For a change I haven’t ordered or received any books this week, added only a couple books to my TBR, and in fact got some reading done, so my TBR went ever so slightly down. Is this a trend? I hope so.
Family dramas set in Latin America seem to be a trend for this week, with The House of Spirits and The House in Smyrna (both of which count for Women in Translation challenge, by the way). Reading them both together was not a wise choice because I like to have a fast-reading book and a slow-reading book, and both of these are rather slow-reading, so I’m thinking of picking up another book to change things up a bit (also reading two family dramas is a bit confusing). Talking about WIT, I finished It Would be Night in Caracas! This was a very impacting read and I’m really glad I picked it up. I’ve also started and finished My Heart’s in the Highlands, a fluffy F/F romance that was entertaining but not brilliant. With 3 Latin-American reads this week, I feel quite proud.
Weekly Wrap Up
It Would be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo / 3 stars
I really enjoyed this! The writing was a bit clunky, which is why I gave this 3 stars, but otherwise this novel is incredibly intense and brings to light issues in Venezuela that perhaps the rest of the world is not entirely aware of. This reads a bit like suspense and also like a dystopia because, sadly, of how horrifying the violence in current times is in the country.
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende / Ongoing
I only have another 100 pages or so with this book, so I’m sure I will finish it soon. It started off a bit slow, but now I can’t stop reading it – it’s 500 pages of pure goodness.
My Heart’s in the Highlands by Amy Hoff / 3 stars
So this is a F/F Time Travel romance set in Scotland! I love that both women are tall and over thirty, the 13th century Scottish setting is so great; this book is overall a really good time, plus it talks a lot about the rights of women through time and how queer relationships were seen differently in different times. I did not love this because of the writing style, and the main characters’ relationship was not entirely convincing.
The House in Smyrna by Tatiana Salem Levy / Ongoing
I will still count this book for the WIT month challenge because although I’m reading it in the original in Portuguese, it seems to be within the rules for it! I find it so far very well-written and engrossing, a story about a woman going to her grandfather’s house in Izmir (ancient Smyrna), Turkey and uncover family secrets. The narrative meanders a bit as the narrator addresses her mom, her lover when she reminisces, or no one at all when she’s telling the story in the present. It is definitely confusing, but I’m finding the effect quite beautiful.