How is your summer going? Mine is going great and I am using all the extra sunny hours in the evening to read books, books and more books and I am here for you with a round up of reviews of books I enjoyed reading recently. These books from different genres by writers from different countries and perspectives. Let me know which one would you like read?
Such a Good Girl by Willow Rose:
This story, based on real-life experiences, is about the dark reality of sexual abuse that exists in corporate world and no matter how many times we read such stories before, it never gets comfortable. The issue needs solution and possible way to give it the attention that is due is by talking about it, presenting the narratives, showing the victims that they are not to blame themselves and to work with system, supporters, confidants to bring down the perpetrators.
I admire the courage and gumption of Willow Rose to take this topic and present it as a fast-paced, addictive and page-turner fiction with complex characters, unexpected twists and turns. I read this book within a day. I couldn’t stop myself. I love the fact that the writing is gripping, chapters are small and pace is swift.
Kudos to the writer and whole team for bring this book forward. Definitely recommend it to all readers who enjoy this genre!
The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer:
This book is astounding. I am not exaggerating when I say that there are some sections in this book where I stopped reading for a while because I wanted to breathe out, calm down, collect my thoughts on what just happened and what will happen next.
This book is a thrilling debut by Caitlin Wahrer and this is the story of a vulnerable younger brother (Nick), protective older brother (Tony) and supportive, smart and empathetic sister-in-law (Julia). I got hooked to the story from the first chapter. This powerful story was narrated in two different timelines covering real but unfathomable topic of sexual assault narrated with poise, empathy and sensibility, from the perspective of all the family members and few other characters in the story. This would be a great read for pride month and I would recommend this book to all fiction lovers who have special fondness for suspense filled family stories.
Piranesi by Suzanne Clarke:
This fantasy book should be on your to be read list.
I finished reading this book today and I am still in a state where I am trying to imagine myself in a house like the one Piranesi stayed, with endless labyrinth of halls of halls and vestibules. It will not make you feel claustrophobic. It will make you lose hope or fear for future. The house Piranesi lives in makes you inquisitive with intriguing visitors, surprising things to discover, protect and keep track of.
This story is puzzling, mind bending, philosophical, mythical, intriguing and the writing is gripping, impressive. This book has a deeper meaning than what it looks like, if you take time to read slowly and think about all the contexts and references.
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi:
The story started with a simple and believable statement that there are no more monsters left in the city of Lucille followed by assurance that the mayor of the city is ensuring that it stays so. All looks good and the story starts unfolding as Pet emerges from Jam’s mother’s painting with the sole purpose to hunt down a monster. I will not reveal what happens next.
This genre defying young adult fiction has got me hooked from the first page. The message of the book on how to deal with monsters, real or imaginary, though told from the perspective of young girl rings the bells for readers of all ages and is worth reiterating.
The writing is poetic, smooth, mesmerizing and I can’t wait to read more books from the author. In short, I am so glad that I read this book 😊
People we meet on vacation by Emily Henry:
I want to end this post with a book that you all would definitely love, if romance is your genre. Alex and Poppy are opposite personalities, who meet in college, becomes friends, stay connected for almost over a decade with texts now and then but a vacation together every summer to catch up with the time lost. Their travel stories are swoon worthy, chemistry is amazing and their adventures together made me long for a vacation as soon as I can plan one. In short, I loved this book and it deserves all the hype it is creating on bookstagram.
What books are you reading lately? Do you have any favorites?