Hello everyone…!!!! How are you all doing??? It’s been a while since I’ve done an update because I was very busy with packing for an international journey, and now that I’m finally back home in the US, it’s taking me time to settle down. So, I haven’t had too much time to read but I did manage to finish a few of them in the past couple of weeks and I would love to share them with you all. I can only hope my reading gets better in the upcoming weeks while I become accustomed to living here again.
I went in with no expectations, so I was immediately taken in by these two characters who are antagonistic towards each other but also have their own personal issues. I can’t say I was always a fan of the banter here because it bordered on mean a few times, and I kept wondering how their dynamic will change to romantic at some point. But the author does a great job with the transition and I started enjoying the book more once their interactions became friendlier and intense. The other interesting part of the book was the very intriguing world that the author created with its gods and their mythology, the death rituals, the zombie like drudges etc. It was fleshed out enough that it gave us context and rounded off our characters’ personalities but the author still managed to keep the focus more on the relationships and romance, with fantasy just feeling like a necessary backdrop. The audiobook was also pretty fun and was a major factor in what kept me going.
Excited is not the right word to use for this book but I was definitely very eager to this memoir because I’ve been following Jason for a long time and I really wanted to know more about his journey of PTSD and healing. I also had to pickup the audiobook because he is a very witty and fun narrator who brings his own charm to an otherwise sobering book and I was completely blown away by how honest and raw he was in describing his experiences. I was also amazed by his wife Diana’s own journey through this whole process and how it affected her, and it helped knowing about it all in her own words. It’s definitely a very important book and I feel it’ll help many others who are suffering through mental health issues but are scared that they are alone. You can read my full review here.
I don’t even know where to start with this book. I knew I would love it but it was even better than I expected, and despite some of the difficult themes it tackles, it’s a very charming and lovable book. I fell in love instantly with both the main characters and the rest of the supporting cast too and it felt so easy to root for their happiness. The friendships are depicted well, atleast one of the kingdoms (where majority of the story takes place) is a very queer normative world, the political intrigue and mystery maybe slightly predictable but nevertheless fun… but ultimately, it’s the developing romantic relationship between the leads which is the highlight of this book – it’s very sweetly written and extremely endearing, and even I was blushing at some moments. I had a marvelous time reading this book as well as listening to the lovely audiobook and I can’t wait for everyone to read it too. My full review coming up here on the blog in a couple of days.
I’m still watching A Dream of Splendor because I’m on Youtube’s schedule and there are still 6 episodes left. I’m absolutely in love with this drama and both the leads and the rest of the characters, and I know I will be talking about this for a long while.
I started watching Love Like A Galaxy because I enjoy watching Zhao Lusi and it looked interesting, but after 3 episodes, I find that it’s a bit slow and not exactly what I was expecting. I don’t think I have abandoned it yet but maybe I will binge the whole thing once all the episodes are out.
As you can see, there have been quite a few gorgeous cover releases in the past couple of weeks and I have been so excited to see them all. I’m most excited for Violent Phenomena, Some Desperate Glory, Bitter Medicine, and ofcourse my highly anticipated finale Ethera Grave. And in a delightful surprise, I already got the arc of the 2023 release The Daughters of Izdihar and I can’t wait to read it, but it’ll probably not happen anytime soon.
Posts from around the Blogverse
I read about 50% of Babel during my flight journey and then put it down because it was brilliant but intense too and I was too jetlagged later to continue. But this gushing review by Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog perfectly encapsulates the kind of feelings I was having while reading it – Link.
I do have a copy of Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow but I wasn’t sure about reading it, but this amazing review by Haley @ Fangirl Fury is definitely making me more curious about it – Link.
I got the audio advance copy of August Kitko and the Mechas from Space but it’s another one of those which I wasn’t sure if it was my kind of book but I definitely enjoyed reading this charming review of it by Moon @ The Constellation of Moon – Link.
Sangu Mandanna is a favorite author of mine because of her stunning Celestial trilogy, so I’ve been looking forward to her new book The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches. While I didn’t manage to get an arc, I was very happy to see a glowing review of it by Caro @ CJR The Brit – Link.
A book which I’ve been very excited for is Violet Made of Thorns, especially with it’s gorgeous covers and I was glad to see an equally beautiful review of it by Steph @ Steph’s Story Space – Link.
I may have not completely fallen in love with The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy (despite having fun reading it), but Jordyn @ Birdie’s Book Nook definitely loved it a lot more as you can see in this review – Link.
I don’t know if I’ve been living under a rock because apparently, Lessons in Chemistry is a hugely popular new release this year but I only heard it’s name a couple of weeks ago. But I’ve seen many glowing reviews of it, just like this one by Ginny @ Books and Bevs, and now I’ve decided that I have to read it too – Link.
And that’s all for my (bi)weekly update. How have you all been doing? What lovely books and blogs have you been reading and have you found any new favorites? Any new cdramas to checkout ? Do share all your thoughts in the comments below.