Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 20/4/20

Happy Orthodox Easter. The weather is more Easter-like (rainy) and the eggs are 50% off. It’s been another week of isolation, but having a structure to the day helps. What also helps is Parcel Post, the postie and a special parcel postie delivering all on the same day – thank you!

Here’s what arrived over the course of the week:

The Deceptions by Suzanne Leal arrived thanks to Allen & Unwin. Set between World War II Prague and 2010 Sydney, this is a story of secrets, lies and love. In 1943, Hana is imprisoned in a ghetto. When a guard pays attention to her, Hana hopes it will offer protection. In Sydney, Tessa is having an affair and her grandmother Irena is also hiding something. Irena’s secret would destroy more than just her own family… You can read the first chapter here.

A Burning by Megha Majumdar (available 8th July) arrived from Simon & Schuster. It’s set in India as a girl, Jivan, is accused of collaborating with terrorists. Another has the alibi she needs, but telling the truth will cost her everything. Meanwhile, a gym teacher rises in politics as his former student Jivan falls.

Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan came from Hachette. Ava is 22 and isn’t having a gap year – she’s moved to Hong Kong for a badly paid English teacher role. Julian lets her move in and loves to spend money on her, but Edith is the one who listens to Ava. With money, cynicism, hidden feelings and surprising connections, it’s an exciting time.

My order from Better Read Than Read arrived. I’m loving their bespoke book packs, which you can find on Instagram stories.

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee is a collection of essays about life, literature, reading and politics. It details his personal growth as well as America’s history.

The Pillars by Peter Polites finds Pano doing a number of jobs and activities to pass the time (like protesting, orgies and ghost-writing). He’s not financially successful, but does he really want to be?

Guapa by Saleem Haddad follows Rasa, a gay man living in an Arab country for 24 hours. By day, he works as a translator and at night he sneaks his lover into his room. Then his grandmother finds them in bed and he roams the city, reflecting on his relationships and the lack of political hope in a society that may never accept him.

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado is a memoir of love gone bad, examining her experiences through different narrative lenses. That involves religion, abuse in queer relationships, Disney villains and fairy tales.

My order from Readings of Miranda Popkey’s Topics of Conversation also arrived. (I love the cover). The narrator describes her life through conversations and bad relationships, looking at the contrast between the stories we tell ourselves versus what we tell others.

To see other books received/bought this week across the world, drop by the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies.

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Book Date. Click on the pictures to read more about the books.

What I read last week:


What I’m reading at the moment:


What I’ll be reading next:

Everything looks so good, I can’t decide!

7 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 20/4/20

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  1. Interesting list! I don’t know that I’ve heard of any of those before. I like the toothbrush picture for Exciting Times. LOL Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. You certainly have a diverse range of books come in this week. I’ve seen The Deceptions around the blogs.

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