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Little Scratch – Rebecca Watson ★★

Blurb; In the formally experimental tradition of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers and Ducks, Newburyport comes a dazzlingly original shot-in-the-arm of a novel that reveals one young woman’s every thought over the course of twenty-four hours.

little scratch tells the story of an unnamed woman living in a world of office politics, clock-watching and emoji-texting as she relays what it takes to get through mundanity in the wake of a recent sexual assault.
Formatted in continuously interweaving columns that chart the feedback loop of memory, the senses, and modern distractions with witty precision, our narrator becomes increasingly anxious as the day moves on; and increasingly intent on distracting herself. Must she really drink eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated? Does the word “rape” apply to what happened to her? Why is the etiquette of the women’s bathroom so fraught? Does the colleague who keeps offering to make her tea know something? And why can’t she stop scratching?
Fiercely moving and slyly profound, little scratch is a fearless and defiantly playful look at how our minds function in– and survive–the darkest moments.

My Review; I’m not one to downgrade or give a book a bad rep that’s not me. I just want my say on this one. I got this from the library and saw it was a short read (201 pages) and the format was an easy read, very similar to poet format so I thought I’d give it a go. It was a very quick read for me. But for many readers this writing format would be hard to follow or drive them insane.

From the beginning I just couldn’t figure out the main character at all. She wasn’t what I would consider ‘normal’. Different. She was very repetitive in his routine and words throughout this story and had a problem with scratching herself raw. Now I don’t think I fully understood this book so I apologise if that’s the case. But trigger warning the book does contain rape. So maybe that is why she is the way she is. A very different read for me strange.

But remember everyone’s reading tastes are different I might hate a book and you love it and vice versa. This is not a bad review just wasn’t for me. I can see its been nominated for awards and maybe other readers can relate to this story that spans out over the woman day. Whereas I couldn’t relate.

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The Seven Day Switch – Kelly Harms ★★★★

Blurb; Two moms as opposite as a Happy Meal and a quinoa bowl. What a difference a week makes in a heartfelt, laugh-out-loud novel by the Washington Post bestselling author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler.

Celeste Mason is the Pinterest stay-at-home supermom of other mothers’ nightmares. Despite her all-organic, SunButter-loving, free-range kids, her immaculate home, and her volunteering awards, she still has time to relax with a nice glass of pinot at the end of the day. The only thing that ruins it all is her workaholic, career-obsessed neighbor, who makes no secret of what she thinks of Celeste’s life choices every chance she gets.

Wendy Charles is a celebrated productivity consultant, columnist, and speaker. On a minute-by-minute schedule, she makes the working-mom hustle look easy. She even spends at least one waking hour a day with her kids. She’s not apologizing for a thing. Especially to Celeste, who plays her superior parenting against Wendy whenever she can.

Who do Celeste and Wendy think they are? They’re about to find out thanks to one freaky week. After a neighborhood potluck and too much sangria, they wake up—um, what?—in each other’s bodies. Everything Celeste and Wendy thought they knew about the “other kind of mom” is flipped upside down—along with their messy, complicated, maybe not so different lives.

My Review; This was mine and Mels second buddy read of the year. I really enjoyed it. The story is told through two ladies and neighbours Wendy and Celeste. Both mums living different lives. When they wake up with a body switch everything changes for the both of them.

As a mother myself with two young ones I could relate to many parts of this books and parts had me giggling. I do agree all mums need to stop this competition that seems to go on among us all and work together. Alot of lessons are learnt along the way during this body switch.

The ending I didn’t expect that made me open my eyes a little but a brilliant story. A happy ending for both ladies. I do hope I never end up in a body switch couldn’t think of anything worse. A well deserved four stars from me.

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2021 Round Up & Top Reads.

2021 wasn’t the easiest of years for many us. Covid. Lost loved ones. Isolation. Illnesses. Lockdowns. But books were always there for me… For us all. So I dedicate this post to all my books, but especially my top ten reads which stood out for me… below you will find all the books I read in 2021. 150! Wow. But also… Keep scrolling… MY TOP 10. Here is wishing for a better 2022.

And my top 10 of the year go to…

  • True Crime Story by Joseph Knox
  • Psychopaths Anonymous by Will Carver
  • This Can Never Not Be Real by Sera Milano
  • Diety by Matt Wesolowski
  • The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood
  • Fireborn by Aisling Fowler
  • This is How We Are Human by Louise Beech
  • The Castaways by Lucy Clarke
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • Fate: The Winx Saga by Ava Corrigan