WWW Wednesday (April 22nd)

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Hi all! Hope you’re all safe and well and enjoying your books 🙂

I’m reading Snap by Belinda Bauer

Think this is going to be a quick read as it’s quite fast-paced!

The blurb

Eileen Bright puts her 11-year-old son Jack in charge when she left their broken-down car on the side of the road to find help. But she never comes back, and three years later, Jack’s still in charge: of his sisters, of making ends meet, of making sure nobody knows they’re all alone in the house, and–quite suddenly–of finding out who murdered his mother. Meanwhile, a young woman named Catherine While wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note reading “I could have killed you.” With a husband on the road and a baby on the way, Catherine makes a single bad choice that leads her into a tangled web of deception and danger. 

 


I recently finished 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Loved it! There wasn’t anything that I disliked about this book and if I had the time would read it again! Enjoyed the setting, the characters and the plot, all of it. If I had to make one small criticism it would be that in places it was somewhat overly descriptive but it’s of its time.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

When a book is so eagerly anticipated and the hype is off the chart you can’t but help feel that the actual event will be a massive anticlimax – thankfully this is not the case here.  I bloody loved it!

Doreen by Barbara Noble

This is one the Persephone books and is about the effects on children, parents and host families of those evacuated during World War 2.  It’s an interesting one as it looks at all those involved.


What’s up next? Who knows 😉

It could be one of many at the moment.  It’s definitely going to be one guided by my mood on the day.


What do you make of my choices this week?

Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…and stay safe everyone!

WWW Wednesday (April 8th)

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Wow, it’s been a while since I did one of these posts! I’m right back to being a newbie again 🙂

I have the time and opportunity at the moment given that I have been furloughed from my job, for at least 3 weeks, due to the impact of Covid-19.  Not ideal but every cloud and all that…so I could be around for a little while yet.

I’m reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

And loving it! I’ve never read it before and because it’s a bit of a whopper at over 600 pages, now is perfect timing.  Also, it’s being screened this week by National Theatre Live as part of the Free At Home events.

Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.

But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?

 

 

 


I recently finished The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

This was a re-read for me as it was a book club choice.  Hated it the first time around but did manage to see a lot more positives and found more empathy for Holden in a second read.

The blurb

The Catcher in the Rye is J . D. Salinger’s world-famous novel of disaffected youth.

Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school.

Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the ‘phony’ aspects of society, and the ‘phonies’ themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection.

Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood behind, The Catcher in the Rye explores the world with disarming frankness and a warm, affecting charisma which has made this novel a universally loved classic of twentieth-century literature.

 


What’s up next? The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I borrowed this book from a temporary member of staff at work, still unread, and not sure when I’ll see the owner again, if at all.  Looks like it’s gonna be a big books month!!

The blurb

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.

As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

 


What do you make of my choices this week?

Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…

WWW Wednesday (September 19th )

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Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday!

I’m reading Mad Blood Stirring by Simon Mayo

Fascinating read set in one of the most bleakest settings in the country!

The blurb

On the eve of the year 1815, the American sailors of the Eagle finally arrive at Dartmoor prison; bedraggled, exhausted but burning with hope. They’ve only had one thing to sustain them – a snatched whisper overheard along the way. 

The war is over.

Joe Hill thought he’d left the war outside these walls but it’s quickly clear that there’s a different type of fight to be had within. The seven prison blocks surrounding him have been segregated; six white and one black. As his voice rings out across the courtyard, announcing the peace, the redcoat guards bristle and the inmates stir. The powder keg was already fixed to blow and Joe has just lit the fuse. 

Elizabeth Shortland, wife of the Governor looks down at the swirling crowd from the window of her own personal prison. The peace means the end is near, that she needn’t be here for ever. But suddenly, she cannot bear the thought of leaving.

Inspired by a true story, Mad Blood Stirring tells of a few frantic months in the suffocating atmosphere of a prison awaiting liberation. It is a story of hope and freedom, of loss and suffering. It is a story about how sometimes, in our darkest hour, it can be the most unlikely of things that see us through.

 


I recently finished Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Honest to God this has to be the worst ending to a book! Billed as “the most shocking ending you’ll read all year” – it was certainly the most ridiculous ending to a book I’ve read…ever!

The blurb

Don’t Trust This Book

Don’t Trust These People

Don’t Trust Yourself

And whatever you do, DON’T give away that ending…

Louise

Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…

David

Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…

Adele

Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.

But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?
Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?


What’s up next? Each Little Lie by Tom Bale

Here’s another outstanding ARC that’s been left far too long.  I enjoyed Tom Bale’s See How They Run so am expecting to like this too!

The blurb

One split second decision and you could lose your child forever…

When single mother Jen Cornish sees her neighbour’s keys on the footpath outside her home, she has no idea the simple good deed of returning them will end in her fighting for her life – and that of her son, Charlie.

Soon, Jen is arrested for a crime committed in her neighbour’s house, and the police have damning evidence. Jen wonders, is she losing her mind, or is she being framed? 

Desperate to clear her name, Jen must untangle a chilling web of lies, and there’s only one suspect on her list: her ex, Charlie’s father. But someone is watching her every move – and it isn’t just Jen who is in danger.

They’re watching her child too.

Can Jen uncover the dark truth before it’s too late?


What do you make of my choices this week?

Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…

WWW Wednesday (September 12th )

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Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday! I’m at my monthly book club meeting this evening so I’ll catch up with all your posts as soon as I can.

I’m reading Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

I started this last night and am about 40 pages in and immediately I don’t like one of the main women characters, Adele. I’m not sure if this is the author’s intention as it is early days and something quite dark and sinister is already going on!

The blurb

Don’t Trust This Book

Don’t Trust These People

Don’t Trust Yourself

And whatever you do, DON’T give away that ending…

Louise

Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…

David

Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…

Adele

Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.

But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?
Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?

 


I recently finished Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

Really enjoyed this!  If you liked Joanna Cannon’s first novel, The Trouble With Goats and Sheep, then you’ll like this.  It’s like Joanna’s character, Tilly and Grace, from Goats and Sheep, grew old and found themselves in a new mystery!

The blurb

There are three things you should know about Elsie.
The first thing is that she’s my best friend.
The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.
And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining.

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago?

 

 


What’s up next? Mad Blood Stirring by Simon Mayo

Love Simon Mayo and his Books of the year podcast.  I’ve not read any of children’s/YA books but as I used to live on the very edge of Dartmoor this book really intrigues me.

The blurb

On the eve of the year 1815, the American sailors of the Eagle finally arrive at Dartmoor prison; bedraggled, exhausted but burning with hope. They’ve only had one thing to sustain them – a snatched whisper overheard along the way. 

The war is over.

Joe Hill thought he’d left the war outside these walls but it’s quickly clear that there’s a different type of fight to be had within. The seven prison blocks surrounding him have been segregated; six white and one black. As his voice rings out across the courtyard, announcing the peace, the redcoat guards bristle and the inmates stir. The powder keg was already fixed to blow and Joe has just lit the fuse. 

Elizabeth Shortland, wife of the Governor looks down at the swirling crowd from the window of her own personal prison. The peace means the end is near, that she needn’t be here for ever. But suddenly, she cannot bear the thought of leaving.

Inspired by a true story, Mad Blood Stirring tells of a few frantic months in the suffocating atmosphere of a prison awaiting liberation. It is a story of hope and freedom, of loss and suffering. It is a story about how sometimes, in our darkest hour, it can be the most unlikely of things that see us through.


What do you make of my choices this week?

Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…

WWW Wednesday (September 5th )

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Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday!.

I’m reading Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

I’m really enjoying this two for the price of one mystery novel with its book shop setting and books filled with clues!

The blurb

What do you do when the life you’ve carefully built for yourself comes apart?

Lydia Smith lives a quiet life, spent in the company of her colleagues and customers at the bookstore where she works. But when Joey Molina, a young and mysterious regular, hangs himself in the bookstore and leaves Lydia secret messages hidden in the pages of his books, her world starts to unravel.

Why did Joey do it?

What did he know?

And what does it have to do with Lydia?

 


I recently finished The Last Family in England by Matt Haig

I enjoyed this one more than I was expecting too.  It is sad, a bit depressing but it’s also really funny.  If you’re a dog owner, this should be on your list to read.

The blurb

Meet the Hunter family: Adam, Kate, and their children Hal and Charlotte. And Prince, their Labrador.

Prince is an earnest young dog, striving hard to live up to the tenets of the Labrador Pact (Remain Loyal to Your Human Masters, Serve and Protect Your Family at Any Cost). Other dogs, led by the Springer Spaniels, have revolted. As things in the Hunter family begin to go badly awry – marital breakdown, rowdy teenage parties, attempted suicide – Prince’s responsibilities threaten to overwhelm him and he is forced to break the Labrador Pact and take desperate action to save his Family.

 

 


What’s up next? Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

I’ve had the hardback of this book since publication and after attending Joanna’s event a couple of weeks ago I’m going to read this one next.  I don’t tend to read books straight away after publication as I get influenced by what I hear from others.

The blurb

There are three things you should know about Elsie.
The first thing is that she’s my best friend.
The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.
And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining.

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago?

 


What do you make of my choices this week?

Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…