Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Blurb from Goodreads

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.

But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life’s lessons from the land, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of fireflies. But while she has the skills to live in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens.

In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a profound coming of age story and haunting mystery. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the child within us, while also subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman, who like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. The clues to the mystery are brushed into the lush habitat and natural histories of its wild creatures.

Why I Want To Read It

It’s officially the first day of the second month of 2021. Happy love month everyone! I hope everyone is embraced tightly by love in all its forms. More importantly, I hope everyone is in great health amidst the surge of the pandemic. I sure hope this would all end soon. For now, let us follow protocols to stymie the spread of the virus.

It so happens that the first day of February falls on a Monday. To kick off the week, and the month, I am posting a new Goodreads Monday update. For this week’s edition I am featuring Delia Owens’ debut novel, Where the Crawdads Sing. I just realized that I am featuring another debut novel for the second week in a raw. Where the Crawdads Sing is one of those books that have been ubiquitous lately. I actually thought it was published in 2020 but apparently it was published in 2018.

After several brush ups with the novel, I finally decided to add it to my reading list. The premise seems interesting enough. It has elements of Bildungsroman and mystery which further piqued my curiosity. I also didn’t realize that the book was that popular. Over at Goodreads, it has been rated over a million times and despite the number of ratings it had, the average rating is at a more than decent 4.47. On top of this, there are raving reviews about the book. One thing is holding me back, however. Over the past few years, I’ve realized that overhyped books don’t always live up to the expectations. I am hoping I am wrong on this one.

How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead!