Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there! This week was a little more ‘eventful’ than my normal quarantine week—we celebrated my brother’s birthday last May 7 by ordering some of his favourite food, and then we celebrated Mother’s Day also by ordering out. My brother and I (half-)joke that our interactions with the people who deliver our food are the only things we look forward to now, lol. Still, the food was pretty great, and we spent a lot of time reminiscing, which was nice.
I’m not sure if our overall situation is improving, though. Just this week, one of our country’s major media and broadcasting companies, ABS-CBN, ceased operations because of the failure of the Congress to renew its franchise permit. Many (me included) suspect this is intentional, because ABS-CBN has been vocal in its criticism of President Duterte (whose populist appeal is very similar to that of Trump’s). Aside from the implications of this on democracy and free speech, a more practical concern is that 11,000+ employees have just lost their jobs, which extremely concerning given the COVID situation. Please keep us in your thoughts—there’s a lot of collective fear and outrage again here.
In other news, things are also slowly beginning to pick up with school. We now have a revised calendar for the next academic year, and I’m just waiting for the final dates for our Comprehensive Exams (we have those on the MA level, for some reason). I’m not looking forward to studying for those but having some certainty and getting back to making plans will definitely be a relief.
Posts This Week
- Book Review: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
- Enemies-to-Lovers Romances | The Worst Best Man & The Unhoneymooners
Books I Finished This Week
- Since I still have time on my hands—and I’m making the most out of it before school starts again—I read A LOT this week and I’m very pleased that I’m able to knock some books off my TBR.
- I read On Beauty for my #ReadingWomen TBR because I’ve had the physical copy for so long, the pages have turned yellow. I like Zadie Smith as a ‘public intellectual’, but this book just didn’t work for me. On the other hand, Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a read from my API-inspired TBR, which I liked. Reviews to come.
- I’m behind on catching up with new releases, so I’m glad I was finally able to get to My Dark Vanessa. Hopefully I’ll also be posting a review by next week.
- Force of Nature and The Keeper are two crime novels on my TBR that I also finished this week. Mini-reviews of those and Darling Rose Gold will be up tomorrow.
- The Duchess Deal was just SO MUCH FUN. Tessa Dare is one of my favourite HR authors, because her books are tooth-rottingly sweet without being cliché because of the great banter. I’ll probably devour all the books in her Girl Meets Duke series before posting a review.
Books I’m Currently Reading
- This week, I’ve picked up Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, a hilarious memoir that Melanie @ Grab The Lapels is also reading to her spouse right now.
- Tomorrow, I’ll be starting The Heart’s Invisible Furies, which will be a buddy read with Emily @ Literary Elephant. I heard that this book will be devastating, so naturally I’m looking forward to it.
Posts I Loved This Week
I was so busy with my wrap-up last week that I completely forgot to do this segment! So here are my favourite posts from last week:
- Emily @ Literary Elephant wrote a post titled “Spotlight on: Literary Fiction”, in which she talked about the genre and made some recommendations for both new and old fans of the genre.
- Lili @ Lili’s Blissful Pages recommended 5 Rom-Com Novels to Read during Quarantine.
For this week:
- Fatma @ The Book Place wrote a discussion post about the Personal History of Books, or books that you feel somehow belong to you.
- Laura @ Dr. Laura Tisdall wrote a very thought-provoking post on why series don’t always get darker, and why that’s a good thing.
- The Smut Report team talks about their favourite romance tropes in this post.
That’s it for my week! I usually have a segment on non-bookish things, but… well, I honestly didn’t do much with my free time aside from read, and I’ve been slacking off from working out because the heat and humidity is killing me. It feels like 44°C (111°F) here, apparently. How about you, how was your week? Let me know in the comments!