It has been far too long that I’ve actually posted my thoughts on books read. So here’s a collection of thoughts on some recent reads.
Black Powder War (Temeraire #3) – Naomi Novik
It always thrills me to return to Temeraire and his captain Lawrence. Of course if you haven’t read this series you should start from the first book, when Lawrence first meets the dragon Temeraire. This book is the third in the series and continues their tale which is set during the Napoleonic wars and features a air corps of dragons!
Giant Days Vol 1 and 2 – John Allison, Lissa Treiman (Illustrator), Whitney Cogar (Colors)
While I love some superhero comics as well as comic series that feature strife and conflict (Saga, Bitch Planet), it is so refreshing to read a comic series that features regular people doing regular things like panicking when they realize that university exams are nearing. But the best part is the friendship of these three girls, despite their different personalities, and how they would do anything for each other.
Bollywood Affair – Sonali Dev
Goodness this book. Sure there were plenty of silly moments like the way they meet – she falls down hurts her ankle and her wrist and he decides to care for her as she has no one else. But I found myself rather liking this romance…this diverse romance? Sounds weird to call it that but it kind of is, isn’t it? Since it’s set partly in Mumbai and features South Asian characters. I am not by nature a romance reader but it was fun to read this book. You know, once I stopped rolling my eyes at the damsel-in-distress stereotype.
Re Jane – Patricia Park
I complained on Goodreads and Litsy about the way this book is marketed as a Jane Eyre retelling. Which makes a reader come into it with certain expectations, especially a ‘what would Jane do?’ kind of perspective. Perhaps it’s better to say that it’s loosely inspired by Jane Eyre, that this half-Korean young woman, a recent college grad, trying to find her own way in the world and out from under the thumb of her uncle, who has raised her, who owns a small supermarket. She takes on a job as an au pair for an adopted Chinese girl and falls for her boss. No one dies in this book but Jane eventually flees the US and returns to Seoul and that is when the book really opens up for me. This perspective of seeing Korea through the eyes of a returning overseas Korean. But that may just be me, as I tend to be interested in the narrative of returning diaspora.
A Bollywood Affair and Re Jane count for both Diversity on the Shelf