Weekly Wrap-Up 05 – 11 May 2020

Hello readers!

It’s been a week and I already miss my vacation! Not much to tell about the week, except that I got a couple Brazilian books:

with my dog eyes hilda hilst near to the wild heart clarice lispector

I wanted to read them in the original language, of course, but I’m also writing a post that I think these would be perfect for, and so I could only get them in English. Hopefully once I’m in Brazil again I can get physical copies in Portuguese!

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the king of crows libba bray know my name chanel miller dominicana angie cruz

The King of Crows by Libba Bray / Goodreads 4 stars

I am DONE. Can you believe it? This was a very good book, although it was a little too preachy a little too often and most of the twists rather predictable. Still, I love this world and the characters and the narration is fantastic.

Know My Name by Chanel Miller / Goodreads 5 stars

I have the feeling this will be the most difficult book I’ll ever read. A powerful book that should be read by everyone, and despite the heaviness of it, Chanel is such a compassionate writer, this was an unforgettable read and I highly, highly recommend!

Dominicana by Angie Cruz / Goodreads Ongoing

This is the fifth out of six books from the Women’s Prize shortlist that I am reading. I don’t like it much so far, but don’t dislike it strongly either. This could go from 2 to 3 stars depending on the ending!

before the coffee gets cold toshikazu kawaguchi gods of jade and shadow silvia moreno-garcia the body lies jo baker

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi / Goodreads 3 stars

My next read was also for the Asian Readathon, and this lovely short book is a cozy read about a café where you can time travel, but you must return before your coffee gets cold. I didn’t love it because the writing was a bit odd and lacked charm (maybe it was just the translation, though), but otherwise this was such a nice read!

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia / Goodreads 3 stars

I enjoyed this book, it’s a very interesting story, although it feels a bit middle grade because it follows such a fairy-tale-like, predictable structure, and the writing isn’t very flowery. There characters have very little personality outside of their assigned roles (her cousin is mean and entitled and not much else at all, the main character is your typical brave, foolhardy, rebellious girl etc).

The Body Lies by Jo Baker / Goodreads 4 stars

I can’t believe how quickly I read this. The atmosphere was just so tense in a realistic way that gave me chills. I could not stand the suspense and finished it in a day. There is something so eerie about how realistic the terrifying aspects of this novel are. I’m still wrapping my head around this one, and will have a review soon!

selected poems of emily dickinson

Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson / Goodreads 4 stars

I finished this, after a year or two of reading! It’s weird to rate this collection of poems – not only because I had such a mixed experience with it, but also because I know that objectively her poems are so beautiful and such a classic and all, but also I was bored a lot. Still, the ones that spoke to me really left a strong impression and I think my overall feeling was of a 4-star read!

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What did you read this week?

5 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up 05 – 11 May 2020

  1. Know My Name is one of my favourite books of the year. it was so powerful and Chanel Miller really is a beautiful writer. the audiobook was amazing; you really got to hear the emotion behind the words

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  2. It looks like you still got quite a bit of reading in even with vacation ended! I’m so glad you loved Know My Name, that one immediately ranked among my all-time favorites. Also excited to see you liked The Body Lies! It sounds excellent, I’m really looking forward to that one!

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    • Yes! At the moment I’m working part-time, so when I go home I have a few extra hours of reading etc. Plus books like Dominicana I listened to at almost 2x speed, so… it goes fast 🙂 Know My Name is so fantastic, I am still angry every time I think about it. Good luck with The Body Lies!! It seems to be very polarizing, the rating is like 3.5 I think

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