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Boo! 👻

Is it cliche to be writing about scary book in October? You know, what with Halloween and whatnots? Probably it is indeed cliche, but will it stop me from actually writing one? Definitely not.

I had my fair share of scary books, from one that is mildly scary to ones that actually became the fruit of my nightmare.

But, are all scary books always ghost related? Not according to me. Anything that cause me to put the book down is definitely a scary book. So, without further ado and in no particular order, let us all pee in our pants over these scary books that I’ve read.

A/N: I can’t promise you this will be spoiler free, so read at your own risk (but I’ll try my best not to spoil everything) and the level of scariness is measured by the number of the screaming emoji with one being the least and five being the most.

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Rambling about books

Book review: Touch, by Claire North

This was the book that I should have read before The Sudden Appearance of Hope, but by some wrong calculation, I end up reading this after the said book. On hindsight, it was actually a favourable mistake; whilst I do enjoy The Sudden Appearance of Hope, I have to say that it still doesn’t hold a candle against The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, while this one right here do come quite close on par. No, seriously, this book is so good! Everything about it is amazing! I have no complaint whatsoever.

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Book review: The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North

My name is Hope Arden, and you won’t know who I am. But we’ve met before-a thousand times.
It started when I was sixteen years old.
A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A friend who looks at me and sees a stranger.
No matter what I do, the words I say, the crimes I commit, you will never remember who I am.
That makes my life difficult. It also makes me dangerous. Goodreads

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Book review: The Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer L. Holm

Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth? Goodreads Continue reading “Book review: The Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer L. Holm”

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Book review: The Next Together, by Lauren James

Book cover from Goodreads

This is a story that when you read the synopsis, you’ll have your eyes roll around to the back of your brain. This is a story that scream ‘sappy’. I mean, have you seen the cover? Although it seems cool, but the picture of two (what I presume as) young couple, sort of scream ‘Nicholas Sparks’ novel to me. And without sounding like a book snob, a Nicholas Sparks’ novel would not be something I would choose willingly. But, aside from that, this book tells the story of Matthew and Katherine, that for some reason would fall in love time and time again in the course of history (spanning from the rebellion of Scotland, to the Crimean war, and the modern time of 2019 and 2039), and yet it seems that their love always end tragically. How and why do two people are able to live again and meet the same person again, and fall in love only to be apart tragically? I guess, I’ll have to read it to find out, right? Continue reading “Book review: The Next Together, by Lauren James”

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Book review: Welcome to the Monkey House, by Kurt Vonnegut

Book cover from Goodreads

This short-story collection Welcome to the Monkey House (1968) incorporates almost completely Vonnegut’s 1961 “Canary in a Cathouse,” which appeared within a few months of Slaughterhouse-Five and capitalized upon that breakthrough novel and the enormous attention it suddenly brought.

Drawn from both specialized science fiction magazines and the big-circulation general magazines which Vonnegut had been one of the few science writers to sell, the collection includes some of his most accomplished work from 1950 to 1968. The title story may be his most famous—a diabolical government asserts control through compulsory technology removing orgasm from sex—but Vonnegut’s bitterness and wit, not in his earlier work as poisonous or unshielded as it later became, is well demonstrated. (Goodreads)


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Monologue discussion: The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, by Andrew Sean Greer

Unfortunately I could not find the reading guides for this book, but I can use the general reading guides provided by LitLovers to have a small discussion. Here goes nothing. Obviously this would not be spoiler free, click through if you have read the book or you don’t mind any spoiler.

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