The Week Gone By 6/21/21

I feel so happy when each week of mine goes better than the previous one, especially in terms of reading. Despite feeling quite fatigued suddenly for the past few days, I have had a good time reading, binging and also meeting one of my best friends after many years, and it has made me feeling all good. But the lockdown in my city was removed since yesterday, so the anxiety about the pandemic is back again and I guess we just have to wait and see how it goes. In the meantime, let me regale you with I’ve been doing.

I have only read one Becky Chambers before but I thought it was such a refreshing story with so much to think about. And it has an ending that will always stay with me. So, I was very interested in her upcoming novella. But this one’s release is still a few weeks away and I wasn’t planning to read it yet, but I suddenly feeling down again and thought why not read her book, because I’ve heard so much about how her books are very uplifting. And this was exactly what I needed to start my week. I won’t by any means call this a perfect book, but it was utterly perfect for me. Just like her previous book, the writing in this is also very calm, quiet, soothing, requiring a bit of introspection from the reader and also thought provoking. I don’t know whom to recommend this book to because it feels too personal to me. But I guess like what the author says in the dedication, pick this book up if you need a break from life.

I had never added this to my TBR before because while I am always interesting in mythological retelling, the Greek always intimidate me a bit. But I happened to request the ARC of the sequel impulsively, and then got it which was unexpected. So I had to pick this up in preparation for that. Told mostly through the eyes of Briseis, and some chapters through those of Achilles, this is less about the actual story of the fall of Troy, and more about the women of Troy and it’s allies who lost everything in the war and how they were treated by the conquering Greeks. It’s very painful at times because of it’s themes like sexual violence, gruesome violence also including killing of children, enslavement of the women etc. But it’s also very empathetically so that we realize the plight of these women and don’t think of this story just as a triumph of Greek heroes over Troy. The audiobook is narrated particularly well, capturing the helplessness as well as strength of Briseis, and also Achilles’s grief. Can’t wait to read the sequel.

With this brilliant book full of visits to historical places, interviews with scholars and references to primary sources, and also stories told by his own grandparents whose grandparents were themselves enslaved, the author tries to give us a new approach of understanding history. It is painful and emotional to listen to, but it is also unflinching in its honesty, and in its earnestness that we should examine our own biases and not be defensive when confronted with uncomfortable truths. It is a huge responsibility to reckon with the country’s past and but only when we acknowledge it that we can move forward and strive for a better future, and make sure that the history will never repeat again. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the topic, but I particularly think this would be a good resource for students, despite its tough material.

I have stopped reading contemporaries in general, including romances for a while now because I don’t want to encounter the real world even in books. But when the next installment in my favorite ongoing sports romance series is up for request, I couldn’t help myself. And I had to read it immediately after getting the ARC because I knew it would make me happy. And Rachel didn’t disappoint me at all. We get another sweet couple, with one who is a literal ball of sunshine, and the other who is scared of coming out, but together they are strong and I loved how Troy found strength in Harris’s friendship. And then there were the wonderful teammates, a cute team puppy, and entertaining cameos from all the previous couples. To my delight, we got a lot of Ilya but I also missed seeing him with Shane and I can only wait for their story next, but it’ll probably be a long wait. In the meantime, maybe I should just reread Heated Rivalry.

As mentioned in my last week’s update, I did continue watching Fights Break Sphere for a couple more episodes but I just couldn’t continue. As much as I found Leo Wu cute and Xiao Zhan’s appearance was a delight, the plot didn’t interest me much.

After having abandoned three shows till now and a couple more disappointments, I wanted to start something which I knew I would love. And what better choice than every cdrama watcher’s favorite – Nirvana in Fire. There’s still about 10 episodes left for me to finish the drama, but I can already tell that it’s going to be one of my all time favorites. The absolutely wonderful plot, with intricate details right from the beginning, the spectacular acting by everyone, and the gorgeous cinematography, all make for an unforgettable show. And the very little glimpses of a young Zhang Zhehan are just a sweet bonus.

The fourth edition of the Indian Lit Readathon just had it’s announcement and I’m already very excited. The theme this time is one of my favorite childhood board games, Snakes and Ladders, and I can’t wait to participate already. You can find all the details and how to sign up at Charvi’s announcement post. Don’t miss it….

That’s what I’ve been doing..!!! What about you? Any new books which you found wonderful that you think I should checkout? Any new cdramas I can pick up next…. though I feel most would fall short after the stunning NiF. Hope you all have a great week ahead 🙂

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    1. Yay Prachi.. yes.. Met one of my college best friends, just for an hour or so.. but it was awesome to see him again 😍😍

      And Nirvana in Fire !!! I just finished it and I wanna curl up and cry… it is not the fun kind at all.. very serious stuff.. but absolutely stunning acting, plot and screenplay… I don’t even know if I’ll like anything after this …

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        1. Haha sure.. I won’t be reccing it to you then.. but NiF is almost considered one of the best historical dramas of the past decade .. so 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️
          If you want though, I would suggest The Imperial Coroner… it seems serious but the humor is very understated… and very low angst… I absolutely loved it 😍😍😍 it’s not on any of the streaming platforms though 😞😞

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