G’morning, chums! I hope that your week has been treating you kindly. Thus far mine has been going rather well, with very little to complain about! Sir Besty and I went to the library yesterday where I added a pile of comics and manga to my recent fantasy acquisitions, and I seem to finally have a stable rhythm with blogging (for now). Honestly, I feel a bit blessed and relieved that this has been such a comforting week.
Since I have thoroughly and heavily re-stocked my shelves with library books, I have been reading quite a bit these past few days. My goal is to make April my best reading month so far in 2019 by hitting at least fifteen read books! It’s a bit ambitious, which just makes it all the more exciting to me!
Presently I am reading two books with my next two chosen and ready for starting. One of them is a leftover from my previous stack of current reads, so you may recognise it!
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a classic mystery novel by the queen of the genre herself and is also the very first volume in the Hercule Poirot series. This is my first Christie book and while the prose is definitely dated and slow, I love how British it is and I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit.
When Captain Hastings is invited to a fancy country estate to heal from injuries, he never expected to get tangled into a murder mystery. Eager to help find the culprit, he calls on a former detective who’s horridly bored of being retired and looking for a spot of excitement.
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
The Island of Sea Women is the first non-Chinese historical fiction novel from Lisa See (one of my favourite Chinese-American authors). Initially, I was hesitant at picking it up, but after reading about the time and dedication that Ms See placed into conducting her research, I am rather intrigued and can’t wait to dive deeper into it!
The story is about two girls who are living on the Korean island of Jeju and who are best friends. Both of them also stem from very different backgrounds and upbringings. After reaching an appropriate age, they start working in the sea with a diving collective, starting a life of excitement but danger and responsibility. The narrative starts during the Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s and takes the reader through the Second World War, the Korean War, and its aftermath.
Flower Net by Lisa See
Flower Net is a Chinese-American mystery novel and the first in a duology, as well as the first of the genre from Ms See. This is also the book that is the leftover from a couple of weeks ago. I’m curious to see how Ms See shall approach the mystery and suspense genre!
It begins with the death of an U.S. Ambassador’s son in the city of Beijing. At the same time, another dead body is discovered out at sea aboard a ship, the body of a Red Prince, who is the progeny of China’s most-political elite. The governments of both nations believe that these deaths are somehow tied to one another, and in effort to seek out deserved justice, they make the choice to work together to solve its mysteries as soon as possible.
Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey
Black Feathers is a dark fantasy horror book that is the first in a duology. This is one of my recent library acquisitions. While the premise was a bit vague, the cover and that ambiguity called out to me and I brought it home. I also like that it isn’t part of gigantic serial, making it easier to consume the whole series.
Each era is marked by the relative condition of the world. For example the Bright Day consisted of long periods of peace, while the Black Dawn is marked as a time of death and decay. Within each era, a child is chosen and tasked with the mission of finding a dark and enigmatic messiah known only as the Crowman. However, no one knows if the Crowman is the saviour they’ve been waiting for, or the final embodiment of utter evil.
I’m almost finished with The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and once I’m done with that one, I can binge my way through The Island of Sea Women. Lisa See is such an excellent writer that I can’t help but get utterly swept away by her novels. That’s probably why there are two of her books on this list today.