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March 2022 – A contemporary month #MonthlyWrapUp

Hello readers! March is National reading month in US, a Tolkien month but for me, it’s a contemporary month as I read many contemporary books than usual and they all were enjoyable.

March was an uneventful and good month. Surprisingly I wrote a couple of drafts other than reviews. I made changes with blog look and I’m satisfied with it now. Hopefully, I don’t get itch to change it for long time. It’s been productive month when it comes to reading and blog. Also a good socially. My husband’s best friend came from Canada and we met a couple of times before his flight back today. We took my kid out almost every weekend.

Books I read

Books Read – 7
Pages Read – 2746
Format
Physical and purcahsed : 2
eARC and received from Publisher : 5
Age Category
YA : 1
Adult : 5
General : 1
Genre
Contemporary / Women’s Fiction : 4
Romance : 1
Sci-Fi : 1
Classic : 1

10 Reasons to Read Gemina

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

Gemina revolves around main characters Hanna Donnelly, Heimdall station master’s daughter and Niklas Malikov, a member of House of Knives gang, drug supplier on Heimdall trying to save their lives and those on Heimdall from invasion by BiTech team. at The story is about survival, courage, love, friendship, trust, betrayal, invasion, space warfare, and slimy alien creatures.

Again this will be 10 reasons post that I plan to publish in this week.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 12 amazing short stories, Sherlock’s investigations accounted by Dr. Watson, takes place in random order. Some are whodunit, some are mystery while some are just curious and baffling incidents and scandals.

It was great to read a fabulous detective duo in the history of literary fiction once again. 

Most of the stories are light mystery (I wouldn’t even say mystery for some) compared to full novels. I loved narration of cases in all stories and it is common thing in all stories. There is more description or narration than actual investigation and Sherlock’s observations and deduction (For which Sherlock teased Watson once – maybe in last story!) but it’s what makes this collection stand out most and made it more curious and enjoyable.


romance for cooking show lovers

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Review ➡️ Sadie on a Plate

Sadie on a Plate is fun and delightful contemporary romance that revolves around Sadie taking part in a cooking show and regains her confidence, friendship, and love by the end. The story is about food (be prepared to read with full stomach), Jewish representation, friendship, passion, love, and struggle of women in food industry.

I highly recommend this if you like,
Food
Cooking shows
Fast paced gripping plot
Drama and entertainment
Different types of food
Jewish female character
Biracial hero
Diverse cast
Forbidden romance (between contestant and judge)
Clean romance
Adult book for young audience (there is just a kiss, no sex)
Flirting through food
Less romance more plot and characters
New York setting


fiction about Alzheimer's

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Review ➡️ My Mother’s Gift

My Mother’s Gift is touching and realistic fiction that revolves around Erica returning to her mother’s hometown on Caribbean island to take care of her mother with Alzheimer’s disease. The story is about mother-daughter relationship, coping with Alzheimer’s disease, unresolved issues, grief, sascrifice, family, friendship, and love.

Overall, My Mother’s Gift is heartfelt, sensitive, poignant, and realistic women’s fiction about dealing with Alzheimer’s.

I recommend this if you like,
relatable and realistic fiction
story about Alzheimer’s disease
theme of grief and sacrifice
ownvoice
Caribbean setting


Rating: 4 out of 5.

If You Ask Me

If You Ask Me is entertaining and relatable contemporary romance that revolved around advice columnist, Violet, learns to love, trust, and follow her own advice after her picture perfect life is imploded by her cheating husband. The story is about love, friendship, family, trust, betrayal, heartbreak, self-discovery, learn to take chance and find happiness, along with layers of infertility, infidelity, miscarraige, and anxiety.

I highly recommend this if you like,
Sexy firefighter hero
Advice cloumns
realatable heroine
diverse cast
fast pace
entertaining plot
So many light moments but also serious topics
theme of infertility, infidelity, and self-discovery

Full Review will be up next week


Rating: 4 out of 5.

At Least You Have Your Health

At Least You Have Your Health is realistic and compelling women’s fiction that revolves around Maya and Amelia and their views on women’s healthcare. The story is about Indian immigrants, upbringing, hyperparenting, women in medicine, racism, motherhood, work-life balance, women’s health care and healthcare system, and inclusion and diversity.

I highly recommend this if you enjoy,
Steady paced story
women’s fiction
Women in STEM
theme of inclusion, diversity, racism, classism
layer of hyperparenting, immigrant life, PTSD
topic of women’s healthcare

Full Review will be up next week


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Mr. Wrong Number

I haven’t made draft of the review yet. I just finished this yesterday and I think I enjoyed it but last 30% of the book lost the charm which is quite unusual. I buddy read this with Toni and I’m waiting for her to finish before I start writing anything in review.

This is solely romance. I don’t there is a prominent theme in this but there is layer of ghosting, insecurity, rich orderly hero/sunshine clumsy mess heroine trope. It’s super fun but at points characters are annoying even though I liked both main characters.


Reviews I Post

  1. 10 reasons why I love Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  2. My Mother’s Gift by Steffanie Edward 
  3. The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka
  4. Sadie on a Plate by Amanda Elliot
  5. Lemon Drop Falls by Heather Clark
  6. The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy E. Reichert

Other Posts

  1. Under The Midnight Sky – Release Blitz
  2. Book Rating and Tea for Every Mood of Book – Discussion post
  3. 10 Blog Posts that made me leave Comment – 2022 SUPPORT BOOK BLOGGERS CHALLENGE

Blog Stats

Views – 3412
visits – 2407
Likes- 545
Comments – 254
Views and visits less than last month ; Likes and comments more. It’s interesting how things work with numbers)

Links I enjoyed

Irish Novels to look out for in 2022: Part One! @ 746 books

Are You One Of The Victims Of This Time-Wasting Blogging Trap? @ Hugh’s Views & News  

My Review Process @ flying paperbacks

Red Blossom In Snow by Jeannie Lin , College-Set Romance Books @ The Infinite Limits of Love

#Happy Publication Day, March 22nd, 2022 #Remember Me by Estelle Laure @ Readingtonic

How I Balance Blogging and Real Life + Some Tips @ Booksophobias

#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About #TeriPolen @Books and Such

Plans for this month

  • I still need to read couple of April tour books I got from publisher.
  • Buddy read Obsidio with Toni and decide which series to pick next.
  • Again I got NetGalley widgets and more for a month so read couple of those books.
  • Paahi’s pre-primary starts from 7th. So there will be change in routine. I have no idea how we will wake up two hrs early and get ready by her bus pick up time! (we still need to go for orientation and collect her uniform from school this Saturday but bus registration is done.)
  • I’m going to watch Bridgerton 2nd season
  • Looking forward to 5th blog anniversary on 15th. I still haven’t decided what I will write.

Thank you for reading! Let’s chat..,

How was your month?
Have you read any of these books or plan to?
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Hi, I'm Yesha, an Indian book blogger. Avid and eclectic reader who loves to read with a cup of tea. Not born reader but I don't think I’m going to stop reading books in this life. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

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