Half an hour ago I complained it was already August, and now September is tomorrow. Time is going by crazy fast (and yet, it’s never my vacation!). This week has been quite restoring – surprisingly, I got lots of reading and relaxing done. The state of lack of focus and energy that I’ve been feeling for months now seems to be slowly going away. It feels quite good to feel more like myself.
From my August Reading Plans I managed:
- House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
- Things we lost in the fire by Mariana Enriquez
- Drive your plow over the bones of the dead by Olga Tokarczuk
- My Heart’s in the Highlands by Amy Hoff
- Hysteria by Jessica Gross
- Sisters by Daisy Johnson
- Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (ongoing)
Actually I’m very impressed with myself! I read all the books I wanted to read this month plus a few more (It Would be Night in Caracas which I’d started in July, The House in Smyrna, Fangs, How Should One Read a Book?, Pequeno Manual Antirracista and started both Breasts and Eggs and The Suicide House)
For September I’d like to read:
8 books is quite a challenge (plus the three I’m currently reading!), but I feel confident after reading all 7 from my list in August. For August I had 2 rather long reads, whereas none of the books above are very long. There are a few readathons I’d like to take part in but have no time for (September will be… chaotic), namely:
ALSO, I finally bought Carmilla (not the edition below, but I will get that one, too! It has an introduction by Carmen Maria Machado!) and Wild Dog, and received a BUNCH of eARCs.
From Netgalley and Edelweiss:
Weekly Wrap Up
Hysteria by Jessica Gross / 3 stars
This was a decent read but it left me wanting a bit more out of it! Still, if you love the “messy women” trope, and you loved books like Queenie and The Pisces, you will definitely enjoy this.
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell / Ongoing
I’m maybe a third through and I’m finally getting interested in the story. As of now it’s somewhere between 3 and 3.5 stars for me – yes, the writing is beautiful but it feels so overdone I can’t get into the story or care about the characters. Also Agnes (and Rowan) are incredible but so archetypical it feels exhausting – we’ve seen so many Wild Child characters, and it can be done very well (like The Tiger’s Wife) but a lot of times it’s just too predictable.
How Should One Read a Book? by Virginia Woolf / 4 stars
This was an engrossing read and very inspiring. I highly recommend if you want a book that will remind you why you love reading in the first place, or a glorified guide on how to be a book blogger. I love her writing, so this was such a pleasure to read!
Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami / Ongoing
This is BRILLIANT AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It’s the story of three working class women in Japan and it’s amazing, witty and sharp, incredibly sensitive and a delight to read.
Pequeno Manual Antirracista por Djamila Ribeiro / 5 stars
This helpful anti-racist manual is written by a Brazilian writer whose other book, Quem Tem Medo do Feminismo Negro? I recently enjoyed as well. A great starting point and full of references for future readings!
The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska / DNF
I tried! I promise I did, but YA has just not been my thing for the past year or so. There are so many brilliant ones out there, but I’ve been exhausted by the rather predictable narrative, similar writing styles and characters. I love the idea of this book so much but it’s too similar to others I’ve read and I have little patience for books that don’t excite me.
The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea / Ongoing
I was excited to request this eARC but by now I’ve tried 3 times to read this and it’s just not doing it for me. It feels overly dramatic and I’m not very interested, but I really enjoyed the other book I’ve read by this author so I will give it a chance. I’m not even 5% through anyway.