Happy Easter, everyone! Man, I can’t believe that it’s already Easter—I think I’ve steadily lost the ability to tell time since the quarantine started. The days are just blurring together now. It’s hard to believe that had it not been for the pandemic, my family and I would’ve been in Croatia this week, taking a lot of tourist-y pics of the Game of Thrones locations. We’ve been excited about it since last year, especially since it’ll be our first tripe to Europe, but apparently 2020 had other plans. So we’re all a little glum this week, but at least we’re all together and we’re all safe.
In other news, the enhanced community quarantine has been extended for another two weeks here, which I’m bummed out about it for obvious reasons. Plus, this also means that shipping is still limited to essential goods and libraries won’t open yet, which means that I won’t be able to read all the books on the Women’s Prize longlist before the shortlist is announced (I have yet to obtain copies of Hamnet, A Thousand Ships, Actress, and Nightingale Point). I’ll just get to those after the quarantine is lifted and hopefully before the winner is announced, though that won’t stop me from making (likely inaccurate) shortlist predictions. Stay tuned!
Alright, on to the wrap-up!
Posts This Week
- Book Review: Writers & Lovers by Lily King (Monday)
- Can’t-Wait Wednesday #2 | Literary Fiction: Thin Girls by Diana Clarke (Wednesday)
- Book Review: Dominicana by Angie Cruz (Thursday)
- Book Review: Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Saturday)
(I realize I’ve been posting a lot lately, but this is a bit of an anomaly for me—I just have more time on my hands now and a goal to finish as many longlisted books as I can before April 22—but otherwise, I’ll just be posting twice or thrice a week. I’ll update you all once I decide on a post-quarantine blogging schedule.)
Books I Finished This Week
I’ve had a weirdly productive reading week this week, primarily because I’ve begun to alternate my heavier reads with lighter rom-coms, and I find that this helps me avoid getting into a slump.
- Evie Dunmore’s Bringing Down the Duke got 5 stars from me, hands-down. It’s not the fluffy and fun romp that the cover makes it out to be—it’s pretty angsty, to be honest—but the characters were just so well-written and I got so twisted up over their relationship and the grovel at the end was just SO. IMMENSELY. SATISFYING. I’m still swooning over this book. If you’re into historical romances and you love Milan’s heroines and Kleypas’s heroes, I highly recommend this.
- Seanan McGuire’s Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third in her Wayward Children trilogy, was just a ‘meh’ read for me. The characters, the world, and the quest just weren’t as compelling as those from the first two books. I still love the series to bits, though, so I’ll read on.
- Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners was also another ‘meh’ read. It’s supposed to be an enemies-to-lovers romance, but I didn’t get why they hate each other in the first place, and the way they’re forced to spend time together was just way too implausible. It did have genuinely funny moments, but if you liked the duo’s previous work, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, this is definitely a letdown.
- The books I’ve finished from the longlist this week are Dominicana and Fleishman Is in Trouble, which I gave 2 stars and 4 stars, respectively. If you’re interested, I’ve linked my reviews to the titles.
Books I’m Currently Reading
- I usually love family sagas but I think I’ll swear off it for awhile after The Most Fun We Ever Had, which is… not much fun at all. It’s just way too long, and it has a way of telling rather than showing that makes it feel like nothing is really happening, despite all its dramatic events. The overuse of dashes, semi-colons, and italics in the prose has also been grating on me since page 50, and I feel faint knowing that I still have 200+ pages of this to go…
- I’m still reading Hunger, since I can only seem to digest it in smaller doses, but it’s brilliant. Its themes of art, poverty, hunger, and madness are catnip for me, and I’ve always had a soft spot for misanthropic protagonists (in fiction, at least). I’ll see if I’m up to writing a review afterwards.
Posts I Loved This Week
- Here’s a round-up of all the Women’s Prize reviews this week: Girl by Marija; Red at the Bone, Nightingale Point, and The Dutch House by Callum; The Dutch House, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, Nightingale Point, and A Thousand Ships by Emily (who’s been amazingly productive this week! How do you read and write so fast?!).
- I LOVED Naty’s post on Conspiracy Theories about the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020! Head over there if you want to hear a hilarious roasting of the picks this year.
Some Non-Bookish Things
The authorities have been a little more lax about making everyone wear masks outside, which makes me so happy because I can go on longer runs again. Plus, the roads are empty, so I can freely zone out with my music on full volume and not worry about other cars or joggers. Pure bliss!
Side question—for those who run, jog, or go on walks, what do you usually listen to? I can’t run without listening to music, even if I’m out for only 20 minutes, but I have a friend who doesn’t listen to anything at all unless she’s out for more than an hour.
Well, that’s it for my week. How was yours? Do you usually celebrate Easter, and how did you celebrate it this year? Let me know in the comments!