Updates on my #20BooksofSummer2021

Updates on my #20BooksofSummer2021

Hello, bookworms 🙂

I finished reading the second book in my 20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge yesterday afternoon and I reckon it’s about time to post a review for it.

Spring Tide at Swallowtail Bay by Katie Ginger

n Swallowtail bay the birds are singing, the sun is shining and the locals are welcoming – but Stella’s new beginning might be over before it’s begun…

Licking her wounds from her divorce, Stella impulsively buys a gift shop and two holiday lets in glorious Swallowtail Bay, hoping for a fresh start with her King Charles Spaniel Frank.

When the neighbours meet her with a warm welcome, Stella knows she’s found the new home she was looking for. Even gorgeous but grumpy local Miles can’t take the shine off things. But then her ex-husband announces he’s getting married again, and someone in the village starts gossiping about Stella…

Is Stella’s dream over already? Or, with her new friends behind her, can Stella fight back and save her new life – and find the happy ever after she’s been waiting for? (Goodreads)


I started this book thinking I could use some more beach-related, summer-y lovely stories. I went into the book with high expectations.

However, I am afraid I have to tell you that I did not enjoy the book as much as I had hoped, and I decided to just write up this post to let you know I’m still sticking with my TBR and that I am willing to keep it that way from here onwards as well.

Let me just make it clear that I didn’t start a book with an intention of disliking it right from the get go; of course not! But it ended up that way – simply put, my niggles (which are petty ones I might add) outweighed the positives and stopped me from enjoying the book.

Apparently my thoughts on this book are solely based on my personal preference and judging from the rave reviews, I am an unpopular opinion. On top of it all, I see no point in going on and on and on why the book didn’t work for me, so I’m going to wrap up this post here.

That’s it for today.
I feel bad about not liking this book as much as others did, but oh well, I can’t help it.
Hopefully I enjoy my next read and I’ll see you in my next post!

12 thoughts on “Updates on my #20BooksofSummer2021

  1. Too bad this one didn’t work for you Noriko. Sometimes our mood or other books we have read cause us to not connect or enjoy a book and that’s okay. I appreciate your honest review.

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    1. Thanks, Yesha 😊 I attribute it to me being really critical; when I sense traces of dramatization or sentimentalization, my mind tends to shut down lol I would like to have my stories deliver in a natural way!

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  2. I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you Noriko!! Sometimes books just don’t work for us despite everyone else loving it and that is 100% ok. We can’t love everything. You’re doing great with your 20 Books of Summer challenge. I have started 2 books on my TBR for this challenge but I haven’t finished any yet.

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    1. Thanks, Misty! Yeah, I have finished 2 books of the challenge so far, and I think I can finish my third book which I am absolutely loving – maybe tomorrow!

      I know what you mean and I also think I am entitled to my own opinions but seeing I’m obviously the odd one out makes me second guess myself 🤣

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    1. Thanks, Jenn! 5 star = absolutely amazing for me, so 5 star reads might be hard to come by but my current read is going to be very close!
      Happy reading to you, too! 🤗🎀

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