Ever since my internship started halfway through January, my reading has significantly gone down. Right now, I’m 4 books behind on my Goodreads reading challenge. This last week, I’ve been reading whenever I can to keep pace.
My goal is to catch up on the challenge in the next two weeks or so. Let’s hope I can do it lol. Otherwise, I might reduce my goal.
WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words.
The Three Ws are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
What did you recently finish reading?
1. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
To be honest, I finished this on 26th which is not in the last 7 days. But I want to talk about it since I didn’t in any post.
I like the author’s style as in Norwegian Wood. The underlying intention of the plot was a good concept as well. But the world-building and the fully developed plot did not make sense. I was confused a lot. After I finished the book, it left no lasting impression on me.
It was honestly disappointing. I expected a lot out of it since it’s a very popular Murakami book that many love, but I didn’t like it. Only after posting my disappointment over it did I find that many others didn’t like it as well.
So yeah, it is a popular book that I didn’t like.
2. My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
Read this as part of the South-Asian Reading Challenge after Kafka on the Shore since I wanted an easy feel-good book. It was really nice! Loved all the Indian elements and Bollywood references. The romance was quite nice too. But mainly, I loved the characters.
I’ll post a review on it in a few days, so look out for that!
3. Well Met by Jen DeLuca
When this released, it became super popular amongst romance readers online. The hype made me wary because it can always lead me wrong in the romance genre. There are things that I specifically don’t like.
I finally decided to read it as I already had it on my Kindle. And it was nice!!!! The book was so nice.
Main points: set in a small town, includes a Renaissance Fair(!!) and the romance is hate-to-love. It was so nice to watch the two main characters grow closer through banter and conversations about Shakespeare.
The hype did not lead me wrong here.
4. #TheRealCinderella by Yesenia Vargas
Okay so I’ll be honest. This wasn’t even on my radar.
I got an audiobook subscription few days back, mainly to listen during commute. As I walk for most of my commute duration, I can’t read. Audiobooks never worked for me before but I really wanted to try them again since it’ll help with my commute.
I found this book while perusing the selection available on Storytel. Since it would be my first time listening to an audiobook while commuting, I thought I’d try an easy read to see if I can manage concentrating to the book while on my way.
#TheRealCinderella sounded very much like the movie A Cinderella Story starring Hillary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. I was curious whether the story was an almost literal copy, and it would be an easy read. That’s why I picked it up randomly.
Now that I’ve finished it, I can say that it was pretty much the same as the movie’s plot. Click here for my full review on the book.
What are you currently reading?
It seems to that I’ve gone back to reading multiple books at a time haha. And it’s only because they’re all on different mediums.
1. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Picked this one up in my last bookstore run. I was curious and honestly wanted a small book to read. This caught my eye since it’s short stories.
I’ve read only about two short stories so far, but it’s going good. I’m not a fan of short stories, generally. I want to try though. Let’s hope I enjoy it.
2. Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher
This was already on my Kindle and my Kindle was next to me on the couch during my weekend laziness. So I started reading this book.
Not going to lie, I don’t think I’ll like it..? The beginning was kinda weird and I don’t like the characters all that much. I’ll read a bit more and decide whether I want to DNF* it.
*Did Not Finish: book blogger speak for not liking the book enough to abandon it midway.
3. Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
Quite a few people I follow have been RAVING about this book, especially Fanna. When I saw the title available on Storytel, I had to start it as my next audiobook.
I just started it this morning on my way to work so I’m not going to make any judgements just yet. Let’s see how it goes.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m a mood reader and I pick up books randomly, so I’m not sure. But there are books that I hope to read this month. It could be next week, or it may not be.
1. Stories We Never Tell by Savi Sharma
Picked this book up on my last bookstore run along with The Thing Around Your Neck. It caught my eye because the author is claimed to be India’s highest selling female author. I’ve never heard of her though, so I thought I’ll give her work a try.
The synopsis clues in that it’s a romance so it should be perfect for February’s South-Asian Reading Challenge prompt which is Mohabbat i.e. love. Keeping in theme with Valentine’s day and all.
2. The Worst Best Man by Mia Rosa
This book has been on my TBR for a while now, ever since I saw it on someone’s blog post. It released just yesterday and I’m super excited to read it.
I also found a romance book club on Instagram called Romancetheque Book Club. It is hosted by @thebibliotheque whom I’ve been following for a long time, and our reading tastes are quite similar. Joining the book club was a no-brainer.
The book pick for February is The Worst Best Man so it’s extra incentive for me to read this book soon.
And that’s it for my bookish updates!
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Tell me about your bookish updates! What are you currently reading? What did you read recently?