Caturday Reads: Asian-American Literature & Vampire Thrillers

Happy Saturday, chums. I had some free time this morning, so I thought it would be neat to pop in with a simple weekend reading post. I know I’ve been rather absent around here. I’m not ignoring or neglecting this space. I’ve merely had to shift around my priorities a bit due to university obligations.

Anyhoo, in that regard, Uni has been absolutely superb. I had my first test last week and I happened to ace it, which was such an exhilarating feeling. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to maintain my A-momentum until the end of the semester, or better yet, my programme. It would be so neat to be able to graduate from with honours. But I feel like I’m getting ahead of myself from excitement.

I don’t have a lot of homework this weekend, so I’m hoping to curl up on the couch in the cat room, where I’m going to pick through a couple of books and watch some Indian films. I still have a few that I’m reading from my previous weekend post as I’ve been reading for pleasure at a slower rate than normal. At first this made me feel really crappy about myself as a bookworm, but then I reminded myself that as long as I’m enjoying what I’ve got my nose in, then there’s no reason to feel inadequate at all! Plus, reading a short tower of many things has helped to keep the bibliophilic ruts at arm’s length. Yay for positive affirmations and acts of self-love/self-care.

You can check out all the fresh tomes I want to start this weekend down below, along with my current reads at the end. GoodReads links are shared via the titles, for anyone that wants more information.

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee: The story follows two different women from two time periods who are intertwined by a single person. First we have Claire Pendleton who is an English piano teacher in Hong Kong that becomes infatuated with the driver to a wealthy Chinese couple, named Will. Then ten years later, there’s Trudy Liang, a Eurasian social butterfly that knows everyone and everything worth knowing in Hong Kong, including a newly arrived Englishman named, none other than, Will.

I’ve owned this for a while, and after acquiring the author’s second work of fiction, The Expatriates, I wanted to visit her earlier work first.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: The novel revolves around a small-town Chinese-American family living in Ohio in the 1970s. Lydia has always been the perfect daughter and she shall fulfil the dreams that her parents have held for her. At least that’s the expectation that becomes utterly shattered when Lydia’s body is found in the river. Wholly devastated, her parents try to pick up the pieces and unravel the mystery of who their daughter truly was, causing them to all to fall into chaos.

This was extremely hyped when it first hit the shelves and that’s the main reason I steered clear of it. Hype tends to kill my interest, even if it is a book I’d normally be inclined to read. Now that the hype has kind of gone away, I feel comfortable enough to pick it up.

The Blood Gospel by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell: An action-adventure that’s the first in a series, The Order of the Sanguines, it begins when an earthquake in Masada, Israel reveals a buried tomb, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a savage attack leads to the tomb’s hidden mystery getting stolen, as well as forcing the three individuals sent to assess the site to go on the run.

I have all of James Rollins’ other books, which are part of one gigantic series in one way or another. So, when I realised this series was only three titles with two short stories in-between the segments, I thought it’d be a good way to get back into his stuff again, but with a smaller commitment.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova: A tale about a young women who gets embroiled into a labyrinth of enigmatic secrets pertaining to her family, including their connection to one Vlad the Impaler and a terrifying pact that allowed his horrors to continue long through the ages.

I asked a friend of mine for recommendations on historical, vampire tales that were different than the cheesy crap that has released over the last decade, and this was one of the novels that came up. I’m not entirely sure what to expect, but when I saw “Vlad the Impaler,” I figured why not give ‘er a shot.

Books I’m Currently Reading: The Maidens by Alex Michaelides (35%), Outriders by Jay Posey (50%), Summer Knight by Jim Butcher (15%).

Those are all of my expected bookish shenanigans for the weekend. I have been thinking about picking up some video games to review for my Spoopy Birthday Month, and so far I’ve got Call of Cthulhu and Alien Isolation on my docket. Although, I feel like I’d be cheating a tiny bit with the latter as it’s one of my favourite games ever. The bias would be strong, why lie? The same thing can be said for both Bioshock and Bioshock 2. Will this stop me from doing the reviews though? Probably not.

With that, I wish you all a gentle weekend. Please remember to hydrate if you can and also just breathe to take a moment for yourself if you’ve got a busy few days ahead. Until next time, keep reading and keep otakuing.

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4 thoughts on “Caturday Reads: Asian-American Literature & Vampire Thrillers

  1. First I’m hearing of that James Rollins book but it sounds so interesting. I’ve added it to my TBR.

    • I tend to like most of his stuff, good popcorn action-type stories. I’m a sucker for anything vampire-esque in a horror or historical context, so I’m excited about this one. I’ll try and post a review for it when I’m done. 🙂

  2. YAY on doing so well in university; I’m crossing my fingers that everything goes smooth sailing for you. Good luck on whatever’s ahead. 🙂 Everything I Never Told You is great! Celeste Ng really has a way of writing family complexities that makes her books stand out. Little Fires Everywhere was even better, imo. Hope you enjoy. <3

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