Women’s Fiction Prize Challenge (Part 1)

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Hello, darlings! It’s Marta and I’m back with the post I’ve promised you about Women’s Prize for Fiction. I’ve been oblivious about this award for a huge part of my life (I’m ashamed of it, really), but I thought I’d make up for this by trying to read most of the books on the longlist before the results come up in June.

I’ll update you while I make progress on my TBR – I hope to write a review for each book or at least some mini reviews if I’m going to binge-read them.

There are 16 books on that list, I’ve already read one – Circe by Madeline Miller – you can find my review here. It’s one of my favorite books of all the time, so if the other books on the list are on that level, well… I’m going to be very happy.

I’m going to tell you a little bit about what I’ve gathered from the blurbs of those books, what my expectations are and maybe I’ll persuade you to read some of the books on the list as well!

Let’s get right into it!

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Book Review: What Would Boudicca Do?

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 ★★★★★

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Tired of being talked over? Of social media making you feel crap? Of the pressure to ‘have it all’ and a hot bod too?

Boudicca stuck up for herself and now she can help you do the same. It is time to start channelling the spiky superwomen of history to conquer today. It is time to turn to women like Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker, Hypatia and Cleopatra, Coco Chanel and Empress Cixi. In this irreverent guide they will help you figure out how to dispatch a loverat, back yourself, kill it at work and trounce FoMo.

With original illustrations by Bijou Karman, What Would Boudicca Do? will make you fired-up and ready for anything.

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Sexist Tropes and Books That Smashed Them

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Hello, everyone! I’m Marta and today I’m going to talk about tropes that are the absolute bane of my existence – sexist tropes. As the title suggests, I’m also going to attempt to find books that smashed those tropes and recommend them to you.

I’m mostly going to focus on female characters because in my opinion, most harmful tropes are about them, but it’s worth mentioning that there are obviously sexist tropes when it comes to male characters as well (toxic masculinity has a lot to do with it).

Now that we’ve settled everything, let’s get into the actual post!

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Halloween Reads

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Hey, everyone! Today I will recommend you some creepy reads for this halloween. I have to mention that not all the books are going to be creepy, some of them will only be atmospheric or mysterious. I just want to present you some books that might put you in the right Halloween-ish mood. Let’s get right into it!

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Everything by Gillian Flynn, but especially The Grownup and Dark Places since I feel like those incline more towards the horror genre, while her other books are more on the thriller/mystery side. Bonus : The Grownup is very short, only 64 pages long, so you will have time for other activities like going trick or treat.

 

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Frankenstein is damn awesome. It’s quite an atmospheric book and it’s a classic tale of inventions gone totally wrong.Will not disappoint you.

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Carrie is the only book I’ve read by Stephen King, but it was thrilling and very creepy, especially towards the end. I finished it at 3 a.m. and I was getting pretty paranoid by then. Also, if any of you is a huge fan of King and can recommend me what books of his to read next, I’ll be very grateful. Because I really don’t know where to go from here.

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This is about a stalker doing questionable and creepy things, so you can see why it’s on my list. You will definitely give you the chills.

 

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But really, The Secret History is a recommended read for any season, any celebration, anytime of the day. Just read this book if you like pretentious intelectuals, greek mythology, crime gangs, how to get away with murder and problematic faves.

Honorable mention : The Girl on Train by Paula Hawkins.

 

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What are you reading this Halloween? Also, do you read creepier books around this time of the year or just go with whatever?

 

If You Liked That, Read This

 

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Hey, guys! I’ve been working a lot on expanding my blog for you, I’m working with new designs (which is hard since I don’t have photoshop anymore), I’m trying out new ideas. And this week, I’m giving a chance to this type of recommendations. I really love those lists because I get lots of book recommendations, but it’s harder than I thought to put them together. I hope I didn’t fail you and that you’ll get some inspiration from this post. I won’t give detalied summaries of the books, but I’ll put the goodreads links, so that you can check them out yourself! (don’t say I don’t have your back *wink*)

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  If you liked Captive Prince, then try The Foxhole Court, they both feature M/M romances and they are very character driven, hate-to-love story. Just check them out.

 

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I feel like Genuine Fraud is the young adult/new adult version of Gone Girl. Check them out if you’re into mystery, murder and complex girls.

 

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If you liked Since You’ve Been Gone, definitely try Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index, they both have those happy feelings mixed with grief, longing and adventures.

 

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for the pen-pal plot. These two books have it and they have the same fluffy factor too! If you liked P.S. I Like You, try Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.

 

 

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If you liked The Hating Game, definitely try Act Like It. Especially if you’re looking for witty banter and tension so thick that you can cut it with a knife.

 

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Have you read any of the books mentioned? Did you like them?