Hello my dear readers! To begin with, I'm so sorry that my posts have been sparse lately. This applies the same to my blog hopping and commenting and for these I want to say sorry, too. Life has been hectic and it seems like this has somewhat affected my reading momentum in some way. Of course, there're also some personal stuff that was taking away my attention and I just want to say, never underestimate the small mundane things that we're taking for granted. No, there's nothing wrong with my health although I'd be thankful if my usual old problems will just go away, ha. Now that I've got these off my plate, let me share with you what I've been reading lately.

I'd finished reading Ling Jing's (笭菁) first installment of her new series (林投劫) featuring a variety of supernatural characters. I loved her two urban legends series and although I was sad to see they'd come to an end, it was good to see Ling Jing has quickly started on a new series; this time around surrounding a family of supernatural characters (humans included) helping to solve some mysterious cases. Like the urban legends series, the author would base from the origins and have the story twisted accordingly to her imaginations. This first installment revolves around a woman who was murdered but was led to believe as a suicidal hanging case. The fiction then extend its plot by recreating her character as a ghost seeking for truth and revenge. And that's where the family will come in as they'll help to solve the case, but they'd not meddle with fate and any karmic forces which may link to the victim and the perpetrator. I like the idea of this new series and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more. 

I'm currently reading The Push by Ashley Audrain and it's an absorbing read about the exploration of motherhood. While there's psychological and family drama, I'd say this is more of a case of characters study as well as the values, expectations and challenges of women becoming mothers. I can't say more as I'm only into half of the book, but it's definitely a powerful and a thought-provoking book that fits for discussions. 

My library visits have become an irregular routine since the safety regulations often change as and when accordingly to current situation, thus I'm currently turning my attention more to my TBR pile and book acquisitions although I'll still borrow books whenever I can. Here are some of my recent book buys: Hostage by Clare Mackintosh, The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon, Beneath Devil's Bridge by Loreth Anne White and The Boys' Club by Erica Katz. 

Hope you've a great day and happy reading! 

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14 Responses
  1. Lark Says:

    Life can get hectic sometimes, can't it? Hope things are starting to get back to a more peaceful normal for you. And I love that book quote at the end of your post! It's so great...and so true. Have a good week, Melody!

  2. Good to hear from you, Melody! I've been there too, personal stuff comes up & life gets hectic. Unfortunately fun stuff like reading & blogging take a back seat. I'm glad to hear you're enjoying The Push!

  3. Susan Says:

    Have you read McMahon before? She's one of my favorite authors for spooky books. I enjoyed THE DROWNING KIND. I'll be curious to see what you think of it!

  4. Melody Says:

    Lark - That's life, huh? And that quote is so true, isn't it? You too have a good week, Lark! :)

  5. Melody Says:

    Diana - I'm now tired of hearing there's new clusters just when we're back to reopening again. Just never ending. Sigh.

    The Push is quite a refreshing read to me. I'm hoping to finish reading the book soon.

  6. Melody Says:

    Susan - Yes, I've read a few of McMahon's books and enjoyed them! She has a way of writing spooky stuff, hasn't she? And I can't wait to read The Drowning Kind!

  7. jenclair Says:

    We don't have much choice but to pay attention to the twists and turns the pandemic has forced upon us. At least your government is still being cautious and concerned. As nice as visiting a library can be, health factors take precedence.

  8. Iliana Says:

    That's a great quote about reading and hope life calming down for you Melody so you can get back to your reading! Glad you have lots of good books to look forward to!

  9. I hope things are well for you. Our offline lives do take precedence and sometimes keep us away from the blog and even reading.

    I have been curious about The Push. I look forward to hearing your final thoughts when you finish it.

    I hope you enjoy your new books! Take care, Melody!

  10. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - We're glad that our government is taking precautions, but there are too many times some people just aren't following the rules, leading to a spike and more clusters, like now. We're back to phase 2, again. :(

  11. Melody Says:

    Iliana - I'm slowly getting back to my reading, but it isn't easy given too many distractions with what's happening in our society right now.

  12. Melody Says:

    Wendy - Don't we all miss our old normalcy, huh? I wonder when we'll get that kind of life back. Sigh.

  13. I hope life gets easier and that your reading joy returns.

  14. Melody Says:

    Diane - Thanks, Diane!

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