PopJustice Book Club

My signed copy of To Paradise is going to be a bookplate, rather than a signed page, due to “logistical challenges and an injury sustained by the author”.

I've struggled the last few months with making enough time to read and then difficulty concentrating, but I'm reading Camp by L.C. Rosen (an LGBT YA novel) and I think it's exactly what I needed to give me the boost to get through my backlog.
I have finished reading Statovci's Bolla and omg it was one of the best books I've ever read. I hate the main character for the whole time and I hate how he acted in the finale but the I haven't been so obsessed with a book in years. Has anyone read it? What do you think about the ending?
I know it was kind of in character, but when Arsim left Milos in that old room after taking him from the hospital I was like... ??? You spent years thinking about him as the love of your life and once you finally find him you leave him alone??? I get that he was in really bad conditions, but his actions were hugely egoistic. He could have taken him to a different hospital or anywhere else really... not leave him as a homeless man. I know there's a whole discussion about internalized homophobia and being able to accept yourself and allow yourself to be happy, but that was way way WAY too much.
I’m reading Vanessa Onwuemezi’s debut short story collection Dark Neighbourhood. Her writing is simply electrifying. Somehow combining the propulsive energy of a good thriller and the abstract beauty of good poetry. She’s a really distinct, exciting voice.
I have seen copies of To Paradise on sale in a local bookshop already(!!!). The temptation was electric, but I will hang on for my preorder on Monday.

I scoured the bookshops here today on the offchance this would happen haha. No luck though.

I should wait for my preorder though since I still have 100 pages left of The People In The Trees.
So I ended 2021 with 38 books read and I’m very proud of myself. Not going to set any goals this year, just enjoy the feeling of diving into new stories.

just finished my first book of 2022. Lore by Alexandra Bracken. I really liked it and the “Ancient Greek ideas in a modern setting” but I did feel once of twice the plot picked up a gear only to fall into a lull. And one major side plot just got waved away and explained in a brief sentence on the second to last page. Maybe because it centred on my favourite Greek God, I wanted a bit more to it.
Still, a solid effort. Next I think I’ll dive into the new Stephane Plum book by Janet Evanovich, a family tradition for the last many years is my mum getting the new one for me.
To Paradise is in my hands.

I simply cannot bring myself to read To Paradise after the way A Little Life traumatised me again and again and again.

I’ll be buying it the first moment I see it in a bookstore who am I kidding…
I haven’t read A Little Life and I’ve low key no desire to but FOMO is pushing me to starting To Paradise right away.
I just finished Small Pleasures. I really adored it! The prose was beautiful and the plot was quietly gripping. I was lowkey hooked. It’s about a woman in the 50s investigating a supposed immaculate conception in London. The pace was super brisk which I liked. I would really recommend it!

The ending though! So cruel! A gag that she literally gave it away on Page 1. But I suppose the point was that Jean will now have a new lease of life or whatever.