WWW Wednesday 28-Sep-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Reading Next

Have you read any of these books? How was your reading week?

WWW Wednesday 21-Sep-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Reading Next

How was your reading week?

WWW Wednesday 14-Sep-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Reading Next

Have you read any of these books? How was your reading week? Please share!

WWW Wednesday 07-Sep-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Reading Next

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading?

What I Read in August

Hi there, Homo sapiens! September has arrived! Hello, September! August was somehow a busy and moody month for me but before we finally say goodbye to it, let me share the books I’ve read in August…

4.5 Stars

shesuptonogood

4 Stars

3.5 Stars

3 Stars

Until next time! Stay safe!

WWW Wednesday 31-Aug-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Reading Next

Have you read any of these books? How was your reading week?

WWW Wednesday 24-Aug-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Reading Next

How was your reading week?

WWW Wednesday 17-Aug-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Reading Next

How was your reading week? Any new favorites?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books with Swords

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books with Swords

What’s on your list?

WWW Wednesday 10-Aug-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Reading Next

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books with Crowns

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books with Crowns

What do you have on your list?

Spell the Month in Books – AUGUST

Hello there, Homo sapiens! Welcome to another Spell the Month in Books! ! The idea is to spell the month in books using the first letter in the first word of a title and it was originally created by Jana @ Reviews From the Stacks.

Let’s see what I managed to find to spell August in books…

Spell the Month in Books – MAY #SpellTheMonthInBooks #BookRecommendations |  Fictionophile

A – Animal Farm

animalfarm

U – Unbroken

unbroken

G – A Gentleman in Moscow

agentlemaninmoscow

U – The Unbearable Lightness of Being

theunbearablelightnessofbeing

S – The Sense of an Ending

thesenseofanending

T – A Thousand Splendid Suns

athousandspledidsuns

What book titles did you use to spell August?

What I Read in July

So July… There’d been a lot going on for me in July but luckily, I still managed to read 13 books.

5 Stars

lookcloser

4.5 Stars

4 Stars

3.5 Stars

keoko

3 Stars

dearlaura

That’s it for now! What did you read in July?

WWW Wednesday 03-Aug-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Reading Next

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books with Keys

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books with Keys

What’s in your list?

WWW Wednesday 27-Jul-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Reading Next

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Illustrated Books

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Illustrated Books

These are my five books with visual elements, feel free to share yours in the comments section!

WWW Wednesday 20-Jul-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Reading Next

What are you reading? Any recommendations?

Top 5 Tuesday – Magic Systems

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Magic Systems

Here are my top  five books (or series) with magical systems that will surely captivate any reader and make you wish you’re living in a magical realm!

What’s on your list?

WWW Wednesday 13-Jul-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Last Summer on State Street is a powerful little gem about family, racism, friendship and more. Lovely debut. 4 stars.

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies is a collection of stories, all poignant. It’s the kind of collection I like. It feels that every story is complete on its own and leaves you satisfied reading. 4 stars.

Currently Reading

I’m almost finished with Elena Knows and just started with The Measure.

Reading Next

Next on my list is another book from Mario Escobar, Auschwitz Lullaby and my first from David Ellis, Look Closer.

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books Set at School

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books Set at a School

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – Set in Hailsham which is some sort of a boarding house where students are supported and trained mainly in arts and are exposed very mildly to the outside world and are protected by the “guardians.”

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio – This is Auggie’s story starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep and wants nothing but to be treated as an ordinary boy despite his extraordinary face.

lookingforalaska

Looking for Alaska by John Greene – Pudge heads off to Culver Creek Boarding School where he meets Alaska who steals his heart and launches him to the Great Perhaps.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – High School is not always easy and here Hannah committed suicide leaving her schoolmates a trail of thirteen reasons why.

theperksofbeingawallflower

The Perks of Being a  Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – High school is pretty much spending time with friends. And it’s during this time that we spend with our friends that we start to build connections/relationships that matter and hope to last.

Spell the Month in Books – JULY

Hello there, Homo sapiens! Welcome to another Spell the Month in Books! ! The idea is to spell the month in books using the first letter in the first word of a title and it was originally created by Jana @ Reviews From the Stacks.

The books I’m using to spell the month this time are from my Read shelf.

J – Jamilia

jamilia

U – Unbroken

unbroken

L – The Lincoln Highway

thelincolnhighway

Y – Young Mungo

youngmungo

What book titles did you use to spell July?

WWW Wednesday 6-Jul-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Reading Next

I’d be delighted to know what have you been reading this week or what you plan on reading soon, please share!

Top 5 Tuesday – Anticipated Reads for Jul-Sep 2022

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Anticipated Reads for Jul-Sep 2022

The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne (July 26)

The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean (August 2)

Ithaca by Claire North (September 6)

The Attic Child by Lola Jaye (September 6)

The Matchmaker’s Gift by Lynda Cohen Loigman (September 20)

What I Read in June

Welcome to July, Homo sapiens! The first half of the year has come and gone… just like that!

I’ve managed to read 12 books in June and here they are…

5 Stars

remarkably

4.5 Stars

ourlastdaysinbarcelona

4 Stars

3 Stars

Have you read any of these books? What did you read in June?

WWW Wednesday 29-Jun-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

I’ve rated all three books 4 stars!

Currently Reading

Almost finished with The Jews and just started with The Teacher of Warsaw.

Reading Next

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Top Books of 2022 (So Far…)

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Top Books of 2022 (So far…)

As of today, I’ve rated seven books as 5-star reads. So it’s not really Top 5 Tuesday today. 🙂 It’s Top 7 Tuesday! 🙂 These seven books are wonderful, fascinating and very interesting in different ways. Highly recommended!

Additionally, these three books below are also worth mentioning. I’ve rated these books 4.5 stars and are also highly recommended.

Have you read any of these books? What are your top reads so far this year?

WWW Wednesday 22-Jun-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

The Merchant of Venice is undoubtedly anti-Semitic, with anti-Jewish stereotypes, persecuting a Jewish villain. The plot is predictable but how we get to the result/end is worth the read. 3 stars.

My Brilliant Life is about Areum, a 16-year-old boy with a body of an 80-year-old man. He looks like an 80-year-old and has illnesses of people of that age. Knowing that he will die soon due to his sickness, accelerated-aging disorder, he decided to write about his parents love story. Achingly good ending. 4 stars.

When the World was Ours is the story of three life-long friends. They were happy together and living peacefully and then the war came. It turned out to be a happy story for one of them but tragic for the other two. It’s not heavy on facts about the WW2 but good enough to give you an idea of what happened during that part of history. Well-written, engaging and an important story. 4 stars.

Currently Reading

I haven’t finished The Jews yet, I think I still have a hundred or so pages more to go but I am learning a lot from it. I am also currently reading Rules of Civility and as with Amor Towles other books, I am also liking this one.

Reading Next

I plan to read Hamlet, another Shakespeare, this coming week and I am excited to read my first Mario Escobar book, The Teacher of Warsaw. I have his other works but haven’t really tried reading them but The Teacher of Warsaw sounds very interesting to me so we’ll see!

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Rainy Day Reads

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Rainy Day Reads

It’s always a treat to cozy up with a good book on rainy days. Rainy day reading is one of the best feelings ever! Don’t you think so, too? Here are five of my top rainy day reads…

Have you read any of these books? What’s your favorite rainy day read?

WWW Wednesday 15-Jun-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Our Last Days in Barcelona – I did not know that there were other books before this since this is my first Chanel Cleeton read… and definitely not the last. It tells the story of the Perez family and this book’s focus is Isabel and her mother, Alicia. I loved the writing, I loved the characters and the story. I will surely read the other books about the other Perez sisters. Historical fiction has always been my favorite genre and this is one example why. 4.5 stars.

North to Paradise – This is the story of a man’s journey from Ghana to Spain. Inspiring and motivating. 4 stars.

This Time Tomorrow – This is a delightful time travelling story that made me miss my dad so much. In the story, it’s Alice’s 40th birthday, she’s drunk and stumbles in the guardhouse just outside his father’s house. When she woke up, she was mysteriously 16 years old again. I loved Leonard, Alice’s father. I liked Sam, her best friend. I didn’t very much like Alice. I liked the mid-90s references. I liked the father-daughter relationship. I liked the talk about time travel. All in all, a good read. 4 stars.

Currently Reading

I’m almost halfway through The Jews and it is very informative. I’m taking my time reading this as I want to understand it fully. It’s truly an interesting book. I have just started with My Brilliant Life and so far, it’s a compelling read.

Reading Next

I randomly chose both books for my next reads so let’s see what stories they have in store for us!

How was your reading week? Any new favorites?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books That Remind You of a Season

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books That Remind You of a Season

thelionthewitchandthewardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe would always remind me of winter. As the youngest sibling discovers the door and the world behind the wardrobe and the curse over the land that it will always be winter but no Christmas.

jaws

Beach and sharks. Well, wouldn’t that remind you of summer? And what good book could that be other than Peter Benchley’s Jaws, right?

achristmascarol

A Christmas Carol is another book that would surely remind everyone of the winter season.

sweetbeanpaste

Sweet Bean Paste is set during the cherry blossom season in Tokyo with a doroyaki shop under the tree that blossoms the most.

thegreatgatsby

In The Great Gatsby, summer and fall were used in the plot to symbolize the characters’ situations.

What books remind you of a season?

WWW Wednesday 08-Jun-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Remarkably Bright Creatures is a fun, charming and heart-filled story. Tova takes a cleaning job at a local aquarium after her husband and son died and became friends with Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus. Marcellus is old but very witty, a keen observant and senses Tova’s grief and so he becomes a big part of the story. I absolutely love this book. So 5 stars!

The Hacienda was kind of a combination of Rebecca and Mexican Gothic. There were interesting parts of the story like the daily life of the people in the hacienda, the exorcism, the oppression of the Mestizos, however, I didn’t find the story strong enough. I wish it was more creepy, gothic and unpredictable? Plus, it’s a slow read. It was a fine read all in all but not something I’d recommend. 2.5 stars.

Currently Reading

I am currently reading The Jews by Howard Fast and I should say it’s so far, fascinating. Also, I am enjoying Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton and I must say I like her writing style.

Reading Next

Up next on my reading list: My Brilliant Life by Ae-ran Kim and This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub. Both first reads from these authors.

How was your reading week? Have you read any of these?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books with a Holiday

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books with a Holiday (travel/vacation)

less

Arthur Less will take you on a trip to several places like India, Berlin and Morocco as he struggles to accept that he is turning 50 while going through a very painful breakup. His adventures and misadventures will let him discover more and more about himself.

thebeach

The Beach centers on the backpackers and their quest to do something different. An American travels to Southeast Asia when a fellow backpacker commits suicide and leaves him with a map to an ideal destination. I haven’t seen the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio but I’m considering.

thevacationers

The Vacationers is a book that reminds us that it takes more than an trip to escape our worries and problems.

nineprefectstrangers

Nine strangers travels to a wellness retreat for various reasons set in a boutique Australian health spa. They are faced with suspicious methods practiced by the staffs on how to “reset” their lives. Nine Perfect Strangers is dark, sometimes funny, suspenseful and mysterious.

waywardson

Wayward Son is the sequel to Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On. It was a fun book about friendships and relationships and their exciting journeys with stolen vehicles. Truly an adventure as Simon and Baz’s relationship strengthened though no closure or anything decisive happened… yet.

Spell the Month in Books – JUNE

Hello there, Homo sapiens! Welcome to another Spell the Month in Books! ! The idea is to spell the month in books using the first letter in the first word of a title and it was originally created by Jana @ Reviews From the Stacks.

This month, I’m using titles from my TBR shelf. I hope to read these books this month or the next. Let’s get started, shall we?

J – The Jews

thejews

U – Unlikely Animals

unlikelyanimals

N – The Netanyahus

thenetanyahus

E – Empire of Pain

empireofpain

What book titles did you use to spell June?

What I Read in May

Hello there, Homo sapiens!

We’ve made it to June! I’ve read 11 books in May and it’s been a real mixed bag, so, let me share with you the books I’ve read.

4.5 Stars

lessonsinchemistry

4 Stars

3.5 Stars

3 Stars

Have you read any of these books? What have you read in May? Please share! I hope June treat us all well! Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday 01-Jun-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Reading Next

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Freebie! Non-Fiction Reads

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

This week’s a freebie, a chance to come up with our own topic, so I decided to do top five of my non-fiction reads so far this year.

Non-Fiction Reads

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Growing Up Bin Laden – This is a very interesting view of Osama bin Laden having a very good life until giving it all up for his undying love for jihad. Told by his first wife, Najwa, and one of his many sons, Omar, this is a fascinating read.

therideofalifetime

The Ride of a Lifetime – Fascinating, candid and inspiring memoir.

fear

Fear – Much of what we read in this book were already seen or heard in the news and the public is already very aware of Mr. Trump’s bullying, lies, etc. So unsurprisingly, it’s not a charming read.

walkingwithghosts

Walking with Ghosts – Well, who would’ve thought that apart from being a great actor, Gabriel Byrne is also a great writer? Beautifully written.

thecopenhagentrilogy

The Copenhagen Trilogy – The first part (Childhood) of the book came strong and I was totally hooked but the second (Youth) and third (Dependency) parts didn’t come as strong and the writing became dry and impersonal. I’ll consider a  second reading  after a few years.

Have you read any of these books? What non-fiction books have you read so far this year?

WWW Wednesday 25-May-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Growing Up Bin Laden – This is my first book from Jean Sasson. A friend of mine is a big fan of her works and highly recommended to me. It was a fascinating and insightful read about Bin Laden, his family, his beliefs, their culture, etc. 4 stars.

Walking with Ghosts – I have only watched a few of Gabriel Byrne’s films but he definitely is a great actor and after reading his memoir, indeed, he is a gifted writer. I hope he writes more. 4 stars.

Currently Reading

kaikeyi

I have finally started with Kaikeyi and it is an interesting read so far.

Reading Next

Next on my list of books to read are Remarkably Bright Creatures and The Last Thing He Told Me.

How was your reading week? Have you read any of these books? Please share!

Top 5 Tuesday – Reading Accessories

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Reading Accessories

Bookmarks

bookmarks

Book weight

bookweight

Book light

booklight

Lap pillow

lappillow

Kindle case

kindlecase

What are your favorite reading accessories?

WWW Wednesday 18-May-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

An Unlasting Home – A story that portrays multi-generational women in Kuwait, Lebanon, Iraq and India — their struggles, their history, their choices, etc. 3.5 stars.

The Housemaid – Entertaining. Intriguing. Disturbing. 4 stars.

The Overnight Guest – Told in three different timelines. First in the past where a girl survived a crime, second where a little girl and her mother are locked in a basement and third in the present, a crime novel writer trying to finish her writing when she found a little boy unconscious in the midst of a snowstorm. Not very shocking if you’ve read thrillers before but it’s a fine read. 3 stars.

Lessons in Chemistry –  Adding this to one of my favorite reads so far this year. Refreshing, smart and fun. I literally laughed out loud several times. Beautiful and delightful debut from Bonnie Garmus. 4.5 stars

Currently Reading

growingubinladen

Growing Up Bin Laden was recommended by a good friend and it is so far, informative and interesting.

Reading Next

I was supposed to start with Kaikeyi a few days ago but I got into Growing Up Bin Laden first so hopefully this week. Also, I found a copy of Walking with Ghosts. I know Gabriel Byrne is a good actor and so I can’t wait to find out his story.

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Places to Read

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Places to Read

Parks

parkreading

Porch

porchreading

In front of the fireplace

fireplace reading

Cozy bar or lounge

readinginabar

Hammock

readinginahammock

Where is your favorite place to read? I’d love to know!

WWW Wednesday 11-May-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

The Porcelain Doll – 4 stars

The Book of Mother – 3 stars

The Forest of Stolen Girls – 3.5 stars

Currently Reading

So far, both An Unlasting Home and The Overnight Guest are very interesting reads. Hope to finish both this week.

Reading Next

Interesting titles for my next reads, don’t you think? I’m very curious already.

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Drinks for Reading

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Drinks for Reading

Coffee serves its own purpose while reading so this definitely is my top choice while reading. And I want my coffee black, no sugar (with the exception of Vietnamese egg coffee). Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows is my preferred drink while reading before going to sleep. A cold can or bottle beer is my choice of drink when I read the works of Milan Kundera, Jose Saramago or Sam Harris and the like. Thai iced tea is another choice whenever available. And lastly, human blood. Oh no, wait! I was just kidding. Ha! I mean, bubble tea.

Let’s compare notes, what are your favorite reading sips?

Spell the Month in Books – MAY

Hello, Homo sapiens! Hello May!

Spell the Month in Books time again! The idea is to spell the month in books using the first letter in the first word of a title and it was originally created by Jana @ Reviews From the Stacks.

This month, I’ve decided to include two book titles for each letter since May is a pretty short word. I will also choose books from my Read Shelf only.

M – Moloka’i & Memoirs of a Geisha

A – The Angel’s Game, Angela’s Ashes

Y – Young Mungo, The Younger Wife

How’d you spell May using book titles? Have you read any of these books? Please share!

What I Read in April

And just like that, April is over! How was your April reading? Today, let me share with you what I’ve read in April.

4.5 stars

youngmungo

4 stars

3.5 stars

thedinnerguest

3 stars

How was your reading month? Have you read any of these books?

WWW Wednesday 04-May-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

youngmungo

Currently Reading

Reading Next

How was your reading week?

Top 5 Tuesday – Snacks for Reading

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Snacks for Reading

I usually don’t eat while reading because it gets messy, whether I’m using my Kindle or reading paperbacks, I know you know what I mean. Haha! Plus I really get easily distracted with food regardless of what I’m doing. So, yeah! However, I usually snack while reading when I travel. Why? No particular reason, I just do. So today, let me share with you five of my favorite snacks while reading.

I love pumpkin pie and the best I’ve tasted was from a small, cozy cafe in Tbilisi. I also enjoy salty popcorn sometimes and cookies whenever available. When I’m really hungry but I want to read, I opt for pizza, the lesser toppings, the better. And lastly, french fries!

What are your favorite reading snacks?

WWW Wednesday 27-Apr-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

I enjoy Greek mythology retelling but I didn’t find Medusa very exciting. Given that the retelling is from Medusa’s perspective, it could have been far better. 3 stars. 

I came across Galatea, a short story by Madeline Miller who also wrote Circe. I enjoyed reading Circe so I read it without hesitation. It’s quite different from the original story, though. Interesting read but too short that I think it would’ve been better if it was made a novella. 3 stars.

The Future Library is a heart-wrenching short story (or novella?) and I can’t believe it’s actually a real thing. You can check it out here. It talks about nature, love and loss. Very intriguing but also very sad. 4 stars.

It took me three long weeks to finish Hell of a Book. No, it isn’t a bad book. I was actually hooked when I started reading it and I also think it’s creative. But somehow, I lost interest in some parts. 3 stars.

Currently Reading

I’m halfway through Young Mungo and I’m liking it more than Shuggie Bain but let’s see how the second half of the book goes. I’ve also just started with The Porcelain Doll and since I’m not an expert in Russian history/politics, I really appreciate how easy it is to get into it plus also very easy to understand.

Reading Next

Still on my next reads is The Book of Mother, I’m supposed to start with it but haven’t yet so hopefully this coming week. I’m also adding to it An Unlasting Home and The Overnight Guest.

How was your reading week? Have you read any of these books?

Top 5 Tuesday – Books About a Death

Happy Tuesday, Homo sapiens! Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday was originally hosted by Shanah at Bionic Bookworm and now found its home with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Books About a Death

The Graveyard Book is the delightful and scary story of Bod Owens who was adopted by the occupants of a graveyard after his family was murdered by a mysterious assassin.

The Book Thief is a beautiful and heartbreaking novel narrated by Death itself.

In Tuesday with Morrie, Mitch Albom’s professor, Morrie Schwartz, had been his guardian angel. However, they drifted apart as they lived their lives. Before Morrie’s death, this relationship gets rekindled.

The Death of Ivan Ilyich is a novella about the terror of death and Ivan’s fear of dying.

Looking for Alaska is a book about death and how people live their last days.

WWW Wednesday 20-Apr-2022

Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

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As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

I’m not a big poetry reader but I love Ocean Vuong and Time is a Mother is his second poetry collection and I loved it. 4 stars.

Smaller and Smaller Circles is a fairly mediocre crime novel set in the Philippines. The characters were interesting though I think adding a little bit more of a backstory for Father Saenz would have been better. The ending was very predictable but that’s okay. 3 stars.

I guess I expected too much from The Diamond Eye because I enjoyed The Alice Network a lot. The book is still wonderfully written although repetitive at some parts. I couldn’t totally engage myself in it and I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. But overall, still a good read but somewhat flat at times. 3 stars.

Currently Reading

I’m having a hard time to focus whenever I go back to reading Hell of a Book. I’m not sure why but I feel like it’s not the right time to read it? I dunno but I’ll give it another try this weekend. Anyhow, I’ve started with Young Mungo, the second book from Douglas Stuart (Shuggie Bain). I’ve only read a couple of chapters but I think it’s going to be a great read.

Up Next

Up next on my reading list are The Book of Mother, The Porcelain Doll and Medusa.

How was your reading week? Have you read any of these books? Please share!