Reading for Pleasure and June TBR

If you followed my blog for a while, you’d have noticed that I do not review books often. Yet, in this past couple of weeks, I’ve not reviewed one but two books. The reason for my sparse reviews was not from not reading anything.

In fact, I review books professionally on another website. Therefore, I tend to prioritize reading those novels and hence find it hard to make the time to read the books I pick up for myself. Even when I do, it’s hard to find the motivation to makes notes about my thoughts and later pen them down in at least a mildly coherent fashion. I’d forgotten how much fun it is to not worry about things like meeting the required word count or having perfect grammer (See what I did there? 😉 ). So I’m going to shamelessly use you guys to keep me accountable in my endeavor to read for pleasure more often.

However, I’d forgotten how much fun it is to not worry about things like meeting the required word count or having perfect grammer (See what I did there? 😉 ). So I’m going to shamelessly use you guys to keep me accountable in my endeavor to read and review for pleasure more often.

So as late as this is, these are the books that I’m planning on reading this June.

1. Artful by Peter David.

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Okay, this is a Graphic Novel that is actually an adaptation of the novel of the same name by the same author. It is also kind of a cheat because I got it from the NetGalley website in exchange for an honest review. However, I absolutely loved the premise of the story which is Charles Dickens Oliver Twist with the twist being Vampires. Come on, who can pass up a vampire story? Also, that cover looks gorgeous right.

 

2. Watercolor Words by Topher Kearby

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I’ve been really interested in painting and artwork recently so I couldn’t not pick up this book whose title that combined my love for reading with my curiosity for art. This is a poetry collection which is an added bonus as I feel like I haven’t read poems in a long while. So looking forward to getting back into poetry with this book.

 

3. Absolutely Positively Not by David Larochelle

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Since this is the Pride month and because I was instantly intrigued by the title, I decided to pick up this book. It’s the story of Steven, who is absolutely positively sure that he is not gay. His problem is even though he is as obsessed with sex as any other teenager, he’s not thinking of girl when he thinks of sex. The book promises to be a fun, light-hearted read and it’s exactly what I need at the moment. I can’t wait to read more about Steven story.

So those are the books that I’m looking forward to this month. Let me know which ones you are excited about in the comments.

Happy reading! 🙂


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When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | Book Review

I’ve had a bit of a reading slump for the past two or three months and so to get myself back on the reading bandwagon I went on to BookTube. This book by an Indian author caught my eye, especially since so many of my trusted booktubers highly recommended it. However, I have a bad relationship with Indian Authors since I don’t tend to read in the genres that are popular here, which is Romance Fiction.  But, I still picked up this book because it promised to be an easy and fun read that could get me back to reading again.

Dimple is a computer and web design geek who is all set to go to Stanford University. Before going to college, however, she plans to get some experience in App Designing by attending a 6 weeks workshop in San Fransisco. Her parents, however, have other ideas on sending her to this workshop. Without her knowledge, they have set her up to meet one of their friend’s son, Rishi. Rishi is very traditional in his ways and he’s actually pretty excited the possibility of an arranged marriage.

Here are my thoughts on the story.

 

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed myself whilst reading this book. Dimple and Rishi are such carefully developed characters that I couldn’t help but root for them. I loved that this was more than the clichéd ‘opposites attract’ story. Even though at the onset it feels like they are as different as two people can possibly be, as their relationship develops, it is their similarities that ultimately keeps them together. I also loved that the author did not stereotype the main characters. Dimple’s mom was a tad stereotypical but let’s face it, a lot of Indian moms are like her.

Despite really liking the story, I did find a few things that irked me a bit. Firstly, some of the dialogues, especially the ones with the parents, came off as stilted and unrealistic. Secondly, there were instances when I felt like Rishi was acting way too older than his age. Nevertheless, this book is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Just relax, have some chai and enjoy yourself.

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The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) | Book Review

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m never disappointed with any of Rick Riordan’s books based on the Greek/Roman mythology. The Dark Prophecy is no exception. In fact, it is one of those rare books that I like much more than the first book in the series.

In the Dark Prophecy, we continue on the quest with Apollo to free his oracles and restore the power of prophecy to the world. Meanwhile, he must also find and save Meg, a 12-year-old demigod who also happens to his Master. This time, his visions lead him, Leo and Calypso to the state of Indianapolis.

The book is action-packed as it is a plot driven novel. So much happens in this book that I never had a boring moment while I was reading. Each scene added to the story and helped the plot progress further.

However, it is the characters that steal the show. Apollo is still as funny, snarky, selfish and obnoxious as he was in the first book. He is a whiny and self-serving character, although since he was once a God, it’s understandable. He is still getting used to not being immortal anymore and not having other people who would do his job for him. Nevertheless, he is also much more empathetic this time around. He now understands the danger involved in going on quests and why demigods were not so keen on them. It is also really endearing when he acts as a big brother and constantly worried about Meg.

I also love Leo and Calypso in this story. Their relationship is better explored, and I liked that not everything was picture perfect between them. They still have little moments of insecurities. Adding Leo to the story had another bonus too. Between his one-liners and Apollo’s internal monologues, I was laughing my socks off till the very end. There is so much dry humor in this book that it makes my sarcastic heart very happy.

The writing style, as usual, is funny, fast-paced, and very easy to read. For inexplicable reasons, I feel like this series is a tad darker than his other books. I also admire the way he handled Apollo’s bisexuality in a ‘matter-of-fact’ fashion where it was just another part of his personality.

All in all, this is a fabulous book, perfect if you are in the mood for some light entertainment. Pick it up if you are a fan of the prequels, the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of the Olympus series.

P.S: There is a mention of Indra, a Hindu God, and I freaked out a little bit. Now, all I want is for Rick to write a series featuring the Hindu Pantheon.

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