The Cerulean Queen (The Nine Realms #4) by Sarah Kozloff 5/5 Stars
What a great ending to the Nine Realms series! After I found the first book, A Queen in Hiding, and thought it sounded like a great book, I was so excited to find out that there would be only four books in the series and that they would be coming out in consecutive months. This makes for such a great reading experience; you don’t have a whole year in between books to forget everything that happened. If you’re even a little bit interested in Fantasy, I highly recommend this series. I already can’t wait to relisten to these books.
The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani 4/5 Stars
I love French novels for the same reason I love French movies: they present ideas different from those that are abundant in the U.S., or at least explore them in new ways. This book is about a nanny who does something terrible to the children she looks after (this happens in the very beginning of the book) and the rest of the book is spent exploring why each person is the way they are and what motivates them. It’s an interesting look into human behavior, even if it is fiction.
There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda Åkeson McGurk 3/5 Stars
Information gets pretty dense in many parts of this book, but once I learned to skim those sections and enjoy the more memoir/autobiographical sections about Linda, her Swedish upbringing, and how she tries to raise her children, the book went by much more quickly. I really enjoyed the insight into Swedish parenting, something I knew nothing of before, and if nothing else this book made me long to be outside more. Since finishing it I’ve noticed that I spend more time outside, even if just for a little while, and I make sure I’m present when I do.
Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott 5/5 Stars
I love all of Scott’s Madame Chic books but this one may be my favorite. I wish I would have gotten this as a preteen so I could have been practicing these tips for 20+ years. This book gives great tips on how to work towards being a poised adult. I look forward to getting a physical copy to make notes in.