Weekly Wrap-Up: May 24 – May 30, 2021

Weekly Wrap-Up: May 24 – May 30, 2021

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Hello, readers 🙂
My reading was pretty slow-paced throughout the week. I typically catch up on my reading and manage to finish three full novels taking full advantage of weekends, but I was away for my late father’s anniversary on Sunday, so I made up for it by squeezing a short cosy-mystery and a rom-com instead.

I finished reading these four books in one week. Just last week, I enjoyed all the books I read overall.

The Comforters (no rating)
The Murder at the Vicarage ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Lemon Bars and Murder ⭐⭐⭐ (3.5 stars)
The Cornish Confetti Agency ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I couldn’t bring myself to rate or review The Comforters by Muriel Spark. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy and appreciate this book (it was a re-read for me), but sadly, my growth as a reader over the last four years didn’t help me much to fully comprehend this book. This book is heavily influenced by Christianity and Catholicism. Being Japanese in addition to the fact that I was born to a Buddhist monk, I was and still am completely devoid of the idea of Christianity, and the story which revolves around a character who recently converted to Catholic from Protestant was a bit over my head. In a nutshell, the fault lies with me, not with the book. I thought it would be fair that I don’t rate nor review altogether.

Next up I picked up Agatha Christie after all. This time, I chose the first book in the Miss Marple series.
Your favorite Agatha Christie hallmark is stamped all over it yet I found the pacing a bit too slow for my liking and I failed to focus on the story despite it being relatively short. I know twists, turns, and red-herrings are what Agatha Christie excels at, but Miss Marple’s observant nature could have been emphasized more.
The tiding is neat as always and I ended up having a very positive impression overall. I am willing to continue with this series.

Next, I picked up a short cosy mystery, Lemon Bars and Murder. After exhausting my poor brain, I needed something fun and light. Culinary cosy mysteries is the best cure in a time like this, and I enjoyed the very short, 78 page murder mystery.

I didn’t expect to finish this book during the weekend, but I managed just to do so. I read The Cornish Confetti Agency the second time and I enjoyed the book overall.
My impression towards this book was not as positive as the first time, but I put it down to me being a bit critical than I used to be and am willing to continue with this series.

I am in the mood for another cosy mystery, but with a different spin this time. This is the second book in the Lady Hardcastle Mystery series and I enjoyed the first book As the story is set in early 1900s (1909), the dialogues and overall narrative come across a bit classical but I really love the archaic vibe and am curious to see what mystery Lady Hardcastle and Flo are going to tackle in this book.

Spring, 1909, and Lady Hardcastle, amateur sleuth and all-round eccentric, is enjoying a well-deserved rest. But a week after a trip to the cattle market, Spencer Caradine, a local farmer, turns up dead in the pub, face-down in his beef and mushroom pie. Once again, it is up to Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Florence, to solve the case.

Armed with wit and whimsy, not to mention Florence’s mean right hook, the pair set out to discover what really happened and why. Was it poison or just ill luck?

As they delve further into their investigation, they encounter a theft where nothing is stolen, a séance with a troubled ghost and an ever-increasing number of Spencer’s family and friends who might just have motive for murder. One thing’s for sure: Lady Hardcastle has a mystery on her hands. (Goodreads)

I don’t think I need to tell you what a big mood reader I am, you’ll have heard it enough by now; I change my mind all the time and my preference in books are heavily influenced by the aftertaste of a book that I have just finished.

Anyways, come next month, I’m starting my 20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge so I am going to reading some of the books from the TBR.

The first book I am going to read is Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan. What better ways to kick off my summer reading challenge than reading a book set in a bakery supposedly on Little Beach Street? I read the third book (Christmas one) a couple of years ago, but completely devoid of the knowledge of the character dynamics and the backstories, I didn’t get to enjoy the book as I was supposed to. I hear positive things about this book, and have high hopes for it.

I reckon I’ll be in the mood for continuing on the theme of light and fluff after finishing it, and I have chosen Cherry Pie or Die for my next read. As you can guess, this is another culinary cosy mystery and seems to employ our favorite ‘locked-room murder mystery’ spin on it. I don’t know much about this book but I’ve been meaning to read this book for some time.

I chose Coffin, Scarcely Used by Colin Watson. I discovered this author some years ago on NetGalley and I remember being approved for the tenth book in the series. I read it, but obviously the lack of backgrounds and the previous stories kind of took some enjoyment away, I failed to fully appreciated the book.
This time, I am going to start right from the beginning. I might swap this book with another Agatha Christie, but we’ll see.

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.

11 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: May 24 – May 30, 2021

  1. You had a good week, Noriko, and you’re doing better than me! 😉 I’ve been averaging two books a week at this point.

    Hope you love all your upcoming reads. The covers are making me hungry again. ❤️ Hope to chat soon.

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    1. Thanks, Jenn! You must be busy with planting and everything, and finishing two books in a week is still an amazing job!
      I am liking my current read already, hope the rest of the book turn out as good as I imagined!

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    1. Thanks, Carla! Yes, I didn’t expect to finish Daisy James book yesterday. It was the least expected. How was your week? I am looking forward to reading your weekly wrap as well!

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! I am starting it tomorrow – I digressed and ended up picking up another cozy mystery which I am enjoying.
      That you really enjoyed Little Beach Street Bakery is a great encouragement!

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