This was a hard book to get through because of the subject matter - I see aging in myself and those I love around me. But it is a very important book to read regarding the subject matter.
A definite pick for me.
I enjoyed the first 2 books more. 😞
Valente does have a flowery writing style which carries on to this book. As usual she draws from classic children books but the plot in this was a bit convoluted and September seemed to lack some agency in her choices.
The story follows the life of two siblings after the partition of #Bangladesh - the repercussions of the war as well as the rise of radical Islamisation.
Read for #readingasia2021 and also my December #bookspin
An short odd one. The story is of a friendship that blossoms into something real. But I did not get a handle on Jennifer's motivations for acting the way she did.
I was not sure what I was getting into with this book. The story took a while to gel together and at times I kept wanting it to move along a little bit faster. But all in all a fairly enjoyable read.
Read for #bookspin for November.
November was a slow reading month but I am trying to slowly ease into year end and try and finish up some of the books that I have on my nightstand.
Have lightened my #bookspinbingo list for December a little in light of that. Let's see how that will work out.
A humourous witty take of finding out your husband is having an affair.
The introduction to this edition is written by Ephron - in which she sets the backstory of the book and how it is "thinly veiled"
Read for #blackjack21 for #booked2021
I found this book to be a frank discussion on the Jewish view point whilst still acknowledging the Palestinian one. There are some replies from the Arab / Palestine viewpoint online which were enlightening as well.
Read for #palestine #readingasia2021
Read also for November's #bookspin
A memoir that intertwines with nature. Jessica Lee tells us the history of her mother's family after she finds some documentation her grandfather left behind. She journeys to Taiwan to delve into her roots and realises how she has been skirting her heritage.
I also enjoyed the narrator of this audiobook but this book was a soft pick as the story itself was a bit flat.
Read this for #bookspin and #readingasia2021 for #taiwan
I can't believe I have read 2 books about Genghis Khan this year (when I knew next to nothing about him prior to this year 😂)! This one also covers Genghis Khan's descendants and how they helped shape China and the rest of the world.
Read this for #readingasia2021 . It covers alot of countries but I think I will be using it for #Uzbekistan as this was one of the places that Genghis conquered
It may be the case of the author preaching to someone who already believes in the idea - but I really enjoyed the book and strongly believe in the point he puts forward - Eat Food. Not too much.Mostly Plants.
Definitely recommended if you are interested in understanding food vs nutrients.
Weaving a Bruneian legend into a story of a fisherman, the author really managed to hold my attention as she switched between the two. Am thankful for this local-ish publisher that brings these South East Asian voices to the masses.
#ownvoices #brunei #readingasia2021
An engaging travelogue in Arabia which the author crosses the countries in the Arabian peninsula
Read this for #readingasia2021 . I may have to count this for multiple countries if I can't get to them this year. :)
Also as my September #bookspin
A snapshot of a time (1939 - 1979) and "place" (girls' boarding-schools) in Britain. Written with humour, it is a social study of its time.
Read this as my #doublespin for September.
I am so happy I picked this for #northkorea for #readingasia2021 . I was hooked from the beginning as Demick manages to make this a moving narration of the North Koreans. It is amazing how a few people can have such a hold on a country.
Poetry is generally not my strong suit but Rumi is one I have in my collection. He could possibly have either been born in #Tajikistan or #afghanistan . So am counting this as a check for #readingasia2021 for Tajikistan :)
Also read for #booked2021 #bookofpoetry
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A novella about a family who has newly come into wealth. It tackles topics such as capitalism, corruption, marriage, women's standing in society and money within this slim volume.
Read for #booked2021 for #under150pages and #india for #readingasia2021
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A fantasy / magical realism book that is based in #malaysia and written for Malaysians. Local language is interspersed liberally with English - the way Malaysians talk to each other.
Originally I thought that this was a YA novel from the book cover but it was definitely not 😂. Has LGBTQ content.
The story of how Yemeni coffee was brought to the recognition of coffee connoisseurs. This book covers coffee history and some Yemeni history as well through the life of Mokhtar Alkhanshali.
Read for #Yemen for #ReadingAsia2021 as well as for my August #bookspin
This series has some of the most lyrical writing I have encountered in a middle grade / young adult fantasy writing. The author weaves together fairytales and adventure in a tale that completely hooked me as I was definitely invested in the ending.
Read as my #doublespin for August.
I didn't expect this book to be such a lark and a wonderful romp. Pleasantly surprised at how this subject was tackled by the author.
Another month another #bookspin list
I managed to tick off a whole bunch of books in July (plus I DNF-ed a couple)
This month's list is the usual mix of challenge reads as well as series that I would like to make my way through.
A set of short stories by a Sri Lankan author about Sri Lankans in and out of the country. It covered a wide range of experiences but with all short story collections some landed better than others.
Finally managed to read this book after purchasing it during a holiday to that country a few years ago. 😂😂
Read for #readingasia2021 #srilanka
A borderline pick because the author managed to put the information in an interesting manner. But the main issue I had with this was that it was not so much about the one “orchid thief“ that she was trying to highlight but also about the many throughout the centuries, making it a bit too tangential.
I don't think I would have picked up this book but I needed something for #appalachiannoir and I struggle with any prompt with noir in the title. 😂😂
This was a decent historical fiction set in a coal mining town where the central characters are two widows - one who recently lost her husband due to a rogue shooting and the other who lost her daughter. Could there be a connection between two losses?
Johnathan and Shelley are 2 unexceptional children. So unexceptional that their "super power" is being infinitely forgettable. ?
I enjoyed this better than the first book in the series. The jokes / quips were better and the storyline was more fleshed out.