Can’t believe it’s already February!
One of my blogging goals for this year is to share a monthly reading wrap-up and attempt to review each book. Read on as I share what I have been reading and the books I am planning to pick up.
January began on a busy note firefighting at work with Omicron making its presence felt. It is a difficult month personally too and I do a khula paath each year in my father’s memory. It helps me calm down as it also includes a lot of shabads on death and grieving.
All in all, it has been a good start to the reading year with some excellent five-star reads. I read a total of six books across genres in January. All the books were digital reads, not that I mind.
Books I read:
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Genre: Historical Fiction, Format: Audiobook
One word… Brilliant! January began on a high note with this riveting re-read about love, ambition, and friendship. Part historical and part contemporary fiction, it explores Evelyn’s personal journey from the 50s to the late 80s, and the seven husbands along the way. A book that totally lives up to the hype.
The Author-ised Book Club book of the month, I picked the audiobook this time and enjoyed it even more. Do pick it up if you haven’t already.
Crushing by Sophie Burrows
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Genre: Graphic novel, Format: ARC ebook
“A story told in silence. A story without words.” When I was offered Crushing for a blog tour, I instantly signed up. And read it right away when I received the ARC.
At its heart, it is a story of two lonely souls yearning for human connection. I was blown away by its simplicity yet powerful impact. Highly recommended.
The Wedding Setup by Sonali Dev
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐, Genre: Romance, Format: ARC ebook
The Wedding Setup is a quintessential Sonali Dev book with all the trappings. Desi family, meddling friends, and an accident that changed the couple’s lives forever.
This second chance romance and the history between Ayesha and Emmitt reminded me of the author’s Jane Austen retelling, Recipe for Persuasion, but is a lighter read. It was predictable and felt a bit rushed. But overall, a good pick if you are looking for a short light read.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Genre: Non-fiction, Format: Audiobook
This was technically my first read of the month. The kind of book that you want to take slow to absorb it all in. And quite an eye-opener.
A memoir about a therapist, her patients, her own therapist, and her life journey. The author attempts to demystify therapy and discusses the impact both as a therapist and a patient. I highly recommend the book. Stay tuned as I plan to do a detailed review of the book.
People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐, Genre: Thriller, Format: Audiobook
A social media influencer, an instamom, and the blurred lines between reality and online persona. Between reality and “tweaking” the content.
People Like Her is about living a very public life, oversharing, and bending the rules (that I did find judgemental at times). Weak as a thriller but a page-turner nonetheless. It does leave you feeling a bit queasy at the end, though. How easy it is to stalk an influencer offline.
Dakhma by K. Hari Kumar
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Genre: Horror, Format: Kindle Ebook
A psychological thriller with a generous dose of horror. A book that checks all the boxes – mental illness, LGBTQ+, politics, religion, social media influence, and environmental awareness that are all seamlessly woven into the narrative.
Dakhma is a book that hooks you from the word go and does not let go. There were sure some goosebump moments. If you enjoy books from the horror genre, it is a perfect read. I read it in one sitting over the weekend and quite enjoyed it. Highly recommended.
We all have books that cross over to the next month. The reading wrap-up would be incomplete without the books I am currently reading.
Already 30% in, I am really enjoying the audiobook of Ratno Dholi by Dhumketu, a collection of short stories. There is a treasure trove of regional literature that we are unaware of and that needs to be explored more.
Alongside, I have picked up Clean Air by Sarah Blake, a dystopian climate-fiction that I am reading for a blog tour. About trees going in attack mode with poisonous pollen. And a serial killer on the loose.
There are quite a few books on my February TBR.
The first one is Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi, the book club’s February pick. I have already got my Audible copy and waiting to get started.
Similar to last year, I haven’t signed up for too many reading challenges this year. Goodreads and Blogchatter’s are a given. I do plan to participate in a few self-paced readathons, too. I was looking forward to actively participating in the Reading Women challenge though, and really sad to see it go.
Currently, I have a decent target that I might update later. But with all that is going on, reading-related stress is the last one I want. Takes all the fun out of reading.
From the Blogosphere
Are you looking for a comprehensive database on the 2022 South-Asian Book Releases? Our lovely Simant @ All That is Sim has created one and you can access it at Notion.
And if you are looking for some must-read backlist books, check out Shealea @ Shut up, Shealea’s recommendations at 22 Must-Read Backlist Books For 2022.
Are book blogs really dying in the times of booktubers, bookstagrammers, and booktokkers? Kal @ Reader Voracious makes a valid point on the Why Book Blogs are Relevant & Valuable Marketing Tools and that each platform has its own place.
Fanfics have always been slotted as guilty pleasures along with romances. Charvi @ Not Just Fiction comes to fanfics defense with Why Reading and Writing Fanfiction is an Excellent Way to Grow as a Writer.
Is Mr. Bennet the good father he is always made out to be? Or is he a result of the patriarchal mindset? Whichever side you are on, check out Tulika @ Beat About The Book‘s take on How not to be a good father – Lessons from Mr Bennet
We finally have books exploring disability and chronic illnesses. But still have a long way to how on how Autism is represented. Do read Yvonee @ The Coyaterpillar Reads‘ piece on the Misrepresentations of Autism in Fiction.
Hope you enjoyed my first ever monthly reading wrap-up. I will be continuing it through the year sharing my thoughts on the latest reads. What have you been reading in January? Do share in the comments below.
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