Current Reads: Chinese Historical Fiction, Psychological Thriller, & YA Horror

Happy Sunday afternoon, chums. I know that the weekend is technically half-spent, and so far, it’s been one hell of a ride—some good, some not so great. My favourite way of checking out of the not-great parts is by reading! There is also napping, but I’m finally on a decent day schedule and I’m trying very hard not to fuck that up. Thus reading with the occasional video gaming.

Today, I wanted to briefly share with you a couple of the books that I have spent the past few days buried in. They are titles that I’ve had checked out from the library for a handful of months now and I would like to finish them up by the end of the week so I can finally return them. I know one book in particular is quite a popular one for its genre, while the others may be a bit more obscure. There is also one that I had high expectations for, however, the structure for it has left me feeling somewhat disappointed. Let’s check them out.

The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa

The Girl Who Played Go is an #OwnVoices Chinese historical fiction novel that follows a Japanese soldier who is fighting a war in Manchuria, and a young, teenage Manchurian girl that is blossoming with adolescent hormones, egoism, and curiosity.

The story was advertised as being about these two individuals coming together in the midst of wartime via their passion for the game of go. Yet, that specific part didn’t even come into play until well past the half-way point. I have about one-third of the book left to read, and I’m saddened that it turned out so differently. This is why I tend to avoid synopses for many books as they can be misleading and create unpleasant reading experiences. Putting that small trait aside, I am quite fascinated by the climate and the parallels in each of the characters’ personas. They have so many differences, but their similarities help tie them together in some contemplative ways.

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls is a psychological crime thriller that I purposely chose not to read up on. All I really know is that the story is mostly centred on a missing teenage girl and that the book is a stand-alone novel. After finishing Slaughter’s The Good Daughter, I hunted down more of her non-series novels because I fucking adored her writing style and capability at building and maintaining suspense; key characteristics for the psychological thriller genre.

I am about fifty pages into this book so far. There is this film of dread that starts from the first page and lingers in the air as more characters are introduced and plot wrinkles are revealed or ironed out, or even jumbled up further to help create intense tension. The apprehension of that “Oh Fuck” event or moment makes my skin crawl and I have been relishing each second of it. Books like these, help remind me why psychological thrillers are one of my favourite genres to read.

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Pitch Dark is a young adult horror, science-fiction book that I checked out after reading a fellow book blogger’s review on it. A couple of people try to help out when a space capsule is wrecked, but the capsule is overrun by mysterious, killer creatures that make the task far more difficult.

I don’t typically like YA horror or YA sci-fi, and this is a combination of the two, nevertheless, when I came across that review quite a long time ago, I was in a mood for scary-type stories. I checked it out, put it on my shelf and sort of forgot about it. Now that it’s time to renew the book towards the end of this week, start of next week (12th of March), I knew it was time to stop being lazy and just read it. I’m going to remain cautiously optimistic that this book will be good.

That does it for my weekly bibliophilic indulgences. Have you read any of these books, or do they sound interesting to you? Please, if you can, come chat with me in the comments. I’d love to hear from you. Have a lovely week ahead, friendlings!

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2 thoughts on “Current Reads: Chinese Historical Fiction, Psychological Thriller, & YA Horror

  1. I didn’ read any but I’m very interesting to Pitch Dark. I was always watching the author from afar but just recently I managed to put my hand on Shutter, another ya horror… and it’s very good!

    I don’t know what to expcet from Pitch Dark because it reminds me so much of Aliens (the video game, not the films because I never watched those) and… off, I’ll read it but also I don’t want to

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