Women In Translation Books That Are Perfect for Fall

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October is almost here! Can you believe it? Here it’s definitely Fall, it’s quite cold by now where I live, and it’s the best time of the year to read something a bit spooky, a bit dark. I enjoy picking up thrillers, horror and generally anything that is engrossing and lends itself well for several hours of reading under a blanket. I know it’s not Women in Translation Month but let’s face it, every month should be WIT month, so here we are.

If you’re looking for a dark thriller:

The Resting Place by Camilla Sten, translated from Swedish by Alexandra Fleming

I feel like this is a very good follow-up if you liked Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney because both books have a main character who have face blindness and where this plays a huge part in the novel. They’re also books for people who enjoy twisty thrillers and dual timelines. The Resting Place takes place in the 1960s with Anushka’s story, a cousin from Poland who works as a maid for her horrible relatives, and current day, when Eleanor watched her grandmother die, saw the murderer, but due to her face blindness can’t tell who it was. As Eleanor tries to figure out who the murderer was and comes across Anushka’s diary, she starts to uncover dark family secrets that are decades old.

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My Fall Reading List for 2022

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I feel like I JUST posted my Summer TBR, how come it’s time for the Fall one already?? I have a rather short list for Fall because I’m basically going to read whatever I want and probably try to fit in as many 2022 releases as I can still in time for my December posts.

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The Dance Tree by Kiran Millwood Hargrave is SO GOOD (eARC Review)

The Dance Tree by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

First published May 12, 2022

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with this advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review!

The Dance Tree is going to rip your heart out, and you’ll enjoy it. I adored Hargrave’s The Mercies, that was a solid 5 star for me, so I was very excited to receive an early copy of The Dance Tree. This tells the story of the dance plague in Strasbourg in 1518, in which hundreds of people danced in what seemed more like a plague, or a trance, than actual enjoyment. What I love about Hargrave’s books is that they’re an emotional punch nicely packed in about 300 pages, so you experience all those emotions, the brutal existence those women lived through, their heartbreak, joy, and so on, but it doesn’t last so long that it starts to drag you down. I actually found myself really looking forward to picking this up and devoured it in a couple of days.

I loved the gorgeous, lyrical writing, so romantic but also brutal at times. The pacing feels so fluid, the story so inevitable.

To me, The Mercies hit the spot in a way that The Dance Tree almost did, I wanted to spend a bit more time with Nethe, who I thought would be a lot more central to the story than she was – yes she was a main character but somehow I expected to see a little bit more of her introspections, motivations and so forth. There are also some small issues I had with the plot which I won’t discuss in detail here so as not to spoil, but it’s not so much that I didn’t like those plot choices as much as that they took me out of the story a couple times.

I am curious to see what people will think of the ending. I will not elaborate on my feelings on it so as not to spoil, but I’ll keep an eye on other people’s reviews.

This was a beautiful, heartbreaking story set in a very interesting time in history which feels both like escaping our reality but also experiencing it in a different way – there are quite a few parallels to the dance plague and how it affected the poorest, the least powerful people in society… it’s a story that really makes you think about it long after it’s over.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I read for #WITMonth 2022

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Women in Translation month is nearly over, so I wanted to wrap up my reading list for this month and talk about some great books in translation I was able to pick up in August. The list is not very long, but each one of those books was very unique and there was not a single one I didn’t like. I initially wanted to pick up a lot more books for WIT month, but August was a bit of a mood reading month for me, so that didn’t quite happen, but 5 books is a very respectable number, plus I read WIT all year long really.

So, without further ado, here are the books I read this month!

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Rant Review: Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with this advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review!

I am very sad to say I did not like this at ALL. I loved Dark Matter so much (despite its flaws) and enjoyed Recursion but found it rather uncreative and just not that great, but this one I considered DNF-ing so many times. The only thing that got me through it was the fact that I’ve seen quite a few positive reviews, which made me think maybe by the end of the book I’d change my mind. But I did not.

Upgrade feels like the author did a lot of research for it and made sure to write all of it onto the story instead of integrating this research seamlessly and focusing on writing a good, loosely scientific book with all the tension and entertainment that one expects from a thriller.

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Summer Reading: Recommendations for Different Vibes

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So I had this vague idea for a blog post in a while, but then I read Book Recommendations for Different Types of Summer Readers on Goodreads and realized that was exactly what I wanted to write. I read rather variedly and in large quantities, so it’s a very fun experiment for me to try and put together this kind of lists! Lately I’ve been gravitating towards a certain kind of book, so I’m afraid my list won’t be as broad as I hoped, but this was fun to try anyway!

The Classic Reader

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

Okay so it might be I’m slightly obsessed with this book. But I really think this makes for a great travel companion, since the most crucial part of the book (the main characters meeting) takes part in a train. During a time when traveling is so chaotic and uncertain, taking a train sounds a lot more attractive and that means that the journey becomes part of the trip – so I’m quite charmed by the idea of matching your journey with your reading.

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My Women in Translation Reading List for 2022 #WITMonth

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It’s finally #WITMonth, one of the best months of the year! My life has been such chaos I entirely forgot about it until I saw the Women in Translation account tweet about it. So here we are, hastily compiling a list!

My list if not very long because I’ve been in such an unpredictable mood lately of what to read, so maybe I’ll pick up a bunch more WIT reads this month.

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Summer Reading for 2022

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I’m so late with this post, I know. In my defense, I have been very lazy when it comes to blogging. There is so much going on in my personal life and my reading has been kind of all over the place, so I thought maybe I’d put together a list today: a few books I am planning to read this Summer and a few I’ve already read and enjoyed. This is a bit unplanned and unstructured but it’s either that or not posting at all, and I do miss blogging, so a half-assed post it is!

My 2022 Summer Reading List

Life Ceremony by Sayaka Murata

I’ve really really enjoyed Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman, and I think her simple, direct writing style is perfect for reading during Summer, when I’m usually not in the mood for something too dense. It also fits very well as a beach read, since this is a collection of short stories!

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Because obviously I had to add a romance story! I’ve already read Book Lovers, and highly enjoyed it. If you’re looking for a romance that is cute but realistic, emotional but not heart-wrenching, and full of small town shenanigans, this is surely a great pick.

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Mid-Year Check-In on My Reading Goals for 2022

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Soooo I don’t know for you guys, but for me 2022 has been flying by. June is already over and I feel like I barely did anything??

It’s that time of year when I look back at my objectives for the year and what I’m close to accomplishing, where I need to put more effort, and what to give up because my priorities may have changed. I actually really enjoy writing these posts because I’m rather goal-oriented and so I tend to do pretty well on stuff like this… except I did terribly this year and honestly I don’t care. (who am I???)

So, without further ado, here are my reading goals for 2022 and how I’m doing!

1) Get my TBR to 50 books

I am pretty sure my TBR barely moved, even though I read 60+ books so far. I’d actually like to accomplish this because I feel like having my TBR at 50 would leave a lot of room for me to spontaneously pick up something new, instead of always stressing about my to-read pile. I am not sure this will happen this year, but I surely can try.

I’m not too worried about this objective because I keep a cheat-list on Goodreads where I add all the books I am vaguely interested in and I routinely add them to my TBR if I’m in the mood for them, so I have an official TBR and this shadow TBR-if-I’m-in-the-mood.

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My Least Favorite Releases of 2022 So Far

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So last week I posted about my favorite releases of 2022 so far, so this week we’re getting spicy and talking about my least favorite books that came out (or will come out still) this year. Obviously this is just my opinion so don’t be upset if I disliked a book you liked. I usually don’t finish books if I get a feeling I won’t like them pretty early on, but these books I decided to finish for one reason or another.

Also! I might get a bit spoiler-y about the reasons why I disliked a book, so if you hate any kind of spoilers, skip this post!

The Club by Ellery Lloyd

Okay, let’s start with a lukewarm one. The book itself isn’t too bad at all, but I had such expectations because its premise is just so juicy. Rich, famous people in an exclusive club, secrets, murder, it all sounds so intriguing! But in the end the story was mostly about the staff and their drama, which to me was not nearly as appealing – and the fact that the narrators felt to me like they had the same exact voice didn’t help matters either. I picked this up for the entertainment and gossip, and ended up rather disappointed. As said, it’s not a bad book, but it’s not what I hoped it would be. To be honest, I probably just finished this because I was listening to it in audiobook at 1.8x speed and it was a short one.

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