Weekly Wrap-Up 1 – 7 September: The ARCs start coming and they DON’T STOP COMING

Hello readers!

I went a little bit excitedly into Netgalley and Edelweiss a couple weeks ago and requested 16 books. Last week I got approved for eight and this week for another three, two of which I had no memory of requesting (although I’m very excited for them!). So… I’m in trouble.

I also have gotten the block editor for WordPress and had a mild meltdown on Twitter:

I’m slowly getting used to it but it’s a somewhat frustrating experience. Thankfully I had a bunch of posts ready and took some time on Sunday to learn how to use the editor, I can’t imagine what it’s like if you actually post every day and write your posts the day you post them and suddenly get the new editor blocks. ANYWAY.

My Netgalley haul this week:

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Weekly Wrap Up

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell / 3 stars

I feel like this is objectively a 4-star read but I was incredibly bored during the entire book and I’ve been struggling to write a review – hopefully I have one prepared for tomorrow because on the 9th we have the announcement of the WP winner and I want my review post to be up before that!

Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami / Ongoing

I’m halfway through! This is such a great book I’m considering getting a physical copy to re-read it at some point. I loved part 1 and I think part 2 is not as strong but it’s still a great read and I’m having one of those “oh this is why I love reading” moments every time I pick it up, which doesn’t happen all that often.

The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea / DNF

I went all the way to 33% and literally all we had was an endless repetition of the 3 facts that we get to know already in the beginning. It took 20% of the book for us to even be introduced to the actual main characters. I am sure this will be an entertaining read once we get past say, half of the book, but I got really bored and lost any curiosity for who the killer might be. I’m also not very happy about the representation of Rory, an autistic girl with OCD and social anxiety, who seems like a Sheldon-like caricature of a quirky genius. I wouldn’t have minded that so much if the story had been actually gripping (although I resent the whole “it’s okay if you’re different/eccentric as long as you’re a genius!!” thing that is so prevalent in thrillers/police TV shows). I do love the whole true crime podcast thing, and that’s what kept me reading for that long in the first place. But then it was all gore and sensationalism and quirky genius girl and slow plot, so I gave up.

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A Falência por Júlia Lopes de Almeida / Ongoing

I am truly enjoying this??? It’s about a high society married woman who’s having a (ridiculously poorly hidden) affair and one day her husband loses his fortune. Apparently it’s more about the class struggles than the affair (I thought it’d be sort of a Anna Karenina / Madame Bovary book, but not really) I’m around 25% through so far but her writing is GORGEOUS and she’s so sharp, I can’t believe people (men) erased her books.

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What did you read this week?

7 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up 1 – 7 September: The ARCs start coming and they DON’T STOP COMING

  1. I have been seeing a lot of people talking about the block editor, so I guess they made you all switch? I must be the only person who voluntarily switched a LONG time ago (more than a year????), and I rather like it. It took some getting used to, for sure, but (when it works) it can do a lot more with pictures. Congrats on getting approved for Addie Larou! I’ll bet they’re being stingy with it, so it’s impressive you were approved!

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  2. I tend to write my posts the day before I plan to post them and very rarely I will write them the same day. Luckily I had most of my beginning of the month post already typed up and scheduled so I had some time to play around with it. Although I didn’t even bother trying to learn the block editor I just use the classic block which is a little different than it was before but it was still easier for me to understand.

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    • Breasts and Eggs is one of those that is a bit difficult to recommend because it meanders a lot (I get the feeling it might not be your type of book) but I’m truly having a great time with it!

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