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…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• 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 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…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• 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 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…

WWW Wednesday (August 1st)

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…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• 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 After You by Jojo Moyes

I loved Me Before You so was a little apprehensive of a sequel and am aware that it’s quite a Marmite book.  I’ve enjoyed being back in Lou’s company again even if the plot is a bit far-fetched.

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 . . .


I recently finished Lullaby by Leila Slimani

When a book starts with quite an explosive ending you’d think that the rest of the book would match up to that.  For the most part this book does but…what a disappointing actual ending.

The blurb

The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds.

When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties.

The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. But as jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul’s idyllic tableau is shattered…

 


What’s up next? Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

This book has been on my TBR for at least 3 years!! I believe it to be a complicated challenging read but will give it a shot.

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 do you make of my choices this week?

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

WWW Wednesday (July 25th)

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…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• 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 at book club this evening discussing Exit West and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society so I’ll catch up with your WWW posts as soon as I can.  Happy Wednesday! 🙂

I’m reading Lullaby by Leila Slimani

I had to wait 9 weeks for a copy of Lullaby from my local library and it has to be returned by the 4th August (still obviously very popular).  It can’t be reserved again but fortunately it’s quite a short book.

The blurb

The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds.

When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties.

The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. But as jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul’s idyllic tableau is shattered…

 


I finished this week:

1) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Loved it the second time around as much as the first!

The blurb

It’s 1946. The war is over, and Juliet Ashton has writer’s block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book – she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. 

Through their letters, the society tell Juliet about life on the island, their love of books – and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for the island, changing her life forever.

2) Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Frustrated! That’s what this book made me feel.  I thought I was getting a serious portrayal of what it’s like to be a refugee/migrant/immigrant told through a love story but no, the author chucked in the most ridiculous plot thread which ruined it for me!

The blurb

Nadia and Saeed are two ordinary young people, attempting to do an extraordinary thing – to fall in love – in a world turned upside down. Theirs will be a love story but also a story about how we live now and how we might live tomorrow, of a world in crisis and two human beings travelling through it.

Civil war has come to the city which Nadia and Saeed call home. Before long they will need to leave their motherland behind – when the streets are no longer useable and the unknown is safer than the known. They will join the great outpouring of people fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world . . .

 


What’s up next? After You by Jojo Moyes

I loved Me Before You so probably shouldn’t have waited so long to carry on with the story!

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 do you make of my choices this week?

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

WWW Wednesday (July 18th)

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…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• 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!

It’s been well over a month since I last joined in with WWW due to holidays and life…so I’m looking forward to catching up with the books you’re all reading!

I’m reading Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

This is our latest book club read.  Good to read something set out of the Western world and is a book that’ll give you real perspective!

The blurb

Nadia and Saeed are two ordinary young people, attempting to do an extraordinary thing – to fall in love – in a world turned upside down. Theirs will be a love story but also a story about how we live now and how we might live tomorrow, of a world in crisis and two human beings travelling through it.

Civil war has come to the city which Nadia and Saeed call home. Before long they will need to leave their motherland behind – when the streets are no longer useable and the unknown is safer than the known. They will join the great outpouring of people fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world . . .

 

 


I finished quite a few books since my last post, here’s a short round-up

(click the covers for blurbs etc)

Irish family saga 3*

Better than expected 3*

Different approach to story-telling! 4*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lacking in something 3*

Happily surprised 4*

The mother of psychological thrillers! 4.5*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What’s up next? The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I’m going to try and squeeze in a re-read of this book for book club next Wednesday.  Last month’s host had picked this as the main book but had suspected I’d already read it, which is why I’m reading Exit West.  But I want to be able to contribute so should be able to manage it.

The blurb

It’s 1946. The war is over, and Juliet Ashton has writer’s block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book – she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. 

Through their letters, the society tell Juliet about life on the island, their love of books – and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for the island, changing her life forever.

 


What do you make of my choices this week?

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