Hello! What've you been up to while I was away for a little blogging break? I hope you've read some good books, or have done something fun and memorable. Me? I'd had a little vacation with my family at Kuala Lumpur, doing nothing but eat, shop, explore and sleep. I didn't read despite I brought two books with me. I know, it's unbelievable for a book lover but I was too tired to do anything after a day's outing (all those walking about . . . which was a good thing. Or maybe I'm getting old, haha.) Anyways, I'd had fun and now that I'm back, I've lots of catching up to do . . . such as reading, commenting and blog-hopping (and of course, other routine stuff in life.) And speaking of reading, I've several (it's an understatement) library books which I'd borrowed before and after my vacation trip. I don't know if I'm able to finish them all before the due date, so we shall see. 

My current read is a combination of mystery, fantasy and romance titled (神都听见了吗?) (Did God hear it?) by Song Ya Shu (宋亚树). The story centers around two protagonists, a forensic pathologist and a numerologist specialises in feng shui and warding off the so-called otherworldly evil spirits. Their path cross when a death involving dark magic was suspected, and despite their personality and opinions clash, they soon realise that they need each other to help the police find the perpetrator as more similar cases began to arise. I'd finished reading the first book and am almost done with the second book of this duology. I loved it a lot and I'm hoping this would be translated into English in the near future. (Don't you love those covers?)
Off topic and out of curiosity, do you read the author's afterword (or acknowledgement and any other information) first before reading the book? I do, and I especially love to read about the author's thoughts and experiences when writing about that book. I'd only stop reading when there are warnings of spoilers ahead. What about you? 

Finally, I'll be doing a last buddy read with Lark before the year ends and the book is Lock Every Door by Riley Sager. Of course, we'll be doing more joint reading in the coming year and I'm always looking forward to them as it's so much fun reading together with a friend. I'll end this post with a few pictures from my vacation. 

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8 Responses
  1. Kay Says:

    Welcome back, Melody! I haven't come back from my break yet in posting form, but I have been wandering around and commenting a bit today. Lovely pictures! I'll watch for your buddy read with Lark. I liked LOCK EVERY DOOR. And, yes, I read the author's notes, etc.

  2. Lark Says:

    Glad you had a good time on your vacation. And good luck getting all those library books read! ;D

  3. jenclair Says:

    Glad you had a good time! It is a really good vacation when the books don't get read because there is so much to do and enjoy!

  4. Melody Says:

    Kay - Thanks, Kay! I'm enjoying "Lock Every Door"! It has the foreboding mood and I can't wait to find out what happened.

  5. Melody Says:

    Lark - I'm really way behind on those library books. I'm afraid I've to return two or three of them before the due date. :(

  6. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - Indeed. Now that the vacation is over it's back to reality. Sigh.

  7. the bookworm Says:

    Wonderful vacation photos, I am glad you had a nice time!
    I read the author's afterword too, I find it's a nice personal touch.
    Happy week ahead!

  8. Melody Says:

    Naida - Thanks, Naida! Hope you've a happy week too!

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