Then and Now #32 (24/10/22 - 30/10/22)
Happy Sunday and yay for the clocks changing back! The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted @ Caffeinated Reviewer. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme. is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It is hosted weekly over at Mailbox Monday and every Friday they do a round-up of some of their favourite, shared reads!
I woke up this morning so relaxed and wondering how that could possibly be, only to realise two hours later that, of course, the clocks had gone back! Love winter time, give me that extra hour!!I've been insanely busy, I feel, which is why the blog has of course fallen slightly silent. I'm just rushing around a lot and not getting as much time to read, or rather, fun reading has taken second place to academic reading. But some exciting things have happened this week as well! On Monday, I officially had my graduation ceremony for my Research Master in Utrecht! It was a lovely ceremony, really chill but also fun, and I was really glad to get a chance to see my friends again and to catch up with my supervisor. It really felt like I got to close of that chapter and now fully focus on my PhD. While the traveling was a lot (like 7 hours on the train each way), it nonetheless lifted me up. Which was good because on Thursday was my first time leading a seminar on my own which was a little scary. But that also turned out fun, despite the occasional little growing pains of settling into the role of teacher.
On Friday it was Toothless' 6th birthday! I can't believe he's been with me for such a long time already. I picked him up from the streets in Shanghai, literally dressed in a Halloween costume I believe, and then I thought he was a girl for like 3 months... I knew nothing about cats, but somehow he has made it through these years alive, including an intercontinental move from Shanghai to the Netherlands and now a move to Germany. He truly is the best little companion, even if we sometimes get on each other's nerves as well.
I haven't posted a whole lot lately, but here is what I posted since my last Sunday Post:
- Review: Sleeping with Dragons: Stories by Magela Baudoin, trans. Wendy Burke & M.J. Fievre
- Friday Friyay: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
- Review: Marching Song: A Play by Orson Welles, Roger Hill, ed. by Todd Tarbox
- Review: She Caused a Riot by Hannah Jewel
the sky, analyse it, but make it heard! While it is a Star Wars show it is also a perfectly told story about oppressive and authoritarian regimes, about rebelling against these regimes, about hope and disappointment. It really is a story for this time in the world and in the hands of its creators, Tony Gilroy and Diego Luna, it is an incredibly nuanced tale that is also just beautiful to look at.
Before the storm, thirteen-year-old Quinn was happy flying under the radar. She was average. Unremarkable. Always looking for an escape from her house, where her bickering parents fawned over her genius big brother.
But after the storm, Quinn can’t seem to go back to average. Her friends weren't affected by the tornado in the same way. To them, the storm left behind a playground of abandoned houses and distracted adults. As Quinn struggles to find stability in the tornado’s aftermath, she must choose: between homes, friendships, and versions of herself.
Told in rich, spectacular verse, Caroline Brooks DuBois crafts a powerful story of redemption as Quinn makes her way from Before to After. There’s nothing average about the world Quinn wakes up to after the storm; maybe there’s nothing average about her, either. This emotional coming-of-age journey for middle grade readers proves that it’s never too late to be the person you want to be.
Machado de Assis is one of the most enigmatic and fascinating story writers who ever lived. What appear at first to be stately social satires reveal unanticipated depths through flashes of darkness and winking surrealism. This new selection of his finest work, translated by the prize-winning Daniel Hahn, showcases the many facets of his mercurial genius.
A brilliant scientist opens the first asylum in his home town, only to start finding signs of insanity all around him. A young lieutenant basks in praise, but in solitude feels his identity fray into nothing. The reading of a much-loved elder statesman's journals reveals hidden thoughts of merciless cruelty.
What makes a psychopath? A young woman delves into her family’s shadowy legacy in a terrifying novel by the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of .