Weekend Reads #29: Middle-Grade Horror & Japanese Crime Thriller

Happy Saturday morning! I hope that you have a beautiful weekend ahead, whether you are working, studying, or just chilling. My weekend is going to be spent reading and playing video games because that sounded like the best way to laze around for the next couple of days. 😊

This weekend I shall be reading a couple of books that I wanted to read during my birthday week and through Halloween. But due to anime-ing and just spending delightful time with Sir Besty and another beautiful friend of mine, I didn’t get nearly as much reading accomplished as I had initially planned. But that’s okay! I made nice memories instead.

So, as such this weekend will be spent tackling these bookish morsels before they are due back at the library. All of these are part of the mystery, thriller, spooky categories on one level or another. I think I am still very much in the spoopy spirit, even though Halloween is officially over. Check them out and let me know if you’ve read them or if they sound interesting to you!


The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada

This is the novel I wanted to read for my birthday week, but alas never got around to. This is an #OwnVoices Japanese crime thriller that begins in the mid-1930s, where an old eccentric artist surrounded by seven women has been found dead. In a locked room from the inside, there’s a testament of alchemy, astrology, and a complex plan to kill these women. Afterwards, the plan is carried out and the seven ladies are found chopped-up and buried across rural Japan. Flash forward to the late 1970s where these Tokyo Zodiac Murders have been baffling and terrorising an obsessed nation for decades. A mystery-obsessed illustrator and an astrologer decide to set off around the country, following discovered clues and misleads in an attempt to unravel the truth behind these killings as well as the ultimate culprit.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

This novel is a middle-grade horror book I wanted to read because the cover looked really fricking cool and I’ve heard some neat stuff about it. I’m also hoping that the cat on the cover isn’t just for show. The story is about a girl named Cassidy Blake. Her parents are Inspectres, a ghost-hunting team. However, Cass is the one who can really see and communicate with ghosts, even her best friend, Jacob, is one. When The Inspectres head to a super-haunted Edinburgh for a new TV show, Cass and Jacob come along. While in Scotland, Cass meets another girl who can also see ghosts, named Lara. Lara tells Cass that they’re both In-Betweeners, or people tasked with sending the undead beyond the Veil permanently.

Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco

This is the third instalment in Maniscalco’s young adult Victorian mystery series. I did a buddy read for the second book with a fellow blogger named Nandini @ Unputdownable Books. Unfortunately, the second book was a terrible hot mess, which really surprised me because the first book was great. Read my review here. My review for the second book shall be up next week. But I decided to pick this one up for two reasons only: 1) I cannot escape historical fiction novels that take place on the ocean and 2) I love Houdini. The third book follows Audrey Rose and Thomas as they go to New York via the luxury liner, the RMS Etruria when they get shanghaied into the theatrics of another blood-infused mystery.


That does it for this instalment of my weekend reading fun. I hope that you get a chance to do something this weekend that brings you joy and relaxation, even if it’s for ten minutes or an hour! Also, don’t forget to smile.


Thank you so much for visiting me today. I appreciate the support! Until next time, keep reading and keep otakuing. 💜


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8 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #29: Middle-Grade Horror & Japanese Crime Thriller

  1. Have a great and relaxing weekend.😊 Looks like some really cool reads that are ahead of you: Both City of Ghosts and The Tokyo Zodiac Murders sound amazing. I’m going to be doing some reading myself in Stephen and Owen King’s Sleeping Beauties. Also…I won’t forget to smile 😀

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