Reading Recap | What I Read Last Week (Apr 13 – Apr 19) | 5 Books

I read 5 books last week — 1 short story collection, 1 non-fiction book, 1 murder mystery, and 2 romance stories.

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I am panicking. I realized that I have wasted the last few weeks stuck in a reading funk, and now I have to speed read if I am to meet my blog tour commitments.

Last Week:

Vignettes of Life by Sujit Dutta

Vignettes of Life Sujit Dutta cover

Source: Literoma Publishing

Vignettes of Life is an entertaining and absorbing collection of short stories, spanning the length and breadth of the country. It also features a few foreign countries like Sri Lanka, Canada, and Australia. I had the good fortune to copy edit the manuscript and, I must say, it is so satisfying to look at the finished product.

Review: https://satabdimukherjee.wordpress.com/2020/04/14/book-review-vignettes-of-life-by-sujit-dutta/

I Work For Me by Snehal R. Singh

I Work for Me by Snehal Singh cover

Source: Booktasters

I Work for Me is book for those starting out on their entrepreneurial journey. It works well as a self-help book for people who want to make the best use of their time. It is written in simple, straightforward language and reads like the author is speaking to you through the pages. It is presented in edible chunks of information with plenty of bullet point lists. The chapters can be read as standalone lessons if you want to go back and re-read them. However, I found it slightly disappointing because I was looking for greater depth and detailed information.

Review: https://satabdimukherjee.wordpress.com/2020/04/16/book-review-i-work-for-me-by-snehal-r-singh/

A Thoughtful Woman by K.T. Findlay

Source: Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour

I had previously read around 23% of the book, but I couldn’t go on because I was anxious about the coronavirus pandemic and how we would cope in lockdown. Last week, I picked it up from where I had left off and it really took my mind off things. Sally Mellor is one hell of a car driver and a woman with ice in her veins. The sexual content was a bit too much for me at times (even though it is not erotica, it is explicit) but once you get past that, it is fascinating to read about how detectives solved mysteries without the modern conveniences of smartphones, internet, or surveillance technology.

Review: to be posted on Apr 26

Barefoot on the Beach by Katlyn Duncan

Barefoot on the Beach Katlyn Duncan cover

Source: Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours

Perhaps the fact that I am short of time made me impatient to finish this book, but the story is quite long and drags in parts when it explores female relationships in detail. Not much happens with the lead pair, who keep dithering and misunderstanding each other, until the very end when they finally talk openly and discover that they both want the same things. A good insight into how communication comes to a full stop when relationships become estranged!

Review: to be posted on Apr 29

Chasing Moonbeams in Merriment Bay by Emily Harvale

Chasing Moonbeams in Merriment Bay Emily Harvale cover

You should have read Book 1 in the Merriment Bay series to fully appreciate this book. There are a bunch of village characters in the book with complicated backstories. If you don’t know the backstory, the beginning of this story makes little sense. I enjoyed the little detour this story takes into historical fiction and the budding maybe-romance between the two youngest characters.

Review: to be posted on May 2


Currently Reading

Marrow Jam by [Susan A. King]

Source: Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour

With a cover like this, who wouldn’t want to read this book? I confess I signed up for the blog tour solely because I liked the cover. The story isn’t disappointing either. I am mightily enjoying it–it is a bit like the Miss Marple stories–only here the main character, Beattie Bramshaw, is much more mobile and is seen working the village and its people with vigour.

Review: to be posted on May 3


Next Week (Apr 20 – Apr 26):

Plenty to read next week by hook or by crook!


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