Weekly Wrap-Up 2 – 8 June 2020: A short break in blogging

Hello readers!

I will have a short blogging break starting tomorrow. There’s a lot going on in the world right now, and it feels a little pointless to write posts and answer comments and review books, and I feel a little too drained to do so anyway. I would also like to spend some time concentrating on educating myself, finding out how I can help, and reading anti-racist books without worrying about “reviewing” them or putting up content for my blog (which takes so much time). I would highly appreciate if you guys could recommend me some anti-racist books! I’ve got a list of what I want to read but I always love getting recs.

I will be back soon with my usual posting schedule of 2-3 posts per week plus the Weekly Wrap Up, but as of now I will only keep the Weekly Wrap Up since I really enjoy writing it and it’s not that much effort.

From Scribd I downloaded:

the song of achilles madeline miller

From Netgalley I received:

Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify carolyn holbrook My Heart's in the Highlands amy hoff Burning Roses s l huang

I also bought:

quem tem medo do feminismo negro djamila ribeiro Their Eyes Were Watching God zora neale hurston

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an unnecessary woman rabih alameddine the kill club wendy heard the song of achilles madeline miller

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine / Goodreads 4 stars

I finished this book and it was so lovely, it filled me up with love for books, which is such a nice thing. I loved the main character with her wittiness and her meandering thoughts and her translations.

The Kill Club by Wendy Heard / Goodreads 4 stars

This was an amazing audiobook! A very intriguing thriller which reminded me a lot of The Chain, but better done, in my opinion. Really a great book, and extra points for being F/F!

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller / Goodreads Ongoing

I started this as an audiobook and hope to finish it during the week. I’m enjoying it, it’s a very good YA fantasy surely, but I’m confused as to why it won the Women’s Prize.

near to the wild heart clarice lispector  a moveable feast ernest hemingwayWhy Im No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector / Goodreads 3 stars

I took far too long to read this, both because it’s a book you can’t quite rush through, and also because I didn’t quite love it. It’s an impressive book in my opinion, and it’s so unique – but I still prefer Clarice’s short stories to her novels.

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway / Goodreads 4 stars

After reading An Unnecessary Woman, I got an itch to read more classic fiction, so I picked up this book, which I received a couple years ago, and actually really enjoyed it. I don’t love Hemingway’s writing style and doubt a little that I will pick up his other works, but this was so interesting, telling a few stories of his years in 1920s Paris, with so many famous writers, poets, painters (and everyone drinks too much). It’s still a fiction book, it seems, despite being based a lot on real events.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge / Goodreads 4 stars

This was a great read. If you would like to read about racism in the UK, this is such a great start, it’s highly accessible and very well-written.

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What did you read this week?

11 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up 2 – 8 June 2020: A short break in blogging

  1. See you when you get back. I took a break too, but I’m ready to start writing/reading content again. Mostly because I was *really* looking forward to getting back into reading blogs this summer. Also, because I’m doing most of my self-educating in podcast form, so it didn’t end up taking as much time away from blogging as I anticipated. I’m with you, though, I’m probably not going to write reviews for the anti-racist books I picked up.

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  2. I’ll miss your posts but TOTALLY understand the need to take a break right now! I’m with you on not reviewing anti-racist books – those books are going to educate me, so I don’t really feel I have the authority to review them. One anti-racist book that I want to recommend is Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom. The essays in that book showed me how racism really does seep into every part of society – even in places I hadn’t considered before, like the beauty industry and the doctor’s office. Hope you have a great and fulfilling break!!

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  3. I totally get why you need the break. It nearly seems indecent now to talk about light books and I feel guilty…yet we need light in dark moments too.

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