I had a steady reading month in March. Just like last month, I read 6 books–two of these books were received from Blogchatter’s Book Review program (Cold Truth by Nikhil Pradhan and Only You by Andaleeb Wajid).
If you live in India and enjoy reading a variety of books, you can register on Blogchatter and request a copy.
Here’s an overview of my March reading:
Blogchatter has created a neat-looking readerboard for everyone who’s taken up the #TBRChallenge. I’m currently ranked 7th and 58% done with my target of 24 books this year.
It certainly looks like I may get more books read by the end of 2021.
If you’d like to see what I read in January and February, here are the links:
I’m still hung over from last year’s reading tsunami so I want to take it easy this year and not get burned out.
Books Read in March
I read some books as part of blog tours, one ARC from Reedsy Discovery, a book received as part of a readalong and a few books requested from Blogchatter.
Acts of Kindness by Heather Barnett
I read this book as part of a blog tour organized by Rachel’s Random Tours.
It centers around an unusual concept–organized kindness–and the story is a mix of humor, adventure and mystery. It makes a slow start with the protagonist settling into a new job away from the busy city, and things start to get twisted and exciting only halfway through.
Read my book review of Acts of Kindness.
Captain Clive’s Dreamworld by Jon Bassoff
I participated in a Damppebbles book tour for the first time with this book.
Since last year, I’ve developed an appetite for stories with a horror element and Captain Clive’s Dreamworld did not disappoint. It’s not a book for everybody because it has some horrific elements plus murder, but if you can stomach gory details you may enjoy it.
The Tantric Exorcist by Ashwin Mudigonda
I received a copy of The Tantric Exorcist from Juggernaut publishers for a midnight readalong. A group of 10 people read the book together from 11:45 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. over a period of two days. Sid’s Reviews drove the event.
This was my first readalong and it was great fun to post my thoughts about the book on instagram as we read it together.
I completed the book much later–I read slowly–and I found it okay.
The story is rich in detail about Hindu tantrism and its practices. While the beginning was exciting with a vetal possessing a boy, the middle of the book was bogged down with too much detail.
The exorcism scene was the highlight of the story because it exemplified how brute force alone may not be sufficient to meet one’s goal. One has to be smart as well.
The other good points about the story was the use of the vernacular in dialogues and the wry humor employed at times.
Cold Truth by Nikhil Pradhan
I was so impressed by this thriller story with a whacky ending.
I won a copy of the book by participating in Blogchatter’s curtain raiser for #BlogchatterWritFest — a writing festival that took place in March.
Cold Truth is written mainly as a series of WhatsApp video messages between a journalist and an ex-spy who are investigating the mysterious disappearance of young children in a Delhi neighborhood.
It starts off really well and keeps you on your toes throughout most of the book, except for the final few pages. You need to pay close attention to the details to keep all the threads sorted. The ending goes off on a metaphysical tangent that went over my head. It just didn’t work for me.
Read my book review of Cold Truth.
Mental Toughness Metaphors by Anthony Taylor
I received an ARC of this book from Reedsy Discovery. I usually pick up nonfiction from time to time to break the monontony.
This short book was such a surprise because I wasn’t expecting it to be so engagingly written. It has 22 stories and anecdotes that describe a facet of mental toughness. The language is simple enough for children aged 11 onwards to understand, yet the message in each story is powerful.
The Kindle version is only INR 98 on Amazon India.
Only You by Andaleeb Wajid
I requested a copy of this book from Blogchatter’s Book Review program.
This is the first of Andaleeb’s books that I’ve read and I can confidently say that it won’t be the last!
Only You is the story of Ghazal and Hamdaan, united through arranged marriage, but each dealing with scars inflicted in the past. It’s beautiful to read about how they get over their prejudices and misunderstandings and grow closer to each other.
Read my book review of Only You.
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