Weekly Wrap Up 28 April – 04 May 2020: Starting with the #womensprizesquad longlist and the Asian Readathon

Hello readers!

My vacation is sadly over from today on, so the next Wrap Ups will be sadly shorter with my usual 1-2 books per week instead of a glorious 3-5. Which is sad news for all the books I acquired this week, oops.

So, in case you missed it: a few book bloggers and I came up with an alternative longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (because we’re nerdy, way in too deep into it and have apparently lots of opinions), and you can check it out here: Women’s Prize for Fiction SQUAD Presents: Book Bloggers Take Over the 2020 Longlist. This is a really fun project and I got a bunch of books to get started on the longlist!

I’m also deciding the TBR for the Asian Readathon! I will post it tomorrow or so, once I’m done deciding 🙂 this year it’s super easy, the rules are really easy to combine and you can participate by reading literally 1 book, so if you’d like to participate, here’s some info from Cindy:

This week I got a boatload of books:

bunny mona awad the body lies jo baker my name is monster katie hale the bass rock evie wyld supper club lara williams frankissstein jeanette winterson disappearing earth julia phillips

In audio:

dominicana angie cruz wishful drinking carrie fisher

From Netgalley:

the dark tide alicia jasinska

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the king of crows libba bray the falcon soars gabrielle mathieu the memory police yoko ogawa

The King of Crows by Libba Bray / Goodreads Ongoing

I know it’s boring at this point, but at least I’m close to 80% of the book, which means another 5h of listening – I’m hoping to actually finish it this week!

The Falcon Soars by Gabrielle Mathieu / Review 3 stars

I finished this series! The writing and pacing was a bit off for me, but I do love that the main character is a Swiss scientist, and this surely had lots of adventure, which was fun to read!

The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa / Goodreads 4 stars (Review to come)

This is such a beautiful novel! It felt like 1984 a lot, but with gorgeous writing, fantasy/magical realism and some… sophistication? I’m not sure how to explain. It’s just really good.

bunny mona awad a madness of sunshine nalini singh know my name chanel miller

Bunny by Mona Awad / Goodreads 5 stars (Review to come)

I just saw and this year, despite having read almost 40 books, I only have 3 5-starred books. Which is wild. I debated giving this 4 stars, but it was so sharp and funny and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. This is GENIUS. Mean Girls + cult + horror + unreliable narrator? Yes, please.

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh / Goodreads DNF

I am actually surprised this book is talked about so much in the community – I follow mostly blogs of YA readers (especially of fantasy) and literary fiction, so it was curious to see a romantic suspense being hyped. I don’t normally gravitate towards romantic suspense, but have been on the mood lately for something a little light. Unfortunately I ended up DNF-ing it, because really this was NOT for me. I didn’t like the writing, the characters and didn’t much care for all the 30586 mysteries going on.  I initially picked this up for the Asian Readathon, so I’ll have to come up with another book!

Know My Name by Chanel Miller / Goodreads Ongoing

I then picked up my second Asian Readathon book, this non-fiction which I’ve just started but I’m already blown away. Chanel Miller writes in such a sensitive way.

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What did you read this week?

11 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up 28 April – 04 May 2020: Starting with the #womensprizesquad longlist and the Asian Readathon

  1. Looks like you ended vacation on a high! I’m so glad you’re loving Know My Name, and you’ve got me so excited for Bunny now! Also looking forward to your review of The Memory Police; that one didn’t do quite what I wanted it to in the end, but it is a beautiful book for sure and has really stayed with me.

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    • Well, technically my last vacation read was a DNF, but I hardly ever give 5-star and definitely DNF way more than that, so having two 5-stars was a pretty good record! (I think I have 3 or 4 in total this year omg what a grump).

      I totally see why The Memory Police left you wanting more – I felt that too, but at the same time I think that was a bit of the point. No neat explanation, no neat ending. It also reminded me so much of 1984 as well… know what I mean?

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      • Yes, I was referring to your high ratings, two 5-stars is definitely a plus! 🙂

        I can see the 1984 comparison for sure, there’s something about the whole set-up that, even while magical, feels like it’s a warning about what’s happening and/or about to happen in modern society. And they’re both haunting! I did actually like the way the ending left off without giving all the answers about what would happen next, but I was frustrated not to know more about the memory police! Since that was the title (at least in the English version- I’ve heard it’s different in others) I was expecting a bit more background on them and why things were disappearing in the first place. It is a great story anyway, I just had my expectations in the wrong place!

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          (so that potential readers don’t get spoiled)
          I was thinking that the Memory Police is maybe entirely composed of people with memory???? Maybe it’s also why they were capturing them? Like how after the legs disappeared they still walked fine… and all the serving coffee and so on! What do you think?

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            I think that’s a brilliant idea! I had noticed that the Memory Police didn’t seem to be affected, but I hadn’t connected the dots to realize that the captured “resistors” might be the police force. I think that still leaves me with some questions though, like how those captured people then take up the role of policing their family and friends… and without detection? I don’t remember exactly the size of the community, though this is certainly just getting down to details, lol. I would also have wanted to know why things were disappearing in the first place, and why it was so vital that those disappearances be policed! I think the book isn’t really out to answer any of those world-building questions, and it is maybe to the strength of its themes that it doesn’t get hung up on all those little details. It was my own issue that I couldn’t let those go!

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          • Well, it’s just a theory really, I can’t be too sure and I think the author leaves it open for interpretation anyway. I remember them mentioning that there were a few more headquarters in other areas, so perhaps the island isn’t too small? But that’s a great question. I’d also love to get answers about the disappearing things… but I guess destroying the things that disappeared might have been just as a way to make people compliant, so that they don’t remember how things used to be and ask for improvement somehow? (you see I’m quite convinced it’s some sort of social/political commentary, but I think at this point I’m reading too much into it). I don’t think it was your issue, not letting these details go – it’s surely frustrating to get so many questions unanswered!

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          • It’s a really good theory!! I also read way too much into details looking for social/political commentary, something about this book felt so realistic that it seemed like there had to be a parallel!

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          • Your guess is as good as mine! (Probably even better, since you were wise enough to pick up on who the memory police could be! I was just baffled, lol)

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