#5Books: book recommendations 25/10

This week I found a wonderful school project by an Australian author that is set to become a book from Affirm Press and it’s a marvelous gem, I think. There’s a sci-fi gem that got me thinking about age and being younger — everyone thinks about this right? There is a selection of psychological thrillers, in a diverse set of different circumstances and I am all GIMME right now.

The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw: This one is about secrets and lies catching up to three friends. And a mysterious daughter of one that shows up out of the blue. At first glance, I thought it about their friendship more than anything, but the blurb also describes it as a psychological thriller as well. So colour me curious.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich: Goodreads describes this part-psychological thriller and part-urban legend — which made me go YES internally in the office when I saw it. A diary is found in the ruins of a school that burned down 25 years ago, written by the twin sister of one Carly Johnson. But here’s the thing: Carly didn’t have a twin. Yup.

Fault Lines: By Kristen-Paige Madonia. This one was recced on The Reading Nook Reviews and is an example of the best blurb ever: just READ THE LAST LINE. Hooked, I tell you, I am so HOOKED.

Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix: This one is unusual: in 2000, two friends are offered a chance to grow younger. Who wouldn’t want that right? But what happens when these friends become kids? Who takes care of them then? This gem was recommended by Read Till Dawn and I am SO curious. Benjamin Button after a fashion, yes?

Letters to my 13-year-old self: This is a collection of letters written by Australian authors to their 13-year-old selves. It’s also edited by Grace Halphen, 15, who contacted and go these gems from authors like Kate Ceberano, Nathan Buckley and Maggie Beer to name a few for a school assignment. She was inspired by Bully For Them, by Fiona Scott-Norman, which is a book involving 22 famous Australians on being bullied at school.

So, what were you doing at 15? It’s an ambitious, thoughtful project, I think as is Bully for them. Coupled with Turnabout, it got me thinking about my younger self and what I would tell her and I don’t think I’d want to be her again — would you? The psychological thrillers are so enticing this week, don’t you think? Which one is your favourite?

Originally published at editingeverything.com on October 25, 2015.