Weekly Wrap-Up 23 – 29 June 2020: A Very Sapphic Reading Week & trying out The StoryGraph

Hello readers!

This week I started trying out The StoryGraph, which recently got quite popular as an alternative to Goodreads. It’s still in its Beta stage, but it’s a really interesting tool to keep track of your books and find out what your tastes are like!

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I was fascinated to find out my reading taste is rather predictable. I do in fact have a LOT of dark, mysterious and emotional reads both on my “read” and my “to read” piles. Huh, so much for thinking I am so ~eclectic.

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One huge downside: No books that aren’t in English! So my Brazilian reads have been mostly not transferred to The StoryGraph, although from my understanding they will be adding those at some point. As said, they’re still in the Beta version, so there’s hope!

I haven’t received my “Ordered for you” suggestions either, but I’m curious to see what they come up with!

Also, curiously, 3 of the 4 books I picked up this week are Sapphic, which is accidental but also amazing. I was in fact confused every time I went to read Children of Virtue and Vengeance and there were not so many LGBTQ+ characters (although I remember at least one Sapphic couple). I’m going to pick up a Latinx book after finishing Celestial Mechanics, which I’m super excited for!

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Weekly Wrap Up

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi / Goodreads 3 stars

I was disappointed by this in several levels and ugh, it’s so sad because I loved Children of Blood and Bone! I loved the 80 to 99% of the book (if you read it, you know what happened on the 1%!!!!), but I finished the book feeling so meh. I’m not sure I will read book 3 at all.

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas / Goodreads DNF

I had no patience anymore this week and so decided to DNF this one. A pity, because I thought it was going to be amazing!

Supper Club by Lara Williams / Goodreads Ongoing

This is another longlisted book for the Women’s Prize Squad and it’s really, really visceral. It’s at times a difficult read (it took me several tries to read through a pretty descriptive self-harm scene), but also it’s incredibly addictive. A story about women reclaiming their hunger, their animal, joyful and sometimes disgusting selves.

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The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite / Goodread Ongoing

I started this LOVELY book because it was the only thing I had downloaded on my phone one day when I forgot my book (!!!) for the commute. I have been leaving it rather in the backlist because it just sounds so lovely and perfect I wanted to pick it up on a day when I needed a happy, uplifting read, but it is what it is! As predicted, I’m loving this. F/F? Astronomy? Historical setting that doesn’t feel (yet) aggressively oppresive? I’m so in.

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What did you read this week?

6 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up 23 – 29 June 2020: A Very Sapphic Reading Week & trying out The StoryGraph

  1. I have to get to reading The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics so bad and I know it, hope you love it! Also I’m also very much looking for alternative to goodreads, but it feels like it would be so much work I don’t like it … will look up the story graph though

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  2. I’ve been hearing lots about The Story Graph too, glad you found a lot to enjoy there!
    From your description, it sounds like the cover for The Supper Club is perfectly suited to the book. I’ve been reading Cinderella is Dead, a retelling of the Cinderella fairytale where Prince Charming is much more of a controlling figure and all women are subject to the extreme patriarchal rules of his kingdom. MUCH creepier than the original but a fascinating read so far.

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  3. Ah, I’m so excited to pick up Supper Club, I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Sorry to see your other reads this week weren’t going as well. The Storygraph does look like it will be fun as the site continues to improve! 🙂

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  4. I love the pie chart of your books according to mood!! And I’m sorry you had some disappointing reads this week! I see what you mean about Catherine House – I don’t dislike it but just feel kind of apathetic about it?

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  5. I honestly don’t know if I’ve seen anyone say they liked Children of Virtue and Vengeance as much as they like Children of Blood and Bone. It’s too bad because, like you said, Children of Blood and Bone was just SOOOO GOOOD.

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