I’ve been in a reading slump for the better part of a year. Before that, I would read all the time. It has always been one of my favourite hobbies, but last year something broke me from that. As of last week though, I’m back on the bandwagon and happy as ever. In fact, I couldn’t wait to share the best books I’m reading right now. Especially since these three have helped break me from my slump-spell. (Fun fact: before MIMG was MIMG, I originally started the Instagram account as a bookstagram under the name ‘Jim Jam Books’. THAT is how much I love reading! And why I’m so excited to share a book-like haul today).
You may notice that the majority of these books were also from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine book club, that’s not an accident (ha!). After dipping my toe back into reading, I thought Reese’s club would be a great place to start for recommendations – then I loved each and every book I read from there, so I kept returning for more! I also started a little ‘book club’ with my best friend Kimberly, where we read the same book at the same time – which was a great incentive to get me picking up and sticking to the book that I was reading.
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Where The Crawdads Sing
“For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.”
I became so invested in this book that I blasted through it in two days. That is unhead of for me. In fact, some parts of this story got so tense that I would physically cover up the pages so that I wouldn’t accidentally glance down and see a spoiler!
I’m not usually one for love triangles, but I loved how the romance in this story was executed, and I loved Kya, the protagonist, so much. This was a great story to read, and a great lesson about prejudice.
The Night Tiger
“In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master’s severed finger and reunite it with his body. Ren has forty-nine days, or else his master’s soul will roam the earth forever. Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker, moonlights as a dancehall girl to pay her mother’s debts. One night, Ji Lin’s dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir that leads her on a crooked, dark trail. As time runs out for Ren’s mission, a series of unexplained deaths occur amid rumours of tigers who turn into men. In their journey to keep a promise and discover the truth, Ren and Ji Lin’s paths will cross in ways they will never forget.”
I absolutely loved the cultural footnotes throughout The Night Tiger. The story follows a mystery surrounding the existence of the “weretiger”, a phenomenon that was so interesting to me. I loved how it melded dream and reality, and so many chapters had me gasping / finishing then diving straight into the following one because of the cliff-hangers.
The Last Mrs Parrish
“Amber Patterson is tired of being a nobody: an invisible woman who melts into the background. She deserves more. She deserves a life of wealth, luxury and leisure. Daphne Parrish is the golden girl of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut. With her model looks, her picture-perfect mansion and her millionaire husband, Jackson, she has everything Amber wants. Amber’s envy could eat her alive―if she didn’t have a plan. Before long, she has become Daphne’s closest friend, and is catching the eye of Jackson. But a skeleton from her past could destroy everything, and if discovered, Amber’s well-laid plan may end in disaster…”
This book gave me all the Revenge/Gone Girl vibes. Set in a weathly neighbourhood in sprawling Connecticut, reading about Amber’s plans and schemes was a fun, twisted book that I just couldn’t put down.
If you want me to do more book-centric posts, please do let me know. In the meantime, you can read The Four Books to Read from Summer to Autumn that I wrote back in 2017. (Hopefully my bookish posts will be more regular from now on!). And, of course, if you have any book recommendations – please leave them below!
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