Becky Boer

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Let Me Tell You, Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson will always be the queen of quiet horror in my mind, and this posthumous collection of Shirley Jackson stories and essays is fantastic.The majority of these stories have never been published. I’m finding that I prefer the Library of America collection of novels and stories, but I’ve still enjoyed all of these so far. Almost every one of these stories features Jackson’s particular brand of uncanniness, creating a strong sense of unease in the reader. I’ve thought many times  ...

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My Absolute Darling, Gabriel Tallent

This is a beautiful book. It is devastating and heartbreaking and maddening, but it is beautiful. When I picked it up, I had a feeling that I would love it. I didn’t start reading it right away, because I wanted to finish something else first, but I kept being drawn to it. Something told me it would be amazing, and it was.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (This book is also potentially super triggering: there is emotional abuse and manipulation, there are rape scenes, and there’s quite a bit of violence, so be  ...

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Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

Over the weekend, we spent some time sitting at the beach reading. I always love an opportunity to sit outdoors and read, and when we go somewhere like Willows Beach, despite there being massive amounts of people there, it’s always less distracting than I expect it to be. Over the weekend, we spent some time sitting at the beach reading. I always love an opportunity to sit outdoors and read, and when we go somewhere like Willows Beach, despite there being massive amounts of people  ...

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Social Creature, Tara Isabella Burton

Social Creature, by Tara Isabella Burton, earned four stars from me. (Spoilers below) I usually rate books based on how much I enjoyed them, with some consideration given to writing quality, and so on. Let’s be serious; I probably wouldn’t give a Danielle Steel novel four or five stars. Most of hers would fall into a three for me, because they keep my interest and I always enjoy them, but stars come off for what I find seems to be a complete lack of editing that goes into her  ...

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