Hello readers! I hope you all had great week. Okay, lot of things happened last week and it turned out quite busy as well. My uncle who lives adjacent to my parents’ house was diagnosed corona positive. He is feeling a bit better now but it put us all in tension and he has to cancel/postponed marriage of his son (this is second time they postponed). Other two of our close relatives got their test positive. There was total lockdown last weekend and there is going to be curfew all over the city from 9 p.m. to 6 in morning from today. Who thought Diwali will end this way! All this affected my reading as well. I wasn’t in mood to read plus I didn’t enjoy what I read. I hope next week turns out better.
What I read last week –
Barnabas Tew and The Case of The Hellenic Abduction by Columbkill Noonan
It was fun and adventurous combination of mythical fantasy and cozy mystery. It was amusing and enjoyable world filled with Greek stories and characters, willy-nilly journey and adventures, flibbertigibbet detectives making poppycock, nincompoop decisions and getting tangled in verbal sparring more than often. I liked seeing Greek characters and their stories or situations through Barnabas and Wilfred’s perspective. What I loved most was underlying social comments. It ended like end of the series but I’m sure author might write another book in series. Read my full review ➡ HERE.
Bestiary by K-Ming Chang
This wasn’t for me. Mostly because it didn’t make sense to me. Writing was poetic, bizarre and very gritty and raw. I could understand a little what was being said through so many metaphors that it was about domestic abuse, family history, life of migrants, myths and legends, survival and resilience, and yet my mind got lost in trying make sense of all things. It was most weird and most unusual book I have ever read. I honestly don’t know what to say, I will try to write short review.
Currently Reading –
337 by M. Jonathan Lee
337 follows the life of Samuel Darte whose mother vanished when he was in his teens. It was his brother, Tom who found her wedding ring on the kitchen table along with the note. While their father pays the price of his mother’s disappearance, Sam learns that his long-estranged Gramma is living out her last days in a nursing home nearby. Keen to learn about what really happened that day and realising the importance of how little time there is, he visits her to finally get the truth. Soon it’ll be too late and the family secrets will be lost forever. Reduced to ashes. But in a story like this, nothing is as it seems.
I’m halfway through this book and so far it’s interesting. Reading this book is like being in mind of Sam who is struggling of bereavement whose life was stuck ever since his mom left him and now that his last of knowing about his mom and why she left all those year ago dying, he is trying to solve that mystery. Book is a bit slow. I don’t like any character in book except Sam, his grandma and his mom and so far from what I have read I could see why she left but I’m curious what he is going to discover by the end.
Next I’ll be reading –
Lyrics & Curses (Cursed Hearts #1) by Candace Robinson
Lark Espinoza could get lost in her music—and she’s not so sure anyone in her family would even care to find her. Her trendy, party-loving twin sister and her mother-come-lately Beth, who’s suddenly sworn off men and onto homemaking, don’t understand her love of cassette tapes, her loathing of the pop scene, or her standoffish personality. For outcast Lark, nothing feels as much like a real home as working at Bubble’s Oddities store and trying to attract the attention of the cute guy who works at the Vinyl shop next door—the same one she traded lyrical notes with in class.
Auden Ellis silences the incessant questions in his own head with a steady stream of beats. Despite the unconditional love of his aunt-turned-mother, he can’t quit thinking about the loss of his parents—or the possibility he might end up afflicted with his father’s issues. Despite his connection with lyric-loving Lark, Auden keeps her at arm’s length because letting her in might mean giving her a peek into something dangerous.
When two strangers arrive in town, one carrying a mysterious, dark object and the other playing an eerie flute tune, Lark and Auden find that their painful pasts have enmeshed them in a cursed future. Now, they must come to terms with their budding attraction while helping each other challenge the reflection they see in the mirror. If they fail, they’ll be trapped for eternity in a place beyond reality.
*Set in 1985 and full of nostalgia! Perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Pretty in Pink!
I thought I could read this last week but I couldn’t. But I will read this in weekends for sure.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know in comments what you are currently reading and planning to read next, or if you have read any of these books.
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