on my mind since finding them — what strikes your fancy??


  • Oh no, sorry you’re sick 🙁 Feel better! I saw the Paul one somewhere recently, it does sound super interesting! Such a unique premise!

    • Verushka says:

      I’m refusing to keep feeling sick #overit Mind over matter or something! The Paul one is definitely unique! I’d love LOVE to know what made the author hit upon this premise!

  • Silvia says:

    You know, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza, but the quirky things said seem to have piqued my curiosity as well, lol I’m glad you had a wonderful time with your friends, but I’m sorry to hear you’re sick again 🙁 . . . Hope you feel better soon, Verushka!

    • Verushka says:

      Hee, that’s exactly why it made me excited — the quirkyness! I do think there’s a danger of being too quirky, but we’ll see I guess! I am starting to feel better, so I’m hoping the worst of it is over!

  • So you pretty much have me sold on The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza. It sounds so strange and odd I simply must check it out. Hope you get to feeling better soon. I’m sure you’ve been having so much fun you’ve just run yourself down. Some rest will probably help do the trick!

    • Verushka says:

      Heh, the blurbs hit all the right notes of quirky in a most matter-of-fact tone, doesn’t it? I was so HOOKED! You’re right, I probbaly did run myself down, and I am hopefully on the mend. I just refuse to feel sick anymore.

  • Ah sorry you’re sick. I like the sound of these especially Even If it Kills Her.

  • I’m glad you had fun with your friends but that’s awful you’re sick again!!

    Thanks for all the recs! I added Hangman to my to-read list.

  • Oh no, I hope you get better soon. Hangman sounds like it would be one interesting read for sure.

  • Kelly says:

    I’m hating this year too, I’m over being sick. So sorry you’re feeling poorly again Verushka <3 this weather will be the death of us. It's hot down here too which doesn't help. I actually just finished an incredible LoveOzYA dystopian apocalyptic read, This Mortal Coil. If you get your hands on a copy, I'd love to see what you think of it.

    Paul Takes The Form of a Mortal Girl sounds ridiculously entertaining. I'm hoping it's more of a learning curve as a man to understand the adversity women face daily in a world catered to men, rather than making a mockery of feminism. Really interested in that one though to see how it plays out.

  • Lily says:

    Hangman sounds kind of really good. I am in the same boat as everyone else because The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza sounds super strange and probably a bit of a mind trip. Dark Chapter also looks good.

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