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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.

The first full week of January | Weekly Snapshot

Oh gosh, what a dreadful week this has been in the US - it wasn't even supposed to be this bad. When I went to sleep on Tuesday night, it was with some anxiety about what the Georgia election results will yield and I woke up in the middle of the night to learn that one of the races had been called. Wednesday really should have belonged to the Georgia winners, instead, we have a terrifying and disgraceful incident to remember. I will be lying if I said I'm no longer worried. The week of the Inauguration is going to be super nerve-wracking.



Last week...

... was very tiring. After a nice long break last week, both my husband and I returned to work (from the comforts of our home office). The big change for us was that my daughter returned to school in-person while my son started preschool (or rather almost-preschool). Return to school was actually much smoother than it tends to be and my son actually loved going every day. Since last March, this week was the first time ever that work went smoothly without either of us having to wrestle with screaming kids or have to multitask. It was actually peaceful. That said, work was VERY busy, new project and all, so even when I was done for the day, I found it hard to relax. I did very little reading and feasted my eyes on lots of TV this week.


Reading

Since I didn't read much at all this week, I am in the middle of the same books as last week. I decided to abandon one or two books and pick an entirely new book up instead. I'm choosing between Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour and Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam. I have to admit that Black Buck is feeling like an easier book to read, at least based on the first page of reading that I did so far from both books, so that may be what I continue with.  



I didn't make much progress with A Promised Land this week but I'm not planning on reading more than a few pages at a time anyways.


Watching

We started and finished the first season of Star Trek Discovery this week. It was definitely an awesome series to watch. Won't be long before we are all caught up and watching the third season finale that just came out. Until then, I'm trying to avoid spoilers though I think I've read too much already. We didn't watch too many movies this week, except for Brave for our Friday movie night.


On the blog


What do you think about 2021 already? I saw many posts this week of people already waiting for 2022, and while I understand the sentiment, I just hope that the good stuff will be coming soon.


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


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