Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great week. I was planning on posting a couple of reviews this week, but I was distracted by the Women’s Prize shortlist announcement, and after that I seemed to have momentarily lost the ability to string words together for a review. Like, I would stare at a blank document for half an hour, or else spend it writing one paragraph, which sounds so bad that I’d end up scrapping it. It’s beyond frustrating. Has anyone ever experienced this when writing reviews? I know writers often experience this, but I didn’t think it was possible to be blocked when writing a review. (Then again, I’m a very slow writer.)
I’m not sure how this happened, but I suspect that the fatigue of churning out all those reviews for the Women’s Prize finally got to me. Being new to blogging, I’ve never realized how much effort it takes to write reviews on a regular basis. This stuff is hard work for a non-income-generating hobby (for most people—I know some have been able to monetize it), so now I have so much more respect for the veteran book bloggers out there—it really takes some dedication to keep doing this. If you have any tips or experiences to share about blogging, please let me know! I’d really be interested to hear them.
In any case, I don’t think I’ll force it for next week. I have one more post queued, a monthly wrap-up to do, and maybe one or two tags, but maybe taking a little time off from writing reviews will be a good idea. I’m a little disappointed because I never feel like I’ve caught up with all my reviews, but I’m hoping it’s better to take a break than forcing it.
Posts This Week
- Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020: Reflections and Shortlist Predictions (Monday)
- Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020: Shortlist Reaction (Wednesday)
- Can’t-Wait Wednesday #4 | Romance: The Switch by Beth O’Leary (Wednesday)
- Would You Rather Book Tag (Friday)
Books I Finished This Week
- Despite not having a very good reviewing week, I’ve had a FANTASTIC week in reading. I handed out THREE 5-star ratings this week (!!!), and I’m so glad I can go back to raving about books.
- I finally read Normal People, since the TV adaptation will air soon, and holy crap, I AM STILL NOT OVER IT??? There was nothing particularly revolutionary about the storytelling or the language, but it was just so sympathetic and emotionally affecting and it made me feel so seen and understood and… I don’t have enough words for what this book made me feel. It was just. SO. GOOD.
- I loved Trust Exercise for entirely different reasons. Where Normal People elicited a very emotional reaction for me, I felt I appreciated Trust Exercise on a more ‘head’ rather than ‘heart’ level. Choi writes very precise sentences, and I enjoyed her experimentation with structure. There’s just SO MUCH to unpack about it. Its low rating on GR (3.15) is truly baffling to me.
- I picked up Girl Gone Viral thanks to Erin’s review @ The Smut Report. It’s a very emotionally satisfying read about a rich widowed woman and her bodyguard. I usually like enemies-to-lovers romances with healthy rivalry and lots of snarky banter, but the sweet and mutual pining in Girl Gone Viral was so well done. It was also so much more than a romance—it also explored issues like privacy on the internet, PTSD, panic attacks, and difficult family relationships. I highly recommend it.
- Of my reads this week, only Darling Rose Gold was a disappointment. I gave it 3 stars. It doesn’t take a lot to thrill me, but this book was just way too predictable.
- I’m planning to write reviews for all of these books, but maybe not by next week, lol. I have a lot to catch up on.
Books I’m Currently Reading
- For some reason, I find myself unable to truly concentrate on heavy historical fiction, so I’m taking it slow with How We Disappeared.
- I’ve been seeing The Body Is Not an Apology across a number of platforms recently and so decided to give it a go. I’m also thinking about exploring body-image-related issues for my thesis, so I’ll try to do more reading around it.
Posts I Loved This Week
- Emily and a group of other bloggers have put together a Blogger’s Edition of the Women’s Prize, and I find this list so much more exciting than the actual Women’s Prize. Check out their list for some great recommendations!
Some Non-Bookish Things
I haven’t done yoga in more than three months, but I decided to restart my practice to switch up my routine. This week, I’m working on practicing this flow by Sjana Elise. It’s challenging enough that I don’t get bored, but still friendly enough for beginners because she offers easier options of the poses. For anyone who also does yoga, I’d love it if you can also share video recommendations.
That’s it for my week! How was yours? Is your country still under quarantine, and how have you been coping? Let me know in the comments. 🙂