Monday, September 13, 2021

Review: The Love Hypothesis

The Love Hypothesis

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

I've talked on the podcast a few times about the number of books featuring grad students in the sciences, well here is one more and it is a delightful fake relationship trope between a grad student and a professor (but at Stanford he's not her direct advisor so it's fine.) I'm not sure if it was deliberate but I pictured a young Snape as the professor.

And then Erin in Instagram said,

"Apparently this book is re-packaged Rey/Ben Solo fan fiction and the dude is Adam Driver…so Young Snape isn’t too far off IMO"
I had no idea but it does really work now that I know. It didn't feel shoehorned or suffer from the awkwardness of similar attempts in my opinion, so kudos to the author.

And I know this isn't the intent of #scienceseptember but it might be as close as I get this year.

I had a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and it comes out September 14, 2021.


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Review: Several People Are Typing

Several People Are Typing Several People Are Typing by Calvin Kasulke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book had me chortling in the car in under ten minutes. I don't know what the experience is in print, but the audio - narrated by MacLeod Andrews, Neil Shah, Dani Martineck, Sophie Amoss, Neil Hellegers, Cary Hite, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Joshua Kane, Amy Landon, Nicole Lewis, Brittany Pressley, Jonathan Todd Ross - is like sketch comedy if sketch comedy recited Slack channel conversations from a marketing firm where everyone finds reasons to WFH.

I have only used Slack a few times but that didn't interfere with my understanding of what was happening. Emojis are read as the item but I could :eyes: what they were doing. Different Slack channels are used to help the reader know who is privy to the information. Oh and I just spent 15 minutes reading about :dustystick:

If you had to move to a shared online space because of Covid - Slack, Teams, etc - I think this will be particularly amusing. There are some surprises in there I will leave for the reader.

I received a copy of this from the publisher through the Volumes app. It came out 8/31/21.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Review: The Hidden Palace

The Hidden Palace

The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Golem and the Jinni (2013) was arguably a perfect novel with compelling characters and setting, leaving a lot of readers wanting more. And the author gave us more..is that really what we wanted?

The rest of this post could be spoilers for the first novel.

The golem and the jinni have been friends and more for some time, but their relationship has started to change..the golem has really come in to herself as a career woman while the jinni has struggled to be honest about his dreams and desires. A few other characters factor into the story but the supernatural ones are even more held back by the humanity around them as they head into the first world war.

This came out June 8th, I had a copy from the publisher but of course that date has passed

 
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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Reading Envy 228: Full of Secrets with Audrey Morris

Audrey Morris, one of the people I chat with most in Instagram about books and baking, joins me to talk books. She also shares about some award lists that have her looking forward to the next few months.

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Books discussed:

 

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
A Spare Life by Lidija Dimkovska, translated by Christina E. Kramer
In the Lateness of the World by Carolyn Forché
The Woman from Uruguay by Pedro Mairal, translated by Jennifer Croft
That Time of Year by Marie Ndiaye, translated by Jordan Stump

Other mentions:

Barkskins by Annie Proulx
Readalong information
The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Wretchedness by Andrzej Tichy
The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
Dishoom by Shamil Thakrar
The Employees by Olga Ravn, translated by Martin Aitken
When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamin Labatut, translated by Adrian Nathan West
In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova
Consent by Annabel Lyon
Summer Brother by Jaap Robben
Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Catch the Rabbit by Lana Bastasic
What You Have Heard is True by Carolyn Forché
Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky
The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra by Pedro Mairal
Census
by Jesse Ball
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Varghese
Beyond Babylon by Igiaba Scego
Adua by Igiaba Scego
The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
Sorrow by Claribel Alegria
Homesick by Jennifer Croft
Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford

Related episodes: 

Episode 088 - Author Head Space with Sara Moore
Episode 112 - Reset Button with Eleanor Thoele
Episode 195 - Muchness with Nadine
Episode 207 - Innocent and Ruthless with Tricia Deegan
Episode 212 - Subtly Fascinating with Vinny

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Audrey is @dreesreads on Instagram
Audrey at Goodreads
Jenny at Goodreads
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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Books Read August 2021: 189-201

August was very busy with a second child moving in, so this might be my lowest book count yet. But I did get some great Balkans reads in, and some great Women in Translation titles in.

A gentle reminder that all reviews can still be seen on my Goodreads profile (the review will be with the book; the format will be specified unless it's in print.) And the books with green outlines are my 5-star reads for the month!

 

cover images of books listed below

189. Stranger Care by Sarah Sentilles ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
190. How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps her House by Cherie Jones, read by Danielle Vitalis ⭐️⭐️⭐️
191. The Promise by Damon Galgut ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
192. No Ivy League by Hazel Newlevant ⭐️⭐️⭐️
193. Embassy Wife by Katie Crouch ⭐️⭐️⭐️
194. The Age of Skin by Dubravka Ugresic, translated by Ellen Elias-Bursać ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
195. A Spare Life by Lidija Dimkovska, translated by Christina E. Kramer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
196. This Will All Be Over Soon by Cecily Strong ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
197. The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia ⭐️⭐️⭐️
198. The Woman from Uruguay by Pedro Mairal, translated by Jennifer Croft ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
199. Catch the Rabbit by Lana Bastasic, translated by Lana Bastasic ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
200. Homesick by Jennifer Croft ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
201. Landscape Painted with Tea by Milorad Pavic, translated by Christina Pribicevic-Zoric ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Total Books Read:13

Reread: 0

audio: 1
eBook: 7
print: 5

borrowed: 0
library: 3
personal copy:  3
review copy: 5
subscription: 2

Around the World: 8
Booker Prize Longlist: 1
Erin & Dani's Book Club: 0
Europe 2021: 4
Read the World 21 (Balkans): 4
Tournament of Books: 0
Upstate International Book Club: 0
Work book club: 0

Graphic Novel/Comic: 1
Memoir: 2
Music: 0
Nature: 0
Poetry: 0
Translated: 5
Women in Translation: 4, 5 if you count the Croft memoir

Review: Landscape Painted with Tea

Landscape Painted with Tea Landscape Painted with Tea by Milorad Pavić
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This gorgeous edition has been on my shelves since I very first started collecting books for what I called my Around the World challenge in 2012. It's just never stopped. But in my focus on Europe in 2021, I have a shelf of books like this that have been with me an unread for too long.

Set in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, at least in part, the story starts with an architect in search of his father, an officer who vanished in Greece during World War II. This journey takes him to Mount Athos and quickly turns into a lot of italicized portions detailing dreams, stories, myths, fables, etc. I've dropped this book a lot as it drifted me off to sleep.

The second half is based on a crossword with esoteric segments that vary between raunchy and mystical and frankly gave me a huge headache. I can tell this author thinks highly of myself but it took me since January to force my way through it. The conclusion is so ridiculous and annoying, well can you tell what I think of this book.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Reading Envy 227 - Strong Words with Ed Needham

Jenny is joined by Ed Needham, who has singlehandedly been producing a literary magazine in the UK. We talk about books we've read recently!

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Books discussed: 

Book covers of books listed below

Mrs. March by Virginia Feito
The Promise by Damon Galgut
Last Summer in the City by Gianfranco Calligarich, translated by Howard Curtis
Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn't Ours by Sarah Sentilles
Nina Simone's Gum by Warren Ellis

Other mentions:

Strong Words Magazine
Gossip Girl (tv)
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Discussion of East of Eden on the Literary Disco podcast
Milkman by Anna Burns
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Bewilderment by Richard Powers
Great Circle
by Maggie Shipstead
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The Great Beauty (film)
Meltdown Festival
Eliot Ness and the Mad Butcher by Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz 
Catch the Rabbit by Lana Bastasic, translated by the author

Related episodes: 

Episode 012 - Some Bookers and Some Madness
Episode 088 - Author Head Space with Sara Moore
Episode 090 - Reading Envy Readalong: East of Eden with Ellie and Jeff
Episode 112 - Reset Button with Eleanor Thoele
Episode 129 - Coming Back to Books with Nadine
Episode 130 - All the Jennifers with Fern Ronay
Episode 192 - Sly Milieu with Thomas

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Jenny at Goodreads
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Jenny is @readingenvy on Instagram and Litsy
Strong Words is @strongwordsmag on Instagram
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All links to books are through Bookshop.org, where I am an affiliate. I wanted more money to go to the actual publishers and authors. I link to Amazon when a book is not listed with Bookshop.