This week then has been one hell of a ride! A pretty exciting and incredibly productive week, all in all, but what a ride indeed. Let me just share it in bullets, cause everyone likes that best anyway!
- super busy work-wise: so many overtime days
- but strangely motivating! Me and boss have been kicking it in light of all the recent “everyone’s leaving” BS, and I have to say, we make one hell of a team!
- two client meetings, which is a rare occurrence for a normally pajamas-clad worker like me
- but I have so much energy now, comparatively, because when you get better after being ill for two weeks, the contrast can be incredible
- sadly, I have barely been reading – realized that I’m probably just tired of it and needed to give myself a break (I know, GASP!)
- but I think I will be happier to return to it when I do
- that said, I have still been reading * a little *… A tiny teeny bit. And I’ve come across something really refreshing! I’ll talk about it here in the post
- I’ve also been invited to read a really cool book on NetGalley
- and a few actual bookmail opportunities came up #NeverHappens
- I’ll talk about that more when I have more info!
So this week has basically been incredibly exciting for no real, apparent reason – but hey. I won’t complain xD I just hope I can get back into reading soon again, because I’ve hauled a SPECTACULAR amount of ARCs this month, so much so that half of my State of the ARC achievements have gone to better pastures already, so you may want to check out the meme when it comes out this week… Anyway, to my reading!
~ What I’ve Been Reading ~
I grabbed this as a free read on Edelweiss (and it might still be available), but I’m really enjoying it so far! It’s a thriller, as you can plainly see from the cover, but it’s one of those conspiracy theory ones, and while I don’t often read thrillers, these seem to go down well! For example, I really loved Fatherland, although a lot of people found it bland – I guess I just like exploring the chilling idea of the Nazis still being somewhere out there, in the open or down in the shadows, having survived all these years and plotting dastardly acts in secret. Books set in world like these chill be to the bone, but also make me really curious as to how that would have happened, cause it seems both possible and impossible at the same time.
Anyway, this one’s about a guy who’s seen better days (as it often is in these books), and what happens is he finds a secret message stashed in the back of a frame of a painting his adoptive family has owned for generations, and yep, you guessed it, it’s connected with someone really dangerous from Berlin, 1942. He stupidly inquires about it, and it turns out that it might hide a secret that can cost lives. Something terrible happens, and because he has nothing to lose, he runs off on a quest to find all the whys and hows. So far, this book has just the right pace, and is very easily readable. I’m enjoying it! Grab your review copy on Edelweiss while you still can!
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Hard to say how I felt about this book. It was definitely a good story, especially that little ending bit (you’ll be wondering why the book is called that right up to the end). But there’s just something in it that didn’t hook me. The story is quite sad, and then there’s the whole thing of me being skeptical of lifelong love stories when the people are not together. So I think it’s just me! And you might love it. The book is wistful, sad and it has some very strong characters that I truly admired in the end. It’s told in quite a simple manner, and it’s actually two stories in one – the story of Violet, a lady with a complicated life, but of unrivaled elegance and bearing, and then there’s Ronni – a nurse with a heart of gold, an unrealized dream of writing and a sore need to be loved. Ronni has low self-esteem, partly because she was barely ever appreciated, bounced between adoptive families and partly because of how she feels about her body and her own self, just in general. Violet is the one that fills the hole in Ronni’s life, and not just that. She is the one that will propel Ronni towards her dream of becoming an author – by putting her in her will for a hefty sum, but only if she finishes a book about Violet’s life. So Ronni starts writing. And she finds out more and more, and the more complicated it gets, the more respect and admiration Ronni develops for Violet and her strength. The secrets never stop coming though. And they keep getting more and more bitter.
It’s a story about life not always being the way it seems from the outside – what might look perfect to an outsider, can feel broken to the ones actually living it. It is quite a shocking idea, and it made me wonder how many times I’ve also misjudged people’s lives to be wonderful, when they’re actually nightmares, only nicely gift-wrapped. But it’s also a story about love and forgiveness. And about how wild life can be. I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy of the book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinion.
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So this one! Stay and Fight is the number one hit of my week. I started it when I was battling a case of insomnia, and… I don’t know what I was thinking starting a new one when I couldn’t fall asleep, because an hour later I had to start making compromises with myself about “five more minutes”. Stay and Fight is written in a style I thought was long gone! It’s so refreshing to read something like this again. I find it very hard to explain, but the book is both gritty, cynical and rough as it is funny, raw and sincere. It will take no crap, and it’s about some truly strong women who try to carve out a piece of the world made by and for themselves, cause they won’t fit in anywhere else. These women won’t get offended, they will not ramble about their rights – they will simply get shit done. They’ll build a house. They’ll hunt game. They’ll birth a child in the middle of the woods if they want to. I am in awe of these characters, a city softie like me, who would never last a day out in the wild. I am in love with this book! Electrifying, raw power and real life, life lived the way these people understand freedom, and the refusal to conform. There will be one hell of a review! I thank the publisher for a free copy from NetGalley, that has not affected my review (you might also still be able to grab it on NetGalley too.)
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So I’ve finally picked up The Sparrow again. I started this back in August as a buddy read with Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku, and collossally failed at actually reading it. I tried, but at that point, my mental health was NOT at the right place for this one. Readers, keep this in mind – it’s graphic and it’s sometimes terrifying. Maybe not for you, if you have anxiety! Another thing about The Sparrow is that it really just doesn’t get rolling until at least a third in. Thats just about the place I stopped at. And, after like… well, okay, after EXACTLY half a year, I picked it up again and now I’ve finally been able to get into it. Win! It has an interesting concept, but still, i think its not quite right that I’m almost halfway in, but have no real idea what it’s essentially about. One of those!
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I am also finally reading Ewan Pendle and the Castle of Nightmares, the sequel to Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith. I am loving this book! While I felt like the first book might have been somewhat lacking, I saw the potential of both this series and the author. I’m so glad to see I was right! The second book is both more engaging, as well as more cohesive in general, and I can see how much the author grew as a writer in these years. It’s so amazing to see such changes and be able to follow them as they happen! We get to learn something very unexpected about Ewan, and the story takes us to some really dark and unimaginable places.
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~ What I’ve Been Talking About ~
Last week I posted a review for The Spec Set, and explosively fast-paced YA adventure with a lot of neuro-divergent characters, and you can read it here. I also did another edition of #NewBloggersWelcome – so if you haven’t welcomed the latest batch of newbies to our community yet, here’s the link!
~ What I’ll Talk About Next Week ~
Next week I’ll be posting the usual State of the ARC for all of you to link up to, and a review of an amazing book – The Vela, which absolutely blew my mind. Come back to read the posts on Wednesday and Friday!
~ What I’ve Been Hauling ~
So how has your week been? And what are you reading? What did you haul?
I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.