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This was the month I got back my chick lit mojo, kickstarted by rereading the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy on my Singapore trip.

Man of her match, Sakshama Puri Dhariwal.

I’m a fan, even though her work veers sometimes into Mills and Boon territory. Read my thoughts on my chick lit blog here.

The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children, Alison Gopnik

The central thesis is that we should be parenting (the metaphor of which is a carpenter shaping  a chair according to a prefixed vision) but being parents (which is like bring a gardener providing space to flourish)

The book provides answers to some questions: Why do children take up so much energy? Why is human childhood so long? Why do we love as we do? Why do kids play?

The basic thesis: Parents, leave those kids alone.

She won by heart by being one of those rare experts not to mouth-froth over screens. On the effect of screen time on kids, she basically says, “we don’t know”. But points out that people had very similar anxieties over books, which can also be addictive (don’t I know it).

Baltimore Blues and Charm City, Laura Lippman

These are is the two novels in Tess Monaghan series, and it looks like I’m going to follow this one.

One problem I have with it is the protagonist’s seemingly adversarial relationship with women. It’s not obvious, but there’s a subtle sneering. If you’ve read the series, did this strike you?

Still, it’s well written and plotted, and I figure I’ll keep reading them.

Manspotting, Ritu Bhatia

This is about the kind of single life that is probably more common but gets less narrative attention – the divorced single woman with kids. Read my thoughts on the chick lit blog here.

The Seven and a Half Lives of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turnton

Almost gave it up but then it started to grip me. The third book I’ve read now which plays with the idea of time. Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life asked “what if you could live your life again and again till you got it right?” This one asks:  “What if you could live it again and again in a different body till you discovered the truth?”

It’s plays with the idea of the classic detective story – a group of people gathers for a party and there’ll be a murder” – by allowing the protagonist to get to know another person from the inside and himslf from the from the outside.

Unmarrigeable, Soniah Kamal

One of the best Pride and Prejudice rewrites I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. My thoughts here.