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:
From Netgalley I received:
I also bought:
Weekly Wrap Up
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 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.