Yes, Pippin, you're very cute... but not helpful in finishing this book. 😅
Today, I'm finding it very easy to relate to the MC of this book, who doesn't quite know who (or what) she turns into at night. Yesterday, I got the new covid booster and a flu shot and must have had a reaction, because at 6am my partner heard a loud noise and woke up to find me in the hallway, having apparently fallen and smashed my face through the drywall, with no idea where I was or how I got there. 😬 I'm pretty scraped up, but okay.
I'm trying to fill in the last few gaps in my #AlphabetSoup challenge for this year (I'm doing author AND title). I haven't managed to read anything by a Y author yet, and I've had this one sitting on my kindle, so... I do love really ducking weird speculative fiction, so this one should be fun.
Hurricane weather means that I can finally finish this book and…???? Maybe it‘s because I‘m not the intended audience (over educated, yes, but I am not and don‘t plan on having kids), but Nightbitch just didn‘t hit the way I know it has for other people. Also, I have two black cats and that one scene was almost enough for me to DNF. ⭐️⭐️✨
Be prepared for bodily fluids, the developing of fur and the killing of small rodents. The mother (aka Nightbitch) has a small son and a husband who works away with a better paid job, so she is now forced to stay at home. Slowly she feels she is becoming a dog and gives in to those primal urges. A visceral portrayal of motherhood, “working” vs “stay at home” and the mindlessness of early motherhood. Despite my initial misgivings, I enjoyed this 👇
This is a bizarre, yet disturbingly accurate depiction of being a stay-at-home mom. It captures how entirely consuming early motherhood can be while trying to reimagine your identity as an individual apart from your child. The mother in the story is losing herself, then unexpectedly begins a strange transformation that puts her in touch with a new powerful sense of self. It is the weirdest book I‘ve read in a long time, but totally compelling.
An uncomfortable read, particularly for a childfree vegetarian cat mom 😂
But I am enjoying this trend of mad as hell women, &shameless talk about bodily fluids &primal urges. & being fed up with gender roles & bias in society.
Yoder‘s writing is visceral & aggressive & unique. 🐺
At about 30% - Wasn‘t sure about it initially, it will probably really resonate with Mothers of young children who can admit that kids (& pets & husbands) are annoying 😂 (no judgement if you are well balanced &don‘t think that) it is not my particular headspace but I‘m enjoying this re-emerging of women being mad af in popular literature.
Still not sure if she‘s turning into an animal or if this is the general body horror of being a woman 💅
Current read and current WIP #litsycrafters
This book is so so so weird. It‘s hilarious and sad and full of rage and love, all in a totally strange and unique box. I think every single human being should read this book. That being said, I‘ll never read it again.
This was weird af but I absolutely loved it!! I couldn‘t stop listening to it and somehow a lot of this was relatable too
I think if this was a novella I would have lapped it up but the longer this book went on, the less engaged I became until I ultimately lost my taste for this one. A promising start and accurate description of early motherhood, gender roles/expectations, parenting and personal fulfillment. But than it became redundant and over the top and all together unnecessary. Great audio narration though! I still think the cover & title are fab 🥰
Tonight the Jewish Holiday known as Sukkot begins 🎊so I‘m listening to this dark comedic horror on audio as I sort through our sukkah decorations 🛖♥️so far it‘s FABULOUS 😁
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A weirdly accurate portrayal of stay-at-home parenthood. She‘s a mother losing herself. It‘s one of the most creative, bizarre books I‘ve read in years, and yet incredible relatable. I don‘t want to say too much.
Jury Duty! Waiting for jury selection to begin. Estimated to be a 2-3 week criminal case. Looks like I might be able to make progress on my book.
I think all mothers can identify with Nightbitch at some point . A stay at home mom, struggles with the demands and monotony of caring for her toddler as well as the loss of a sense of identity and ambition. Her husband is traveling for work and she‘s doing all the emotional work as well as the actual housework. Then she begins to discover a strange transformation that eventually leads to her finding herself again.
For the following 17 days I will be posting daily about a favorite book that I have read so far this year. I know that 17 is an odd number, but this is the number that I came up with after looking through the books I read & I simply couldn't eliminate any of these.I will be posting these in the chronological order that I read them in from the beginning of the year. Rachel Yoder's Nightbitch is one of my favorite “types“ of books. Lit fic with
I have no idea how to talk about this most unusual story…. On one hand, it‘s about a new mom who gave up her career in art to stay home with her little boy and now thinks she‘s turning into a dog. On the other, it‘s commentary on gender roles and finding fulfillment in life. It‘s horrifying and very out there, but yet I could relate to many of her feelings when I was a young SAHM. #bookspinbingo #doublespin
OMG… @Mynameisacolour you did too much! I love everything…but ESPECIALLY the peachy dish towel and the spatula with measurements conversions that I will definitely be using all the time. I can‘t wait to read the book! Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!!!
And thank you @BennettBookworm for organizing the #recipeswap. This was such a fun swap!
Two books that were fun to read in succession, as stories of women finding their power and wielding it in unexpected, at times uncomfortable, ways. Both were picks for me. 💪🏼
I liked the first half of this - really interesting exploration of "the mother" and her experience of motherhood. But as it got more bizarre I just lost interest, and it became quite unpleasant in parts. Ended up skimming the last third. Feels like it was a short story that was expanded, and might have been better as something short.