Weekly Wrap-Up 07 – 13 July 2020

Hello readers!

This week I decided to go back to my exercise routine, and that took quite a toll on my reading!  I’m normally so tired when I get home I just want to have dinner and spend time with my husband and cat. It probably also doesn’t help that we’ve started with Season 2 of Dark. But that’s fine, since I wanted to scale down my reading anyway.

This week, I finished In The Time of the Butterflies, which was such a great read! It tells the story of the Mirabal sisters during Trujillo’s dictatorship until 1960, when three of them were murdered. I went on a bit with Space Race, which I think will take me longer to read than I’m used to for a book this size – perhaps another week or two. Then I picked up and DNFed The Price of Paradise. I first got it thinking it was a Latinx book (1940s Cuba), but it’s not! The author and main character are Spanish (it is set in Cuba, though), so I’m a bit upset this was advertised as Latin American. I read it for a couple chapters but ended up DNF-ing it. There were a few small things that kept annoying me during the book and I just didn’t think it was worth the effort to continue.

Next this week I will be picking up:

All of the eARCs above are F/F, in case you’re looking for some ideas of 2020 releases to read! I have so many ARCs still to read oh my gosh.

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in the time of the butterflies julia alvarez space race the battle to rule the heaves deborah cadbury the price of paradise susana lopez rubio

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez / Goodreads 4 stars

This wasn’t a perfect read, but it was so very interesting I couldn’t give it less than 4 stars. The Mirabal girls feel very much of their time, and you can’t help but feel for them as you watch them grow and navigate the Trujillo dictatorship, knowing how the story will end. The pacing felt a bit awkward, as well as the writing style, but honestly I overlooked that because the story was so good. This was a fantastic read!

Space Race: The Battle to Rule the Heavens by Deborah Cadbury / Goodreads Ongoing

I’m getting through this rather slowly, because it’s such a heavy read (starts in WWII in Germany) – I still feel that the author romanticizes von Braun and I’m sure this will deduct a few stars from my rating. Otherwise I am enjoying the book!

The Price of Paradise by Susana López Rubio / DNF

As said above, a bunch of small things annoyed me when reading this (the main character is incredibly naïve, the characterization of Cubans seemed a little too cartoonish etc) and I just didn’t have patience to finish it, so I’m DNF-ing.

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What did you read this week?

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