Audiobook Narrator Spotlight: January LaVoy

Hello readers!

Today I’m writing something a little different. I listen to audiobooks quite often, and a good narrator can make or break a book for sure, and there are a few particular narrators that I really love. My favorite narrator of all times is the one I’m talking about today – January LaVoy. I first got to know her work through her famously fantastic narration of The Diviners series by Libba Bray, and have picked up other books I hadn’t considered before just because she narrated them!

I love the way she makes different voices, accents and I kinda love it every time she sings (she sings a lot in The Diviners series). It brings a story to life and adds personality to each of the characters. She’s my favorite for good reason, she is highly talented!

Here are some of the books she narrated:

the diviners libba bray jar of hearts jennifer hillier Dear Ijeawele or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Continue reading

Weekly Wrap Up #15 / 2020

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[Edited] So I forgot today was Monday and therefore I had to finish up my wrap up post, so now it’s been live for almost 3h and here I am, finally updating it. This week has been quite good for my reading, because Easter! We hid chocolate around the house and I felt very smart hiding one taped inside our lampshade. Took my husband nearly 20min to find it.

I bought the following books:

a thousand ships natalie haynes red at the bone Jacqueline Woodson

Both from the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist, and I hope to get to them by next week! But then again, I have around half of The Mirror and the Light to go, so… who knows. Reading thick books is kind of messing up my reading challenge and I’m now on track instead of my usual 10 books ahead and it’s getting me NERVOUS. So after the Mantel I will probably pick up Red at the Bone, which is quite short.

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eARC Review: Death in Her Hands, by Ottessa Moshfegh

Death in Her Hands Ottessa MoshfeghRating: ★★★☆☆

Categories: Literary fiction, mystery

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I received an advance copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Death in Her Hands starts with a mysterious note Vesta finds one morning during her daily walk with her dog. The note says Magda is dead, and no one will ever know who did it. There is no body, no signature, no clues. As Vesta gets more involved, her quiet routine becomes more turbulent, and it will make her face the truths about her marriage, the death of her husband and what it meant for her freedom.

As much as I tried to make the synopsis not sound like this is a murder mystery, it still kind of does – don’t be fooled, it is not. I started this book somehow convinced it would be basically a literary whodunit, and after half of it had gone by, I started to accept that I was wrong. It was a frustrating couple hundred pages, so I warn now early in the review: this book is about Vesta, her past, her thoughts, perhaps her descent into confusion and grief; it’s not exactly a murder mystery. I don’t know if this spoils the book somehow, but I think not, as I could only enjoy this book once I understood this. Continue reading

Review: A Morte de Ivan Ilitch e Outras Histórias / The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy, edition in Portuguese [EN/PT]

a morte de ivan ilitch e outras historias leo tolstoiAnother bilingual review, I’m quite excited to write those! It’s been a while that I’ve read this much in my own language, and I’m enjoying it, it’s much easier to grasp the meaning of words and how the characters feel, even with old-fashioned writing and long, fancy words.

[English]

Rating: ★★★★☆

Categories: Classic Fiction, Russian, Translated Fiction

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This is the first time I pick up Tolstoy, whose writing I’ve always heard was rather inaccessible, mainly because of how lengthy the books are – so picking up his short stories seemed to me like a good way to get to know his writing before committing to such long books.

This book contains the following short stories:

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich
  • The Kreutzer Sonata
  • Father Sergius

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Conspiracy Theories about the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020

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Once you get invested in something so niche like a book prize, it’s inevitable to start using your imagination too much, especially during these times of mental idleness, which is why I’m writing this post! Yay! As a warning, I’m under the delusion that I’m funny, so I apologize for that. Last year, I talked a bit about some strange coincidences on the 2019 longlist (Rachel also wrote an excellent post about that, which went a bit deeper into the comparisons!), so clearly that is something suspicious going on every year. This year I’m bringing to you conspiracy theories!

This is obvious, but just to be sure: I am clearly joking this entire post. I don’t hate any of the books (yet!!), and have enjoyed several of them so far! I admire the WP very much and will continue to read from their recommendations for years to come 🙂 so please don’t get mad!

the mirror and the light hilary mantel

The books suck this year so the Mantel will win

Obviously. With the exception of my perfect-can-do-no-wrong baby Woman, Girl, Other. Which leads me to the next one…

Since they had no idea how Brexit would go, they made sure that a UK author would win, just in case

Theory concocted by Hannah! Since our bets are on either Evaristo or Mantel, this seems like a rather obvious conclusion. They didn’t even try to be subtle. Continue reading

Regular Weekly Wrap With No One Eloping This Time

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This week we have a regular wrap-up where no-one is eloping, which is frankly disappointing considering the last wrap-up, but here we are! I’ve been back to reading these past week, which is so great because I spent 2 weeks before this reading very little (comparably, that is, to my usual), since I was tired and anxious all the time (and who isn’t?).

Ohh I have new books! My pre-ordered copy of Hamnet arrived!! And it’s gorgeous. ALSO author Jack Harbon was incredibly kind and gave me an early copy of Meet Cute Club! This is going immediately to my vacation TBR.

hamnet maggie ofarrell meet cute club jack harbon

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Fun and Light-Hearted Reads for Anxious Times

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These aren’t the best times for anxious people, and we all try to deal with is in different ways – I particularly enjoyed reading Severance, by Ling Ma during this time, but I admit reading this kind of book during our current times might be a bit too much for some readers. If you’re looking for fun, light-hearted books, here are some that I found very soothing! A few of them are romances, thankfully the romance genre completely Gets It that sometimes all we need is low stakes fluff. I hope you enjoy them, and let me know in the comments if you have more book recommendations!

[Edit 04/04/2020] This post ended up published before I finished due to my conflict in personal appointments, so I’ve edited now most of the content below! Enjoy 🙂

Other bloggers have posted their lists, too, which are pretty cool:

Callum McLaughlin – Let’s Recommend | Feel-Good Nonfiction

Readable Life – MY TOP FIVE COMFORT READS

Reading Ladies Book Club – Lighter Reads During Stressful Times

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Review: Severance, by Ling Ma

Severance Ling MaRating: ★★★★☆

Categories: Literary Fiction, Dystopia

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In Severance, the world has collapsed into apocalypse after fungal spores infected and slowly killed everyone. Inexplicably, Candace survived, and so did a few other people, who she joined in an attempt to survive.

Disclaimer: Due to current events, if you find the content of the book to be potentially triggering for you, definitely give it a pass. I did not find it was a problem for me, and found comfort in a story that had parallels, but was very different, to our situation and had no stakes on my real life. This is however a very personal experience and I don’t recommend everyone read it at this time.

This is a surprisingly beautiful and character-driven book, unlike any other apocalypse story I’ve ever read. Candace joins a group of other survivors, who have not showed symptoms of the strange disease that slowly kills its victims, taking away their consciousness until they perform nothing but their muscle memory routines, stuck serving dinner, or getting ready to go to work, for weeks and weeks until they starve to death. What starts as a survival measure, slowly turns into a cult and Candace is in more danger than she knows. Continue reading