Last-Now-Next: 29 July 2020

My previous read was The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza: the second book in the mystery series featuring DCI Erika Foster. I enjoyed the novel and appreciated, especially, the unusual murder story and the sassy, no-nonsense detective. This was the third novel I had read by this author and he is now definitely on my authors-to-read list.

I am currently reading The Lightness of Hands by Jeff Garvin. This novel is a YA contemporary story that features the life of travelling magicians. The important part of this novel is that it centres on mental health issues and self-harm. It is an important story to be out there – though I do find it a little predictable.

At the moment I am binge watching Chinese marshal arts films on Netflix. I love watching the fight scenes as I find the choreography and strength of the fighters beautiful. I am definitely in the right frame of mind to read the autobiography Bruce Lee by Mathew Polly. My husband (who is a huge Bruce Lee fan) has read this title and enjoyed it and have decided to spend time with this book. I hope I will enjoy it as much as he did.

What are you planning on reading next?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Teaser Tuesday: With the Fire on High

I picked up With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo for two reasons: I had heard it was an excellent story; and the cover is absolutely stunning. The story is about a teenage girl who fell pregnant when fourteen. It centres on a young girl, Emoni, who loves cooking and has a special talent for it. She is a child on the cusp of becoming a woman and she has to find her place in the world despite all the obstacles in her way.

I am currently reading this novel and would like to share with you an extract from the beginning of the story that resonated with me:

“I just take another bite of my sandwich, close my eyes, and savor, because I can’t think of a single way to make my life more how I imagine it, but I can imagine a hundred ways to make this sandwich better. And sometimes focusing on what you can control is the only way to lessen the pang in your chest when you think about the things you can’t.” (p28, Harper Teen, 2019)

I am enjoying this Young Adult novel that contains a positive story.

Would you open the pages of this novel?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This novel is the 92nd novel in this year’s book pledge. Teaser Tuesday is hosted by The Purple Booker.)

Currently Reading: Throne of Glass

On Friday I began the first novel in a series I am reading with a group of people on Instagram. The Throne of Glass series is a young adult fantasy set of books that was written by Sarah J. Maas. This series is continuously referred to in the Bookstagram community and I decided I needed to read and enjoy it as well.

The first book in the series is titled Throne of Glass.

As expected with a series, I did not get to know too much about the characters in the first novel. However by the end of the book, I did want to know more about them – so much so that even though I said I would read the series with others, I could not wait an entire week to begin the next novel in the series. Today saw me opening the pages to the next book: Crown of Midnight.

I suspect I will continue on with the series until I am done – especially as I have all the books on my shelves. My interest in the story has been peaked and I am looking forward to reading the rest. I don’t feel too guilty about not waiting for the others in my group as I know of one other who is also reading ahead.

What are you currently reading?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Currently Reading: Crescent City

I have read a lot of good things about Fantasy author Sarah J. Maas – all of them good. Recently she has released the first novel in an Adult Fantasy series she has written and when I saw the stunning cover, I knew I had to purchase it and immerse myself in the story.

I am 200 pages into this 800 page novel – and it is starting to get interesting. I suspect I will soon be unable to put this one down.

What are you currently reading?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Book Stacks: Last-Now-Next

This is my current last-now-next stack. After reading the super cute middle grade story titled The Copycat, I thought I could settle into a serious historical adult fiction title that explores women’s stories set in America during the oil rush. Valentine is disappointing me, however, as I am not enjoying the writing style too much.

I have decided to pick up The Nanny by Gilly MacMillan next – I think it is time I read a thriller as I want something fast-paced and even a little twisty.

What are you planning on reading next?

© 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

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

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

Bookstagram: Currently Reading

The best thing about my break is that I can read for many hours a day – especially if a book has captured my imagination and I can’t help turning the pages. My last read was one such read and I completed the book in a day. This morning I started another and, even though it has not hooked me as the previous novel I picked up, I am slowly enjoying it.

The story features Solomon and Ash, two people who have experienced a traumatic event when they were twelve. Ash has lost all memory of the event, and Solomon has retreated further and further into a world of his own creation. The book is written in a two person point of view and interchanges between Solomon’s fantasy world and Ash’s realistic one. So far it is an interesting combination.

What are you currently reading?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018