On the Night Table [41]:

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


Hello.

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  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?

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In Flight Reads: The Blonde by Anna Godbersen

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The Blonde by Anna Godbersen


Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope Santa was good to you this year. We are having a warm, stormy Christmas at the moment but I’m not complaining. 🙂

Today, I thought I’d talk about this lone physical book that I brought with me on this trip. I’m the type of traveller who usually brings a suitcase full of books anywhere I go, but I surprised myself this year by practicing restraints. It’s not that I didn’t plan on reading too much, it’s just that I know I’m going to find myself at a bookstore somewhere, so I wanted to make sure I’ll have room by the end of this trip.

Anyway, this is everything you’d expect from a book that features a fictional spy Marilyn Monroe: sordid tales of affairs, personal heartbreaks, and a line of men using her for sex. So far, I’m seeing JFK in a different light. His charisma is enigmatic, as is the seemingly sexual creature Ms. Godbersen painted him out to be.

This book opens up with a prologue of a teen Marilyn blowing off a man’s face with a gun as he was trying to sexually molest her. It leads me to believe that KGB knew this crime and was using it as blackmail material. Though as I get further into the book, it tells me that the reason she signed on so easily was that Alexi, the man who recruited her, was a person for whom she owed a great debt. He was the one who saved her when she was a struggling actress on the verge of prostituting herself for good just so she could eat.

Marilyn’s personal life is in shambles. She lives on a steady diet of alcohol and sex. She works hard to be appreciated by the many men in her life, but the people she wants the most were the ones that seemed unattainable: her father and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Arthur Miller.

So far, the information she’s gleaned from JFK are useless, but I remain hopeful that whatever it’s leading up to will blow me away.

Stay tuned!

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