Thoughts on the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 Longlist

Hello readers!

The longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 came out! (crowd cheers)

My TBR cries as I add 13 books to it, but that’s okay because I’m pretty excited to read those. I am surprised that Ducks, Newburyport didn’t make it and honestly disappointed to not see it there. I’m less surprised that The Man Who Saw Everything and My Dark Vanessa didn’t make it either, but I really wish they had! The Testaments isn’t there either, which actually pleases me, as I really didn’t want to pick it up.

My thoughts on the books for this year: Continue reading

4 Books I Hope Are Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction + 2 I Hope Aren’t

Hello readers!

The longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction comes out next week! There are a few great prediction posts out already: Hannah’s Women‚Äôs Prize for Fiction 2020: Longlist predictions and Emily’s Women‚Äôs Prize 2020: Longlist Predictions, Wishes are some really great reads that hyped me even more for the prize. Really worth a read!

There are lots of really great books are eligible this year, and there are some that I particularly would love to see in the longlist:

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My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell / eARC Review

This was a dark, challenging read that feels very timely. I think it would be a great addition to the list!

The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy / Mini-Review

Oh, this was GREAT. Although I have reservations about a story about a man making it to the list, I think it’s a really good book and it deserves recognition! It’s basically as unreliable as a narrator gets.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo / eARC Review

I think this is a very obvious choice for the longlist, but it would be very deserved. This book is so interesting and I LOVE that each character got their own story told, and you can see how easily a person gets misunderstood and misrepresented by someone else. Such a great book. Continue reading

5 Recommendations of Thrillers in Audiobook

Hello bookworms!

I love thrillers – and I tend to listen to them more than read in print or e-book, and I enjoy listening to something gripping while I’m walking somewhere or if I’m going to the market on my own, sometimes cleaning, too. I end up reading a lot of thrillers, and today I’m recommending the best ones I listened to! I think audiobook thrillers are a great way to do long walks, if you’re trying to get more of those done, or to do some light jogging while listening to someone getting stabbed, it can really help take your mind out of your shin splits.

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Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine / Goodreads

Stillhouse Lake is the story of a woman whose husband has been discovered to be a serial killer, and is now in jail. She and her children changed their names and try their best to live normal lives, but they are haunted by trauma, shock and threats from people who refuse to believe that the wife of a serial killer knew nothing of the horrific things happening right under her nose. They move to a house near the lake and hope to start over, but it looks like their cover might be busted and her husband’s “fans” could just get to them…

The audio narration for this is really amazing, it fits the main character so well. I was hooked on this and if I remember correctly, finished the book in a day. Still one of the best thrillers that are out there, in my opinion! Continue reading

My Favorite Brazilian Books Translated to English + 1 Written in English

Hello bookworms!

So, in case you don’t know, I’m Brazilian! I don’t talk much about Brazilian books here because they don’t get translated very often and I have little access to them in Germany, but I love reading in Portuguese – it’s a beautiful, beautiful language that I miss all the time. I thought it would be a nice and timely post to publish, some stories that don’t involve capitalizing on Latinx pain but rather tell stories about identity, love, adventure and so on. Who knows, you might even humanize us! (If you don’t get my joke, read this)

(Also, I don’t like Paulo Coelho’s writing, so please don’t ask me in the comments why I didn’t include his books here.)

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Stubborn Archivist by Yara Rodrigues Fowler

This book is written originally in English, which means it’s probably the most accessible book from this list! It’s the story of a young woman, half-English, half-Brazilian, living in the UK and navigating her identity through her life. It was a very interesting experience to read this book as I was nodding along “Yes, it’s exactly like that!”. Really good representation, although I feel like readers with no context on Brazilian culture & history might feel a little lost.

My Review / Goodreads (EN) Continue reading

F/F Books Recommendations

Hello readers!

I’ve been reading a lot more F/F lately, and thought I’d share with you my favorite books where the main character is Sapphic (so, lesbian, bisexual, pan etc) and the main romance (if there is any) is F/F. Not all these books are romances or have romance at all, and the genres are sort of everywhere. Since there is #FFFeb next week already, I thought it’d be timely to post this!

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It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura / Goodreads

This is an adorable YA contemporary about two girls who fall in love, one with Japanese heritage and the other with Mexican heritage. This is lovely and made me try running!

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole / Goodreads

This novella is from the Reluctant Royal series, which I absolutely adore. It’s a second chance romance with a strong but loyal main character who’s still in love with the sweet, beautiful girl who once ghosted her.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid / Goodreads

I think at this point most people in the book blogging community know of this book, the story of a glamorous, retired Hollywood star who has always been secretive about her life. Evelyn Hugo has many secrets, and she agrees to give a young journalist the book deal that will launch her career – but why her? Why now? This is a fantastic book. Continue reading

Blog Post Ideas for Book Bloggers

Hello fellow book bloggers,

Blogging slump is no fun – we end up writing so many posts it’s hard to come up with new ideas sometimes. I get¬† stuck in “reviews + weekly wrap ups” a LOT and no other posts at all, and don’t always feel very creative. That is totally fine and you totally don’t have to create new content all the time, but it’s really fun to do so, and if you’re trying to get more traffic, it’s also an interesting way to get new readers.

So I gathered a list of ideas for bookish posts and I hope you guys find it useful! I sure had fun writing this list (and it took a lot of time).

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1. Seasonal posts

This is a classic book blogging strategy. Every year I create a draft for some of the holidays or special days and compile lists of recommendations for, or some other bookish discussing around the holiday. For example:

January

  • Releases of the new year you’re looking forward to
  • New year resolutions, bookish or otherwise

February

  • TBR/Recs for Black History Month
  • TBR/Recs for Romance Week (Valentine’s day)

And so on! For more ideas, read my post ideas for bookish posts, month-by-month.

Examples: Winter & Christmas Book Recommendations, International Women’s Day: 10 Book Recommendations, 10 Book Recommendations for Fall

2. Anti-TBRs

What are the books you plan on NOT buying and why? Some I wrote: #1, #2, Hyped Books Released in 2019 That I Am Not Going to Read

3. If you have Instagram, show off your aesthetic

Or how your Instagram aesthetics has changed over time. Bookstagrams are so pretty and really nice to look through. You can also show the behind-the-camera and share tips and tricks for photographing books!

4. Write about books that are coming soon

Quite often through the year, there’s a cycle of new releases hitting the shelves, and it’s really fun to look through those and pick a few that catch your eye or that you heard of before. You can do that per week, per month, per season etc.

Examples: Happy New Year! + Books Published in 2018 I Look Forward To, Books coming out August/2017 I’m dying to read, Books Coming Out on 2019 I’m Looking Forward To, Upcoming 2020 Releases I’m Looking Forward To

5. Create a quiz

I am not very good at creating quizzes, but they are SO MUCH FUN. If you have a paid version of WordPress, there are some plugins you can use for creating better quizzes: WP Beginners – 9 Best Quiz Plugins for WordPress (2019). Some quizzes to answer if you want to get inspired: Fun Quizzes for Bookworms!

Some quizzes I created (on the free WP): How Similar Are Our Reading Tastes?, Which Overly Specific Typical YA Couple Are You Based on the YA Books You Pick?, What Kind of Book Blogger Are You? Continue reading

The Best Books I Read in 2019

Hello readers!

It’s that time of year when best of / worst of lists come up, and obviously I’m hopping on that train and I’ve been working on this list all year to make sure I don’t forget any!

I try to choose maximum 3 books per category, but it’s always super hard to choose only three, especially in categories where I’ve read literally dozens and dozens of books (thrillers and fantasy, for example).

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New Favorite Authors

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I am in LOVE with the two thrillers they wrote so far and hope they continue to blow my mind and rise my blood pressure. An Anonymous Girl especially was such a favorite. There’s a book coming up in 2020 and I’ve got an ARC and I am SO EXCITED.

 

Best Contemporary Fiction

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Books that disappointed me in 2019

Hello readers!

It’s the end of the year again and¬†I’ve been hesitant in making posts like these in the past, but I think they generate such great conversation and I do love reading other people’s posts. So this year I’m talking a bit about books that disappointed me for one reason or another, mostly because of the way they were advertised and how my expectations were when starting the book versus what the book actually was. I don’t think any of these bad – they just weren’t what I hoped.

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The Water Cure¬†came to my attention because it was being talked about as a feminist sci-fi/speculative fiction where toxic masculinity was literally toxic and I was SOLD. Unfortunately, this is not really the case and I didn’t love the characters either, so it was disappointing to me in more than one front. I would’ve liked to know when reading it that it was actually more of a cult story, but I doubt my rating would’ve been different. Continue reading

Books I’m Taking on my Birthday Trip :)

Hello readers!

It’s my birthday! The last year in my twenties starts today, and we have a lovely weekend planned which includes bookstores and brunch and nice wine (not at brunch, that is). As I will be on a trip and taking a long train ride there, I’m obviously taking way too many books (especially considering I will buy more books there), but I like having options so I can decide what to pick up depending on my mood! I feel like that is something a lot of bookish people do.

So the three books below are the ones I’ve decided to take and I’m not sure which I’ll start with! They’re all so exciting, and also kind of aesthetic together.

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The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy / Goodreads

Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2) by Tamsyn Muir / Goodreads

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk / Goodreads

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Have you read any of those? Which should I read first?

Upcoming 2020 Releases I’m Looking Forward To

Hello readers!

So, 2020 is very close now and it’s that time of year when we start thinking about the books that will be published soon and get excited for them! I love reading posts like these and seeing what is new, what will coming out soon and what we’ll have to impatiently, painfully wait for. Around June I will do another post like this, since a lot of second semester releases are announced later into the year, and I am hoping to add a lot more books to the list of most anticipated books of 2020 by then!

Without further ado, here are the books that come out this year that I want to read the most!

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Young Adult & New Adult

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January 28th A Heart So Fierce and Broken, by Brigid Kemmerer

I’m really looking forward to the sequel to A Curse so Dark and Lonely, which was such an amazing read full of mind-blowing twists. I eagerly await the mental breakdown this book will bring upon me!

February 4th The King of Crows (The Diviners, #4) by Libba Bray

I love this series so much! The dark, atmospheric and with more than a hint of horror books are set in the roaring 20s, and each character is so alive, vibrant, flawed and brave. And so very human. This is one of the best YA series of all time, in my opinion, and I am looking forward to its final installment!

 March 3rd House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas

I am not sure how I feel about this book, honestly! But I highly anticipate it and I’m curious to see what people make of it. As far as I know it will be another NA story, like ACOTAR, but I¬† don’t know much more than that.

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March 3rd The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett

This is said to be part Anastasia and part Sleeping Beauty, it looks so magical, winter-y and great, I’ve also heard amazing things about it from other bloggers and I’m quite excited to read it!

March 17th The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee

I have an eARC for this one, so I’ll definitely be picking it up! It’s the story of Noam, who has the power to control technology, finding out about his powers and how they could help depose of the despot government in this futuristic country of Carolinia. Book 2 has stakes even higher than book 1, so I’m curious to see how this goes!

May 5th My Calamity Jane (The Lady Janies #3) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

I loved the first two books of this series and I’m excited for this one! I don’t know much about Calamity Jane’s story, but I’ll read it up before picking this up.

Unknown Untitled (Empirium, #3) by Claire Legrand

I am excited to see how this series ends – it’s one of the best good-MC-turned-evil I’ve read, so I’m curious to see where it goes. We follow Rielle as she descends into the villain we know she will become and fully embraces being the Blood Queen, and also Eliana, a thousand years later reluctant and unwillingly becoming the Sun Queen and trying to fight the Emperor. This series is SO full of twists, shocking betrayals, magic and I really enjoy it! I will be glad to read its final book this year!

Unknown Untitled¬†(Legacy of Or√Įsha #3)¬†by¬†Tomi Adeyemi¬†

This is the third and final installment followign Children of Blood and Bone and I’m really excited!! This is such an intense, fast-paced fantasy with West African-inspired world building and magic (including death magic, which is so cool). I highly recommend this series!

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February 4th Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #3) by Jessica Townsend

This is book 3 in the Nevermoor series, which is a lovely, cozy story that makes me happy every time I pick it up. If you love magic, whimsical stories and a fantastic heroine, you should surely pick this up – it reminds me of the way Harry Potter makes me feel when I read it!

Science Fiction

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February 11th Daughter from the Dark, by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko

I have not read Vita Nostra yet, which is a crime, but I am still super excited about this sci-fi with gorgeous cover by the same author.

Unknown Untitled Solarpunk Novella (Untitled Solarpunk Series #1) by Becky Chambers

I love sci-fi, so I’m excited to branch out a bit and try a solarpunk novella, especially because I think Becky Chambers will do a great job with it!

Fantasy

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June 2nd Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #2) by Tamsyn Muir

The second installment, following Gideon the Ninth, sounds so, so good and has a wonderful cover! I LOVED book 1, so I’m really hyped for book 2!

October 1st The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) by R. F. Kuang

I am nervous and excited for this last book! This is such an excellent series.

Unknown Jade Legacy (The Green Bone Saga, #3) by Fonda Lee

YES!! This is probably on my Top 3 books I’m excited for! This is one of my favorite fantasy series of all time, with such vibrant world of clans fighting for power, where members train to be able to wield jade in order to gain superpowers from it, like strength, speed etc. It’s such a political series but also full of fight scenes and rich culture, scheming, betrayal, loyalty, murder. I love this and I’m excited for the final installment!

Unknown Moon Witch, Night Devil (The Dark Star Trilogy #2) by Marlon James

The first book of this trilogy was one of my favorite fantasy reads of 2019, so I’m really excited to see the story from another point of view! In this African-inspired fantasy series, we follow a search group whose mission was to rescue a boy, and they failed. Maybe the boy still lives, but he is probably dead. Each one has their own hidden reasons, dark secrets and are utterly untrustworthy. On book 1 we followed Tracker, who can track anything by their smell no matter how far, as he tells his side of the story from a jail cell. On book 2, we hear the side of the story of the witch. I am BEYOND excited, she’s my favorite character!

Historical Fiction

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February 6th The Illness Lesson, by Clare Beams

This book tells the story of a school for young women in 1871, in which all students suddenly start getting sick, with rashes and other unexplained symptoms. The Illness Lesson is about women fighting to be believed, about their minds and bodies. Sounds like a powerful feminist book and I look forward to it!

February 11th The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Mercies is a feminist 1600 historical fiction in which all the men in an island die and the women are left to rule. I heard about this book from Callum’s Most Anticipated Releases of 2020 and it just sounds brilliant. It sounds a bit like The Water Cure (which I was lukewarm about), but I think this might be more up my alley.

March The Mirror and the Light (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #3), by Hilary Mantel

This finally has a release date! In fact this was also on my most anticipated releases of 2019, but I believe the 2020 date is now official so we can definitely expect it to be published!

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April 7th Miss Austen by Gill Hornby

This book tells the story of Cassandra, Jane Austen’s sister, several years after Jane’s death. It sounds poignant and so interesting!

Mystery and Thriller

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January 14th How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann

This novel is set in a small town in Alaska, where Elisabeth’s sister disappeared twenty years ago. She now must fulfill three requests from a man who just commited cold-blooded murder and is now in jail for it – but who claims to know what happened to Elisabeth’s sister. This sounds like a mystery with a bit of literary fiction in there, too.

January 23rd The Dilemma by B.A. Paris

I haven’t decided if I’ll pick this one up actually, but I think so – Livia is having a birthday party, her daughter won’t be there and her husband has no idea that this isn’t a problem for Livia and she’s actually relieved about it, because she’s got a secret. The synopsis left me curious because there isn’t much of one at all.

February 18th The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The blurb says this is a ghostly story, which I’m always partial to. A girl who works at the Sun Down Motel decides to investigate mysterious occurrences in the motel that might just be haunted. I love a good story about small towns and big secrets, and this seems to be one of them!

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March 3rd You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

I loved the other two books by these authors, and I’ll definitely pick this one up! It’s the story of Shay, who has no job, no place to live and no love life to speak of, and sees herself thinking of ending it all. So when two glamorous sisters offer to help her, she can’t possibly refuse, but what could they want from her?

April 28th He Started It by Samantha Downing

I loved My Lovely Wife! And this book is about a family that gets together after many years of not seeing each other when the grandfather dies and leaves a mysterious note for them. This seems to involve family secrets, murderous tendencies and with inheritance money at stake. Sounds really good and I’m excited!

June 4th Sisters, by Daisy Johnson

This is described as having roots in psychological horror, so I was not sure where to classify it and will leave it as “mystery” for now. It is about two sisters called July and September who have always been very close. Their relationship is to be tested when a boy enters their lives. I loved Everything Under, so I’m really excited to read this!

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July 7th Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

I loved loved loved Lock Every Door, and this happens to also be one of my sister’s favorite authors, so I think we’ll probably buddy read this one!!

Contemporary & Literary Fiction

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January 14th Cleanness, by Garth Greenwell

All I know about this book is that it’s about “foreignness, obligation, and desire” (as per description in Goodreads) and that the squad wants to read it, so when I saw it in Edelweiss, I could not resist getting an ARC!

January 28th My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth

This is the story of a young woman who, as a teenager, had a relationship with her teacher and now must face her past and decide how much of what she believed to be a beautiful love story was actually predatory. This sounds intense, dark and gripping and I’m excited to read this debut novel!

February 6th Strange Hotel by Eimear McBride

The blurb says this book isn’t written in the same odd, difficult prose of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, so I am quite curious. It’s the story of a woman who goes from one hotel to another, and remembers her own story as she goes.

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February 11th Indelicacy, by Amina Cain

This is the story of a woman who works cleaning a museum but dreams of becoming more. To achieve that, she marries a rich man, but that doesn’t really help her fulfill her dreams and her new life is as full of constraint as before. It’s a feminist, ghostly book about class and status quo and I am super excited!

February 25th Apartment, by Teddy Wayne

Apartment is the story of a young man who lives in an apartment his parents got for him so he can go to his writing program. Feeling privileged and guilty, he decides to let a student move in with him, and what starts as a friendship becomes more complicated as the power imbalance between them becomes more apparent.

April 21st If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

This debut novel sounds so gripping, emotional and dangerous: set in Seoul, it tells the story of four people whose lives stand precariously and might depend on each other’s tentative friendships to keep going. It also involves a super-wealthy heir, K-pop stars and extreme plastic surgery, and this novel just sounds amazing.

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April 21st Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh

I loved My Year of Rest and Relaxation, so I was going to read any new novel by this author anyway – but Death in Her Hands sounds wonderful. It’s the story of a woman who finds a note about another woman who died in the city she just moved into. As she tries to uncover the secrets of her death, the protagonist becomes obsessed and starts to love her grip in reality. It sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it!

Romance

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March 10th Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club #2) by Lyssa Kay Adams

The first book was so much fun, I’m excited to jump into the world of the Bromance Book Club with soft men trying to make their marriages work! This book follows Liv and Mack, who I desperately want to see work out. I love the premise of a book club where men read romance books, and I’m excited to read this!

April 21st Girl Gone Viral (Modern Love series) by Alisha Rai

I’ve been wanting to read something by Alisha Rai in a while, and this book’s synopsis sounds really cool: a shy girl who used to be a model suddenly sees herself becoming viral after someone live-tweets her and a guy she met in a cafe, but they weren’t on an actual date. Sounds cute!

May 5th The Heart Principle (The Kiss Quotient #3) by Helen Hoang

I loved the first two books, and I’m really looking forward to this story!