I can’t believe it’s been another week. I had a rather chill weekend and got a lot of reading done – I’ve been on the mood lately for reading more Brazilian lit, so I was excited to pick up one mystery/thriller book and a collection of poetry. Next I think I’ll pick up a non-fiction about the history of the royal family escaping to Brazil and starting a series of events that ended with Brazil’s independence in 1822. I’m quite excited for it.
Weekly Wrap Up
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling / 3 stars
I ended up not enjoying this much. I love the idea of this book (body horror! F/F sci-fi! Exploring caves in other planets!) but the execution was a bit off for me: the pacing was a bit too slow, the story too repetitive, the romance very yucky. I sometimes really enjoyed the story and sometimes I wanted to stop reading. All in all, a mixed reaction. I think this will work for many readers, but it did not work for me.
Tupinilândia by Samir Machado de Machado / 4 stars
I loved this! It’s a book exploring nationalism in Brazil, the country’s history with dictatorship and transition to democracy, but it’s also a thriller/mystery. It’s hard to really sum up this book in just a few words, but this is amazing, so thoroughly researched and full of cultural references. My only complaint is that the writing is a bit too verbose for my taste and the characters are rather flat, but honestly I had such fun reading this it’s still a pretty solid 4 star book.
The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee / ongoing
I’ve been meaning to read this for a loooong time. I finally decided to pick this up on audio, although I have it as an ebook already. The narration is really good, and I like listening to nonfiction, so it’s going pretty well! It’s really eye-opening and well-written.
Canções de atormentar by Angélica Freitas / 4 stars
This poetry collection is so strong and full of rhythm! I had not read anything by Angélica Freitas before, despite her previous book (O Útero é do Tamanho de um Punho) being on my radar for a while. I’m quite impressed, even if not all poems resonated with me (I’m not a big poetry person, in any case). I added two of her books to my TBR – and if you’re interested, her debut collection (Rilke Shake) is also available in English (among other languages, I believe).