We finally had a bit of sunlight last week, after endless weeks of fog (yay, November), so I gathered some courage and went running and whew, I’m so unfit now it’s a miracle I survived that weak-ass run. I’m hoping to go a bit more often now, even with the cold (I actually like running in the cold, 1000x better than in the heat). I read a LOT this week, mostly because I listened to audiobooks on my preferred unreasonably-fast speed & mostly listening to short books (~5h), so I ended up finishing 6 books (I only had like 20min left on Evil Has a Name and 10% or so of Vivek Oji) and starting 2 more.
This week I received from Netgalley:
This week I bought:
I’ve already read Bad Blood but wanted a physical copy to re-read at some point! I also bought Mostly Hero a while ago, but forgot to haul it here, apparently.
Weekly Wrap Up
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
I wasn’t entirely sure if to give this 4 or 5 stars, but in the end I was very impressed by this slim novel about love, friendship, gender, family and prejudice. It’s just a really good mix of mystery and literary fiction, and I loved it.
Evil Has a Name by Paul Holes
I only had an hour left on this one, so I finished it rather quickly. It was interesting (although perhaps a bit too morbid for me, but what did I expect). I will need a break from true crime after this! But you get insight into the investigation, details on who the EAR really is and what his neighbors and friends said about him. So for fans of true crime, especially if you liked I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, this is a worthy “sequel”.
Little Gods by Meng Jin
I really enjoyed this! I am absolutely biased because I love, love Physics so I adored that the main character is a brilliant physicist with a mysterious past. I just KNEW this was going to be amazing. This was incredible and I loved the writing, the mystery, the Physics (but it was not too much or too techy, it’s mostly spoken of in a literary way).
So Sad Today by Melissa Broder
This is my second Melissa Broder this month! This was a very quick audiobook (5h) and I enjoyed listening to it and learning a bit more about the author of The Pisces. She’s such a cool and witty person, and although I didn’t love Milk Fed, I will certainly read anything she writes next!
Silent Scream by Angela Marson
This is a thriller recommended by my sister, a very entertaining story and I really enjoyed it! I especially liked the twist.
Permafrost by Eva Baltasar, trans. by Julia Sanches
This gave me Clarice Lispector/Melissa Broder/Ottessa Moshfegh vibes and I really enjoyed it! It was shorter than I expected and I ended up reading this very quickly. It tells the story of a young woman who is suicidal as she recounts affairs and contemplates how to kill herself, until she meets her little niece.
Mostly Hero by Anna Burns
This is such an interesting short story – it’s entirely different in tone from Milkman and it’s so funny but also with surprising depth.
The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida by Clarissa Goenawan
I just started this and it’s a perfectly fine book but I’m not engrossed by it just yet – it reminds me a bit of Little Gods & A Man, so I’m afraid it’s going to be difficult not to compare.
Big Damn Hero by James Lovegrove and Nancy Holder
I just started this one, which is based on the TV series Firefly, which I LOVE, and it’s so much fun so far! I haven’t read adventure in a while (except for Endurance) and I forgot how fun these books can be.