March Book Reads

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Welcome back to my monthly post about the books I read in the previous month. Sometimes I feel like the stress of writing this post is what makes me read more books. Despite having a lot of free time in March, I didn’t end up reading a lot. It was a weird month books-wise since I started reading many books only to end up DNF-ing them or postponing reading them. Here’s what I read in March –

His & Hers by Alice Feeney

Plot: Newsreader Anna Andrews is dealing with a demotion at work when she is sent to cover the murder of a woman in her hometown of Blackdown. Anna reluctantly heads to the town that holds a lot of her secrets and bad memories, only to become a suspect in the same murder. Jack Harper has been a detective in Blackdown for a few years and this murder is his first big case in this sleepy town. His suspicions rise about Anna’s involvement in the murder but evidence soon starts pointing toward him.

Review: This book was my thriller dosage for the month. I loved Alice’s book ‘Rock Paper Scissors’ and decided to give this one a read too. The story is from the perspective of the two main characters and is really fast-paced and engaging. The book had me hooked, as the secrets kept getting uncovered. I loved everything about the book other than the ending. I don’t know why but a lot of thriller endings leave me disappointed. It drives me crazy if the ending is too simple. I still really liked reading this book and definitely recommend it.

Verdict: 7.5/10

Buy it here.

Victory Song by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Plot: Based during India’s freedom struggle, Neela and her family enjoy a good life in a village near Kolkata. Her father is a well-to-do farmer and her family lives a comfortable life. But with the freedom struggle underway, things start changing around her. Neela’s father decides to join the freedom struggle and heads to Kolkata where he is arrested. He is to be deported to Cellular Jail in Port Blair. Will Neela be able to see her father one last time? Will she be able to save him?

Review: This is one of Chitra’s earlier books and is a really short one too. I read her new book Independence in February and felt like the two stories had a little overlap. I didn’t quite love the book and despite being short, I skipped pages since the storyline wasn’t moving fast enough. The story also felt a little unrealistic and wasn’t able to move me enough to feel anything for Neela and her family. I’d recommend reading Chitra’s book Independence over this one.

Verdict: 5/10

Buy it here.

Landour Bazaar by Ruskin Bond

Plot: A collection of Ruskin Bond’s best short stories on his love for the mountains.

Review: I picked up this book because we were visiting the hills and I wanted to read stories about the hills in the hills. I love Ruskin Bond’s books and stories. I’ve been reading them since I was a child and I love how relatable his stories are. But I haven’t been able to finish this book just because it’s long stories about the hills, their history and background and I just don’t enjoy these kinds of stories. So I’m DNF-ing it, having read the fun stories which I had mostly already read in his other collections.

Verdict: if you like reading about nature, history, etc. definitely give this book a read.

Buy it here.

I’m hoping I read more in April since I have a whole pile of books that are waiting to be read. I’m currently reading Karna’s Wife since I love mythological fiction but I don’t love it yet.

What are you reading these days?

Reading progress 2023: 8/30

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. joyroses13 says:

    I will have to look up Ruskin’s book of short stories. I enjoy short stories.
    I am currently reading The Rose Labyrinth, a mystery book that takes place from the 1600’s to the present day.

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  2. Pooja G says:

    All three books are new to me but I’m a sucker for a good thriller so I’m adding His & Hers to my TBR list!


  3. Hi Moksha,
    I’m literally dying to tell my side story here.
    Because, last time, when you were writing your comment of one of my blog post I was replying to the other comments.
    The thought of visiting “Happy Panda” was moving in my mind for last two to threes days, as I had finished reading more favourite bloggers.
    The first blog post I posted online was about Ruskin Bond, titled “My friendship with Rusty (his nickname)”.
    I’m reading him since school days.
    His writing style is simple, the stories usually talks about people, pets or events in his life.
    I wish I could meet him, at least once, in my life.
    The book you have reviewed is slightly different than the work I have read of the author.
    In the March I went Indore back to attend a competitive exam for govt job.
    During the long train journey I decided to read a book of my interest.
    I started reading the intros of the total three books, one by one.
    I finally liked the book by Yuval Noaa Harari, titled: “Sapiens: a brief history of mankind”.
    I enjoyed reading this book because of its language, theme and context.
    As a history student the book was relatable in many ways.
    I’m reading this blog post for the second time.
    Because I need to sleep, I’m in little hurry…so, have skipped reading each and every text ‘exactly’.
    As always you have presented all the three books in the proper order, providing required details and the purchase links.
    A good point is you’re recommending the books by your own ‘real experiences’. The efforts are genuine and honest.
    I will be reading more blog posts on this blog.
    And I’m grateful to you for going through a proper process to produce and publish a quality blog post.
    I wish you more happiness, success and mindfulness. Take care! ✨✨


  4. Juliette says:

    I love the idea of reading a book about a place while you are in that place – too bad this one wasn’t specifically thrilling!


  5. Nora says:

    Good collection. Would want to read His and Hers sometime soon.


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