The Week Gone By 09/07

This past week has been a bit of a mixed bag, with me planning to get through my ARCs but ultimately unable to do so due to my mood. But I did read some fun books, so let me talk about them all.

As I mentioned in my last week’s post, I finally got around to reading this highly talked about debut and I thought it was a lot of fun. I found it very easily readable, with a very interesting West African inspired world and a unique magic system. The characters didn’t seem to leave a very lasting impression on me, but it’s still a strong debut in terms of the excellent themes it explored and I look forward to the finale of this duology next year.

This book was pure nostalgia for me. As a huge fan of the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, it felt so nice to be back in this world and get a glimpse of what my favorite characters are doing in the future. While the story of Red didn’t feel as high stakes as the original, I loved her as a person and the relationships she builds with everyone she meets during training is really precious. The audiobook was also nice to listen to, and I finally got to know how to pronounce all the names and places correctly. I don’t know if we will get more books in this series, but this was a good addition.

I didn’t even know about this author/artist about a month ago but when I saw some of his artwork from another book, I was immediately captivated. So, getting to read this book was a joy. The art and every rendering of Lord Krishna is truly stunning to behold and I didn’t wanna turn the pages at all. The story itself is more philosophical and melacholic in tone, and it’s definitely not for readers who don’t know about Krishna already. But I promise that anyone will be entranced by the beauty and vibrancy of the art within these pages.

I didn’t even know Lindy had a new book coming, but when I saw the audio advance copy available through this month, I immediately felt like listening to it. Each chapter in this is Lindy rewatching one of her old favorite/popular movies and critiquing them based on how well they hold up now, or just how not great they actually are. As someone who didn’t grow up on Hollywood, I didn’t know many of these movies and hence share no nostalgic memories of them, but Lindy makes the narration a lot of fun and I haven’t laughed so much in the middle of a book in recent times. Definitely recommend the audiobook if you need something lighthearted.

Chasten was one of the few candidate spouses I loved following on social media through the campaign trail because there is genuine warmth in his words and he just seemed very normal. And that persona truly comes across in his memoir, especially while listening to him narrate his story. I’m still in the middle of the book and while he makes it seem a lot of fun, there is also a lot of pain that comes across especially when he is talking about his teenage years, grappling with his sexuality while living in an environment that seemed very antagonistic to his existence. But his meeting Mayor Pete and the story leading upto their marriage is really sweet, and I’m hoping the rest of the book is equally interesting as well.

This is the only book release on my TBR for the upcoming week and I already have the ARC, but as usual I’m late in reading. I have stopped blaming myself now for missing deadlines because I really am trying my best. But I have heard only wonderful things about this book and I hope I will enjoy it a lot too.

Not much in the binge watching front this week because I’m not ready to start any new commitments. I’m continuing with watching a couple of episodes of the MDZS donghua and the Norweigian show Occupied here and there, but it’ll be a while before I finish either of them.

My rewatching of random episodes of The Untamed or just videos of Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo continues, because I’m still an obsessed fangirl. And every time I watch Yibo dancing on SDC3, I am mesmerized.

I think that’s all for my weekly update. I hope you all had a good week too and if you wanna talk about all the wonderful things you have been doing, please comment below and let us chat.

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  1. Hello, yes, another person who’s completely obsessed with all things MDZS and The Untamed. I am still not quite over that show and I am kinda being strict with myself with donghua, so I don’t devour it all in one go.

    Also, looks like you had a good week!

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    1. Ahhhh nice to meet another fan 😍😍😍 And yes, I’m being very judicious with the donghua too… just watched 7 episodes in almost 2 weeks. Need to sustain it for a while. But I’m also reading many many fanfics, so it keeps the magic going 😊😊


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