Weekly Wrap-Up 19 – 25 May 2020: My TBR Decreases Ever So Slightly

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Last week I posted about some books I wanted to get through in the past week and… I’ve read 1/5. I am such a mood reader, it’s quite awful in terms of following through with reading plans. My husband always plans his next books for the next month perfectly, and best I can do is say “Well I need to finish this in 3 weeks so maybe I’ll pick it up one day in the next two years??? Who knows”.

ALSO I realized I accidentally subscribed for a month on Scribd (I got a month or two free and then forgot to cancel), so I decided to use my already-paid-for month and pick up a couple audiobooks. The timing is actually quite good, as I’ve recently cancelled my Audible subscription. I think after this, though, I won’t listen to books a whole lot anymore.

Despite getting new books and adding a few to my TBR, it actually got a bit shorter. I ended up finishing 3 books and starting another 2, plus I deleted some books from my wishlist and now I have hopes it will once again be below 200 soon!

I got a few books:

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Weekly Wrap-Up 12 – 18 May 2020: My TBR Increased Mysteriously

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It’s been a mixed week in terms of reading, lots of amazing books, one flop and many different genres. Also, I discovered a few new books I want to read, and so my TBR goes down and then right back up. A true mystery how it never really seems to decrease permanently. This week I actually got a few days off, so maybe I can get my TBR a bit down again? Or maybe I’ll use the extra time to find new books I’m interested in. *sigh*

Books I’ve added to my TBR these past two weeks:

  • Bestiary by K-Ming Chang
  • Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashadoust
  • Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contos
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
  • Kept Animals by Kate Milliken
  • A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight
  • The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector
  • With my Dog Eyes by Hilda Hilst
  • If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha
  • Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica
  • Long Bright River by Liz Moore

A total of 15 books added in two weeks, during which I normally read between 4 and 10 books. Oh well.

I normally don’t much plan the next books I’ll pick up, but over the next few days I hope to read:

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A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne home fire kamila shamsie

Most of these are very short books, so maybe I can actually get through them very quickly!

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Dominicana by Angie Cruz / Goodreads 2 stars

[SPOILERS]

I don’t think I will write a review for it, because it’s not entirely fair to the book, since I expected to dislike it, read it anyway, and ended up disliking it, exactly as I knew I would. Instead, I am compiling a list of other Latinx books to read! This book was mostly about the main character lacking agency for most of the book and, when she does make a decision for herself finally and sacrifices a loving relationship with the man she loves, it’s still not a satisfying ending. It would also not have been a satisfying ending had she run away with him. It’s exhausting to spend 10h listening to Ana being told what to do and being abused, and then in the last chapter decide that her not-all-that-great family is her priority etc etc. I appreciate that the book highlights the difficulties of being an immigrant, of not knowing the language or costumes, of not having a choice but stay even when that means being in an abusive relationship for the rest of her life. It’s a realistic portrait, but the book did not really enchant or move me too much. I was rather annoyed by it. I know stories like this are important, but I wish Latinx stories were more than just Being an Undocumented Immigrant is Awful and Traumatizing. Hence creating my list! I’ll need a few more weeks for it, but I’ll post it soon!

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher / Goodreads 4 stars

I was so moved to hear Carrie again – and this book is a delight, snapshots of her life and her experiences with struggling with her mental health, her family, her career. The narration was a bit too much at times, there’s yelling and such which I don’t love in an audiobook, but that’s ok! It was such a short audiobook, around 3h! If you listen to them in 1.5x or so, it goes by way too fast. I’m thinking of picking up The Princess Diarist in audio in the future, has anyone read it?

My Name is Monster by Katie Hale / Goodreads 4 stars

This book blew me away with the richness of its themes, and how beautifully it’s written! It’s a post-apocalyptic story about motherhood, survival and society and wow. This was a fantastic read!

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Human Acts by Han Kang / Goodreads 4 stars

I am in shock a bit after reading this book, my abysmal lack of knowledge of South Korean history probably made this even more shocking. This little book is very intense and I had to stop reading a couple times, but it’s also very engrossing, especially once you get used to the writing style after a few pages.

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld / Goodreads

Picked up the 10th book for the Squad Longlist! Reminder that this is available for download on Netgalley if you’d like to join us and don’t know which book to start with! I’m still in the very beginning of this one.

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen / Goodreads

I’m also not very far into this one but I’m enjoying it! It’s not brilliant so far but I’m only a bit over 25% in, so anything could happen.

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Weekly Wrap-Up 05 – 11 May 2020

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It’s been a week and I already miss my vacation! Not much to tell about the week, except that I got a couple Brazilian books:

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I wanted to read them in the original language, of course, but I’m also writing a post that I think these would be perfect for, and so I could only get them in English. Hopefully once I’m in Brazil again I can get physical copies in Portuguese!

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Weekly Wrap Up 28 April – 04 May 2020: Starting with the #womensprizesquad longlist and the Asian Readathon

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My vacation is sadly over from today on, so the next Wrap Ups will be sadly shorter with my usual 1-2 books per week instead of a glorious 3-5. Which is sad news for all the books I acquired this week, oops.

So, in case you missed it: a few book bloggers and I came up with an alternative longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (because we’re nerdy, way in too deep into it and have apparently lots of opinions), and you can check it out here: Women’s Prize for Fiction SQUAD Presents: Book Bloggers Take Over the 2020 Longlist. This is a really fun project and I got a bunch of books to get started on the longlist!

I’m also deciding the TBR for the Asian Readathon! I will post it tomorrow or so, once I’m done deciding 🙂 this year it’s super easy, the rules are really easy to combine and you can participate by reading literally 1 book, so if you’d like to participate, here’s some info from Cindy:

This week I got a boatload of books:

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In audio:

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From Netgalley:

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Weekly Wrap Up 21-27 April 2020 (I am a READING MACHINE)

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Sooo, last week we got the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction:

I got 4/6 right, and I’m not too disappointed. It’s not the best list, but it’s not the worst either – I’m not thrilled about Dominicana being there, and I just know I’ll have to read it after all (if you didn’t know, I was planning on skipping it). Perhaps in audio?

I have reviews on a few of those already:

I will also post a review for A Thousand Ships soon! Still have to read Hamnet, and I’m really excited to pick that one up, since I expect it will be one of my favorites.

I’ve been on vacation now for a week, and have been doing lots of reading! Not as much as I could, of course, but I’ve been relaxing, picking up running again, doing lots of cooking and actually useful stuff ,too. I unfortunately have no self control and added a bunch of books to my TBR, but I have no regrets at all – they all sound fabulous and I’m excited to read more translated fiction.

I got the following books:

the price of paradise susana lopez rubio life lu yao gods of jade and shadow silvia moreno-garcia

The first two are translated fiction and the last is a fantasy I’ve been wanting to read for the longest time!

I’ll have more books coming my way hopefully soon because some wonderful bloggers and I will be reading our way through 16 books we elected as our Squad version of what the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 longlist should have looked like according to us! If you want to read more, we have impeccable tastes (and modesty abound), and both Sarah and Emily wrote about it! I’m so excited about it!!

 

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Weekly Wrap Up 14 – 20 April 2020 + Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Prediction

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I am blessedly on vacation! It’s a beautiful, sunny week so far and I’m happy to spend time relaxing and reading on the balcony, trying out new recipes and petting the cat. It’s been a productive reading week, with finally finishing The Mirror and the Light (review to come!) and being able to finish Red at the Bone in one day, so now I’ve read 7 of 16 longlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, DNF-ed 1, won’t read 2, and I’m 1/3 or so into another one. Not so many left to read – it’s pretty exciting to be moving forward!

The shortlisted books for the WP comes out tomorrow! I have failed miserably in reading the books for it on time, but I have no regrets. This year’s longlist was not very exciting to me and I am glad I decided not to read the entire list, but rather focus on the books that actually interested me. I’ve read many reviews, and feel quite confident in predicting which books will make it to the shortlist.

My prediction for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 Shortlist is:

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  1. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
  2. How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
  3. The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
  4. Actress by Anne Enright 
  5. Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell
  6. A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

I think it’s not an exciting list, but the entire longlist was at best lackluster, so… *shrug* I don’t feel particularly guilty for guessing at a rather boring list (but a good one! I loved all those books, except for Hamnet, which I haven’t read yet. It’s just that there’s so little variety and NEW things).

Other bloggers’ predictions:

Callum McLaughlin – Reading the Women’s Prize Longlist | Wrap Up, Wish list & Shortlist Predictions

Laura Tisdall – Predictions for the Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist, 2020

Gil Reads Books – Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020: Reflections and Shortlist Predictions

All these posts are amazing, definitely check them out! I’m not-so-surprised to see that a few of the books are making it to every prediction so far. They’re really good: The Mirror and the Light, Girl, Woman, Other and How We Disappeared seem to be pretty solid contenders!

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Weekly Wrap Up #15 / 2020

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[Edited] So I forgot today was Monday and therefore I had to finish up my wrap up post, so now it’s been live for almost 3h and here I am, finally updating it. This week has been quite good for my reading, because Easter! We hid chocolate around the house and I felt very smart hiding one taped inside our lampshade. Took my husband nearly 20min to find it.

I bought the following books:

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Both from the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist, and I hope to get to them by next week! But then again, I have around half of The Mirror and the Light to go, so… who knows. Reading thick books is kind of messing up my reading challenge and I’m now on track instead of my usual 10 books ahead and it’s getting me NERVOUS. So after the Mantel I will probably pick up Red at the Bone, which is quite short.

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Regular Weekly Wrap With No One Eloping This Time

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This week we have a regular wrap-up where no-one is eloping, which is frankly disappointing considering the last wrap-up, but here we are! I’ve been back to reading these past week, which is so great because I spent 2 weeks before this reading very little (comparably, that is, to my usual), since I was tired and anxious all the time (and who isn’t?).

Ohh I have new books! My pre-ordered copy of Hamnet arrived!! And it’s gorgeous. ALSO author Jack Harbon was incredibly kind and gave me an early copy of Meet Cute Club! This is going immediately to my vacation TBR.

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Where I’ve Been – We’ve Eloped! (+ Weekly Wrap)

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I’ve been gone for a couple weeks and I’m dreadfully late with reading everyone’s posts! As you can imagine, due to the pandemic a lot of things have been chaotic right now, and for the first time since this blog was created in 2017, I didn’t have the time/energy to post, nor anything scheduled for an entire week and half! Of course, my work schedule has been crazy and I’ve tried to focus lately on getting enough sleep and food and trying to de-stress as much as possible when I’m home. Which meant, for those few days, a break from blogging, too. Now I’m starting to get used to the new schedule and starting to run, read and blog again.

But on to the good news: I got married!

We eloped, basically. It was entirely unexpected (well, as far as it can be, considering I was engaged already), since we had a different date planned and my family was coming over from Brazil and we had a honeymoon planned, too. But things have been so uncertain right now that we just decided to do it as soon as possible, called in and got an appointment for two days later! It was a beautiful, sunny day, we picked up some cake afterwards and had champagne until everything we said was funny.

It was so lovely, and I’m so happy. So for the past few days I’ve been a little too distracted to post.

Dear readers, meet my husband, the sweet, lovely and witty blogger behind Clio’s Boardgames!

And here’s our kitty with the dress I wore:

It was of course not the civil wedding we had planned, but it was so beautiful I have no regrets. We picked up flowers and decorated the house, made our favorite dishes and got cat hair all over our wedding clothes. So lovely.

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Weekly Wrap Up + Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 Haul (W11/2020)

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I hope everyone is doing ok with the state of things these days. I am sorry for people staying home and feeling lonely, so maybe that’s a nice time for the bookish community to shine! If you feel lonely, reach out to other bloggers, most of us will be happy to make small talk and discuss books with others. Just because some of us can’t leave the house, doesn’t mean we can’t chat and stay social from our couches!

I bought a few books from the WP longlist, and they’re so beautiful! Those three are the ones where I was putting all my hopes of high start ratings, at least the time I purchased them (by now I’ve finished 1 and half of them, and I have Thoughts). Now that I’ve finished also Queenie and How We Disappeared, I actually am positively surprised that I’m enjoying the longlist so far! This sounds weird to say, but I have been seeing lots of negative reviews lately, so I’m just happy it’s a nice experience so far.

I am debating, however, dropping Girl by Edna O’Brien from my TBR. I’ve heard nothing but bad things about the book and I am not terribly fond of the idea of a white Irish woman writing the story of a girl from Nigeria being kidnapped by Boko Haram. I just… it doesn’t sit well with me. That, plus hearing that the book is not that great either, has made me wonder if I want to spend money and time on it. Do I stick to my plan to read the entire longlist or should I skip books I know I’ll actively hate?? Vote:

This week I bought:

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