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I am covering up for my lack of weekly wrap-ups for the past two weeks. So, here I am presenting my Mid-November Recap.
November has been great so far for many reasons. One of them being the festive vibes. Last weekend we celebrated Diwali here in India. Diwali is the festival of lights. It is the time of the year when we give presents to each other, have sweets (lots of them) , and light as many diyas( clay lamps ) as possible . Secondly, I read some really great books. Without further ado, let’s get started with my review of the month.
Blog Post I posted:
I started November by posting about the books which I loved in the last month. I read a total of five books out of which one I didn’t particularly like. Check out my post to find out which book I didn’t like – October Wrap-up : 4 books that I loved in October
Owing to the COVID situation worsening here in India, I thought posting about things I like to do at home would lighten my struggle and guess what it did. Check out my answers to the Stuck at Home Book Tag.
I posted a review on Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. This was my first book of the author and I really liked it. It has all the elements of an enjoyable read lightly brushing upon the serious issues like patriarchy, stereotypes around women and regional politics.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is a stellar debut. It is a psychological thriller and I can’t stop talking about it since I read it. It was mind-boggling and has some pretty bewildering twists and turns.
Books I have finished:
The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
The story is the journey of a young married girl, Lakshmi who fled from her abusive husband and becomes a Henna Artist. She creates magic by painting the elite ladies of the society in Jaipur with her special Heena paste concocted with essential oils and medicinal herbs. She heels wounds, help the ladies conceive and also helps them getting rid of them when needed.
Yes, she is an abortionist.
Why is she taking so much of pain? Because she wants to build a house for herself.
I didn’t particularly love this book but the author did try to put some really great points supporting her prose.
Malice by Keigo Higashino
What does an ideal murder mystery sounds like? A series of events transpires, a murder takes place, the police or the detectives look for substantial evidences to find the murderer.
Am I right, ain’t I?
Well, Malice is different. Hidaka is an award winning, critically acclaimed author. He is found dead and the body is discovered by his wife and his friend Nonogichi. The Police detective Kyoichiro Kaga finds out the murderer quite early in the book.
Just when you feel like the book has ended because the murdered has been unveiled, the author pushes another mystery to the plot. The statement of the accused doesn’t very well corroborate.
He did it for sure. But, ‘WHY’ is where the author takes us to the next level
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Evelyn Hugo is an ageing Hollywood star who has lived her to the fullest. She has been bold, glamorous away from the public eye from a long time until her agents contact The Vivant to write about her. Evelyn’s only demand is Monique Grant, an underrated editor at the magazine.
When Monique agrees to do the job, little did she know the real intention of Evelyn behind contacting her through Vivant.
It is a very well written book and gripping to say very least. This is my first book by Ried and I can see why it is one of the most loved book. The story takes us as it’s own and make us fall in love with Evelyn Hugo. For accepting her as she is, for really believing her way of life and for understanding her choices.
Quote of the Week
“Apparently, it won’t do just to tell the reader what a particular character is like. The author needs to show their habits or their words and let the reader form an image on their own.” – Keigo HigashinoTweet
Instagram Posts of the week
To be honest, I have not been able to post much on Instagram regularly because life comes in the way. Nonetheless, I am planning to rebrand my account so I don’t stress about my non-linear posting schedule all the time. What do you think of this?
Anticipated Book for the Next Week
I’m reading Bear Town by Fredrik Backman for the Backman Book Club that I’m co-hosting on Instagram. I am really liking it so far so I’m not going to pick up another book anytime soon.
How has your November been so far? Have you read any of these books? If not, any of these titles interest you?
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