Weekly Wrap-Up 14 – 20 July 2020: Bye-bye Goodreads Links

Hello readers!

I finally got a copy of The New Jim Crow in eBook and I’m very pleased. It’s a really great book, so I wanted to have a copy anyway!  This was a fantastic read and made me so damn angry. I’ve picked up a few anti-racist reads from Brazil as well, since it strikes me as lacking (and hypocritical) to only read about what happens in other countries. I’ll look for some German reads, too. I finished also Space Race, which was so good but also problematic so I deducted a couple stars. I started and DNF-ed Each of Us a Desert (sadly), and started both Throwaway Girls and Disappearing Earth!

I’ve also decided to stop putting links to Goodreads on my reviews. I do this for every review, and have a few times also added links to Skoob (Brazilian Goodreads) and once or twice to The StoryGraph. But, unless I want to spend a lot of time searching links for other platforms as well, or add at least these three which I use more or less, it’s quite unfair to put only Goodreads, especially considering its link to Amazon. As I’ve been trying to slowly disconnect myself from shopping through Amazon, promoting Goodreads doesn’t make much sense. A few posts I’d already prepared and scheduled, and will still have the links, but I think people don’t even use those to add books to their TBRs, so hardly something that will be missed.

I got a bunch of eBooks on my favorite Brazilian bookstore:

the new jim crow michelle alexander afterlife julia alvarez Things we lost in the fire mariana enriquez

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In my defense, I had a discount code and a lot of these were on sale (Policarpo Quaresma & Carta de um Defunto Rico were free!). I received a new discount code but I have a semblance of self control and won’t get more books! Probably. Maybe. Actually, I promise nothing. I’m dying to get to one of those asap but first I must read a few eARCs since I’m getting rather late with those. *sigh*

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space race the battle to rule the heaves deborah cadbury the new jim crow michelle alexander each of us a desert mark oshiro

Space Race: The Battle to Rule the Heavens by Deborah Cadbury / 3 stars

After the first maybe 100 pages or so, this book really picked up pace and became the fascinating read I was hoping for! I had lots of fun reading this (it’s surprisingly dramatic and juicy, but then again, that’s history for you) and lots of admiration for some of the scientists (and less for others). My issue with this book is basically the lack of discussion regarding von Braun’s involvement in the use of slave labor to create the rockets for the Nazis. He is portrayed more in a “oh poor brilliant scientist being shoved around by the government and their political drama” but there is evidence that came out after his death about his more active role in the use of slave labor. I wish the author had treated that with a little more care.

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander / 5 stars

I finally finished this book, after a few weeks between my subscription in Scribd suddenly ending a day early and actually acquiring a copy. This was incredible and eye-opening and I think everyone should read it.

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro / DNF

I finally picked up an ARC! Unfortunately this wasn’t an amazing read for me – it felt like another YA fantasy, in a different setting for sure, but the main character was so interchangeable with other YA fantasy MCs that I lost interest very quickly. I also had issues with the writing style and stopped reading at around 20-25%.

throwaway girls andrea contos disappearing earth julia phillips

Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contos / Ongoing

I’m very much in the beginning of this and it feels somewhat generic but not in a bad way – I’m intrigued to see where this goes and the formula feels familiar for thrillers (which I’m very in the mood for).

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips / Ongoing

I’m enjoying this very much! It’s a slow-paced mystery book about a small community in east Russia, and the secrets they have. This is a very atmospheric read and I love that it’s set in Russia, although I love it less that it’s written by an American author. The writing feels American, but at the same time it gives such a great idea of what the people, the place feel like. So I’m a bit conflicted – anyone knows an east Russian reviewer who’s read it?

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What did you read this week?

10 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up 14 – 20 July 2020: Bye-bye Goodreads Links

    • Thank you, Jules! Yes, I should’ve thought about taking it off my posts a while ago, but it was kind of automatic, you know? Add title, add author, add rating, add Goodreads link… but it’s quite useless and hardly anyone uses it (in my blog at least).

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  1. I don’t put Goodreads links either (though I link from Goodreads to my blog). I don’t know about other readers, but I normally just open a new tab (or Google Keep) if I want to take note of a book to read, so I don’t really click on links leading out.

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  2. We still put Goodreads links on our blog, I guess because we started years ago and just still do it? From our stats, though, it looks like almost no one ever clicks on the links.

    I agree! The New Jim Crow is a powerful, must-read! I definitely learned a lot.

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    • I totally get it. It was so automatic for me to add the links, honestly, but no one really uses it and I think I’ve used it in other blogs either.

      Yes! I had initially borrowed The New Jim Crow, but it’s nice to actually own a copy now.

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  3. i usually use goodreads links to link to my GR review of a book, but i may try holding back when it comes to books i haven’t reviewed. it is SO convenient for just adding books to one’s TBR but it does feel kind of ick supporting amazon. :/

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    • Honestly I’ve never used a GR link in someone’s blog before? I guess it’s useful for some people, and especially if you have a full review there instead of in your blog. I took off the Amazon link a while ago but left the GR one and never connected the dots until recently lol watch my one neuron catch up!!

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  4. I’m glad you’re enjoying Disappearing Earth! And that you found so much good info in The New Jim Crow, I really need to read that one.

    Good idea removing Goodreads links. I’ve used them sometimes for books I want to mention without listing synopses, but maybe if no one is clicking them it isn’t necessary anyway. It really isn’t hard to open another tab and search for the book in whatever bookish site one wants to use, and that’s what I tend to do anyway rather than follow the links, so I suppose I should just stop linking GR altogether! Thanks for talking about ways to opt out of supporting Amazon. It would have been nice if Bezos had done better, but… here we are.

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  5. It looks like you are having a great reading month! I am curious about your opinion on Alvarez’s Afterlife. I only read so far “Before We Were Free” by her, and loved it – so I am eager to try her other books (especially since I am committed to my Latin America Reading Challenge). It is precisely because I am originally from Russia that I don’t feel the need to jump up in excitement and start reading “Disappearing Earth”. In fact, I think I will be rather critical of it and I don’t like to be negative 🙂 I will probably read it at some point – but it will be a West Russian reviewer opinion (I don’t think there are many people who live in Siberia) 🙂


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