What I Read This Week: October 10, 2021
I finished three books this week.
Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder
This is my book club’s October pick. I don’t like to reveal much on my opinions about a book before my group reads so I’ll just say I liked this one quite a bit. It’s about a mother of a toddler who believes she is turning into a dog. It offers a lot of thought provoking ideas about motherhood, it’s going to make for a great book club discussion!
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
Second chance romance is one of my favorite tropes and it’s done beautifully here. Eva and Shane had a brief, intense relationship when they were 17 but haven’t communicated in fifteen years. Now they are both famous authors and their paths cross unexpectedly and it rocks both their worlds. The writing is emotional and flows well. There’s some haunting imagery about serious topics such as child abuse, drug use, chronic pain, self harm, and gang violence. It’s important and necessary to the story so it never feel gratuitous. There is also some fantastic humor throughout the book, which I don’t think is always easy to do along side such heavy content. The characters are all well developed and I just wanted to root for all of them to find happiness! I highly recommend this novel for readers of literary fiction as well as romance.
The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn
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This novel had a lot of buzz on Bookstagram but it didn’t quite live up to the hype for me. What I liked about this novel best was the emphasis on female friendship. I didn’t like Bonnie much to start with but she grew on me by the end. Her best friend Dakota was more than a side character and I appreciated that her romance was prominent in regard to the storyline as well. This is a bit of a coming of age story, even though the characters are in their mid twenties to early thirties. It’s about living up to your parents’ expectations and what happens when you don’t. There’s some great sexual tension and nice steamy scenes! I recommend this one for readers of rom-coms.