Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.
The questions are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
As always, clicking on the cover image will take you to the book’s Goodreads page.
1. What I’m reading at the moment
The Ballroom by Anna Hope
The blurb: Where love is your only escape…
1911: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors, where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows, there is a ballroom vast and beautiful.
For one bright evening every week they come together and dance. When John and Ella meet It is a dance that will change two lives forever.
Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, The Ballroom is a tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.
2. The last books I read
What Milo Saw by Virginia MacGregor
An enjoyable mixture of the light-hearted and serious. Not as gloomy as the blurb might make it sound. Here’s my full review.
The blurb: Nine-year-old Milo Moon has retinitis pigmentosa: his eyes are slowly failing and he will eventually go blind. But for now he sees the world through a pin hole and notices things other people don’t. When Milo’s beloved gran succumbs to dementia and moves into a nursing home, Milo soon realises there’s something wrong at the home. So with just Tripi, the nursing home’s cook, and Hamlet, his pet pig, to help, Milo sets out on a mission to expose the nursing home and the sinister Nurse Thornhill.
Oy Yew by Ana Salote
This is an original and quirky middle grade novel. Well-written with a splendid cast of characters. Here’s my full review.
The blurb: ‘Lay low and grow’ is the motto of the waifs of Duldred Hall. The only way to escape their life of drudgery is to reach the magical height of 5 thighs 10 oggits, yet Master Jeopardine is determined to feed them little and keep them small.
When the Master’s methods grow more sinister the waifs must face their doubts. What is kept in the Bone Room? Why is Rook’s Parlour locked? A new waif arrives and the fight for survival begins. But this child brings another mystery. Who is Oy?
Oy Yew was longlisted for the Times/Chicken House prize.
Blood of my Blood (Jasper Dent #3) by Barry Lyga
The final book in the Jasper Dent trilogy. It was gripping… but not as good as Book 1 (amazing, fantastic, etc) or even Book 2 😦 I did a short review over on Goodreads if you want to check it out.
Please don’t let this put you off reading Book 1 (I Hunt Killers). It would be worth reading even as a standalone it’s so good.
The blurb: I won’t put the blurb here because it contains spoilers for the previous 2 installments in the series. If you click on the cover image you can read the blurb over at Goodreads 🙂
3. What I’ll read next
The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder
The blurb: When sixteen-year-old Anna begins receiving messages from another time, her parents take her to the doctor. But he can find nothing wrong with Anna; in fact he believes there may be some truth to what she is seeing.
Anna is haunted by visions of the desolate world of 2082. She sees her great-granddaughter, Nova, in a wasteland peopled by ragged survivors, after animals and plants have died out.
The more Anna sees, the more she realises she must act to prevent the future in her visions becoming real. But can she act quickly enough?
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
I finally read an Agatha Christie last year (Murder on the Orient Express) and I made it my mission to read at least one more of her books this year. My library helped me out by practically throwing this in my path 🙂
The blurb: The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Yet in this exotic setting’ nothing is ever quite what it seems...
Broken Homes (Peter Grant #4) by Ben Aaronovitch
What’s it all about? If you’ve never heard of the Peter Grant series, these books are London-based police procedurals with some supernatural goings on thrown in for good measure. So far we’ve had vampires, river gods, fae, wizards, witches… all within a contemporary London setting. It’s all rather good fun with a few moments of tension and suspense.
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂
In another Easter-themed baking post, last Friday I made chocolate Shredded Wheat nests with golden syrup and mini eggs.
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