Weekly Wrap-Up: May 10 – May 16, 2021

Weekly Wrap-Up: May 10 – May 16, 2021

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Hello, readers 🙂
I only started posting Reading Journals as my casual updates last month, but I changed my mind and decided to do weekly wrap-ups instead. Being a slow reader, I don’t really relish having my reading journals flood my feed, and I figured weekly wrap-ups will provide me with more to talk about in one post.

I finished reading these four books in one week. Most of them (3 out of 4 books) are on the short side with around 200 pages, but I’m still glad with how much reading that I got to squeeze in.

Best Friends Forever ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Cupcakes & Conspiracies ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Strawberries & Sufferings ⭐⭐⭐ (2.5 stars)
Sunrise at Strawberry Farm ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5 stars)

I enjoyed most of the books I reads this week. Best Friends Forever got my emotions all over the place and had my blood run cold with thrills and tension, and the cosy mysteries and Sunrise at Strawberry Farm helped my worn out heart (from work, obviously) breathe and relax.

What I really didn’t expect was Sunrise at Strawberry Farm to be quite an emotional read. The main characters’ emotions and situations are well-developed and executed, I particularly liked the fact all the characters are likeable. Beautiful, strong story of friendship, self-confidence, family, and … romance. I quite enjoyed it.

I am currently reading the first mystery novel by Agatha Christie. I have only read one book from her (And Then There were None), but I have several Christie books on my shelves and I figured this one would be a good place to start considering this is the first book in the Poirot series. Here’s the synopsis:

Agatha Christie’s first ever murder mystery. Includes an introduction by Christie archivist John Curran, and the original unpublished courtroom chapter as an alternate ending to the novel.

‘Beware! Peril to the detective who says: “It is so small – it does not matter…” Everything matters.

After the Great War, life can never be the same again. Wounds need healing, and the horror of violent death banished into memory.

Captain Arthur Hastings is invited to the rolling country estate of Styles to recuperate from injuries sustained at the Front. It is the last place he expects to encounter murder. Fortunately he knows a former detective, a Belgian refugee, who has grown bored of retirement …

The first Hercule Poirot mystery, now published with a previously deleted chapter and introduced by Agatha Christie expert Dr John Curran. (Goodreads)

I am almost halfway through the book and am completely hooked. The mystery is well-conceived and intriguing, and I absolutely love the gorgeous writing! It might take some time to acclimate yourself with the slightly archaic narration style, but I am enamored by her methodical way in which she laid out hints and clues so that the cogs in my brain keep working, guessing who is the real ‘bad one,’ not to mention the detective extraordinaire Hercule Poirot! Oh, gosh, I cannot wait to find out how he cracks this mysterious affair.

I think I’ll go for an eclectic TBR for next week.
I have been reading many cozy mysteries especially culinary cozies, but I must admit it’s getting a bit old; plots seem almost identical, typical characters, settings … I’m not complaining though!

In a bid to avoid my reading pattern being all repetitive, I threw in another Agatha Christie – the second book in the Poirot series, and I’m also thinking of reading a regency romance which my friend recommended. (She didn’t specifically recommend this particular book, but she did recommended the author.)

Either way, I am stoked to read them already.

That’s it for today.
How was your week? What have you finished reading, what are you currently reading, and planning to read next?
Comment below and let me know 🙂

Thanks for stopping by as always, and I’ll see you in my next post.

8 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: May 10 – May 16, 2021

  1. Looks like you had a great week, Noriko! I like the idea of weekly wrap ups. Currently, I’m only doing monthly because I’m not reading enough.

    Happy reading, and enjoy your upcoming reads! 🧡

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