Growing up, I’ve never celebrated Halloween. I know you’re probably thinking I’m missing out, but I’m glad we don’t have Halloween in where I live. Southeast Asian ghosts are the scariest so I don’t want to see some Kuntilanak walking around asking candies–no thank you!
This year, I finally made a change by joining a scary, Halloween themed read-a-thon. There were many options but I settled with Fortnight Frights that is hosted by Seji from The Artisan Geek! I have never really read scary literature before so this read-a-thon is kinda a turning point for me. I found a lot of amazing books (and I already put them on my TBR!), but sadly I could only read five books during the challenge and I was too chicken to read anything in the horror genre. So, I settled with books that gives spooky, Halloween vibe. Without further ado, here’s how my Fortnight Frights went on!
BOOKS I’VE READ
- The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao. Before you think “But, the review said the book is not a thriller!” but hey, those reviewers are white who have no idea what happened in Indonesia during Suharto’s regime. That was a nightmare, especially for Chinese-Indonesian families. I think The Majesties captured those fears and horrific events of May 1998 riots through the lenses of privileged Chinese-Indonesian families and how it affected them individually and as a whole. Let me tell you something: this book is BRILLIANT! I will make a full review later because, oh, I have a lot to say about this book.
- Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. This book has been sitting on my TBR for as long as I can remember, so I was happy when I could get my hands on this book! The moment I started reading Undead Girl Gang, I knew I would like it. This book is a page turner mystery wrapped in a comedy. I personally like the dynamics between the girls; how they became friends despite all the unlikeness.
- Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. This is a short read and I regret not picking this earlier. I like the idea that people are seen as angels and monsters, depending on your own moral compass. Pet is about friendship, morality, and injustice–set in the dystopian world where bad people no longer exist. My favorite thing about this book is that it introduces the idea that sometimes monsters don’t look like monsters. They can be someone close to us or someone who looks like an angel. It’s an important discussion to young adults.
- The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag. My initial thought: aaaaaaaaaaaah. This is a sweet graphic novel that tackles gender stereotypes and toxic masculinity. Everything about this book screams cute, cute, cute. The illustration is adorable and I re-read the book recently just to see the illustration (I guess this becomes my comfort book, huh?). I can’t wait for more adventures of Aster and Charlie! (and this is also a reminder that I need to read the second installment)
BOOKS I HAVEN’T FINISHED
- Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson. I finished this at 1 AM on November 1st so I feel like this couldn’t be counted towards the challenge but anyway I want to talk about this book. Monday’s Not Coming is… heartbreaking. At first I was confused by the timeline as it is written in a non linear narrative, but we see these events from Claudia’s lenses and we’ll understand why some scenes may be confusing as we reach the end of the book. The book as a whole is really exhausting to read. Few times I need to put down the book because I couldn’t bear it, but Monday’s Not Coming is a great murder mystery book.
- Did you read anything spooky this October?
- Did you also join Fortnight Frights?
- Let me know!