On the Night Table [41]:


The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena | Swan Riders by Erin Bow | Nutshell by Ian McEwan


I hope y’all had a great weekend. Mine was a little less than inspiring – practically not worth mentioning. I have been so lazy on the blogging front lately! I’d blame it on the weather but that would be a lie. Lol. The good news is I managed to stave off going to the bookstore this past weekend so I saved a few bucks. I also managed to read a couple of books – one was a massive 480-pager (The Rook) and a slight but impactful read from Adam Silvera. Both were brilliant in their own right.

This week’s reading choices features a couple that I’ve been trying (but failing) to read for weeks now:

Nutshell by Ian McEwan is a small book (page-wise) but because the writing is Β distractingly gorgeous, I’m going at a snail’s pace. I hope to finish it this week, though. This book is a retelling of Hamlet but is no way affiliated with the Hogarth Shakespeare endeavor. This is very interesting, actually. The story is told through eyes of a fetus in vitro about how its mother and her lover planned to murder her husband. I’m not far into it, but the view from where I sit is brilliant so far.

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow. I have high hopes for this installment. I was infinitely disappointed with Scorpion Rules so I hope this book will be its redemption. I haven’t even cracked it open. According to Goodreads, I put this on my currently-reading shelf on August 6th. It’s been over a month. I want to cry.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. By the time you’re reading this post, I’ve most likely finished reading this book. The Couple Next Door is so addictive, you guys. As I’m writing this, I’m filled with the need to get back to this messed up story. I’m more than halfway and loving it so much.

R E A D this Week

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What are you reading this week?

Have you read any of the books I mentioned?

  • Is that pic taken on your reading chair Joy! Love the little throw on the back!

  • Oooh Couple Next Door sounds so fascinating! I can’t wait to read The Rook and More Happy Than Not. I know you love The Rook series and I have Stiletto on my TBR so win win πŸ˜€

  • karina

    You are braver than me. If the first book is uninspiring I never touch book #2! Good luck, J.! πŸ™‚

  • I’ve not read any of these, but I look forward to your thoughts if you review them!

  • Ooh, Nutshell sounds promising. Can’t wait to read your review!

  • It’s good that you’ve been able to get some reading done as well! Maybe not so much on the blogging front, but turning those pages is also important. I’ve been reading a lot and finished two books this week. Hoping to get my third down in the next two days, if school work will let me πŸ˜‰

  • Aw. All the hugs. <3 Heh, I am so lazy these days too πŸ˜€ Lazy is good, though, lol. But yay for reading a bunch πŸ˜€ These books are not for me, but they do look pretty awesome. Happy reading Joy. <3 I hope you are having an amazing week πŸ˜€

  • I am definitely looking forward to your review of The Couple Next Door. That sounds like my kind of book. I went through a period earlier this year where I found blogging hard to wrap my mind around. Sometimes you just need a bit of a break.

  • RO

    The Couple Next Door sounds intriguing.I moved away from my normal suspense and thrillers and read Summer Nights by Susan Mallery. I used to read her books all the time, but for some reason they started ending up on the stacks. What I like about this one, is the heroine is a librarian. Yay! Hugs…

  • I need to get around to More Happy Than Not. I’m curious about The Couple Next Door. Have a great week!

  • Ah I need to get The Couple Next Door!!! I really want to read it. I just started reading Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

  • Natalie

    I love pretty much anything to do with Shakespeare, so I’ll have to check out The Nutshell. Good to know about The Couple Next Door. I have that one but haven’t picked it up yet. Happy reading!

  • You have me intensely curious about Nutshell. That premise… creepy in an interesting way. πŸ™‚ I also now want to try The Couple Next Door. Will have to bug the library about that one. πŸ˜€ (Just checked… my library rocks and has both in!)

  • Happy reading!

  • The Couple Next Door. I need to get that book because I’ve been wanting to read another book like The Girl Next Door with messed up characters and lots of drama. I’ll be looking that one up!

    I read a few books this week (yay! reading slump averted!) but right now I’m reading The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath. After this review book then I’m going to jump into Results May Vary by Bethany Chase. I can’t wait!

    Have a great reading week, Joy!

  • shootingstarsmag

    What an interesting way to do a Hamlet re-telling; I’m curious about Nutshell now. I do want to read The Couple Next Door. It sounds fantastic!

    I’ve read More Happy Than Not. I’m glad you loved it! It’s seriously one of my favorites.


  • ChristinaBookAddict

    Sounds like you had a good weekend….I have been slacking on the blogging front as well. I am getting a bit behind and I am also behind on my reading, too. πŸ™ I look forward to your thoughts on The Rook!

  • kindlemom1

    Ours was pretty mellow as well but I haven’t been feeling well so it was perfect. πŸ˜‰ I still need to read the Rook! I had no idea it was such a big read, yikes!

  • I just finished Magic Binds, the latest Kate Daniels, and loved it! Now I’m reading a cute (but very hot!) romance by Tiffany Reiz: her Halloween Treat. I’m interested in your thoughts on The Rook. Happy reading, Joy! πŸ™‚

  • I immediately put More Happy Than Not on my wishlist. I understand it’s a bit darker than what I’m used to, but I can handle it. I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. And I’ll need to give The Rook a chance too.

  • I need to try the Rook, I heard great things about it. happy reading!