May and Its Small Progress Reading-Wise

After a month of not reading, I am finally back with another wrap-up. However small, reading is still reading. I must say it's good progress, reading-wise.


(Please skip this part if you haven't read Six of Crows yet)
Following where it left off in Six of Crows, the Dregs are now in hiding. Instead of coming home with tons of money, Kaz is trying to come up with a plan to rescue Inej since Van Eck has held her hostage; Matthias is helping Nina fight her jurda parem addiction; Wylan’s face is now the same as Kuwei’s, the world’s most wanted scientist’s son; while Jesper has to face his father. Plans are made. Loyalties are tested. When the whole world is against them, they have to take back what they have been lured by all along: money and a place in the dirty Ketterdam.

I started this book again after seeing how much my sister had enjoyed it last month, and boy, I didn’t regret it even a bit. Allowing myself to continue Crooked Kingdom had given me the closure that I didn’t know I needed. Everything about this book, from the first page to the very last, depicted perfection. I was even more amazed and aghast at the characters in this second installment, laughing at their playful banters in between the stressful situations. I loved how the plot seemed to flow with ease, with nothing not linking to one another. Kaz’s mind was truly out of this world. I am pretty sure that this duology will be something I would love to reread in the future.

So this book follows the story of twenty-nine-year-old Samantha Sweeting, one of the greatest lawyers in London. After seven years of hard labor and no rest, Samantha is going to be made partner in Carter Spink. Her hard work seems to pay off given that this high-profile career trajectory has been her only goal in life since she was a teenager. However, the promotion is not as smooth as expected. Samantha finds herself making a stupid little mistake. Breaking down over the first-ever mistake in her seven-year-long career, she then boards a train at Paddington station, ending up in the middle of nowhere. When she knocks on the door of a beautiful manor, she is mistaken as an interviewee for a housekeeping job. With no clue of her real identity, the odd couple owning the house hires Samantha as their new housekeeper. But Samantha has no experience in doing domestic chores, and so she leaves disaster in both the kitchen and washing machine.

Well, I must say that The Undomestic Goddess felt like a typical Sophie Kinsella novel: it’s a fun, entertaining read that felt relatable to some extent. Samantha’s contrasting transformation from being a workaholic to adapting to a slow-living lifestyle felt so close to looking at a two-way mirror. In conclusion, I enjoyed The Undomestic Goddess, particularly the fact that I could relate to the ‘working excessively versus slow living’ dilemma of Samantha’s. If only the characters were more developed, I reckon I would love it more.