…These recs are nowhere close. Heh. I mean, I can’t pass up a good mystery or death and mayhem even for the holidays!
So what are your plans for the holidays? Mostly, I want some sunshine and some time to relax and not stress about work. I am happy sticking close to home and have no desire to fight the crowds going anywhere. Maybe bingewatch something? Recommend something to me? … don’t say Gilmore Girls, don’t say Gilmore girls!
First up, I have a book about what it means to be an Indian immigrant in Australia. It may not completely apply to me given I’m Indian and from South Africa, but I need this.
Second is a book that reminded me of a very old movie called Single White Female… which scared me like crazy, and yet weirdly seeing this book, cue nostalgia!
Third is a book about little moments set in Brittany, and while the setting caught my eye, it’s the little moments bit that caught my attention — possibly because it’s that time of year?
Fourth, is a book with a blurb that confused me so much, but I need to know what on earth is going on with this. Mostly because it mentioned Orphan Black and I cannot adequately express how much I love that show. LOVE.
And last, is a new urban fantasy series, which started earlier this year, and is already on its second book. As in 6 December. How did this author manage this???
Modern immigration for an Indian from South Africa and an Indian from India are going to be two different things. I should probably find a book that talks about that, but for now, I’ll recommend this instead. I am impressed that Gonsalves takes on aspirations and guilt, along with the clashes of cultures and bits of racism all with a dose of humour. If these stories can make people laugh but think about the issues surrounding immigrants and refugees these days, I’m all for it.
Simone wants to be like Traci. Traci doesn’t quite mind the copycat-ness, until it becomes an obsession… and then secrets about Simone’s past come out. I would have expected the blurb to be about Traci, but it’s not and interestingly, the blurb isn’t about Traci discovering Simone’s secrets… but they do come out. So, I find I REALLY want this to be from Simone’s POV. That would inject something new into this sort of story. We shall see!
I fell in love with Nina George with The Little Paris Bookshop, and if she wants to talk about little boookstores and bistros all over France, I’ll follow her there. This is the story of Marianne, who one reaches breaking point on a marriage that should have died a long time ago. So what made her reach her breaking point? Why did she stay all this time? Inquring minds want to know. But besides that, it’s the promise of excellent characterisation with the locals of Breton — I guess, in a way this is small-town France — that got me hooked. And, I like the idea that love, life and marriage doesn’t had a age requirement — which is something we are too often smacked with in the face every damn day.
Mention Orphan Black and only one thing comes to mind: clones. Which explains why Min keeps getting murdered every two years on her birthday. Until she decided enough is enough, and decides to figure out what the hell is going on in her town… which as an asteroid is heading to earth, is bad timing because hell, why not before? Then there’s Noah who dreams of death and murder, and discovers that the people around him have been lying to him. Meanwhile Min has discovered a conspiracy involving her school class which as it turns out is worse than being murdered every two years, which begs the question: What one earth is going on in this town?!
Elixir (book 1) and Unveiled (book 2) is about Mab, yes THAT Mab, who tends to be the Queen of the Fairies and more powerful than the powerful and here she’s a PI. She’s been tricked into losing her powers and finds herself as a PI’s intern in New York. In book 1, she finds herself blamed for a crime she didn’t commit, and learns the true extent of the betrayal that landed her in NYC. And the second involves the fairy realm and their need for an elixir that gives them their powers. So when I think of Mab, I think of someone cold, all-powerful and not too fond of humans, which is pretty much the opposite of this character. And that’s why it’s on this list: it’s a different POV on a character that is usually just completely and utterly the opposite. I am so curious about how the author pulls this off! (Out of curiousity, is anyone weirded out by how different the woman on the cover is on book 2?)
The Permanent Resident is top of my list this week. With The Little Breton Bistro second. What about you?
And, 16 sleeps to Christmas. And that means 13 to when I break for the year. That cannot some fast enough. What are you up to this Christmas!?