Hi guys, welcome! Another month has passed and well, a lot of things has happened in this month both in my country and outside. First my state faced a huge cyclone, personally people like me who live in apartments and houses are safe but all those people who lived in slums and those with thatched roofs, they have faced huge damage to property. Most areas lost electricity for a full day but in a lot of areas electricity has not returned till now also. First Covid now this cyclone, I don’t know what more we will have to see this year. And what has happened in U.S, do I even have to tell you. Anyway at the end of this post I have included a link where you can find all the ways in which you can help the #BlackLivesMatter Movement.
On personal front it was my birthday on 26th. I turned 21. My father gifted me a Kindle. I am so happy to receive this gift, seriously best Bookish, no scratch that, best gift ever.
Now lets get to the wrap up.
Reading Wrap Up
This month was a great reading month quality wise but not so great quantity wise. I really enjoyed all the books I read but I only read 2 full length novels and 2 short stories.
The first book I finished last month was What Lies Between Us. It was a great thriller. Highly highly recommend it. It is a story about two women Maggie and Nina and Nina keeps Maggie locked up in the attic. Literally this is all you need to know about this novel. Read this book, thank me later. You can find my full review for What Lies Between Us here. I gave this book a 4.5 stars.
The second book I finished last month was The Palace of Illusions. Another great read, really really enjoyed it. The Palace of Illusions is a retelling of Mahabharata from the eyes of Draupadi/Panchaali. If you are looking for a mythology read with a relatable female protagonist, then this is the one for you. You can read my full review for The Palace of Illusions here. I gave this book a 4 stars.
The 3rd book/short story I finished last month was The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. As you will remember from my favourite movie adaptations post, The Curious Case of Banjamin Button is one of my favourite book-to-movie adaptations. So last month I finally took the plunge and removed this book from my TBR pile and read it. Oh my God!!!! This short story was just awesome. It was totally different from the movie but still I enjoyed it a lot and would highly highly recommend it. I will be publishing the review here soon but in the meanwhile you can read my Goodreads review here. I gave this book a 4 stars.
The last book I finished last month was another short story Lihaaf by Ismat Chugtai. It is an awesome short story. It is very unique and a must read in my opinion. This story had been translated from Urdu and in English it is called The Quilt. This story begins with a little girl remembering the time she visited her aunt. This is all you need to know. And it is another of those reads, read it, thank me later. Read my Goodreads review for this one here. I gave this short story a 4 stars.
Asian Readathon & Tome Topple Readathon Wrap Up
I failed miserably in the Tome Topple Readathon. I started Anna Karenina for this one, but I had to put it down, because I wasn’t enjoying it that much. The second book I started for this readathon was The Pact by Jodi Picoult. I finished it but was not able to finish it before the readathon ended, so yay, I didn’t actually read anything for this readathon. Anyway moving on to the Asian Readathon.
I was able to complete the Asian readathon successfully. I read 2 books for this one and I completed all the challenges (I doubled up). The first book I read for this readathon was The Palace of Illusions. I read it for prompts Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who is different from you / Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who you can relate to. Panchaali of The Palace of Illusions is super relatable, so this book fitted perfectly for the prompt Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who you can relate to. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, the author of this book is a Indian-American, she is a Non-Resident Indian, where as I am a Resident Indian, so I choose her for the prompt Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who is different from you because as she is a NRI and I am a Resident Indian so I might not be able to relate to her experiences and situations.
And the second book I read was Lihaaf for the prompts Read any book by an Asian author/Read a book recommended by an Asian. Ismat Chugtai is an Asian and this book has been recommended countless times in list of Indian books featuring LGBTQ+ characters. Most of these lists are curated by Indians itself. So Lihaaf was a perfect fit for this two prompts.
May Book Haul
I am introducing this new section in my Monthly Wrap Ups, here I will talk about all the books I have added to my shelf in that month.
Kindle borrows (From Prime Reading)
May Blogging Wrap Up
Connect Five Friday
Top Ten Tuesday
Monthly Wrap Up
Here is a list of all the ways you can help the #BlackLivesMatter movement: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/#.
What did you read and post last month?