Current Reads: Contemporaries & Urban Fantasy

Happy Sunday morning, chums! Before I dive into my current reads, I wanted to take a moment and say a special shout-out to everyone who is a parent. I know that today is specifically for mothers, but not every parent out there is a mother or a father, and I believe that all of them should be given equal love, respect, and gratitude regardless of gender identity. Thank you for being compassionate, patient, and taking the time to nurture your loved ones. May you always find joy and comfort. ♥

My reading lately as been trudging at a slower pace than normal as I have been trying to get back into my usual working routines post-familial loss. It always surprises me how much my blogging and content creating schedule means to me in terms of my mental health, and how large the negative impact can be when that schedule is unexpectedly disrupted. Bouncing back sometimes ends up being a colossal struggle, which is what I’ve been experiencing with my reading (this is a topic I shall be exploring more depth later this afternoon, so keep an eye out). Nevertheless, I’ve been determined not to DNF anything that I’m enjoying even though it’s taking me forever to finish them.

I’m currently reading two books, both are #OwnVoices Asian books and both are contemporaries of a sort. After I finally finish them, I’m hoping to start an urban fantasy novel that is the first novel set in the world of a very popular television serial on Netflix! The second novel I hope to start is a Chinese mystery novel that has been on my reading list (and my library check-out list) for one hell of a long time.

Crazy Rich Asian (Crazy Rich Asians #1) by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians is an #OwnVoices Singaporean-Chinese adult contemporary novel about a girl named Rachel Chu who feels ecstatic when her boyfriend, Nick Young, invites her to spend the summer with him and his family in Singapore. However, what she never expected was that he is essentially wealthy royalty who is crazy, filthy rich.

I’m about halfway through this book. I began reading it a couple days before my grandmother passed away, and then placed it on hold while I partook in family things relating to that. I picked it back up earlier this week. While I feel slightly disconnected to it due to not having read it for a whole week, I am enjoying it immensely. The book is an unapologetically outrageous romp and it’s wicked fun.

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Love, Hate & Other Filters is an #OwnVoices South Asian-Islamic young adult contemporary about an Indian-American Muslim teen named Maya Aziz who feels torn between worlds. The first is her proper, conservative Muslim world where her parents try to marry her off to a good Muslim boy while she attends college close to home (Chicago). The other lies in her dreams of attending NYC and pursuing filmmaking. Yet, before she can get a decent chance at figuring all of this out, her life is turned upside down in the wake of a horrifying terrorist attack. Suddenly, familiar neighbours and friends begin to treat Maya and her family differently, consumed by fear, bigotry, and hatred. In the midst of this travesty, Maya must find her inner fortitude to decide where she truly belongs.

I have about one-third left of this book and so far, I am liking it quite a bit. Ahmed’s writing style is engaging and very easy to get absorbed in. My only concern is that there is just over one-hundred-pages left in the book and the more serious aspects of the novel have yet to make an appearance. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that those aspects won’t end up being rushed as they are some of the main reasons that I wanted to read this to begin with.

Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds is an urban fantasy book and the very first novel in the Stranger Things universe! I did not read the synopsis for this because I didn’t want to know a thing about it, similarly to how I went into the television series actually. I feel that reading the book is the best way to satiate some of my yearning for more content with this franchise. My mind and heart are so ready for the new season!

Ghost Month (Taipei Night Market #1) by Ed Lin

Ghost Month is an #OwnVoices Taiwanese-Chinese mystery thriller that is the first book in a series. It takes place in Taiwan during the Ghost month, which is a time to pay respects to those who have passed away in an effort to displace unlucky omens. We are introduced to a dude named Jing-nan who runs a food stand in Taipei’s night market. When he learns about his high school sweetheart being murdered—found scantily clad, near an area where she sold betel nuts—he feels a harrowing grief. In the midst of his sorrow, Jing-nan also feels immense confusion as the young woman was highly intelligent and full of potential for a prosperous future, and her falling into such a lowly occupation doesn’t add up. Driven onwards by his curiosity and disbelief, Jing-nan starts to investigate on his own, but no matter the depth of his determination, nothing can truly prepare him for the truth behind the mystery.

I love mysteries so much, especially Asian mysteries, and I feel somewhat ashamed that I still haven’t picked this book up! Hopefully, I can remedy that within this upcoming week.

What are some books that you’re reading or that you plan on reading soon? Do any of these titles sound interesting to you?

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