Weekly Wrap Up 20 – 26 October: Nature Takes Revenge and Other Creepy Reads

Hello readers!

This past week I got sick, so I ended up self-isolating for half the week, which gave me lots of time to read since I literally could not leave the house (just my luck to get sick the moment I pick up running again!). This brings my TBR to below 180 books for the first time in forever! I can hardly believe it. Mostly it was because I did another purge and kicked out a few books from my TBR, but still.

Also can we all just collectively scream over the fact that there’s a new Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie book out TOMORROW??? Zikora just SHOWED UP and it’s already bumped to my top 3 most anticipated books of 2020 basically in November, the POWER of this woman. This went to my TBR so quickly.

This week I received from Netgalley:

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Weekly Wrap Up

Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor, trans. by Sophie Hughes

This was pure, brutal perfection in a book. I adored, adored it and I think it sadly made any other book I read after (or before) pale in comparison. It’s the story of the murder of the Witch in a small Mexican village, and it goes deep into the misogyny, superstitions and violence that these characters went through, putting you in the mind of people directly involved in the murder of adjacent to it. Truly incredible. TW for drug abuse, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, murder, rape, traumatic abortion, abuse of minors and probably more stuff I can’t think of at the moment. It’s very dark.

Eartheater by Dolores Reyes, trans. by Julia Sanches

I was disappointed by this slim book, although I see what the author tried to do with it, in the end Eartheater lacked a punch and had too many open points. It tells the story of a young woman who can find missing people, dead or alive, by eating the earth they’ve walked on. I had hoped for a bit more out of this story, and either the writing or the translation did not quite work for me either. Still, this was unique and haunting, an exploration of how young woman and children go missing and are quickly forgotten, dismissed by the police.

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Grahan Jones

I had mixed feelings about this book! It definitely works as a horror, and it brings such depth with it, but at the same time the pacing did not work for me and I spend a third of the book struggling with the writing (two POVs are written imitating how they speak, which I always struggle with), but it was truly gory and an intense read and so unique. I think I had hoped for more of a thriller, but this was a rather slow-paced horror that I ultimately enjoyed but did not love.

Penumbra por André Vianco

Infelizmente eu tive que dar DNF neste livro! Eu normalmente gosto (mas não amo) dos livros de André Vianco, acho as ideias dele muito creepy, mas este livro me entediou tanto que eu acabei perdendo interesse e parei de ler depois de umas 50 páginas. Uma pena, mas espero ler mais dele no futuro, tenho The Veil no meu radar e também Os Sete.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

This has been on my TBR for the longest time! I’m glad to finally read it. It’s still pretty early in the book but I am enjoying it so far!

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

I caved in and picked up ANOTHER book that was not on my October TBR, but it’s Alyssa Cole’s first thriller so I already knew this was gonna happen and have zero regrets! This started off as a contemporary romance, but the tension builds and builds until you can hardly stop reading because you just have to know what happens next. This read to me more as a romantic suspense than a thriller, focusing on gentrification, and I really enjoyed it!

5 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up 20 – 26 October: Nature Takes Revenge and Other Creepy Reads

  1. Good to know The Only Good Indians is slow-paced. I hope you have (had?) good luck with All the Birds in the Sky- I really liked the concept and some of the details but could just not get into the story for some reason, and have been hesitant to try again with the author. Sorry to hear you were sick, but yay for a productive reading week and lowering the TBR!

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