Well… not a lot happened in the last week. I’m doing better mood-wise. But I’ve got a wisdom tooth cutting through, a toddler who either won’t go to sleep, won’t stay asleep or wakes up super early and well… my productivity levels have dropped a bit. In other news, I’ve been focusing on growing my Bookstagram account which has been a lot of fun. I’ve established an aesthetic which is something I’d never managed to do before so I’m really enjoying how cohesive everything looks for once.
As for the books, I didn’t read as much this week. I only read two books. Which hey, is still more than one book or zero books so I’m going to take it as a win.
What I Read This Week
Like Water For Chocolate
By Laura Esquivel
(Translated by Carol & Thomas Christensen)
My husband made me read this book. The story itself revolves around a young Mexican woman named Tita who due to family traditions is forbidden from getting married. Her duty is to care for her mother until she dies. So the man she loves decides to marry her older sister in order to be close to Tita. Which, obviously, was a terrible idea.
I thought the way it was told in 12 instalments and that each chapter comes with a recipe that relates to what’s happening in the story was really interesting. I hadn’t read anything like this before and I did genuinely enjoy it. However, I didn’t enjoy the romance aspect. Tita is only 15 at the start of the book and while the story spans 22 years, I felt that Pedro’s feelings are fuelled by lust rather than love. There’s a lot of objectification and inappropriate behaviour especially while Tita is still very young and that didn’t really sit right with me.
All Systems Red
By Martha Wells
I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to talk about a book before. Now I’d heard a lot of hype about the Murderbot Diaries series and I was sceptical. I mean, the main character refers to itself as “Murderbot”. That’s not the best name to have. But actually I loved Murderbot. Something about this character really works to capture the heart of the readers, it is super relatable and funny and just all the things you want in a protagonist.
So this is about an AI who is contracted to work as security for a group of humans surveying a planet that they’re interested in buying. The problem? Something is trying to kill them. And Murderbot is their only hope of survival.
It’s thrilling and action packed while also being short and sweet. If you’re looking to get into sci-fi, pick this up.
I’m still reading Ace by Angela Chen. Or rather, listening to it. It’s great and I’m learning a lot.
I’ve also just started Gut Feelings by C.G. Moore. I was sent a copy by the author to read and review because I’m an own voices reviewer for chronic illness and it is an own voices book for chronic illness/disability representation. So I’m very grateful for this opportunity! It was released yesterday and it’s a novel-in-verse about a young boy coming to terms with a serious health diagnosis. My review will go live next week so keep an eye out!
I was really good this week and only purchased one new book. That was In the Dark by Cara Hunter which was 99p on Kindle. (I’ve been waiting for that one to be reduced for sooooooo long.)
This week some of my library holds came through! Yay! So I now have two eLibrary books and those are The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel. I’m so excited to read both of these and hopefully will finish them by the end of the month!
As for review copies, I received Gut Feelings by C.G. Moore which I spoke about briefly under ‘Currently Reading’. Apart from that, I picked up two “Read Now” titles – both of which were children’s picture books for a wrap-up I’m working on. Those were ABC of Gender Identity by Devika Dalal and I Like the Snow by Sarah Nelson and Rachel Oldfield. So thank you to all the publishers involved for allowing me to read and review these titles.
Next week I’ll be attempting to post two book reviews so keep an eye out for those. And of course, I’ll be back with another reading update next Friday!
What have you been reading this week? Let me know in the comments below.