Weekly Wrap-Up: 13-19 June, 2022

From now on, I will be linking my weekly wrap-up posts to Kimberly’s Sunday Post Meme. It’s a nice way to catch up with fellow bookish bloggers as well as make new friends. 🙂

Confession: I really do not know what I did the whole week. I remember writing a weekly wrap-up post for the week of 6-12 June and the next thing I know, it’s weekend and time to write another wrap-up post!

I am not going through a reading slump but I have been a bit busy with a few bookish things. I started a Facebook page for my blog. It is still in its initial stages and could appreciate it if I get a few likes there. 🙂

Here’s the link to The Book Decoder’s Facebook Page.

I am facing an issue with my Facebook page though. I am not able to create a username. It says I am not eligible? I hope this is not similar to one of the situations I faced with Instagram a year ago. My profile was blocked on the account of “identity crisis.” When I emailed them about this issue, they said I was impersonating… myself. I am a fan of sci-fi but I don’t think Rekha from one of the parallel universes created an account in my universe. Unless… there a rift in the universe that I am not aware of!

At the beginning of May, I started a new bookish project: Series in Order list. If you are seeing this post via browser, you can see a new addition to the menu. I have listed the series genre-wise. Turns out, I have read a lot of cozy mysteries – well, it is my favorite sub-genre.

Lists almost done, I have started to add some content along with lists of books in order.

I completed this week two such entries this week:

Kipper Cottage Mystery Series by Jan Durham

Ham Hill Murder Mystery Series by Frances Evesham

You can see rest of the series here:

Police Procedural

Cozy Mystery

Crime, Mystery & Thrillers

I hope to finish all the bookish projects in a couple of months. When I started this blog four years ago, I wanted it to be more than just a review site. Time to make it come true. 🙂

I watched four Bond movies this week. From Russia with Love, You Only Lives Twice, Thunderball, and Diamonds are Forever. I also started watching God’s Favorite Idiot this Friday and have just one more episode left.

I started watching Star Trek series at the beginning of this year. The progress has been slow but I hope to finish the series by the end of this year. I completed Star Trek Enterprise (original) and currently halfway through season 6 of Star Trek Voyager. My goal was to watch the series in order but ended up missing Star Trek The Next Generation and Star Trek Discovery.

I have also been re-watching season 1 of Orville. By the time I finish watching seasons 1 and 2, season 3 season will be complete and I can binge watch it. 😀

I managed to read 4 books this week – and might finish the fifth one tonight. I swapped The Bucharest Dossier for Accusation by Paul Bautista this week. The Bucharest Dossier by William Maz is a must-read thriller, especially if you are a fan of cold-war espionage stories. This is Maz’s debut novel and one of the best books I have read this year. I did not know of no knowledge of the Romanian Uprising that occurred in 1989. Partly due to the fact that post of the cold-war espionage thrillers I have read were set in East/West Germany or Russia.

I read two of Frances Evesham’s Ham Hill Murder Mystery series this week. The third in the series, A Harvest Murder, is releasing on the 21st of June and I wanted to catch up with the series before reading the ARC. I love Ms. Evesham’s storytelling and the character portrayal is simply fantastic. Though the pacing is a tad slow, it is definitely worth a read or two.

Trick of the Night by Joy Ellis is the fifth book in Matt Ballard series. Ex-detectives turned private investigators, this was an engrossing and gripping read. Set in the Fens, the story starts with a young photography student finally capturing the perfect photo in the moonlight. But when he goes home and views the photos on his laptop, he finds a woman staring out of a window in one of the photographs. He visits the place the same night with his roommate but find nothing. When they return to their students lodgings, the laptop is gone. Two days later, both boys are found dead in one of their rooms – a case of carbon monoxide poisoning. But one of the victim’s mother is not convinced so she asks Matt Ballard and his partner Liz to have a look.

Reviews on the site this week:

The Well of Truth by Elizabeth A. Gould

A Wedding in Tuscany by Sandy Barker

Trick of the Night by Joy Ellis

A Racing Murder by Frances Evesham

The Bucharest Dossier by William Maz

Reading plans for this week:

I am currently reading The Lost Ones by Marnie Riches. I am halfway through and I am really loving it. The main character is a six-and-a-half-month pregnant and only breadwinner of the house Detective Jackson Cooke. There’s a serial killer on prowl. Plus, the serial killer is stalking the detective. Goodness!!!

A Glimmer of a Clue by Daryl Gerber Wood

A Hint of Mischief by Daryl Gerber Wood

Accusation by Paul Bautista

Take a Chance on Greece by Emily Kerr

Little Cornish House by Donna Ashcroft

Peppy’s two kittens Macho and Mango were adopted this week. She was feeling a tad low for a day and hardly ate or slept. She’s doing better now. As of writing this post, she’s watching a birdie by the window and drooling all over the chair. 🙂

That’s it for this week. See you all next week.

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