WWW Wednesday (September 19th )

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’s on your reading list this week…

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

 

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 )

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’s on your reading list this week…

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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 )

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’s on your reading list this week…

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• What are you currently reading?
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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…

WWW Wednesday (August 22nd)

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’s on your reading list this week…

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Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday!

I’m visiting my favourite independent bookshop this evening, Booka bookshop in Oswestry, for an evening with Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things about Elsie so I’ll catch up with your posts and comments as soon as I can.

I’m reading The Last Family in England by Matt Haig

This is my latest book club read and not one I was really looking forward to as I’m not a massive doggy lover but it’s actually kinda sweet and sad.

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.

 


I recently finished Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

I finished it…it took 2 weeks, partly due to my time not the book, but I really don’t why I felt so intimidated by this book.  It wasn’t what I expected and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought it would.

The blurb

Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies . . .

Six interlocking lives – one amazing adventure. In a narrative that circles the globe and reaches from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future, Cloud Atlas erases the boundaries of time, genre and language to offer an enthralling vision of humanity’s will to power, and where it will lead us.

 

 

 

 


What’s up next? Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

Bad book blogger alert again! This ARC has been on my TBR for…well it doesn’t matter how long, I’ll be reading it next.  Who doesn’t love a book set in a bookshop!

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?

 


What do you make of my choices this week?

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

WWW Wednesday (August 8th)

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’s on your reading list this week…

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Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday!

I’m reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

I must admit I was intimidated by this book which is probably why I’d put it off for so long but I’ve made good progress and am really enjoying it.

The blurb

Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies . . .

Six interlocking lives – one amazing adventure. In a narrative that circles the globe and reaches from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future, Cloud Atlas erases the boundaries of time, genre and language to offer an enthralling vision of humanity’s will to power, and where it will lead us.

 

 

 

 

 


I recently finished After You by Jojo Moyes

I understood why readers wanted more of Lou and Will’s story but this was a bit depressing and a bit far-fetched in places.  I do have a copy of Still Me but don’t think I’ll continue with the series.

The blurb

Lou Clark has lots of questions.
Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.
Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home.
Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.
And will she ever get over the love of her life.
What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.
Then, one night, it does.
But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions?
Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.
Open it and she risks everything.
But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .

 


What’s up next? The Last Family in England by Matt Haig

If I manage to finish Cloud Atlas any time soon, this is my August’s book club read so I’ll need to get this mid-August anyhow.  Don’t think this will really be my cup of tea as I’m not overly into dogs but we’ll soon see!

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 do you make of my choices this week?

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