Weekly Wrap Up 18 – 24 May: A bit of Mermaids, Math and AIs

Hello readers!

I still gravitated towards fantasy this week but I did branch out a little bit and picked up the first nonfic after a while. I have been more interested in non-fiction lately, which is not good news for my TBR, but coincidentally (or not) I’ve also been less interested in other genres I used to read more of, so maybe that balances it out. My TBR has finally gone below 140 books, which I feel very proud of. I still have 38 books to go (plus however many I decide to add in the meantime) before I hit my goal, but I’m starting to feel that it is a feasible goal, if a bit challenging.

Weekly Wrap Up

The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey / audiobook / 4 stars

I just really liked this. It’s a great mix of mystery, magic and discussions about humanity, colonization, violence. This was an incredible read! I look forward to re-reading it in physical format. I love the concept of books about mermaids but rarely do I love these books – The Mermaid of Black Conch might just be the best mermaid book I’ve ever read!

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers / paperback / 3 stars

This is the second book on the Wayfarers series, and it follows Lovelace, an AI who is living on a body kit and now needs to learn to live as a human, and Pepper, the tech who was raised by an AI and will do everything in her power to help Lovelace. I enjoyed this one (especially the Pepper chapters! Her background story is so, so good) but I actually much preferred Angry Planet – I guess the story resonated with me a lot more. I’ve noticed this is an unpopular opinion, so please don’t kill me? I look forward to the next two books though.

Infinite Country by Patricia Engel / audiobook / 4 stars

This is a story about a couple from Colombia who decides to move to the US looking for a better life, and then end up as an undocumented family. I thought this was well-written and really moving, but the full emotional impact of the story was probably lost on me because I feel like I’ve read SO many “Latin Americans move to the US looking for a better life and end up undocumented” books. The last one I remember is Dominicana, and I vastly preferred this one (Talia is a delight to read about). I’m also quite glad to read a Colombian book, for some reason I always enjoy Colombian books so much!

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson / audiobook / 4 stars

This book is a mystery about a girl who was convicted of manslaughter for the death of a baby she was caring for when she was nine, but nobody is really sure what happened that night, and if she was in fact innocent. She’s now a teenager and once she finds herself pregnant, she decides to clear her name so that they won’t take her baby into foster care. This was very interesting and by the end I was listening to it at 2.5x speed because I HAD to know what happened next. I think I’ll get Grown by this author soon! Allegedly reminded me a bit of His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet, which I also enjoyed a lot.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon / audiobook / currently reading

I just started this one and I’m really enjoying. Solomon writes haunting stories that really stay with you and the audio for this one is done so well! It’s the story of a young woman who escapes the religious cult she grew up in, only to be hunted down. As said, I just started this one but I think it will get much darker and magical pretty soon.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan / hardcover / DNF

For some reason I thought this would be an adventure in the Arctic but turns out it’s a manly litfic about World War II. Yes it’s well written but it’s so pretentious, I have no patience for it. After 30 pages I ended up DNF-ed it.

Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors by Matt Parker / paperback / 4 stars

Ok so – I really liked this! It’s a fun read (and also sobering, as many of the mathematical mistakes end up costing people’s lives) and really fascinating at times. I work as an engineer & do some programming, so a lot of those errors were painfully familiar. My only complaint is that the pages are numbered backwards (because it’s funny, I guess), and it took me half the book to get used to that. It just really annoyed me.

What did you read this week?

One thought on “Weekly Wrap Up 18 – 24 May: A bit of Mermaids, Math and AIs

  1. I heard about The Mermaid of Black Conch from Book of Cinz and I’ve been wanting to pick it up ever since! Glad you enjoyed it. I haven’t read any of the Wayfarers series yet but since it’s all published I’m planning a marathon reading! And Infinite Country is one of the next books on my “potential reads” pile!


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