wrap up: February 2020

  1. Long Bright River by Liz Moore ★★★★☆ | review
  2. Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey ★★☆☆☆ | review
  3. The Snow Collectors by Tina May Hall ★★★★☆ | review
  4. Saint X by Alexis Schatkin ★★★★☆ | review to come for BookBrowse
  5. The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams ★★☆☆☆ | review to come
  6. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour ★★★★☆ | review to come
  7. Optic Nerve by Maria Gainza | review and rating to come

Omitting my favorite of the month section because honestly, there wasn’t a stand-out, though I thoroughly enjoyed everything I 4-starred (and I’m enjoying Optic Nerve as well – I’ll finish it by the end of the day).

FEBRUARY TOTAL: 7
YEARLY TOTAL: 14

Other posts from February:

February was an excellent month!  I just got back yesterday from spending a week in LA – one of my favorite cities – with some of my favorite people.

Highlights included:

Spending the day at Universal with Will and Jess, the dream team behind one of my favorite blogs, Books and Bao.  If you don’t follow them, you need to rectify that immediately, because they are genuinely wonderful, delightful people who shine a light on translated fiction from around the world in their excellent blog.

Attending Brandon Taylor‘s book event at Skylight Books for his debut novel Real Life.  Brandon is one of my favorite personalities on Twitter, and he was such an engaging and intelligent speaker.  If his book tour is coming to your city, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Spending four straight days with my friend Abby going down a BTS rabbit hole.  Honestly it’s the most fun I’ve had in ages so I’m not even going to apologize for how silly this is.  If you’re into BTS, comment and tell me who your bias is!

Anyway, due to the fact that I was gone for a week and didn’t take my laptop, I am VERY BEHIND on blogging and replying to comments.  Bear with me!  Also comment and tell me what you’ve been up to lately!

And the next post you can expect to see from me is my Women’s Prize 2020 longlist prediction.  I’m finishing that up as we speak.

Currently reading:

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wrap up: January 2020

 

  1. Saltwater by Jessica Andrews ★☆☆☆☆ | review
  2. What Red Was by Rosie Price ★★★☆☆ | review
  3. Travelling in a Strange Land by David Park ★★★★☆ | review
  4. Little Gods by Meng Jin ★★★★☆ | review to come for BookBrowse
  5. Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino ★★★★☆ | mini review
  6. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel ★★★★★ | review to come for BookBrowse
  7. Daughter from the Dark by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko ★★★★★ | review

Favorite: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
Runner up: Daughter from the Dark by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko
Least favorite: Saltwater by Jessica Andrews

JANUARY TOTAL: 7
YEARLY TOTAL: 7

January was not a great month for me: personally, professionally, as a reader, none of it.  So I don’t have a whole lot to say here!  I did end the month with two books that I absolutely adored, so that’s always exciting, and reviews will be coming very soon.  Thank you all for bearing with me as I’ve been very behind on blogging lately; I haven’t been reading a whole lot and tend to find myself gravitating away from ‘filler content’ for my blog, so sometimes that naturally leads to weeks-long hiatuses.  Hopefully February will see my triumphant return.

Currently reading:

 

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wrap up: December 2019

  1. I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya ★★★★☆ | review
  2. In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado ★★★★★ | review
  3. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips ★★★★★ | review
  4. Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry ★★★☆☆ | review
  5. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead ★★★★☆ | review
  6. The Marquise of O– by Heinrich von Kleist ★★☆☆☆ | review
  7. On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl ★☆☆☆☆ | review
  8. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg ★★★☆☆ | review
  9. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb ★★★★★ | review
  10. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ★★☆☆☆ | review
  11. The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht ★★★★☆ | review to come
  12. If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha ★★★★☆ | review

Favorite: In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
Runner up: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
Least favorite: On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl

DECEMBER TOTAL: 12
YEARLY TOTAL: 112

I’m behind, clearly, both in reviewing and in reading all of your posts.  Today is going to be a catch-up day for me, so you can expect all of those reviews up within the next week.

Other posts from December:

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wrap up: November 2019

  1. Cleanness by Garth Greenwell ★★★★☆ | review
  2. The Body Lies by Jo Baker ★★★★★ | review
  3. The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy ★★★★★ | review
  4. Cove by Cynan Jones ★★★★☆ | review
  5. Know My Name by Chanel Miller ★★★★★ | review
  6. Notes to Self by Emilie Pine ★★★☆☆ | review
  7. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan ★★★★☆ | review to come

Favorite: The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy
Runner up: Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Least favorite: Notes to Self by Emilie Pine

NOVEMBER TOTAL: 8
YEARLY TOTAL: 100

Other posts from this month:

Currently reading:

Among all the other books I’ve been reading since August/September, I’ve also added Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips, and I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya (which I should have finished by now but only I could manage to drag out a 2 hour audiobook to last over a week).  Both are great so far.

What was the best book you read in November?  Comment and let me know!

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wrap up: October 2019

 

  1. Divide Me By Zero by Lara Vapynar ★★★★★ | review to come for BookBrowse
  2. The Whisper Man by Alex North ★★☆☆☆ | review
  3. Find Me by André Aciman ★★★★★ | review to come for BookBrowse
  4. Unbelievable by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong ★★★★☆ | review
  5. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews ★★★☆☆ | review

Favorite: Find Me by André Aciman
Least favorite: The Whisper Man by Alex North

OCTOBER TOTAL: 5
YEARLY TOTAL: 92

Other posts from this month:

This is one of the slowest reading months I’ve had in ages and I don’t even know why.  I mean, I think part of it is because a lot of the books I’m currently reading are 500+ page beasts, but still… I think 5 books is the fewest books I’ve read in a month since I started blogging.  And I haven’t even finished one of them, technically!  Work has been stressful and life has been stressful, but I’m really dissatisfied with how little I have been reading lately, so hopefully next month will be an improvement.

Life updates:

I just had to scroll through my Twitter to make sure there were no life updates I was forgetting about.  It’s true, nothing at all happened in the last month aside from the aforementioned stressful things.  I watched a lot of Love Island.

Currently reading:

 

Know My Name by Chanel Miller, Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb, Cassandra by Christa Wolf, The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, Villette by Charlotte Bronte.  I will finish all of these books in November, so help me god.

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wrap up: September 2019

 

  1. Frankissstein by Jeannette Winterson ★★★★☆ | review
  2. The Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, translated by Sondra Silverston ★★★★☆ | review to come for BookBrowse
  3. The Need by Helen Phillips ★★☆☆☆ | review
  4. The Door by Magda Szabó, translated by Len Rix ★★★★☆ | review
  5. Valerie by Sara Stridsberg, translated by Deborah Bragan-Turner ★☆☆☆☆ | review
  6. A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore ★★★★★ | review
  7. Lanny by Max Porter ★★★☆☆ | review to come

Favorite: A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore
Honorable mention: The Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Least favorite: Valerie by Sara Stridsberg

SEPTEMBER TOTAL: 7
YEARLY TOTAL: 87

Other posts from this month:

September was also the month that Hannah and I hosted our very halfhearted readathon which Laura Frey dubbed ‘ARCS of Shame.’  Basically the idea was to read as many ARCs as possible in 2 weeks.  This did not go particularly well.  I managed 3 – Frankissstein, The Liar, and The NeedValerie was also an ARC though I didn’t manage to finish it in time.  3 ARCs in 14 days was… not my best work, and none of them became instant favorites, but at least I managed to knock out a few!  Anyway, I know a couple of you participated in this readathon, so thanks for joining us and I hope you did better than Hannah and I did!

Life updates:

Literally nothing.  I mean, I went to NYC for a weekend, but I already talked about that in my belated August wrap up.  The highlight of the rest of my month was probably seeing the Downton Abbey movie.  Which I did not think was a particularly good movie, but, I am overly invested in that show and in Thomas Barrow in particular, so… I was satisfied.  Oh, and I have become addicted to Love Island UK, thanks to Claire, who is the only person whose television recommendations I will be taking from now on.

OH, what am I talking about: the most important thing I did this month was create the Twitter account BadGoodreads with Ally and Rick, to… as Rick puts it, to ‘celebrate’ the Goodreads search engine.  Please follow us!

Currently reading:

 

Unbelievable by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong on audio (loving this), Cassandra by Christa Wolf (also loving this – but I put it aside for a little while because I was in this weird semi-book slump this month and the lack of chapter breaks in this book was not at all suited to what I was in the mood for – but I’m getting my reading inspiration back, slowly but surely), and Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb, which I’ve been reading for months now and which I’m determined to properly get back to in October.

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wrap up: August 2019

  1. The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn, translated by Rosie Hedger ★★★★★ | review
  2. But You Did Not Come Back by Marceline Loridan-Ivens, translated by Sandra Smith (audiobook) ★★★★☆ | mini review
  3. The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang ★★★☆☆ | review
  4. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder ★★★★★ | review
  5. Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin, translated by Bonnie Huie ★★★☆☆ | review | buddy read with Claire Reads Books
  6. Purge by Sofi Oksanen, translated by Lola Rogers ★★★★☆ | review
  7. We, The Survivors by Tash Aw ★★★★☆ | review to come mid-September for BookBrowse
  8. Isolde by Irina Odoevtseva, translated by Brian Karetnyk and Irina Steinberg ★★★★☆ | review

Favorite: The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn
Honorable mention: The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
Least favorite: Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin, I guess?

AUGUST TOTAL: 8
YEARLY TOTAL: 80

80 was my incredibly arbitrary Goodreads goal, so yay!  Also, 6/8 of these were by women in translation.  I did want to read more for #WITmonth but I think I did okay.

Other posts from this month:

Life updates:

So, like I said, I didn’t read as much in August as I had planned, but I ended up being kind of busy so I guess I’ll forgive myself.  For the first half of August I was cat-sitting and I ended up having a lot to do that week, and then this past weekend (technically the beginning of September, but whatever, it’s the reason this wrap up is late so I’ll talk about it now) I went to New York for the long weekend.

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It included many highlights: I went to the US Open and saw Naomi Osaka play Coco Gauff (which was wonderful); I saw the current production of Oklahoma which positively blew me away (I am not an Oklahoma fan so I did not have very high expectations, but seriously, if you have a chance to see this production, DO IT); I saw Sleep No More for the fourth time (I’m obsessed); and I met Matthew Sciarappa for brunch, after which we went to The Strand and he picked out books for me and my friends to buy.  I ended up with a copy of Compass by Mathias Énard, which I recently mentioned on here that I’m dying to read.  It was such fun.  Matthew was lovely and it was great to see my NYC friends again (New York is where my main irl friend squad lives, hence the fact that I return there so frequently).

Currently reading:

I’m failing miserably at my and Hannah’s readathon, but the Women in Translation show must go on!  I still need to finish these three books before I can pick up anything else: Cassandra by Christa Wolf (loving it), The Door by Magda Szabo (loving it), and Valerie by Sara Stridsberg (not loving it – sorry – though it is technically an ARC, so, win for me).

What was the best book you read in August?  Comment and let me know!

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