My month in books – June

What’s happened in June?

My reading seems to have really slowed this down month, only 2 books read! That is like, some all time record low for me. I’ve been quite busy in the evenings and at weekends which has eaten into my reading time and The Night Circus is quite a long book and has taken a good 2 weeks to get through. Onwards into July with head held high……

Books read: 2 (and 90% of The Night Circus)

The Lost Art of Keeping SecretsThe-Ship

 

 

 

Books added to the TBR: 2

The Monogram MurdersI Let You Go

Currently reading: Finishing off The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Favourite book for June: Not much to choose from so I would say The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

What’s coming up in July?

  • Blog tour for Holly Martin’s Fairytale Beginnings
  • Blog tour for Ann Troup’s The Lost Child
  • Continuing with #PaperbackSummer
  • My summer holiday to France for my brother’s wedding – yippee!!

How was your June reading and what are you looking forward to in July?

Book Review: Disclaimer by Renee Knight

DisclaimerWhat’s it about?

When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read.

But as she turns the pages she is sickened to realize the story will reveal her darkest secret.

A secret she thought no one else knew…

 

 

My thoughts

Up there with The Girl on the Train this has been one of the most talked about books of the year so far. As always with books that are so hyped up via social media I tend to feel apprehensive in that it won’t do for me as it has for others and will leave me feeling under whelmed but for the most part it lived up to my expectations.

“This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.”

But what if it isn’t? And herein lies the premise of the book; a book discovered with contents and an author that intend to wield revenge but why?

With a dual time line that also switches between narrative style; in the third person for Catherine but in the first for Stephen. On this occasion I preferred Stephen’s, as initially it’s dark and sinister and we get to hear his innermost thoughts and justification for his actions; albeit rather misled. I wasn’t really taken with Catherine’s character, I didn’t really gel with her; another book to add to the list with unlikeable female lead characters.

The book is engaging from the outset and easy to get along with and I’ve seen comparisons of this book to Gone Girl. Fans of that and Girl on the Train will enjoy this popular plotline style; in that when you totally believe what you’ve read only for it to be something totally else and what you believe is not necessarily the truth but  I never doubted any of it.

I felt that the majority of this book lived up to the hype despite being quite slow in places however I was a little dissatisfied with the ending; it was chilling and disturbing but it didn’t ring right for me. On the whole though, Renee Knight has delivered something different for fans of psychological thrillers. When’s the movie….?

Many thanks to the publishers for approving me for a copy via Netgalley.

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WWW Wednesday (June 3rd)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading…

The-ShipThe Ship by Antonia Honeywell

This is quite different to my usual type of read but I am enjoying it. I’m about 50% through and I feel that the ship has this cult community developing and I have no idea where it’s heading….

The blurb

WELCOME TO LONDON

BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT

Oxford Street burned for three weeks. The British Museum is occupied by ragtag survivors. The Regent’s Park camps have been bombed. The Nazareth Act has come into force. If you can’t produce your identity card, you don’t exist.

Lalla, sixteen, has grown up sheltered from the new reality by her visionary father, Michael Paul. But now the chaos has reached their doorstep. Michael has promised to save them. His escape route is a ship big enough to save five hundred people. But only the worthy will be chosen.

Once on board, as day follows identical day, Lalla’s unease grows. Where are they going? What does her father really want?

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF SALVATION?

I recently finished reading…

DisclaimerDisclaimer by Renee Knight

I felt that the majority of this book lived up to the hype despite being quite slow in places however I was a little dissatisfied with the ending; it didn’t ring right for me but the on the whole delivers.

The blurb

When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read.

But as she turns the pages she is sickened to realize the story will reveal her darkest secret.

A secret she thought no one else knew…

What’s up next?

IMG_0595My next read will be picked from my TBR jar as part of #PaperbackSummer

 

 

What are you all reading this week?

WWW Wednesday (May 27th)

I’m actually having a few days away in Cornwall this week but have prepped my post in advance. Apologies though if I don’t get to your comments etc straight away 🙂

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading…

DisclaimerDisclaimer by Renee Knight

Finally a book that’s got me hooked and eager to read. I was worried that the all the hype surrounding this book was going to be leave me feeling under whelmed but so far a big thumbs up from me!

The blurb

When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read.

But as she turns the pages she is sickened to realize the story will reveal her darkest secret.

A secret she thought no one else knew…

I recently finished reading…

SolarSolar by Ian McEwan

I’m so glad to have finished this book for 2 reasons; 1) so I can say I got to the end and 2) so I can start something far more interesting.

This is one of the most baffling and boring books I’ve had the misfortune to read. I just don’t get all the hype that surrounds Ian McEwan’s books and I for one won’t ever read one again.

The blurb

Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. A compulsive womaniser, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. But this time it is different: she is having the affair, and he is still in love with her.

When Beard’s professional and personal worlds collide in a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself for Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career and save the world from environmental disaster. Ranging from the Arctic Circle to the deserts of New Mexico, this is a story of one man’s greed and self-deception; a darkly satirical novel showing human frailty struggling with the most pressing and complex problem of our time.

What’s up next?

IMG_0595 #PaperbackSummer starts June 1st so I’ll be randomly picking from my TBR jar so I’m not sure what my next read will be 🙂

 

 

What are you all reading this week?

WWW Wednesday (May 20th)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

SolarSolar by Ian McEwan

This is our book club read for May and having not being over-impressed with The Children Act I approached this book with trepidation and it seems I was right too! 75% boring techy science stuff, 25% humourous antics. Also, I don’t know what it is about Ian McEwan books but they have a way of making me feel totally uneducated and thick! 😦

The blurb

Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. A compulsive womaniser, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. But this time it is different: she is having the affair, and he is still in love with her.

When Beard’s professional and personal worlds collide in a freak accident, an opportunity presents itself for Beard to extricate himself from his marital mess, reinvigorate his career and save the world from environmental disaster. Ranging from the Arctic Circle to the deserts of New Mexico, this is a story of one man’s greed and self-deception; a darkly satirical novel showing human frailty struggling with the most pressing and complex problem of our time.

What did you recently finish reading?

In My HouseIn My House by Alex Hourston

I was expecting something very different from this book. I was expecting more from the human trafficking plotline rather than the human interest story that I got. The majority of the book was quite slow and all in all I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend.

The blurb

Maggie lives a life of careful routines and measured pleasures. But everything changes when, walking through Gatwick a few days shy of her fifty-eighth birthday, a young woman approaches her and whispers a single word: ‘Help.’

Maggie responds, and in that moment saves a stranger, earning Anja her freedom and ensuring the arrest of a brutal trafficker.

But when the story gets picked up by the papers, Margaret is panicked by the publicity, as well as the strange phone calls she begins to receive.

Meanwhile Anja makes contact. She wants to thank her rescuer, but quickly insinuates herself into Maggie’s life.

As her relationship with Anja intensifies, Maggie begins to reveal, in increments, what it is she has been hiding. As a picture of her past takes shape, we are drawn into a slippery moral maze in which every choice is compromised. Maggie’s account is faithful, but she will keep you guessing about what really happened until the very end.

What do you think you’ll read next?

DisclaimerDisclaimer by Renee Knight

June, July and August are going to be dedicated to #PaperbackSummer so I wanted to squeeze in this e-book before then. It’s had such a lot of positive hype on social media I’m really looking forward to seeing if it’s as good as everyone says.

The blurb

When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read.

But as she turns the pages she is sickened to realize the story will reveal her darkest secret.

A secret she thought no one else knew…

Let me know in the comments what you’re reading this week?