Weekly Wrap Up 21-27 April 2020 (I am a READING MACHINE)

Hello readers!

Sooo, last week we got the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction:

I got 4/6 right, and I’m not too disappointed. It’s not the best list, but it’s not the worst either – I’m not thrilled about Dominicana being there, and I just know I’ll have to read it after all (if you didn’t know, I was planning on skipping it). Perhaps in audio?

I have reviews on a few of those already:

I will also post a review for A Thousand Ships soon! Still have to read Hamnet, and I’m really excited to pick that one up, since I expect it will be one of my favorites.

I’ve been on vacation now for a week, and have been doing lots of reading! Not as much as I could, of course, but I’ve been relaxing, picking up running again, doing lots of cooking and actually useful stuff ,too. I unfortunately have no self control and added a bunch of books to my TBR, but I have no regrets at all – they all sound fabulous and I’m excited to read more translated fiction.

I got the following books:

the price of paradise susana lopez rubio life lu yao gods of jade and shadow silvia moreno-garcia

The first two are translated fiction and the last is a fantasy I’ve been wanting to read for the longest time!

I’ll have more books coming my way hopefully soon because some wonderful bloggers and I will be reading our way through 16 books we elected as our Squad version of what the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 longlist should have looked like according to us! If you want to read more, we have impeccable tastes (and modesty abound), and both Sarah and Emily wrote about it! I’m so excited about it!!


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the king of crows libba bray red at the bone Jacqueline Woodson a thousand ships natalie haynes

The King of Crows by Libba Bray / Goodreads Ongoing

Slowly crawling towards the end of the book. I swear it’s a good one! I’m just very slow at audiobooking, lately and find myself drawn to physical books instead.

Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson / Review 3 stars

Whew, I forgot for a moment I had even read this. It’s a very short book and I devoured it in one afternoon, but mostly because… I wanted it to be done. I liked it and there were small glimpses of brilliancy in this, but it felt unremarkable and I was not emotionally connected to the characters at all.

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes / Goodreads 4 stars, Review to come

I loved this! It’s everything I wanted from Silence of the Girls, and I’m so happy to have picked this up!

beach read emily henry meet cute club jack harbon he started it samantha downing

Beach Read by Emily Henry / Review 4 stars

This was the nice romance I needed after so many literary fiction reads lately! It’s a story with far more depth and interesting topics than I expected. Honestly one of the best romances I’ve read all year!

Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon / Goodreads Review to be published on May 5

Cute romances are all I needed this week, and I was so excited to read this, and it gave me Bromance Book Club vibes. I’m publishing the review on May 5th, since it’s the day this comes out, but I have already a review on Goodreads, which is the same I will publish then, if you’d like to check it out!

He Started It by Samantha Downing / Goodreads 5 stars, Review to come

This was a fabulous read. I read it in one sitting, ignoring all my chores and my husband’s cries for attention (jk). Such an excellent read, solidifying Samantha Downing as one of my favorite authors!

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What did you read this week?

13 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up 21-27 April 2020 (I am a READING MACHINE)

  1. I have He Started It on my tbr as well, and I’m glad you loved it! I just recently read the blurb for Hamnet and it sounds fascinating. I’m also curious about Girl, Woman, Other, but not sure when I want to squeeze it in.

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    • Yes, I’m so excited for Hamnet! I’m glad you are thinking about reading Girl, Woman, Other, because it’s honestly such a great read. I’ll keep an eye out for your review on He Started It! Have you read My Lovely Wife?


    • Ohh I’ve been wondering if to read that one for so long (the Mrs. Hancock I mean). What do you think of it so far?

      Also your comment has encouraged me so much to read Gods of Jade and Shadow! I’ve seen reviews that say it’s basically a MG and that put me off it so much, initially. But apparently it’s not??

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    • I love finding new books on people’s round ups, too! It’s so exciting to see people loving books I haven’t seen before…

      Hahaha thanks! Wish I could read 5/6 books per week always, it would make my TBR so much more manageable!!

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  2. Forgetting you read Red at the Bone is such a mood. It looks like you had such a good reading week otherwise though! I really should read Samantha Downing, I suspect I would highly enjoy her thrillers. I’m glad to see you loved her new release!

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