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The Sunday Post #61


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:

  • It's been a quieter week with less going on. Last week just felt busy start to finish. I enjoyed the slightly slower pace.
  • Eye infection is all cleared up. Hallelujah! The first day I was able to actually wear mascara again I was like, "My precious!" 😉 
  • It's been a scorcher of a weekend with temps in the mid-90's. I realize it's only the fifth day of summer but... is it over yet?
  • I am so over being crazy behind on book reviews so I'm making an effort to get caught up over the next few weeks. Fingers crossed that I made some headway!    
 

FINISHED:
Until It Fades - K.A. Tucker

CURRENTLY READING
Words in Deep Blue - Cath Crowley
Etched in Bone (AUDIO) - Anne Bishop

ARCs FOR REVIEW:

Lucky in Love - Kasie West
Just Friends - Tiffany Pitcock
Henry & Me - Sasha Clinton
Royal Pain - Tracy Wolff



How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
You know I want to hear about it! :)

Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Series: No

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: May 30, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library loan

Find it here: GoodReads | Amazon

The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

When I picked up When Dimple Met Rishi the hype was kind of insane. It seemed to be the current "IT BOOK" that everyone was reading and loving. And hyping. So color me a little hesitant going in to this one. And the verdict is: I get it. I so get it. 😊

Dimple chafes at her parent's expectations and is determined to buck tradition and live life on her own terms. She's not interested in fashion or makeup or finding the Ideal Indian Husband. Instead, she's focused on her passion for web development, going to Stanford, and having a successful career in a field dominated by men. Attending InsomniaCon is a dream come true - until she learns that her parents have been matchmaking and her intended is now her partner for the summer. 

Of course. Dimple should have guessed.
It was the I.I.H. [Ideal Indian Husband] nonsense again.
She suspected the entire community of aunties was in on
it. It was like some bizarre version of a geocaching club; 
the minute somebody's daughter turned eighteen, all the
aunties began to scheme the shortest route from her 
parents' home to the ultimate prize - her sasural.

Rishi embraces his parent's traditional ways and takes the responsibility of being the oldest son seriously. He sees practicality and stability in arranged marriages and takes pride in upholding the cultural tradition and honoring his parent's wishes. And he doesn't quite know what to make of the outspoken girl who throws her iced coffee on him at their first meeting.

"Hello, future wife," he said, his voice bubbling with glee. 
"I can't wait to get started on the rest of our lives!"

It was so refreshing to read about a female YA character that wasn't wallowing in unrequited love or crippled by insecurity. Dimple was a girl who knew what she wanted and was usually fearless about going after it. And Rishi - could he be any more precious?! Sweet, kind, thoughtful and, despite his own self-assessment, quite romantic. I absolutely adored Rishi.♥

He wondered if he should feel a stab of jealousy - 
Dimple bonding so well with his muscled, much-cooler younger 
brother - but all he felt was this warm, almost gooey 
feeling in his chest. Like his heart was wrapped in microwaved Nutella.

I loved the easy flow of the story, the inclusion of Dimple and Rishi's culture, their familial relationships, and the evolution of their relationship. I thought Menon did an excellent job of allowing each of them to show real growth. They both questioned their beliefs and their goals and came to understand it didn't have to be all or nothing. They truly brought out the best in each other.

She'd been so sure that Rishi and she would have  absolutely 
nothing to do with each other. But that was Rishi... 
he was like a pop song you thought you couldn't stand, 
but found yourself humming in the shower anyway.

I was completely charmed by these characters in all their funny, awkward, sweet, and totally adorkable glory. Sure, there was an element of predictability but who cares? It was worth it to get to experience the heartwarming goodness that is When Dimple Met Rishi.

4/5 STARS

Have you read When Dimple Met Rishi? 
What did you think?



Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want to Start

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme 


This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't
Yeah, I could do multiple posts on this topic, but let's see if I can keep it to ten...


ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS

THE VAMPIRE ACADEMY

BETWEEN THE LINES

GRISHA TRILOGY

THE WINNER'S TRILOGY

THE ROYALS

ARCANA CHRONICLES

FALLING KINGDOMS

TRUE NORTH

HADES HANGMEN



Have you read any of these series?
Which should I start first?  

The Sunday Post #60


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:

  • It's been a week of almost daily thunderstorms here - some of them intense. Not exactly uncommon in Florida, plus the rain is much needed. But it's made for some less-than-fun daily commutes.
  • Due to the eye infection I mentioned last week, I spent all this week wearing glasses and forgoing all eye makeup. Today should be the last day of the gunky, messy medicine and I am so looking forward to tomorrow when I can pop in my contacts and put on some eye makeup!
  • Friday night we went to a comedy club to see John Caparulo. I've always enjoyed hearing him on the SiriusXM comedy channels and seeing him perform live was so much fun.
  • Last night we tried to attend the local minor league baseball game. More storms rolled in, game kept getting delayed, and we finally decided to call it a night. Got totally drenched on the trek from the stadium to the car. We can trade in the tickets for another game this season so maybe we'll try again. Gotta love those Florida storms!    
 
Tuesday, June 13
Top Ten Tuesday: Father's Day Edition
Top Pops and Bad Dads

Wednesday, June 14
Top 5 Wednesday:
Favorite Side Ships

Friday, June 16
Short Take Reviews:
The One I Loved and The Big Disappointment
(A List of Cages and Up in Flames)


FINISHED:
Marked in Flesh (AUDIO) - Anne Bishop
When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon
The Light We Lost (AUDIO) - Jill Santopolo

CURRENT
Until It Fades - K.A. Tucker

KINDLE BOOKS:

The Player - Claire Contreras

LIBRARY HAUL:

Given to the Sea - Mindy McGinnis
Violet Grenade - Victoria Scott

eARC FOR REVIEW:

Ready to Run - Lauren Layne




How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
You know I want to hear about it! :)