KEY: 🎧 AUDIOBOOK 📱 KINDLE COPY 📖 PHYSICAL COPY
BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK
This 2019 debut fantasy has been on my TBR since the cover was revealed and I can’t believe I waited all this while to read it. Well, the truth is: I wanted a gorgeous hardcover because it does look stunning so I kept saying I’ll buy it later and couldn’t ever save enough to actually get it. Finally, I found this audiobook on Scribd and jumped in. What. A. Book. It has given me an OTP and all the anticipation for the sequel.
📱 The Deep by Alma Katsu ★★★★
I am super late to posting my review for this historical horror but I would say my mental health and university commitments didn’t allow me to pick this up. Especially since I knew it would demand sole attention. I finished reading it in one sitting because like the main character, I needed answers to the paranormal happenings too! Didn’t disappoint with that ending.
One of my most anticipated 2020 releases and written by such a powerful duo, of course I was bound to like it. The inter-religious relationship had caught my attention and everyone should know how excited I get at seeing South-Asian representation in books. The teenage political commentary really won it for me and the friendship explored is so worth the appreciaition.
🎧 The Fever King by Victoria Lee ★★★★★
I had been slightly observing the growing fandom for this queer fantasy set in the future, waiting for a good enough reason to pick this up. Then I got selected for a blog tour of the sequel and guess what? I hit play on this audiobook instantly. Absolutely loved the writing and got an OTP too. The ending left me so ready to pick up the sequel’s eARC.
It’s a shame I couldn’t stick to my commitment of a blog tour review or this duology would’ve already been up to link here. Since it essentially concludes everything, it’s fast paced and has quite a few triggers. Needless to say, it took me way more time than I had assumed because anxiety is so real. Anyway, loved this recent release a lot.
KEY: 🌕 LOVING IT 🌓 MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT LIKE 🌑 NOT ENJOYING TILL NOW
BOOKS I STARTED BUT HAVEN’T FINISHED
I’m reading this author’s work for the first time and yes, I have come across all the opinions surrounding her problematic works. Though, I do know I love adult fantasy books and usually the tropes are my guilty pleasure. Which is why I decided to accept an advanced copy of it. It’s a huge book and I’m only around 15% in so it’ll be too early to comment.
This is an early copy I’m supposed to be reading for a blog tour but I began early
which usually doesn’t happen. I’m at around 33%. I liked the idea of this story and it caught my attention but it’s being hard to read it more consistently. Probably because of the frustration I’m feeling around this character who can easily guess what’s going on but just can’t because the plot need to keep rolling.
Right now, I’m almost at the end of this teenage mystery thriller which
again is a book I’ve stalled reading despite being on a blog tour deadline for. Though, it has definitely impressed me. There are some flaws but it certainly keeps you hooked. The setting and multiple POV along with split timelines give me a sense of the teen-dramas crowding the screen nowadays, and while I don’t usually like those, I’m enjoying this one.
I should’ve picked up this one earlier, especially since I received an eARC back in November but that would just not sit well with my procrastinator personality. Well, this queer contemporary filled with humour is exactly what I needed during these days of isolation and I’m savouring it with patience.
Reality is: I read too many books at the same time and sometimes forget to continue the easiest one in the slot, oops.
After years of being recommending this funny as hell book, I’ve finally grabbed the opportunity
that my two-month free subscription of Scribd has given to listen to it. I’m always wary of historical fiction because the previous centuries seem the most bland and boring to me but this is making me reform my opinions. I have laughed out loud so many times while listening to the narrator; this is bound to become one of my favourites.
KEY: 📕 ADVANCED COPY 📘 REVIEW COPY 📗 OWNED COPY
BOOKS I WILL BE READING IN THE COMING WEEK
Another early copy for a blog tour that I’m going to miss a deadline for. What’s new, right? Anyway, this has got a lot of attention and the fact that it got R.L. Stine’s attention made me give my attention to it as well.
Are you all paying attention? I’m excited to start reading this one because I’m craving a good school mystery and thrill so much, I guess I’ll devour it in a go.
My most recent book purchase
even though I keep saying I’m on a book buying ban considering this is the March selection for South-Asian Reading Challenge. I don’t usually read middle-grade fiction but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to. The cover is so colourful, half of my excitement is solely for pleasuring my eyes. Rest of the excitement is for the mythology inspiration, I mean, those are always my favourite.
This is the monthly pick for Stars & Sorcery Book Club that I’m a part of on Twitter. Another middle-grade fiction that I’m really looking forward to reading. Also, I’m buddy reading this with two of my favourite book bloggers, Charvi & Simant, so the experience is going to be even more fun. This is inspired by mythology too and that’s enough said.
When I came to know this is being considered for a screen adaptation, you bet I started reading all the reviews about it. A contemporary sci-fi with an ownvoices Muslim representation and apparently mind-blowing stuff is right up my alley. Thinking of listening to it even though I have a Kindle copy because I can’t read too many books on the screen at the same time.
This isolation period is somehow making me publisher’s favourite
haha, i love to lie because I’ve been approved for so many titles recently. And this is one of the rare chances on Edelweiss where I got an early copy. But come one, I need all the South-Asian books so this one had to make its way to me. arrogant much? Super excited even though I think split timelines are a tough nut to crack but I guess I can look forward to the feminism.
TV & FILMS
KEY: 🎥 MOVIES 📺 WEB & TV SERIES 💻 YOUTUBE
FILMS AND TV OR WEB SERIES I WATCHED THIS WEEK
Literally everyone recommended this series and I refused to believe anything set in a high school can be good
after CW shows came into existence but I was very wrong. This is one of those teen dramas set on the problematic foundation of classism and filled with romantic tropes that are everyone’s guilty pleasures that of course (!!!) you’ll end up liking it. But in all honesty, the thrill is there and societal themes explored, from mental health to sexual and religious identity, need to be appreciated.
When I had seen the trailer for this, I was so straight-faced because I thought there’s not going to be anything new but come on, every film based on the MeToo movement and against sexual harassment is very much necessary. This film shows the societal judgements about women and all things part of her personality or appearance, that are put forward even before any harassment takes place. As expected, a harassed victim is scrutinised with even more judgemental eyes. I genuinely liked this one.
I had been eyeing this one before its release last year, mainly because I think every crime or thriller that releases in March is good. I don’t know, consider Kahaani, Raid, Naam Shabana, Pink, etc. What do they have in common? Hmm. This one didn’t disappoint but it didn’t blow my mind either. I liked how the film keeps jumping through possibilities in order to show the real truth. It’s also the Hindi debut of Tony Luke who’s an amazing Malayalam actor so yeah, the acting was good.
This is one of my comfort movies that I come back to during times of stress because it subtly slaps the pathetic societal notions and norms through humour and generic tropes. Of course, the two main actors are not my favourite but everyone else is so good. And the cliche NRI depiction always gets me for obvious reasons. The music is amazing because A.R. Rahman can never go wrong. It felt nice to re-watch this in isolation.
Truth be told, my only reason to hit play was to see more Spanish hotness. I mean, after binge-watching one season of Elite where everyone looks too stunning, I fell for the posters with half-naked Spanish strippers. Though, this show is definitely more than that: it has the dramatic thrill & crime, a good & hot guy (and more such good & hot guys)
who can never exist in real life and the romantic trope of opposites attracting since a lawyer and stripper are poles apart pun intended.
I didn’t watch this in the theatres when it released because I need to be in this particular mindset to watch films that deal with tough topics and honestly, I wasn’t in that mindset. Still, it got televised this weekend and since isolation makes you watch stuff just to pass your time, I decided to watch this. It was fine; I understand the necessity but I probably wasn’t in the right mind to see it.
Why do I do this to myself? In my defence, I didn’t know this was somehow a part of the huge supernatural tree of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals
which, by the way, I have never watched. But I did torture myself through Riverdale’s two seasons for humour purposes and I should’ve learnt my lesson. Anyway, no more of this collection of all overused tropes and cliches would I be tolerating.
You know that instance when you feel the need to re-watch one of your favourites? That’s exactly what impulsed me to play this perfect superhero movie with the best and funniest squad ever. Nothing is wrong with this Marvel movie. Nothing.
Yes, I hear you all. All these weird, mind-boggling TV shows keep bringing a new season where they’re clearly writing anything to keep the fandom cheering on. Well, sorry but I am kind of blind to shows I really fell in love with for their first season. Can’t wait to watch Episode 2 today!
Sometimes I come across a relatable show, which usually happens on Youtube, and decide to wait for an episode to release every week. This five-part series is fun, nice, good. Yeah, I suck at giving my views but honestly, it entertained me with the medical school setting and friendship goals.
EGG-FREE HOMEMADE BISCUIT CAKE
HOMEMADE DAHI BADE [INDIAN CHAAT]
CONTENT THAT WENT UP ON THE BLOG THIS WEEK
Funny how this wrap-up post is the first content after so many days. The only thing to recount is the revamping and redesigning of this blog. After a long time of being bored of the previous simple design, I finally decided to experiment around and create this new look. Well, that is all I did in terms of blogging. Oh, and the best part was announcing this change and receiving such a positive response and support!
THINGS I WITNESSED IN THE SKY THIS WEEK
WHAT I TWEETED THIS WEEK
WHAT I POSTED ON INSTAGRAM THIS WEEK
Absolutely nothing except for some reading updates and sky photos on my stories. The last time I posted something on my feed was February 19 and I still haven’t found any inspiration to get back to posting more. Hopefully the coming week would be better.
WHAT I DID ON GOODREADS THIS WEEK
ADDED 7 BOOKS TO MY ‘DEFINITIVE TBR’ SHELF
ADDED 10 BOOKS TO MY ‘WANT TO READ’ SHELF
UPDATED READING STATUS FOR THEN THEN ‘CURRENTLY READING’ BOOKS
CLICK ON THE BOOK COVER TO BE REDIRECTED TO THEIR RESPECTIVE STATUS UPDATES.
A LITTLE HAPPINESS
RANKED NATIONALLY AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, I’M AHEAD OF MY GOODREADS CHALLENGE 🙈
WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN MY REAL LIFE THIS WEEK?
🏫 University announced all classes to be suspended till March 31st so Monday onward was basically isolation time. However, faculty has forwarded a ton of assignments. I like the optimism they show when saying you all are definitely coming back.
🌇 Entire state of Rajasthan (I live in Jaipur) has been on lockdown so there was almost no reason left to step out of my house this week. I have a store in the society I stay in so accessing milk or vegetables and other necessities is easier.
💔 This pandemic has made me rethink all that I had allowed myself to overthink, like the heartbreak I went through in January of this year. Talked to him as a humane duty and I’m just glad we’ve finally decided to stay out of each other’s lives.
👨👩👧 Constant state of panic is unavoidable for me since I’m living miles apart from my parents and best friend; we are in different countries. Trying to calm down since I know I have to be the one who can ease my loved one’s worries around this corona crisis.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT IN THE COMING WEEK
📒 Reviews of The Deep, The Fever King duology, The Tiger At Midnight, Frozen Beauty, All Your Twisted Secrets, Thorn, and Yes No Maybe So.
📝 Posts for writers on how to utilise this isolation period for fulfilling their writing dreams & some important tips to seek and process constructive criticism.
📚 TBR list for OWLs Magical Readathon 2020 and a huge list of South-Asian books will be recommended for anyone deciding what books to read for this Harry Potter themed readathon in April.
💻 A blog post on why reading can calm you down in the midst of this global chaos and how to not overwhelm oneself as a blogger or content creator during periods of isolation.