If You Liked this Book, Read this Latin American Book for Women in Translation Month

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Last year I couldn’t post recommendations because I realized too late it was #WITmonth plus my reading is incredibly Anglo-centric and only the past year or two have I taken steps to change that – and discovered amazing books in the process! I have been re-discovering favorites, finding out about authors I never heard of and generally got my enthusiasm for reading re-ignited, because translated fiction is a lot more creative than the US/UK books that usually are on my radar. If it got translated into English, it’s probably because that book is really special in some way, so as a rule I am often blown away by translated books. I also found out that I am quite inclined towards Latin American fiction (I’ve especially been reading a lot more Brazilian lit lately) probably due to the fact that they’re much closer to the culture I grew up with (I am Brazilian, by the way) and so they resonate with me a lot more. English-written books, even if by Latin American authors, are normally written with an American public in mind, through an Americanized way of storytelling, so I find that it’s much more insightful to read books written FOR the public I want to read about – as in, translated fiction.

The main problem I have when looking for translated works to add to my TBR is figuring out what kind of “vibes” they give, since my usual references (reviews by bloggers I know) are a lot more scarce. Which is why I decided to create this post (and more like these in the future), to help readers who loved certain books explore Latin American translated fiction.

If you liked Human Acts by Han Kang, try It Would be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo

Human Acts by Hang Kang is a difficult book to read, a short collection of stories of an uprising in South Korea in 1980 which resulted in violent, devastating consequences for many Koreans, told through the stories of several characters, it does not flinch away from the horrors of torture, death and brutal oppression. It Would be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo tells the story of Adelaida, living in contemporary Venezuela, which is going through awful times of political oppression, torture and people going “missing”. The author also does not flinch away from those things, although the writing style are quite different, both books are incredibly powerful and document the horrors of reality through the eyes of fictional characters.

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Weekly Wrap Up 20 – 26 July

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I didn’t end up reading a whole lot this week, but I did read rather broadly, one eARC, one Sci-fi, one historical fiction and a fantasy that I ended up DNF-ing. I have been staying a bit away from social medial lately (this means also that I haven’t blog hopped in a WHILE), which means I haven’t added any new books to my TBR these past weeks and so my TBR continues to shrink: it’s at 116 books now! Quite cool, considering my goal for the year is for my TBR to go down to 100 books!

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Weekly Wrap Up 13 – 19 July: All over the place

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Sooo… this week was a bit all over the place. At work we had an issue which meant I had not much to do there and so I reduced my extra hours and took two days off, which gave me more time to read!

I loved one of my reads and was immediately in the mood for picking up more books, and then I started a sci-fi that bored me so much I had to summon LOTS of motivation to read anything else after DNF-ing it. After a couple days of not reading at all (which is pretty rare for me), I read a book club read that was 150 pages long and got me back on track – and then nearly got into a slump again after reading an eARC that was fun but also exhausting. I think I’ll take a bit of a break for another couple days and not read so much next week.

I will also step away a bit from blogging so I can focus more on work, getting back into a routine of exercising and so on. My routine pretty much non-existent since the start of the pandemic and I really miss it (plus it’s definitely taken a toll on my mental health), so I will put more time and effort into doing the things I know make me feel better and healthier.

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Review: Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas

Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas

Categories: Romance, LGBT+

First Publication Date: June 3rd 2021


Synopsis:

๐‘จ๐’˜๐’‚๐’š ๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’†๐’”, ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’„๐’Œ ๐’”๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’”, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’“ ๐’“๐’๐’๐’Ž ๐’‚๐’‡๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’“๐’”โ€ฆ ๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’• ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’…๐’š!

๐˜พ๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™”

Marymount girls are good girls. Weโ€™re chaste, weโ€™re untouched, and even if we werenโ€™t, no one would know, because we keep our mouths shut.

Not that I have anything to share anyway. I never let guys go too far. Iโ€™m behaved.

Beautiful, smart, talented, popular, my skirtโ€™s always pressed, and I never have a hair out of place. I own the hallways, walking tall on Monday and dropping to my knees like the good Catholic girl I am on Sunday.

Thatโ€™s me. Always in control.

Or so they think. The truth is that itโ€™s easy for me to resist them, because what I truly want, they can never be. Something soft and smooth. Someone dangerous and wild.

Unfortunately, what I want I have to hide. In the locker room after hours. In the bathroom stall between classes. In the showers after practice. ๐‘€๐‘ฆ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘‘ ๐‘ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘š๐‘š๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”. ๐‘€๐‘ฆ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ข๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ ๐‘˜๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก.

For me, life is a web of secrets. No one can find out mine.

๐™Š๐™‡๐™„๐™‘๐™„๐˜ผ

I cross the tracks every day for one reasonโ€”to graduate from this school and get into the Ivy League. Iโ€™m not ashamed of where I come from, my family, or how everyone at Marymount thinks my skirts are too short and my lipstick is too red.

Clay Collins and her friends have always turned up their noses at me. The witch with her beautiful skin, clean shoes, and rich parents who torments me daily and thinks I wonโ€™t fight back.

At least not until I get her alone and find out sheโ€™s hiding so much more than just whatโ€™s underneath those pretty clothes.

The princess thinks Iโ€™ll scratch her itch. She thinks sheโ€™s still pure as long as itโ€™s not a guy touching her.

I told her to stay on her side of town. I told her not to cross the tracks.

But one night, she did. And when Iโ€™m done with her, sheโ€™ll never be pure again.

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Weekly Wrap Up 29 June – 5 July

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So this week I decided to start slowing down my reading (I still picked up a lot of books this week though) so I can have more time to do other things more mindfully rather than constantly multitasking – I listen to books while I do a lot of things, and lately I’ve been feeling like it’s a bit too much. I miss reading slowly and taking my time, so that is what I will try to do for the next few weeks and see how it goes.

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July TBR: one (very exciting) buddy read, a couple ARCs & more

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This month I will be reading mostly whatever I want because I expect work will be VERY busy and stressful for the next couple months, so I will be focusing mostly on reading books that feel more like comfort reads. I still want to get a couple eARCs out of the way so I put two on my TBR for this month, plus a buddy read with Chelle that I am very excited for – the new Penelope Douglas book, called Tryst Six Venom, a F/F bully romance. I also added a couple books that I REALLY want to read (Braised Pork and If I Had Your Face), so I expect I’ll pick those ones up soon.

So this is the TBR I’ve decided for this month!

  • Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas (carryover from June)
  • The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden (carryover from June)
  • How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
  • How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie
  • Braised Pork by An Yu
  • If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
  • Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb