Weekly Wrap-Up (13/6/’20) #WeekinReading #WeeklyWrapup

Hello Readers! Last week, I finally got my new laptop, yayy! I totally forgot how it feels to use faster device that don’t show me “Not Responding” thing and not waiting impatiently for things to open. And best thing is I don’t need to enter password every time it locks. This laptop is Mi Notebook and I can connect it to my Mi band. Laptop unlock itself on detecting band. It feels so good.

In terms of reading I read 2 books and finally finished Cometh the Hour, I was putting on backburner for a month. But that made it difficult to write review.

What I read last week-

Flying Solo by Zoe May

This was my third book by Zoe May and I enjoyed as much as her previous books. It fun and entertaining story of Rachel and her experience in Indian ashram that changed her life. Here is REVIEW if you missed it. I just saw author is going to write sequel as well, Flying Duo. I’m really excited about it.

What You Wish For by Katherine Center

I loved Katherine Center’s How To Walk Away and I loved this book too. There were heavy topics but yet it felt good to see so much positivity. I loved Sam, her school, her quirky dressing and everything I read. Easy 5 star, review will be up tomorrow.

Cometh the Hour (The Clifton Chronicles, #6) by Jeffrey Archer

There was nothing wrong in this book and as I said I made mistake putting it on backburner, reading other books in between and not reading it at one go that dampened my experience with this. It was interesting, I liked reading what was happening in characters’ life and how they came out of enemies’ trap. And that end, cliff-hanger! I can’t wait to see what happens next but with last book of series, I’ll not same mistake and will pick it when I’m in right mood.

Next I’ll be reading-

Happy & You Know It by Laura Hankin

A dark, witty page-turner set around a group of wealthy mothers and the young musician who takes a job singing to their babies and finds herself pulled into their glamorous lives and dangerous secrets….

After her former band shot to superstardom without her, Claire reluctantly agrees to a gig as a playgroup musician for overprivileged infants on New York’s Park Avenue. Claire is surprised to discover that she is smitten with her new employers, a welcoming clique of wellness addicts with impossibly shiny hair, who whirl from juice cleanse to overpriced miracle vitamins to spin class with limitless energy.

There is perfect hostess Whitney who is on the brink of social-media stardom and just needs to find a way to keep her perfect life from falling apart. Caustically funny, recent stay-at-home mom Amara who is struggling to embrace her new identity. And old money, veteran mom Gwen who never misses an opportunity to dole out parenting advice. But as Claire grows closer to the cool women who pay her bills, she uncovers secrets and betrayals that no amount of activated charcoal can fix.

Filled with humor and shocking twists, Happy and You Know It is a brilliant take on motherhood—exposing it as yet another way for society to pass judgment on women—while also exploring the baffling magnetism of curated social-media lives that are designed to make us feel unworthy. But, ultimately, this dazzling novel celebrates the unlikely bonds that form, and the power that can be unlocked, when a group of very different women is thrown together when each is at her most vulnerable.

I’ll start this today. Whoever read this enjoyed it so I hope it turns out good and I would like to relate to mothers’ experience.

Tiny Imperfections by Alli Frank, Asha Youmans

The Wedding Date meets Class Mom in this delicious novel of love, money, and misbehaving parents.

All’s fair in love and kindergarten admissions.

At thirty-nine, Josie Bordelon’s modeling career as the “it” black beauty of the ’90s is far behind her. Now director of admissions at San Francisco’s most sought after private school, she’s chic, single, and determined to keep her seventeen-year-old daughter, Etta, from making the same mistakes she did.

But Etta has plans of her own–and their beloved matriarch, Aunt Viv, has Etta’s back. If only Josie could manage Etta’s future as well as she manages the shenanigans of the over-anxious, over-eager parents at school–or her best friend’s attempts to coax Josie out of her sex sabbatical and back onto the dating scene.

As admissions season heats up, Josie discovers that when it comes to matters of the heart–and the office–the biggest surprises lie closest to home. 

This sounds light and fun. And that cover is awesome.


I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know in comments what you read last week, what you are planning to read next, and if you have read any of these books.

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#BookReview : Flying Solo by Zoe May #FlyingSolo #romcom @rararesources @zoe_writes

Hello Readers! I’m excited to share my review of Flying Solo by Zoe May as part of blog tour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Many thanks to Rachel for tour invite and author for providing review copy.

Flying Solo by Zoe May
Publication Date :  6th July 2020
Genre : Romantic Comedy
Pages : 250

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rachel Watson has it all worked out. By 30, she’s ticked off most of the goals on her Life List. She’s a homeowner, a partner at her law firm, she has a gorgeous boyfriend, lots of hobbies and loads of good friends. The only thing that’s missing is a ring on her finger.

According to her Life List, Rachel should be getting hitched around now, so when her boyfriend, Paul, plans a romantic date, Rachel’s pretty confident he’s going to propose. Except Paul has other ideas. He’s jetting off to India to find himself.

Distraught, Rachel doesn’t know what to do. Not one to easily admit defeat, she embarks on a mission to win him back.

Flying solo to India is definitely not on Rachel’s Life List, but could her trip teach her some unexpected lessons about love, life and herself? Could she realise that perhaps her Life List wasn’t exactly what she wanted, after all?

Other books I read by the same author:

Perfect Match

When Polly Met Olly

Flying Solo was delightful romantic comedy that revolved around Rachel’s unplanned trip to Indian ashram. It was about realizing life is better unplanned, finding yourself and true happiness, and finding love at unexpected places at unexpected time.

Writing, like previous books, was entertaining and fun with beautiful setting of Indian ashram in Bangalore. It was first person narrative from Rachel’s POV that made book refreshing and light-hearted.

It started with Rachel expecting to be proposed after 6 years of relationship with her boyfriend, Paul. She planned her whole life, checked all boxes of life list within time period she had set, but getting engaged and hitched. What she didn’t plan/expect was flying to other side of the world. Paul broke up with her on the night she expected him to propose her, packed his bag and gone to some random ashram in India. She couldn’t let go of this long time relationship, she thought this is Paul’s midlife crisis, she could change his mind and win him back. And so started her unplanned adventure in India. I was excited to find out what she would experience in India, how she would adjust to different life style of Ashram, could she win Paul back, what would she learn from this experience and how it would change her.

What I didn’t predict was Paul behavior when he saw Rachel at ashram, his new competitive girlfriend, and how attracted Rachel felt towards a handsome Canadian neighbor in ashram who vowed celibacy. But it all turned out really entertaining and dramatic.

All characters were fun to read. Rachel was lovely throughout the book. She was workaholic, home furnishing obsessed who had her Life List with timeline but she had reason for all that. Her childhood story was realistic and I could see why she was the way she was. At first I didn’t like how she was behaving, taking everything as joke and I couldn’t  believe how she didn’t talk about ashram with her Indian friend before on her way to airport, she had no idea what she was going to find there. But I liked how she tried everything in ashram even though she was skeptic, didn’t believe in meditation or spirituality and how she had her own opinion, kept open mind, and enjoyed her stay.

Her development was great. She got over her break up, made friends, found some shocking things about ashram, and found love. At heart she was nice and lovely and knew her elements, learned that life was better unplanned, keep hobby enjoyable rather than obsess over it, there is nothing wrong in being workaholic but it’s also important to enjoy life, go with the flow, step out of comfort zone, and experience knew thing.

Paul was total jerk. It was unbelievable how he suddenly decided to leave without discussing his decision with her like 6 years of relationship was nothing to him and then disrespecting it by latching on new girl and making Rachel feel bad about how she lived and what she did. Seb was cute. He was friendly and lovely guy and I liked his story. I loved Meera and Priya for how friendly they were and how they helped Rachel.

This is not just romance book, in fact there is very little romance and more about Rachel’s new experience and development. Both Rachel and Seb felt spark, supported each other, and spent time knowing other as best as they could, and we don’t know if there was happily ever after till the end, which I felt was good thing.

What I loved most was seeing India from non-Indian’s eyes. Some titbits about India were real and funny.  Rachel’s thoughts and experience after setting foot in India was hilarious. I laughed at her appalled look on seeing Indian toilet and her room in ashram, and most epic was what she packed in her suit case. Who brings dildo to ashram! Most hilarious scene was Spirit Animal Workshop.

I’m not a fan of Ashram but I liked how author added another layer to story by showing reality behind ashrmas and gurus. What Rachel found about it was not shocking for me as I know these things really happen in some ashrams. I agreed with what she thoughts, how crazily people follow scamming Gurus, throw their logics out of window and make it easy for such scammers to take advantage.

Climax was great with Rachel finding reality of Ashram, her new case, what happened to Paul, and lovely date. End was fun. I liked that end conversations and Rachel’s decision.

Why 4 stars-

I wanted a bit more at the end. An epilogue telling what happened to case or if romance lasted or how long it took for them to get together would have been great.

Overall,

Flying Solo was entertaining, dramatic and lovely romcom with amazing setting and some hilarious scenes. If you are looking for light-hearted, entertaining read that make you laugh, I highly recommend this.

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B082K48FX8/

US  – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082K48FX8/

Author Bio:

Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes. Zoe’s Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/zoemayauthor/

She posts updates and blogs on her website, http://www.zoemayauthor.co.uk

Social Media Links : Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


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#Excerpt : Pauper and Prince in Harlem (A Ross Agency Mystery #4) by Delia Pitts @rararesources @blacktop1950

Hello Readers! Today is my stop during the blog tour for Pauper and Prince in Harlem by Delia Pitts, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources, and I’m pleased to share a snippet of this intriguing mystery.

Pauper and Prince in Harlem by Delia Pitts
A Ross Agency Mystery series
Publication Date: February 18, 2020
Genre: mystery

A vulnerable kid. A brutal enemy. An addled ally. Blood runs cold on Harlem’s hottest summer night when Drive-by assassins shoot up a crowded playground, killing the teenaged friend of private eye SJ Rook. Only fourteen, the kid was smart, affectionate, and alive with potential. His sudden death strikes the cynical Rook through the heart. Was this boy the victim of a cruel accident? Or was he targeted by gang hit men in a ruthless display of power?

To find the killers, Rook must enlist the help of another teen, Whip, a mysterious runaway witness. Whip is a transgender boy whose life on the streets has drawn him into the realm of a violent mob kingpin. Damaged by his mother’s rejection, Whip doesn’t want to be found. Not by the cops or by community do-gooders. And certainly not by Rook, a resolute stranger with vengeance on his mind. Rook’s search for the elusive kid becomes a dangerous trek through the meanest corners of his neighborhood.

Racing from desolate homeless camps to urban swamps, from settlement houses to high-rise palaces ruled by greed and corruption, the determined Rook pursues his quarry. An unexpected twist in the detective’s relationship with his crime-fighting partner, Sabrina Ross, threatens to derail his mission. Noble tramps, vicious thugs, and a pint-sized trigger woman also complicate Rook’s efforts to protect Whip. When a mob prince and a hobo hold the boy’s life in the balance will Rook’s grit and imagination be enough to save Whip and bring the killers to justice?

Excerpt:

Harlem private eye SJ Rook pays a melancholy visit to his hobo allies in search of answers about the elusive boy at the heart of his latest case.

“With each hour, the danger to Whip expanded. He might not realize it, but I did. Rather than finish my boozy dinner with a third round, I hit the street, walking off the ugly buzz with a goal in mind. I paid another visit to Whip’s only known address: the homeless camp presided over by Eddie, the prince of paupers. The kid might be there, consulting with his mentor in rags. I could corner him and plot a way out of the danger. Or at least ease my worries for another night. 

“Dusk covered my arrival at the entrance of the Palace. Odette filled the door frame, dazzling in layers of aqua and lime-green mesh. She looked like meringue frosting on stilts. The old woman recognized me; at least, I think the jig of her brows meant that. But if she recalled our previous encounter on the street corner, she didn’t let on. “Hey, you. With the crazy gorgeous eyes. I know you.” Without missing a beat, this last phrase led Odette into a burst of fairy-tale waltz. Was she the Sleeping Beauty in this song? Or was I? She twirled, then dropped her eyes, waiting for applause. Like that dream, her voice had been beautiful once. But now, age, rough hooch, drugs, and curbside living had scratched the glitter. She squeaked and strained in the high notes and ran out of breath before the end of the longer passages. But when I clapped, she ducked into a deep curtsey, a true performer delighted to please a new audience. Our encounter on the street and my inspection of her shopping cart didn’t matter. Only the applause.

“Odette, I’ve come to see Eddie. Is he in?” Booze slowed my words to fake patience.

“Of course, Eddie’s in. Like always. Where else would he be? Come on up and rest your fine bones a spell.” I held the door for her, and Odette brushed past me and up the stairs, her gauzy skirts swishing dust from each step as she moved. 

Eddie sat on his mattress-throne, legs stiff in front of him as before. The gold knit cap had disappeared; his gray hair bristled in a wiry halo around his head. He’d unbuttoned his purple wool coat in concession to the stifling heat. As Odette and I approached, Eddie stared at a far corner of the vast warehouse, his eyes darting as if focused on a movie screen only he could view. “Hey, Odette, you’re back.” After this thin greeting and a nod at me, he resumed his vigil. Ever the dutiful hostess, 

Odette waved me toward a trampled corner of their mattress. “Pull up a chair, doll. Eddie’ll come around after a while.” Her eyes were tight and her smile toothless, like a sitcom housewife waiting for hubby to return home.”

Purchase Links:

UK –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pauper-Prince-Harlem-Agency-Mystery-ebook/dp/B0831RD7P5

US  – https://www.amazon.com/Pauper-Prince-Harlem-Agency-Mystery-ebook/dp/B0831RD7P5

Author Bio:

Delia C. Pitts is the author of the Ross Agency Mysteries, a contemporary private eye series including Lost and Found in Harlem, Practice the Jealous Arts, and Black and Blue in Harlem. She is a former university administrator and U.S. diplomat, who served in West Africa and Mexico. After working as a journalist, she earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. She has published more than sixty fan fiction titles under the pen name Blacktop. Pauper and Prince in Harlem is the fourth novel in the Ross Agency Mystery series. The fifth, Murder My Past, will be released in 2021. Learn more at her website, www.deliapitts.com

Social Media Links – Website: www.deliapitts.com Instagram: deliapitts50 Twitter: @blacktop1950

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Weekly Wrap-Up (06/6/’20) #WeekinReading #WeeklyWrapup

Hello Readers! I hope you had great week. Last week I received July/Aug NetGalley blast. Most of the books are really interesting. I’m thinking to write haul post. Last week I read only 1 book. It took me more time to read it than expected but it was really good. And I arranged shelves twice, why? look at this pic-

When she finished taking out all books in last three shelves, she was literally throwing them in whole room. 😅 I watched The Alienist on Netflix. It was great thriller, real dark and I liked characters struggling with their own past. The end felt rushed. I exactly felt like Kreizler about the end, I wanted to know why.

What I read last week-

Dark Waters (Monica Kennedy #2) by G.R. Halliday

Dark and disturbing crime thriller that kept me on the edge throughout the book. Definitely not for squeamish or those who feel claustrophobic by descriptions of tunnels under mountains or confined places. Review will be up tomorrow.

Currently reading-

Flying Solo by Zoe May

Rachel Watson has it all worked out. By 30, she’s ticked off most of the goals on her Life List. She’s a home owner, a partner at her law firm, she has a gorgeous boyfriend, lots of hobbies and loads of good friends. The only thing that’s missing is a ring on her finger.

According to her Life List, Rachel should be getting hitched around now, so when her boyfriend, Paul, plans a romantic date, Rachel’s pretty confident he’s going to propose. Except Paul has other ideas. He’s jetting off to India to find himself.

Distraught, Rachel doesn’t know what to do. Not one to easily admit defeat, she embarks on a mission to win him back.

Flying solo to India is definitely not part of Rachel’s plans, but could her trip teach her unexpected lessons about love, life and herself? Could she realise that perhaps her Life List wasn’t exactly what she wanted, after all?

I read 25% of the book and so far it’s interesting. I can’t wait to see Rachel’s experience on her trip to India.

Next I’ll be reading-

What You Wish For by Katherine Center

From Katherine Center, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel full of heart and hope.

Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its beloved principal, it turns out his replacement will be none other than Duncan Carpenter—a former, unrequited crush of Sam’s from many years before.

When Duncan shows up as her new boss, though, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. He’s become stiff, and humorless, and obsessed with school safety. Now, with Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security—and turn it into nothing short of a prison—Sam has to stand up for everyone she cares about before the school that’s become her home is gone for good.

This will be my second book by Katherine Center. I expect it as emotional and inspiring as How To Walk Away.


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Prediction Book Tag

Hello readers! I hope you all are enjoying weekend. Usually I don’t post on Sunday but today I wanted to write post. So here is my answers to Prediction Book Tag. Katie@Never Not Reading tagged me in this tag this month. If you are not following her blog check it out now. It’s more interesting than my answers to this tag. 😃

The rules for the Prediction Book Tag:

~ Pingback to the creator, the amazing Mandy & Sha @ Book Princess Reviews!
~ Tag the person who tagged you
~ Find an answer to match each prompt.
~ Most importantly: have fun!

Prediction for my Next Read

Flying Solo by Zoe May

Next I’m going to reading Flying Solo by Zoe May. I enjoyed 2 books I read by Zoe May. Her books are uplifting and liked message in her books. I’m sure I’m going to enjoy this too.

Prediction for my Next 5-Star Read

Shielded (Shielded #1) by KayLynn Flanders

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Isn’t that cover is beautiful? I didn’t expect to get this book. It was surprise when publisher sent NetGalley copy of this book. I’m enjoying this second heir saving the family and kingdom trope these days. So I hope this turns out 5 star read but I’m not going to read it this month.

Prediction for my Next 1-Star Read

Who predicts a book 1 star and then read it! I wouldn’t even add a book to TBR if I predict it 1 star and to be honest nobody can predict book 1 star by just reading synopsis.

Prediction for my Next Love Interest/Cool Character

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Maia Tamarin in Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim sounds cool. designing and sewing clothes is amazing skill so I hope to like this character. By the way I won this book as random winner of last month’s challenge in Goodreads group and got second book of The Blood of Star duology from publisher via NetGalley. Am I not lucky? 😁

Prediction for my Next Book Buy

I haven’t added any book in cart as I’m not sure when I will finish books I thought I will read this year. But if I buy, I’m thinking either Mistborn Trilogy or books by Sarah J. Maas. I have heard both series are amazing and I’m sure I will enjoy them.

Prediction for my Next Book to Give me a Hangover

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy and Six of Crows Duology. Do I have to say why? I have heard world and characters were great and author is masterful. I wanted to read this series for so long. I can’t wait to dive in this world and I already love this map. 😍


I tag anyone who feel want to do this tag.


I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in comments about your prediction for next 5 star read.

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