Round up of books Jan 2022
artially started this writing for 30 days challenge so that I would write about books. I find that I’ve discovered some of my favorite books by accident — and by putting this out there, I hope that some of you might discover your next book too!
- Crying in H Mart — Michelle Zauner
A heartfelt memoir from the singer behind Japanese Breakfast about the process of losing her mother to cancer, the ensuing doubts and insecurities about not being ‘Korean enough’, and the messy process of handling grief and guilt. Korean plays a central and vibrant role in this memoir, serving as the bridge between her and her Mother’s heritage.
- Block Kong — Charles D’Haussey and Jame DiBiasio
A fantastic recommendation from my friend. Think Lunch with the FT, but about crypto. And Breakfast instead. In Hong Kong
- Home Stretch — Graham Norton
I know Graham Norton from his fantastic talk show — but as it turns out, he’s also a fantastic writer. This follows a community reeling in the aftermath of a tragedy; how the families cope with grief and how humans are really good at believing in what they want to believe.
- Leviathan Wakes — James S. A. Corey
Another one recommended by my friend. Humanity has reached the far flung parts of our solar system. Political affiliations are planet-based and the relative peace the solar system has enjoyed is wearing thin. A detective is tasked with dragging a rich girl back to her parents; but she goes missing. The captain of a water carrier witnesses a massacre and accidentally pins it on the Martian army. Something is going on behind the scenes, but no one can say what.
Fast-paced with amazing character development and peppered really interesting questions — such as the preservation of humanity’s culture (and what that even means).
Honorable mention: A Master of Djinn — P Djèlí-Clark
Only 30% in but seriously enjoying it so far — a fantasy murder mystery book set in Egypt, ripe with djinns, steam punk and ancient gods.
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