Weekend Reads #22: Sentient First-Contact & South Asian Murder Mysteries

Good morning and happy Saturday to all book and otaku dragons. I hope that your week has treated you well. If it hasn’t been that great, then I’m sorry to hear it, but please know that it will not last forever. Tomorrow is always bringing a new day and new opportunity for fresh, good moments. If you are struggling with ways to make it through the week due to any depressive symptoms that arise, please check out my post on one of the ways that I tackle sudden depressive episodes. May it bring you some comfort.

I am happy to announce that the reading slump I have been playing tag with for the past few weeks seems to be dwindling away, which means I can pick up new books and get back into my reading shenanigans. I feel quite pleased that the slump is dissipating as I return to university at the end of the month, and I’d like to make the most of my freedom as much as I can. So, today I will be sharing with you the three books that I plan on beginning this weekend, and that I hope to finish as the week unfolds ahead.


Semiosis by Sue Burke

Semiosis is a science-fiction, first-contact novel about colonists from Earth who want to create the perfect home. Instead, they must survive on what they’ve got, not realising that there is another life-form watching them, waiting patiently. Only mutual communication can help forge an alliance between the sentient species and the human colonists, proving that humans are much more than mere tools to be used.

Hard science-fiction is probably my favourite genre out of everything that I read, aside from Asian Literature, especially when it’s about a bunch of strange, sentient beings and how humans always manage to piss them off by being selfish and dumb. Make that sucker a stand-alone with a creepy, beautiful cover and you’ve got my full bloody attention.

Tied to Deceit by Neena H. Brar

 Tied to Deceit is an #OwnVoices South Asian murder mystery novel that I received for reviewing purposes that surrounds the controversial murder of the exquisitely malicious and immoral Devika Singh in a small town in Himachel Pradesh in Northern India. As the Superintendent of Police, Vishwanath Sharma, begins to sift through Devika’s life in an attempt to find her killer, he realises that his work is supremely cut out for him as everyone who ever came across Devika had plenty of reason to want her dead.

I have been digging mysteries this year, particularly murder-related ones, so when this was offered to me, I knew that I couldn’t refuse it! It sounds like it’s going to be intriguing and intense, which are my favourite mystery traits.

American Panda by Gloria Chao

American Panda is an #OwnVoices Taiwanese young adult contemporary novel following a seventeen-year-old MIT freshman named Mei, who is on track with following her parents preferred predetermined future for her. However, there are many things about this plan that Mei doesn’t care for, but since they worked hard at giving her a comfortable life, Mei is extremely reluctant at being honest with them, such as falling in love with a boy who is decidedly not Taiwanese. When she reconnects with her estranged brother, Xing, Mei begins to contemplate if secrets truly are worth their hassle.

I have seen some reviews for this book going around the Blogsphere recently. None of them state that the book is absolutely mind-blowing, but most of them talk about the important messages and representation that the book contains, which has me super interested in reading it. I was lucky enough to get it from my library.


Please, let me know in the comments if you have read any of these titles, or if they sound interesting to you at all. I’d love to hear your thoughts. I wish you all a splendid weekend ahead! Stay smiling.


Thank you so much for visiting me today. Until next time, keep reading and keep otakuing. 💜


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