TBR: April 2020

When choosing my To Be Read stack for this month, I was not too ambitious despite my knowledge that I will be staying at home until the end of the month. Although I will be home, I will be working on creating tasks for my students through my online classroom.

I have tried to choose a mix of genres and have included some middle grade stories, fantasy novels, and some contemporary fiction. There are a number of titles here that I am quite excited to read.

What titles are you planning to read this month?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Currently Reading: The Henna Artist

My family and I are in our second week of social distancing. It has not been easy but we are doing it for the greater good of our community and to flatten the curve of the Covoid-19 spread.

This morning while I enjoyed my bowl of fruit, I opened The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. Reading has been one of my pleasures during this time period and I look forward to embracing the story of seventeen year old Lakshmi who escapes from an arranged and abusive marriage. She becomes a henna artist – and confidante – to the wealthy women of the upper class. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is confronted one day by her husband who has tracked her down.

This novel contains so much of what I look for in a good read: the description of a culture different to mine, a story set in a different time period, the pursuit of women’s empowerment. I look forward to immersing myself in the unfolding story.

What do you look for in a good read?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Buddy Read: Little Secrets

At the OLA Super Conference this year, I was fortunate to receive a signed copy of Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier.

On Instagram, I signed up for a buddy read with a group of people who also have the ARC. I had not read this author before and I was looking forward to exploring the novel with them. Last weekend I began my read of the thriller and have found I cannot stop at the required chapter for the discussion – I need to know what will happen!

I passed the halfway mark of the novel yesterday evening and I know I will finish reading the novel by the weekend. I will have to find a way to prevent myself from giving spoilers at this weekend’s online discussion. 🙂

Have you participated in an online buddy read?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

TBR Stack: March

Yesterday I decided on which books I would read this month. I do not always stick to my plan but I do enjoy having a few books on hand so that I can grab my next read without browsing what I have.

At first glance, my stack looked a little ambitious – but then I remembered that this month we have a week off school for March Break which means more reading time!

Do you plan what you are going to read in advance?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Auto Buy Author: Elana K. Arnold

When browsing at my local bookstore this past weekend, I came across a book written by an author whose debut novel I enjoyed (Damsel was a five star read for me). Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold had just hit the shelves and I picked it up eagerly.

The novel is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and features a strong female character. I am looking forward to reading this one and have put it on my March TBR.

Have you read Elana K. Arnold’s books?

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Currently Reading: Be Not Far From Me

Today while travelling to and from the picket lines, I will be reading Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis. I absolutely loved her previous novel, Heroine, and look forward to reading this one.

I have chosen the novel for two reasons: the synopsis interest me; and the physical paperback is light. (No, i cannot leave it behind as I need to travel with a book to pass the time 😊)

What are you currently reading?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

First Read of 2020

For my first read of 2020, I chose a Young Adult Fantasy novel by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani titled Seven Deadly Shadows. The story is set in Japan and embraces Japanese mythology. I am loving the story and the snapshot of a culture that is so different to what I know and experience every day.

Yesterday I met up with a friend and while travelling on the public transit, I took the opportunity to delve a little into the world of yokai, kitsanes, and shinigamis.

My first read of 2020 is a perfect fit for me and hope that Seven Deadly Shadows will be the first of many good stories I enjoy this year.

What is your first read of 2020?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Library Stack

My current library stack definitely reflects my mood for light, romantic reads. Two are of authors I have previously enjoyed (Jude Devereaux and Meg Cabot), one is recommended on Instagram (The Wedding Party) and the other (25 Days of Christmas) reflects my enjoyment of Christmas stories at this time of year.

I am currently partway through the books I have borrowed from the library. I am hoping that this week some more of my holds will come through.

What books are currently on your library stack?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Change in a Day

On Monday morning when I took a photo for my Instagram post, it was chilly outside. I noticed that first was on the ground and that most of the trees were bare. The beauty of Fall has almost passed and what are left behind are tree branches whose fingers reach for the sky. I snapped a picture form my balcony and thought nothing more of the weather except of the necessity to dress warmly to go out.

On my way to work, it began to snow. I did not pay much attention to it as snow had fallen a couple of days ago and melted within a few hours. On Monday, however, the snow stayed. Snowflakes fell down to earth throughout the day and into the night. On my way home the snow looked so pretty that I could not resist taking another picture of my current read.

It was interesting to see the difference in the background of the two images. Today we still have snow coating the surfaces, though it is starting to lessen.

Do you enjoy changes in your environment?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

Currently Reading: No Judgements by Meg Cabot

I woke up this morning to a cold and gloomy day. The city is embracing winter with ice on the ground and bare trees. Snow is predicted today and I am not looking forward to it.

What I am looking forward to is reading Meg Cabot’s latest. I picked up a copy at the library this weekend and plan on snuggling under a blanket later this afternoon with a cup of tea and to enjoy the banter between Bree and Drew.

What are you looking forward to doing today?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019