Weekly Wrap-Up: May 17 – May 23, 2021

Weekly Wrap-Up: May 17 – May 23, 2021

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Hello, readers 🙂

I finished reading these three books in one week. I attempted to squeeze in some cosy-mysteries in between, but I just wasn’t in the right mood for cosies so I settled with the flow from a regency romance to a veritable classic literature.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Obedient Bride ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
(4.5 stars)
Northanger Abbey
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5 stars)

This week’s books are absolutely winners for me. I enjoyed all of them, but absolute winner goes to The Obedient Bride by Mary Balogh. That book tingled my heart the whole time I was reading it, and the trope of friendship-to-love made me all swooned to the extent I needed to fan my face 🤣 (It doesn’t contain too explicit scenes nor language though!)
I think I’d prefer trad regency rather than modern regency romance, and I’ll have my eyes locked on Mary Balogh as well as Georgette Heyer.

I am currently re-reading Muriel Spark’s The Comforters. I first read it 4 years ago and I remember enjoying it, but failed to grasp all the aspects and elements covered in the book.

Now, four years later, I am testing myself if I’ll get to better appreciate the book.

Caroline Rose is plagued by the tapping of typewriter keys and the strange, detached narration of her every thought and action. Caroline has an unusual problem – she realises she is in a novel. Her fellow characters also seem deluded: Laurence, her former lover, finds diamonds in a loaf of bread – has his elderly grandmother hidden them there? And Baron Stock, her bookseller friend, believes he is on the trail of England’s leading Satanist. (Goodreads)

Truth be told, even after reaching the halfway mark in the book, I am still wondering as to what direction this book is going to take (apparently I had forgotten the plot, you see). Exceedingly observant Laurence finds his grandmother tucking diamonds in a loaf of bread; Laurence’s lover, newly-converted Catholic Caroline starts to be plagued by the uncanny voices preceded by the sound of typewriter, and she soon comes to a conclusion there’s an author somewhere in a different dimension and snooping to write a novel about them.
The plots and the characters all seem deranged and peculiar, and the story hasn’t told me where it is taking me.
Yet Muriel Spark’s writing has the pull to keep me going. Enchanting and hypnotic, and I cannot wait to see what takes place in the rest of the book.

I think I have gotten into a big classic book kick here and reading Northanger Abbey apparently triggered it. It took me a while to figure out what I think would like to read after Muriel Spark, but I am going to name these three books for my tentative TBR for the next week, I honestly don’t know how my mood swings once I’ve finished The Comforters. That said, I’m likely to crave some more from Muriel Spark after finishing my current read; I really adore her writing, and I have chosen Memento Mori as my next book out of the several books that I own.

As for the mystery, I am still debating whether to pick up The Chinese Orange Mystery or Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie. I could go for Miss Marple’s first book instead. Options galore!

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.

9 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: May 17 – May 23, 2021

  1. I haven’t read The Obedient Wife- thank you for your recommendation, Noriko!
    Northanger Abbey is my least favourite novel by JaneAusten, although all of them are entertaining, of course. It’s wonderful that you’re re-reading and sharing your thoughts on Murial Spark. Her novels are so original and I can appreciate the pull you have to her peculiar plots and quirky characters! Especially, since they are not predictable at all.
    Hope your next reads are as enjoyable as the ones you had this week. Have a wonderful Sunday, Noriko!

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    1. Thank you, Toni! I really enjoyed The Obedient Bride – I am really keen to know what you think, hope you love it as much as I did 🙂
      Yes, Muriel Spark’s novels as indeed quite original and quirky, and peculiar in a very positive way.
      Thank you so much for commenting, and happy reading to you too!


  2. I managed to finish 5 books this week which was amazing since every other week this month I was only managing 1 book a week. I will be sharing my reading for the week tomorrow. I hope you enjoy next weeks books as much as you enjoyed the ones you read this week.

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    1. Thanks, Misty! Finishing 5 books in a week is amazing. You did a fantastic job!
      I am looking forward to reading your reviews and hope you enjoy all the books you are going to read this week!

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