Hey everyone and welcome back to another WWW Wednesday!
I’ve been participating in the Fortnight Frights readathon since it started on October 18th, so all the books I’m discussing today revolve around that. In exciting readathon news, I completed my first bingo! 🎉 My next goal is to complete another bingo, and then see if I can finish all the books I have on my Fortnight Fright’s TBR. Is it a bit ambitious? Since it ends on Halloween, probably… but we’ll see how it goes 🤷♂️
Anyways… let’s talk books!
What I finished Recently:
The first book I finished for the Fortnight Frights readathon was Lobizona by Romina Garber. Overall, it was an interesting, fast pace read, and I loved the integration of Argentinian folklore, and the discussion around immigration into the United States with the dark fantasy elements. It’s apparently the first book in a series, but none of the other books are out yet, so I recommend checking it out if you’re interested, especially if you don’t want to deal with catching up on a series (I’m kind of like this… so I understand😂)
Next, I read the poem The Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. It’s essentially a short story poem, that tells the tale of two sisters and their encounters with the Goblin Market, including the problems they face after one of them buys food from the market. Obviously since it was a poem, it was quick to read through, but I really enjoyed the poem overall! The structure made it easy to read through, and the story itself was interesting. It’s free to read online, so if you want to read it yourself to get into the Halloween spirit this week, you can check it out here!
Then I read The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste. Corrine doesn’t believe in the jumbies and other creatures parents warn about in the stories they tell their children, but one day after Corrinne runs into the forest and sees a pair of yellow eyes, a beautiful women shows up to the local market. When the woman, Severine, shows up at Corrine’s house and brings danger with her, Corrine becomes the only person who can save her island from being torn apart by a war between the humans and the jumbies. The Jumbies is based on the Caribbean stories Baptiste heard when she was a kid living in Trinidad, and this is her way of sharing those stories with kids around the world. If you like middle grade, as well as interested in reading stories based on Caribbean folkore, The Jumbies is a great spooky story to read this October.
After that, I read Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San by Honda. This manga has absolutely nothing to do with Halloween, spookiness or horror, except for the fact the main character, Honda-San, is a skeleton. It’s a story about what it’s like to work as a bookseller in Japan, although if you’ve ever worked any kind of retail or customer service type position, you’ll be able to relate to it on some level. Overall, it was a fun, cute story that made me laugh out loud a few times, and there are four volumes total apparently, which I’m looking to get my hands on. I recommend checking this out if you’re looking for a fun manga to read, especially if you’re someone like me, who doesn’t read a lot of it.
Finally, I read the short story “Was it a Dream?” by Guy de Maupassant, which I found in the short story collection Great Supernatural Stories compiled by Stefan Dziemianowicz. It tells the tale of a man whose lover died, so he spent a night in the cemetery where she was buried, and experiences the unexpected. The story was okay, definitely not my favorite piece I read for the readathon, but overall, it’s still a good story.
What I’m Currently Reading:
I started The Bad Seed over the weekend, and read through the first two chapters, but haven’t read any further. I wanted to get a bingo on my card, so I prioritized other books before this one, but now that I got my first bingo, I’ll be getting back into this story so that I can get my second bingo.
What I plan on Reading:
By reading Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead and The Fall of the House of Usher, I will get my second bingo, so I’m going to try and get through these this week! The Only Good Indians is one of the discussion books for the readathon, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to get to it before the end of the week (Although I might be getting overly ambitious with that 😅).
To finish off this weeks WWW Wednesday, I’ll include an updated version of my Fortnight Frights bingo card:
And there you have it, my WWW Wednesday featuring my Fortnight Frights TBR! What are you currently reading, or did you just finish something up? Are you participating in Fortnight Frights? Let me know down below!
On that note, I will see you all tomorrow with a new post!
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