The Week Gone By 10/05

This past week has been full of emotions and I was also feeling a little sick for a couple of days, so I really couldn’t read much. I also can’t believe that the tax revelations, debate fiasco and the covid diagnosis all happened this week – the passge of time just doesn’t feel normal anymore. But at the end of it, I’m feeling a little better, so I guess that’s all I can hope for. So, let me tell you all about my reading updates…

I only got to know about this book a week before, but as soon as I saw it, I wanted to read and it was such an informative book of history that I didn’t know much about. From the earliest known immigrants who came from Asia, the challenges they faced with both family separations as well as the xenophobia, the Chinese Exclusion Act and Japanese Internment camps and many other government atrocities, and the way the US tried to create a divide between the various Asian communities and perpetuated the “Model Minority” myth for their own purposes – this book is equally eye opening and heart breaking but also a testament to the resilience to the people from the vast continent of Asia. Definitely recommend.

I had completely forgotten that the second volume of this one had released as soon as my dear friend Dany reminded me, I had to pick it up immediately. This one still has the cool action sequences – particularly the stabby and bloody scenes are quite impressive – but it’s much more on a contemplative side. Through the introduction of Noriko, we get to know more of Andy’s past and how much she has been through over the millenia, and her now fraught relationship with Noriko was a revelation. I totally didn’t see the devastating ending coming and I’m already very excited for the final book next year. And I really hope we get a movie of this one too.

This has been on my radar for more than an year now but I kept putting it off. But seeing it spoken about more recently on twitter and its paperback release last week prompted me to finally pick it up, and it was such an insightful book. This is definitely more of an academic work than just for casual reading – and I really learnt a lot about good/bad representation of Black characters in media (both books and visual) through the author’s dissection into the books, shows and fandom surrounding Hunger Games, Merlin, HP and Vampire Diaries. I think this is a great book if we reviewers in particular want to understand more about how we can critically view representation in media, and I hope this experience will make me a little better in the future.

I’m not much of a middle grade or graphic novel person, but I decided to pick this up for my Banned book prompt for the Popsugar Reading challenge. And this turned out to be such a cute, lovely, wholesome, inclusive and entertaining middle school story, set against the backdrop of a play being put on by the theatre department, told through the eyes of the stage crew. The representation is sensitively portrayed, it’s all about young kids finding themselves and what they love, and enjoying what they do. I can’t believe that such wonderful books get banned just because some school boards/parents are bigoted and can’t understand/won’t tolerate acceptance of all kinds of sexualities. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves reading middle grade stories.

Ahhhh….. it’s been such a long wait but we finally got the fourth volume a while ago, and I impulse bought it last week despite the price because my library wasn’t getting it. It’s as fun and joyful as ever and I was so excited to meet the King’s Row boys again. It was also so interesting to see their team dynamic when they have to compete in a practice match where individual performances matter less. We got to see different facets of Seiji which I really liked. Nick, Bobby and Harvard are as wonderful as ever. My only problem is that the book got over too fast and now we have to wait for an unknown time for the next volume. This is so not fair 😭😭

I really loved The Library of the Unwritten last year and was very excited to read it’s sequel, but I just haven’t gotten to my ARC yet. But now that it’s releasing tomorrow, maybe I will pick it up soon. And Monstress is the graphic novel series that I keep reading despite not always understanding what’s going on because I am completely in awe of the artwork and I just love staring at every page. Can’t wait to read this new volume too.

Just like last week, not much in the binging department except catching up with the latest episode of GBBO. And of course, the NFL and IPL are keeping me throughly entertained. My IPL team Sunrisers are doing well even though they make me tense till the last ball of the match, but I am really enjoying it a lot. The NFL last Monday was a disappointment though because while I didn’t expect Ravens to win against KC, that was a devastating match. But the reverse happened yesterday when Ravens won and Sunrisers lost, so I guess it balances it out.

The weekend also marked the finale of Street Dance of China 3 and I did manage to catch a little of the livestream, especially Bouboo and Yang Kai’s dance battle, and Yibo’s team performance. I really loved the live tweeting that many fans were doing on twitter as well as all the discussions on the discord channel and it just turned out to be such an emotional experience, which I never expected it to be. Ofcourse the end was very happy and watching Yibo jump up and down, after he had cried sometime before, was lovely to see. And I have so many gorgeous photos of his from the finale downloaded on my phone 🙂 I really am gonna miss this..!!!!

We had these two gorgeous desi cover reveals this week and I can’t stop looking at them. Rising Like a Storm looks even better than Hunted by the Sky (which is also quite stunning); Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame is a middle grade historical fiction set during the Indian freedom struggle and I can’t wait to read both these amazing books next year.

And what a lovely surprise to win two giveaways. I got the first printing of the Shaper of Worlds through Fonda Lee’s newsletter and I am so excited to read these short stories, though I am quite unfamiliar with many of these authors. And after so many years of being on the platform, I won my first Goodreads giveaway – a kindle ebook of The Girl and the Goddess. Hopefully, I’ll get to it soon 🙂

How has your week been like ? Did you get to read or watch anything fun? Want to talk about it? Please let’s chat in the comments below…

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  1. Wow so many amazing books! I can see my TBR mutating.

    I definitely agree that this past week has been hefty. I hope that things get a bit less chaotic for you and you’re able to find some comfort in the upcoming week. 💜

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    1. Yay!!! I’m always excited if I can add to someone else’s tbr 😜😜😜
      I agree that something keeps happening everyday and it’s hard to even keep track of the chaos anymore … just trying our best to keep going and maintain some sanity 😊😊

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  2. The passage of time does NOT feel normal; I feel like I have lived one thousand years just in the second half of September. But I am very very glad to have the NFL back and have been writing Get Out the Vote letters for Vote Forward while watching football all day on Sunday — my Saints came back from a 14-point deficit yesterday and won their game against the Lions, which was a big relief.

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    1. Ohh I completely understand what you mean. I don’t even remember what I was doing before this whole thing started because it feels so long ago 😬😬

      I’m so thankful that you’re able to do your part for Vote Forward, that’s amazing. And glad you are enjoying the NFL too… it’s definitely one good thing to look forward to every Sunday 😊😊


      1. Book of Dragons is awesome so far, mostly 4 star stories, and a really good lineup. You might have noticed reviews for the first stories on my blog.
        With Shapers, I need to target the publication date for reviews, as it’s an arc. So, I‘ll start end of October.

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        1. I totally forgot that you wrote reviews separately for each stories.. I compile them all into a single post because I don’t go into detail like you… gonna go checkout your reviews 😊😊

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          1. Stories often get republished, or treated in different contexts – e.g. the same story gets to be finalist for three different awards. It comes handy to have them in separate posts, then.
            Also, there is always munition for the next daily post 😁

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