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A Will to Kill / My Beijing / To all the Boys I've Loved Before | Thoughts

Over the past couple of months, I've read a few books that I didn't get a chance to review yet. These were all enjoyable in different ways and are recommended reads. A Will to Kill by R. V. Raman I've been looking for an Indian mystery for a while now. So when I came across A Will to Kill in Netgalley set in one of my favorite places in India (also close to my home town), I just had to request it. In so many ways, this is a typical Agatha Christie type mystery - there's a death (in an isolated mansion, no less) and the investigator/detective tries to solve the mystery. Harith Athreya is visiting the owner of the mansion, Bhaskar Fernandez, where a small gathering has been planned for the owner's relatives and friends. Bhaskar has written two wills - and how he dies will determine which will goes into effect. That night, there is a murder and Athreya spends the next few days trying to find the culprit. I generally enjoy the Agatha Christie class of murder mysteries.

After the holidays | Weekly Snapshot

Happy New Year again, fellow readers! Three days into this new year - how are we all doing? 

The week that was

We had my husband's brother's family over for this week and it felt so good to meet them after so long. Like us, they stay home most of the time, barring the occasional grocery runs, so we agreed that a visit will do us all good. Whenever they have visited us in the past (pre-Covid), we've made short day trips or gone shopping often. It was funny that we did none of that this time and still had loads of fun. We watched a lot of movies, played board games, and spent the night of New Year's Eve listening to our favorite current and classic songs. My daughter and her aunt danced away to K-pop while my son took joy in waking everyone up at 6 in the morning even when we had stayed up late the previous night. They just left this morning and so, we're going to spend much of today doing very little and getting ready for the week. 

Wrapping up and Planning ahead

Over the last two weeks, I've spent a ton of time looking ahead to the new year and wondering where I want my reading to take me. I find I am always in two minds over the course of a year. I often crave having no plans to follow and just go with the flow, whereas other times, I look for the compass and wonder what happened to that reading structure I spent some time building earlier in the year. I know most of you are like that - and so, like always, when I make reading goals, I plan for both personas. Or rather, I plan for one persona but also account in the unpredictability of the other persona. By this weekend, I have my reading goals all set so I hope to share them shortly.


I did not finish any book this past week - in fact, I didn't read much at all this week. I did finish 2001: A Space Odyssey the previous week and I loved it except for the ending. I didn't hate the ending; just didn't care for it.

Currently, I am in between three books. Usually that means, I'm not making progress with any of them so it will be a while before I finish something.

  • For my first book of the year, I picked up Barack Obama's A Promised Land. I'm only one chapter in but so far, I love it. I'm hoping to read a chapter (or at least a few pages) a day though to be honest, I don't usually enjoy reading to such a schedule. So I'll go with what works.
  • I also started reading Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn, which is also one that I am reading only a few pages of at a time. This one comes heavily recommended by Bryan. I am hoping to make a habit of meditation this year though I'll let the rush of the new year pass before I jump into it. 
  • The other book I'm only a few pages in is The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. This is honestly a new-to-me book that I only recently heard of and then borrowed from the library. Not very far in yet but if my week isn't too busy, I may be able to finish it this week.


Gosh, we must have watched something every night this past week. Soul, Wonder Woman 1984, Tenet, Ice Age 4, Planes: Fire and Rescue, Greyhound, Fellowship of the Ring, and many more. In the midst of all this, I also finished watching the last episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, so the husband and I are going to start bingeing on Discovery (we had watched the first few episodes a long time ago but didn't continue with it then).

On the blog

I'm not doing any New Year's resolutions - haven't done in a while, but I have several things I want to try or sample. What about you? Any non-bookish resolutions or plans for 2021?

Linking with The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz and The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.