Dude, it’s Saturday! Where did this week go? It flew by so damn fast, almost like a tofu drift blowing past you from Akina’s Drift King himself. Granted, I’ve been battling the worst heat exhaustion this week and have been spending all of my free time (i.e.: not working time) in bed with cold water, multiple fans, and all that Jazz, so my perception of time this week has been non-existent. Either way… I can’t believe it’s Saturday.
I’m still in recovery mode, which means my weekend will involve more bedtime snuggles with kitties and watching films or anime (can’t complain really, unless you’re my ADHD). My only other plan aside from being a potato is to make spicy slow-cooked beef curry and play more Detroit Being Human with Sir Besty. If you’re into video games and haven’t had a chance to play this game yet, I highly recommend it. It’s one of the best games we’ve played in a while.
Anyhoo, I’m still on my book monogamy kick, so this week I shall present my current read and the book I plan on picking up afterwards. You will be surprised to know that at least one of these titles is from my own personal collection! I know, I’m reading owned-stuff. I’m definitely sick.
My current read is one that had a fantastic-sounding premise. It is going around the bibliophile community and garnering lots of positive attention. Normally, this would dissuade me from picking it up so soon as I don’t typically like to read hyped books during their prime. However, that snippet was just too damn appetising to pass up. If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, you shall see why. My planned read is one that I suggested to my library and they went ahead and got it! It’s an #OwnVoices Chinese novel that just sounded super amazing and adventurous. Check ‘em out!
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The Silent Patient is a psychological thriller about a woman named Alicia who is a brilliant artist. One evening she shoots her husband in the face five times, killing him. However, right afterwards, she completely stops speaking. Through her trial, conviction, and admittance to a rehabilitation facility she continues to be utterly silent. A psychotherapist becomes infatuated with Alicia’s case and feels that he may be the only one who can help her and thus finally get her to talk. However, that journey shall prove far more disturbing and shocking than anyone realised possible.
I’m about forty pages into this book (I started it last night) and holy shite, I am stunned that this is a debut novel. It’s brilliantly written and deliciously difficult to put down. There’s a voyeuristic allure to reading about this psychotherapist in what I think is turning into an obsession, coupled with the intrigue of why Alicia did what she did. It’s so fucking good. I hope it keeps up until the last page.
The Imperial Alchemist by A.H. Wang
The Imperial Alchemist is an #OwnVoices Chinese historical thriller that alternates between two time periods—210 BCE China and the Present time. Many millennia ago, China’s most powerful emperor sent his most-talented alchemist and sorcerer on a quest for the elixir of life as he dangles on the brink of death, only to never return again. Fast-forward to now where we meet Georgia Lee, a super renowned archaeologist, who is on the hunt for a mysterious dude that possibly holds the answers to the greatest discovery in human history. Her journey shall take her from ancient tombs in China to traditional Japan, through the infernos of the Outback and finally to the lush and breath-taking mountains of Taiwan. As she continues to unravel this enigma, she realises that she’s in great danger and somehow has become the hunted.
I fucking love adventure thrillers. One of my favourite authors of the genre is James Rollins, and I even like Dan Brown on occasion. To have a Chinese adventure-thriller is so enthralling to me!! I love Asian cultures and literature so much that I’m studying to be an Asianist (specialist on Asian culture, literature, and history). Taking my passion and combining it with one of my go-to feel-good reading genres is a dream come true. Plus, it’s #OwnVoices!
Those are my reading plans for today, tomorrow, and possibly into the upcoming week. Have y’all read the books mentioned? If not, do they sound like something that you’d be into reading? Which one sounds more interesting to you? Come chat with me in the comments and make my weekend brighter!
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