Weekly Wrap-Up (29/6/’20) #WEEKINREADING #WeeklyWrapup

Hello Readers! I hope you all had great week. I thought I can’t read more than 80 books this year but I’m 15 books ahead of goal so I’m changing Goodreads challenge goal to 100. Last week was exhausting. My daughter slept at 3:00 am four days in a row. One day she slept at 1 and woke up at 3 am and didn’t sleep until 8 in morning. 😪 There was no WiFi for 2 days, no electricity for 1 day, it was frustrating to use slow mobile data to write post and for other things. Anyway I manage to read 2 books and 1 short story.

What I read last week-

Episodic Sleep Disorders by E.L. Haines

It was interesting story, a bit unusual and confusing at some points but suspenseful mystery and I enjoyed blend of myths and science along with mystery. Here is my Review.

Say Yes Summer by Lindsey Roth Culli

This was cute and fluffy, coming of age YA contemporary. I flew through this book,finished it within a day and loved characters and message in the book. Review will be up tomorrow.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

This was fantastic. I have heard world building was great in this and I could see why. I loved this story inspired from Persian Mythology filled with mysterious and interesting characters, demons, legends, twist and turn. Review will be up later this week.

Currently reading-

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

Cometh the Hour (The Clifton Chronicles, #6)

I put this aside for more than 2 weeks. Now I’m picking this again and will read those last 200 pages before June end.

Next I’ll be reading-

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

The haunting new novel from G. R. Halliday, author of FROM THE SHADOWS, shortlisted for THE MCILVANNEY DEBUT PRIZE

THREE MISTAKES. TWO MURDERS. ONE MORE VICTIM TO GO . . .

Annabelle loves to drive. It helps her escape her world, her past. Speeding on a mountain road in the Scottish Highlands, she sees a little girl step out in front of her. She swerves to avoid her. The next thing Annabelle remembers is waking up in a dark, damp room. A voice from the corner of the room says ‘The Doctor will see you now’.

Scott is camping in the woodlands in the Scottish Highlands – but in the middle of the night, he hears something outside his tent. When he goes out to have a look, a little girl is standing among the trees, staring right at him. Scott is never seen again.

When a dismembered body is discovered, DI Monica Kennedy gets called to the scene immediately. After six months away from the Serious Crimes team, they need her back on board.

As Monica searches for the murderer, another body is found. Monica knows the signs . . . She’s on the hunt for a serial killer.

Perfect for fans of James Oswald, Ann Cleeves and Val McDermid.

I can’t wait to see DI Monica again and how she is going to catch this new serial killer. This is tour book,my stop is on 7th next month.

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?

This will be my third book by Zoe May and I can tell it is going to be fun. Another tour book, my stop is on 10th next month.


I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in comments if you have read any of these book and what are you reading this month.

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Weekly Wrap-Up (15/6/’20) #WEEKINREADING #WeeklyWrapup

Hello Readers! I hope you all had great week. I read 2 books last week. Both were great, I really liked them. Again I took break this weekend from blogging. It sometimes feel like I’m here all day and doing other thing along with reading less when I actually want to read more. I need a schedule and need to stick to it when it comes to blogging. So this weekend, while I wasn’t here reading posts (I’ll catch up with posts I miss), I learned new domino trick. Here it is- (it’s not perfect but I love this flower)

What I read last week-

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

This was simple but lovely story about power of reading,how it helped characters coming out of grief, a little mystery and turns. It was refreshing. Review will be up on 24th.

From the Shadows (Monica Kennedy #1) by G.R. Halliday

Interesting plot, mystery, characters. There were few twist and turns, end was shocking. I enjoyed solving crime with DI Kennedy and a social worker. Review will be up tomorrow.

Currently Reading-

Episodic Sleep Disorders by E.L. Haines

Beware, beware, the beast of Lozère!
Who lurks in your dreams, and knows how to scare
You will freeze at the sight of strange dancing at night
And the dead, in their coffins, still stare.

A menacing wolf is terrorizing the village of Lozère. A beautiful young girl has lost her family and her best friend to this nightmare when Sparrow shows up with his characteristic curiosity. But all is not as it seems in this cold mountain village, where the beasts are like men and the men are like beasts.

Sparrow came to Lozère to tell stories, but he stayed for the stories Lozère told him…

I finished 50% of this book last week. It’s short story, an unusual and strange story. I’m still not sure what’s going on and how I feel about it. I’ll finish this today.

Next I’ll be reading-

Say Yes Summer by Lindsey Roth Culli

Perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Netflix/Hallmark Channel rom-coms, this is the story of a girl who decides to give in to the universe and just say yes to everything, bringing her friendship, new experiences, and, if she lets her guard down, true love.


The perfect book to kick off summer! For as long as Rachel Brooks can remember, she’s had capital-G Goals: straight As, academic scholarship, college of her dreams. And it’s all paid off–after years of following the rules and acing every exam, Rachel is graduating at the top of her class and ready to celebrate by . . . doing absolutely nothing. Because Rachel Brooks has spent most of high school saying no. No to dances, no to parties, and most especially, no to boys.


Now, for the first time in her life, there’s nothing stopping Rachel from having a little fun–nothing, that is, except herself. So when she stumbles on a beat up old self-help book–A SEASON OF YES!–a crazy idea pops into her head: What if she just said yes to . . . everything?


And so begins a summer of yes. Yes to new experiences and big mistakes, yes to rekindled friendships and unexpected romances, yes to seeing the world in a whole new way. This book is a fresh and fun take on the coming-of-age novel that explores the quintessential themes of growing up: taking risks, making mistakes, and, of course, love. And who knows? Lindsey Roth Culli’s hilarious and heartwarming debut may just inspire your own SAY YES SUMMER. 

This sounds lovely.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

A captivating and utterly original fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and who discovers what power might lie in such a curse…

There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.

Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.

I’m really excited for this one. I have heard all great things about this and the world of this book. It’s fast paced and gripping (that’s what reviews say) so I hope I can finish it this week.


What are you planning to read this week? Have you read any of these books or going to add to TBR?

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Weekly Wrap-Up (15/6/’20) #WEEKINREADING #WeeklyWrapup

Hello Readers! Last week was slow in reading, I only read 1 book. I thought I will come up with a new discussion or list idea but it never took shape! I took a day or two break from blog as I wasn’t in mood for it. I’m enjoying domino so that’s something.

What I read last week-

Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella

This was almost 500 pages book (paperback is 600+). A bit slow but it was amazing. I enjoyed mystery and setting. This was second book I read set in Harvard. A book dealing with loss grief, mental illness (schizophrenia) was written beautifully with so much emotions. It was realistic and well researched. Ghosts were important part of the story but this is not horror/ghost story.

Next I’ll be reading-

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.


One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England’s finest novelists. Now it’s home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen’s legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen’s home and her legacy. These people—a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others—could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society. 

I’m on tour for this book and my stop is on 24th next week. I have read all good reviews on this. I’m not Jane Austen fan, I only read Pride and Prejudice but I enjoyed it and I hope this one will make me read other book by Austen.

From the Shadows (Monica Kennedy #1) by G.R. Halliday

A stunning, atmospheric police procedural set against the grit of Inverness and the raw beauty of the Scottish Highlands, this is the first book in the DI Monica Kennedy series.

Sixteen-year-old Robert arrives home late. Without a word to his dad, he goes up to his bedroom. Robert is never seen alive again.

A body is soon found on the coast of the Scottish Highlands. Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy stands by the victim in this starkly beautiful and remote landscape. Instinct tells her the case won’t begin and end with this one death.

Meanwhile, Inverness-based social worker Michael Bach is worried about one of his clients whose last correspondence was a single ambiguous text message; Nichol Morgan has been missing for seven days.

As Monica is faced with catching a murderer who has been meticulously watching and waiting, Michael keeps searching for Nichol, desperate to find him before the killer claims another victim.

From the Shadows introduces DI Monica Kennedy, an unforgettable new series lead, perfect for fans of Ann Cleeves’ Vera, Susie Steiner and Peter May. 

This is also tour book. My stop is next week on 23rd.


What are you planning to read this week? Have you read any of these books or going to add to TBR?

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Weekly Wrap-Up (8/6/’20) #WEEKINREADING #WeeklyWrapup

Hello Readers! Last week was shocking and heart shattering with all the new about police brutality and racism against black community. This year keep getting worst. I read some amazing posts that I would like to share them as support.

We bought domino blocks for my daughter. We had other toys in mind but we couldn’t agree on them. Paahi loves these colorful blocks, and me too! Now if I don’t want to read or blog I play with domino. I’m seeing few tricks on YouTube as well (mostly Hevesh5‘s videos. She is amazing), so will try new designs and take videos.

What I read last week-

No Signal (iMe #2) by Jem Tugwell

I finished this book. I enjoyed this techno thriller. Theme, world and characters were outstanding. I’m on blog tour for this and my stop is tomorrow.

Love is What You Bake of it (Meraki #1) by Effie Kammenou

I didn’t plan to read this but either I didn’t check the tour date or note it on wrong day in my calendar and needed to repost on Sat. I don’t like to repeat the content and thankfully I had two days time so decided to read and review this, and I’m glad I did. It was lovely read. REVIEW

Any Day With You by Mae Respicio

Again I didn’t plan to read this. Book I planned to read- From the Shadows (Monica Kennedy #1) by G.R. Halliday- was tour book and I received email just in time that tour is postponed and now new dates are in last week of this month. So i decided to read this short middle grade book and I could finish it in a day.

This was story of Kaia and her connection with her great-grandpa, her feeling and anxiety on knowing her grandpa wanting to go back to his home country, Philippines. This was perfect middle grade book for young readers. I’ll post review later this week.

Next I’ll be reading-

Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella

A Harvard freshman becomes obsessed with her schizophrenic brother’s suicide. Then she starts hearing voices.


“Every time I thought I knew where Ghosts of Harvard was heading, I turned out to be wrong. Part mystery, part ghost story, part psychological thriller, this novel is all entertainment.”—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light


Cadence Archer arrives on Harvard’s campus desperate to understand why her brother, Eric, a genius who developed paranoid schizophrenia took his own life there the year before. Losing Eric has left a black hole in Cady’s life, and while her decision to follow in her brother’s footsteps threatens to break her family apart, she is haunted by questions of what she might have missed. And there’s only one place to find answers.

As Cady struggles under the enormous pressure at Harvard, she investigates her brother’s final year, armed only with a blue notebook of Eric’s cryptic scribblings. She knew he had been struggling with paranoia, delusions, and illusory enemies—but what tipped him over the edge? With her suspicions mounting, Cady herself begins to hear voices, seemingly belonging to three ghosts who walked the university’s hallowed halls—or huddled in its slave quarters. Among them is a person whose name has been buried for centuries, and another whose name mankind will never forget.

Does she share Eric’s illness, or is she tapping into something else? Cady doesn’t know how or why these ghosts are contacting her, but as she is drawn deeper into their worlds, she believes they’re moving her closer to the truth about Eric, even as keeping them secret isolates her further. Will listening to these voices lead her to the one voice she craves—her brother’s—or will she follow them down a path to her own destruction?

This is long book over 400 pages. So for now I’ll try to finish this and maybe 6th book of Clifton Chronicle that put aside last week as I wasn’t in mood to read remaining 250 pages.


What are you planning to read this week? Have you read any of these books or going to add to TBR?

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Monthly Wrap-Up : May 2020 & Weekly Wrap-Up (1/6/’20) #MonthlyWrapup #WEEKINREADING #WeeklyWrapup #BooksTeacupnReviews

Hello Readers! This month was good in terms of reading. I read 9 books. Thanks to being awake till late night or sometimes till early hours of morning. Half the time my daughter doesn’t sleep till 2:30 a.m. and rest of the time, I can’t sleep. I’m used to this unusual sleeping schedule now. I received 4 more NetGalley widgets so now total NetGallely books to read are 18. I hope to read at least 7 NetGalley books in June and if possible finish Clifton Chronicles. All books were great so far but I was reading the series since last year! Finally I can put all 7 books on far side of shelf and start new series. Possibly Grishaverse or Jenny Colgan’s books. After roasting in 44 °C for a month FINALLY IT RAINED yesterday for 3 hours. Now it’s 36 °C outside but it feels good in home. Weather is showing rain today and tomorrow as well. I hope temperature stays down after tomorrow.

Books I read in May :

Books Read : 9
Pages Read : 2985

Breaking Storm (White Wattle Creek #1) by Vikki Holstein — [Review] ★★★★★

Romantic suspense that revolved around Kelsey- who was trying to save her daughter Pipa and Brian- who was trying to mend relationship with his sister and seek justice against a drug dealer who had ruined many lives. It was about finding hope, happiness and home, having faith, believing in yourself once again, and getting back the control and confidence in life. Intriguing, suspenseful, and emotive romantic suspense with amazing characters and family dynamic. I recommend this to fans of this genre.

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown — [Review] ★★★★☆

Slow-burn mystery thriller that revolved around two women from different background, one a con with plan of heist and other rich heiress spending her time in loneliness. It was about grifting, con, gap between rich and poor and their mindset about it, social media and its illusion, pretty things and its not-so-pretty reality, dysfunctional family, friendship, love, deceit and betrayal. Impressive, deceitful, and twisted tale of two women with lots of secrets. I recommend this to fans of this genre, specifically those who don’t mind slow pace and descriptive, philosophical writing.

New Wave by Kevin Nguyen — [Review] ★★★☆☆

General fiction that revolved around two friends Margo and Lucas, Lucas discovering more about Margo after her death, and coping with grief and loss. It was about technology and start up tech companies in 2000s, music, work and living in New York, and mainly friendship, loss and grief, racism at workplace and in society. Different read than usual. Some things I like, some I didn’t but definitely very observant fiction. 

Shadowed By Despair (Laith #3) by Candace Robinson — [Review] ★★★★★

Amazing dark fantasy, final book in Laith trilogy. It revolved around adventurous journey of Perin and Tavarra to break curse but this time not Tavarra’s but Perin’s curse. It was about not judging whole species based on bad experience, two sides of the world that has both evil and good in it, love, new friendship, and for a change let others help and care for you. Gripping, adventurous, page-turner, and twisted fantasy with amazing world and characters. I recommend it to all dark fantasy lovers, but note it should be read it order.

All the Pretty Things by Emily Arsenault — [Review] ★★★☆☆

YA small town mystery that revolved around Fabuland amusement park, Ethan’s death and reason behind Morgan’s silence. It was about workplace harassment, health risks at amusement park, motivated perception and ignorance. It wasn’t exactly thriller. Characters were interesting but not in depth. Dialogues were not good.  If you want an easy mystery, love amusement park and mystery in it with a little creepy feel, go ahead.

As Much As I Ever Could by Brandy Woods Snow — [Review] ★★★★★

Wonderful YA contemporary romance that revolved around CJ grieving loss of mother and sister in accident, about getting over loss, giving second chance to life and love, learning to love yourself again, accepting the reality than running away, forgiveness, friendship, family, and racing. Compelling contemporary with refreshing characters, summery setting and amazing emotional roller-coaster. I highly recommend this book to fans of YA Contemporary.

Just Me by Deidre Huesmann, Roxas James, Kate Larkindale, Medeia Sharif — [Review] ★★★★★

Collection of four lovely and refreshing YA, LGBTQ stories about feelings and life of queer young adults that included problems they face in the world, self-identity as queer for first time, their feelings on coming out to world and family, accepting and expressing true feelings, love, friendship and family. each stories represented relationships wonderfully. It’s perfect for LGBTQ readers.

Mightier Than the Sword (The Clifton Chronicles #5) by Jeffrey Archer ★★★★☆

Another stellar book in this compelling Historical fiction series that revolved around two family and their never ending problems. It was about, good vs bad, don’t get greedy, sticking to morals and principles will always be rewarding, fight for yourself at right time, fate, family, love and passion. Review will be up tomorrow.

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Book of the month-

What I read Last week-

Proximity (iMe #1) by Jem Tugwell

I enjoyed this near future techno thriller. I haven’t read anything like this before. I loved pros and cons of technology represented in this through iMe technology and characters’ view and experience with it. I liked the idea and theme. It was both fascinating and intimidating at the same time. It will be easy 5 star from me. I highly recommend this book. Review will be up this week.

Currently Reading-

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

Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia.

Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy?

Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy, and can see no way out of her financial problems, until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who’s in England to see his horse run at Royal Ascot.

Sebastian Clifton is now the Chief Executive of Farthings Bank and a workaholic, whose personal life is thrown into disarray when he falls for Priya, a beautiful Indian girl. But her parents have already chosen the man she is going to marry. Meanwhile, Sebastian’s rivals Adrian Sloane and Desmond Mellor are still plotting to bring him and his chairman Hakim Bishara down, so they can take over Farthings.

Harry Clifton remains determined to get Anatoly Babakov released from a gulag in Siberia, following the international success of his acclaimed book, Uncle Joe. But then something unexpected happens that none of them could have anticipated.

Cometh the Hour is the penultimate book in the Clifton Chronicles and, like the five previous novels – which were all New York Times bestsellers – showcases Jeffrey Archer’s extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists.

I finished 40% of this book and so far it’s interesting. First few chapters I enjoyed as they were the end and wrap-up of previous book but then I felt moody, tired of Virginia and another plot from enemies but then Giles’ new girlfriend and secrets about her picked my interest and now I want to read more.

No Signal (iMe #2) by Jem Tugwell

In a breathtaking follow-up novel to ‘Proximity’, Serge says it’s the ultimate Augmented Reality game. He’s chosen his Ten carefully – the reckless, driven and strong. He tests them. Ten become Four.


DI Clive Lussac wants to fight the system that controls everything, but he’s ill and losing the people closest to him. In the middle of eco-
protests, he’s lost four tourists.


As Clive’s world unravels, he and his partners DC Ava Miller and DS Zoe Jordan race to find the tourists and the true reason behind the game. It may already be too late.


A CONTROLLED POPULATION
The UK has embedded technology – iMe.
It knows where you are… all the time. It controls what you eat.
It has eradicated crime and made everyone healthy.


A DEVASTATED WORLD
The world is on the brink.
The Government talks but doesn’t act.
It thinks it’s safe.


TIME FOR CHANGE
Who will ignite it
Who has the determination to see it through?
What will be sacrificed for the cause? 

Finished 25% of this book. I’m enjoying the game planned by culprit and so many are involved in it. I can’t wait to see what their ultimate plan is and how is it going to affect Clive and government.

Next this week-

From the Shadows (Monica Kennedy #1) by G.R. Halliday

A stunning, atmospheric police procedural set against the grit of Inverness and the raw beauty of the Scottish Highlands, this is the first book in the DI Monica Kennedy series.

Sixteen-year-old Robert arrives home late. Without a word to his dad, he goes up to his bedroom. Robert is never seen alive again.

A body is soon found on the coast of the Scottish Highlands. Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy stands by the victim in this starkly beautiful and remote landscape. Instinct tells her the case won’t begin and end with this one death.

Meanwhile, Inverness-based social worker Michael Bach is worried about one of his clients whose last correspondence was a single ambiguous text message; Nichol Morgan has been missing for seven days.

As Monica is faced with catching a murderer who has been meticulously watching and waiting, Michael keeps searching for Nichol, desperate to find him before the killer claims another victim.

From the Shadows introduces DI Monica Kennedy, an unforgettable new series lead, perfect for fans of Ann Cleeves’ Vera, Susie Steiner and Peter May.

I downloaded Dark Waters second book in this series without knowing it was part of series but luckily I got NetGalley widget of this first book from publisher. from what I have heard this is great book. Can’t wait to read this one.

How was your month in reading? Have you read any of these books or are you going add to your TBR? Which book(s) was your favorite this month? What are you reading in June?

Happy Reading!

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