The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan 2/5 Stars
This book has a great setting and sense of place. It really makes me want to visit Scotland for my next international trip. That’s about all that I enjoyed about the book though. I didn’t like Nina or the fact that no one in her love triangle could express anything clearly. Everyone in this book is wimpy and can’t make a decision for themselves. Nina was even forced into her big move after losing her job and denied parking for her van. It was a frustrating read, not for me.
Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder 5/5 Stars
This was an absolute delight. I don’t think I would have appreciated it before becoming a mother but that’s not to say others wouldn’t. It could almost be considered horror with how bizarre it is and not many other books have intrigued me in a similar way. Nightbitch’s (and I love that she is only referred to as “the mother” or “Nightbitch”) transformation into dog seems to correspond, in my professional (not professional) opinion, to her increasing lack of sleep and time spent exclusively with a toddler. To me the ending and what actually happened to Nightbitch is open to interpretation, but no matter your conclusion I think it is beautiful. I’m really looking forward to more from this author.
The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian 2/5 Stars
The audio book narrator is AWFUL so I really don’t recommend that version if you do decide to read this book. This book is compared to Where the Crawdads Sing and the only thing they have in common is the main characters live in poverty. This book is just a sad story and sad things keep on happening. The ending isn’t terrible but not the feel-good one like the previously mentioned book. This book does have a good sense of place though, I enjoyed the feeling of being in the deep south. I can’t say I’d recommend this book.
Dark Waters (Small Spaces #3) by Katherine Arden 3/5 Stars
This was a pretty slow story and it wasn’t necessarily creepy or scary. It feels more like a Part I to the ending rather than the third book in the series. Not much to do with the smiling man either.
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