Weekend Reads #20: Psychological Suspense Thrillers & Epic Fantasy!

I’m very happy that the weekend has arrived! The past couple of weeks have been difficult for me in terms of emotional and mental health, so my entire focus for the next two to three days will consist of self-care, a big part of which revolves around reading!

Continuing on my library conquering journey, I have a few more that I plan on starting up this week and shall be working on well into the following week. I’m super excited for the epic fantasy as it’s been way too damn long since the last time I have read from this genre. In addition, I will be keeping up with my obsession for mysteries and thrillers, by reading a novel by someone many of you may recognise as Jessica Jones from the show of the same name! There’s also a graphic novel and a Japanese-British crime thriller.


Ice Forged (The Ascendant Kingdoms #1) by Gail Z. Martin

The first volume in an epic fantasy series, it follows a dude named Blaine “Mick” McFadden, who was condemned for murdering the man who dishonoured his sister, spending six long years in Velant, a penal colony in the frigid northern wastelands. Harsh military discipline and oppressive magic maintain a delicate peace as the colonists struggle against a hostile environment. But then the supply ships from Dondareth have stopped coming, boding ill omens for the kingdom that banishes the colonists. Now as the world’ magic runs amid chaos, McFadden and the people of Velant must fight to survive and to make their own fate.

When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro

Written by a British-Japanese author, who’s pretty renown in the biblio-world, the novel takes focuses on a character named Christopher Banks, who was born in Shanghai at the beginning of the 20th century. He lived in the city quite happily until his parents’ sudden disappearance. Then Christopher left Shanghai and never looked back. Twenty years after leaving the city, Banks returns as a renowned detective, with hopes of finally solving his parents’ unsolved disappearances. But the deeper that he digs, the more complicated and unexpected, and more dangerous things turn out to be.

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

A debut psychological suspense thriller about a woman named Abby Williams, who ran away from home ten years ago and worked hard to erase her small-town roots by becoming a thriving environmental lawyer in Chicago. But then Abby receives a case that will force her to revisit her home in Barrens, Indiana, where everything she’s worked for is at risk of falling apart. Tasked with investigating the town’s most high-profile company, Abby begins to discover strange connections between the town’s biggest scandal from a decade ago, involving a popular gal named Kaycee right before she disappeared. While trying desperately to solve the case, Abby’s troubling memoires begin to resurface causing her to doubt her ability to do her work and threatening to consumer her entirely.

Skim by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki

This Japanese-Canadian young adult Queer graphic novel is about a high schooler named “Skim” Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a non-slim, Wiccan Goth who attends a girls’ private school. When Skim’s classmate’s boyfriend dumps her and commits suicide, the whole school goes into severe mourning, causing Skim to fall deeper in her battle with depression. As she struggles with all of the heaviness engulfing her life, she finds herself developing feelings for one of her classmate’s.


I sincerely hope that you all have a good weekend. If you are struggling like me, then make sure to take some time away from life to do something that is entirely for you and your mental well-being.

Thank you for visiting me today. Until next time, happy reading and happy otakuing. 💙


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6 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #20: Psychological Suspense Thrillers & Epic Fantasy!

  1. I think it is a very good idea for you to take some time for yourself and reading is a great way to do that. I really hope the books will be enjoyable and are able to take your mind of things ( I especially like the discriptions for When we were orphans, and Bonfire by Krysten “Jessica Jones” Ritter. You have a great and wonderfully relaxing weekend, and please take care 😊

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  2. I hope your weekend is relaxing. You definitely deserve it.
    These titles look good. Ishiguro is one of those authors whose name has been on my TBR list for a long, long time. I need to hurry and read some of his things.
    And “Skim,” I remember reading that a few years ago. It has a lovely, quiet storytelling style that I loved, and the drawings are kinda whimsical. A bittersweet kind of story. Interested to know what you think of it.

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    • Thank you so much! Ishiguro has also been on my list forever. I’m hoping it will be good at the very least, although I don’t expect it to live up to the SUPER hype it’s garnered. And I’m glad to hear that about Skim. I read their other graphic novel, This One Summer, which I hope to review soon, and it was amazing. Dark and sad, but so good.

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