I finally went to the library more or less near where I live, and while they have a pitifully small selection of books in English (and none in Portuguese), which I guess is the motivation I need to improve my German and pick up books in German. I feel like thrillers are a good way to start – any recs? I ended up picking up these books from the library:
Clearly I was in a horror/thrilelr mood (still am!). I want to read these immediately.
Weekly Wrap Up
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones – 4 stars
This was so good! Yes it’s dark and bleak and has a million trigger warnings, but I loved the writing and the storytelling was so compelling I kept turning pages and needed to know what happens next. While I won’t be cheering for this one to win the Women’s Prize, I will definitely not be mad it it does!
Terminal Boredom: Stories by Izumi Suzuki, several translators- 3 stars
So, this was my first Women in Translation Month read and I am sad to not have enjoyed this more, but its premise is so, so cool. The author wrote these stories most likely in the 70s or 80s and they’re all the kind of sci-fi that focuses on people’s humanity and the challenges that technology, contact with aliens, or whatever else the author comes up with ends up changing (or not) the fundamental essence of humanity. This was a mixed bag for me, some stories more interesting than others, but what makes this incredible is that she had such great ideas and managed to reflect our current society in so many of these stories, written decades ago. This is weird and thought-provoking, which I really enjoyed, but the writing (or translations?) did not work for me at all – it was all very repetitive and just lacked something for me personally. I feel like this will be a major hit with some readers, but not all. Still, it is totally worth reading this, if only to imagine what it would have been like to read this in 70s Japan and then see how the world is like nowadays.
A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark – currently reading
After a lackluster experience in audio with Terminal Boredom, I am taking a short break from WIT reads by picking up one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I’m LOVING IT. This brings a smile to my face, it’s just so amazing – it has such a cool world with magical creatures and gods in 1912 Cairo, the main character is a delight, the mystery is so interesting. Seriously one of my favorite series and I hope it gets a million sequels.
The Other People by C.J. Tudor – currently reading
C. J. Tudor is an author my sister recommends every time I want to read a thriller, but I’ve been neglecting her books because I found The Chalk Man just ok. I just started this one today and I’m really enjoying it! It seems to be a supernatural thriller, which is great because after reading Sundown Motel I have an itch for supernatural thrillers that has yet to be scratched. The Other People sounds super promising!