I’m back from my holiday to France and desperately trying to catch up with my blogging and reading 🙂
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…
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 Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
I haven’t got as far with this book as I’d hoped on my holiday. What with days out and family evenings I didn’t get as much reading time as I’d planned. However, I’m about 20% in and so far so good. Waters’ writing is very descriptive and the chapters are very long but I’m enjoying the story and although it was quite a slow start, things are just taking shape!
It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa — a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants — life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.
With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the “clerk class,” the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life — or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.
I recently finished reading…
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Chosen from my TBR jar and book 3 for #PaperbackSummer I loved this book. This is the first book in ages that I didn’t want to put down and couldn’t wait to come back too. The story is being told through a series of letters which really worked; and with the main character Juliet being a writer and a book lover it’s a funny, sad and thoughtful book for any book lover and fan of historical fiction.
You might like this quote:
“I love seeing the bookshops and meeting the booksellers – booksellers really are a special breed. No one in their right mind would take up work in a bookshop for the wages, and no one in their right mind would want to own one – the margin of profit is too small. So, it has to be a love of readers and reading that makes them do it – along with first goes at the new books.”
It’s 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – by chance, he’s acquired a book that once belonged to her – and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. When Dawsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, her curiosity is piqued and it’s not long before she begins to hear from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German Occupation, Juliet soon realizes that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.
What’s up next?
My next choice will be from my TBR jar and will be book 4 for #Paperback Summer.
Looking forward to my next surprise read!
What are you all reading this week?