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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.

Happy New Year! May the odds be ever in your favor, 2021

Happy New Year, dear readers and bloggers! I hope you achieve great things this year and have much to celebrate about. I doubt anyone will say that they miss 2020 - for almost all of us, this new year is already very different from every past year, and for some, it's much harder due to loss of a job or a friend/family member. 


If there's one big lesson I picked up last year, it is to expect the unexpected - sometimes go with the flow and at other times, adapt. If neither helps, then feel free to get lost in your favorite hobby. That won't solve the problems but may leave you in a state ready to tackle them with a fresh mind. There is no doubt that there are heavy expectations being placed on 2021. There's a vaccine, a new US President, and the hope of being able to walk out of your house without keeping your 6-foot distance. While all our problems aren't going to disappear this year, it's great to feel hopeful that some may. 

I'm ringing in the year with Barack Obama's A Promised Land, for Sheila's First Book of the Year. I've been saving this book for today and cannot wait to get lost in his lyrical writing. I welcomed last year with Michelle Obama's Becoming, so this is only fitting. 



I've been somewhat absent these past few weeks. Work's mostly to blame but also, I felt the need to ignore those to-do lists and just take it real easy. The holidays are after all meant for that. Our routines are changing again next week, with both kids going to school/preschool and I'll be trying to get most of my work done before the kids are home. So we'll see how it goes.

But until then, happy new year again, and have a great day! 

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