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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
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
The blurb: Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America — to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood “just like Ireland” — she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.
Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love with Tony, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.
2. The last books I read
The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
I’m so glad I finally got to this one! If you like speculative fiction or thrillers with a tinge of horror, read this without finding out more than the little the mysterious blurb gives away. Here’s my (relatively spoiler-free) review.
The blurb: Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.
Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
I have read this, but as it’s an ARC, I won’t publish my review until next week and closer to publication. However, I can tell you that a book hasn’t given my so much food for thought in ages. I’ll be pondering this one for ages and recommend you give it a try.
The blurb: In The Power the world is a recognisable place: there’s a rich Nigerian kid who larks around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power – they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Continuing my love of books with protagonists in their retirement, I thoroughly enjoyed this gentle tale of self-discovery (it’s never too late to find yourself!). Here’s my full review.
The (short version) blurb: When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else’s life.
3. What I’ll read next
Next week is the half-term holiday so I won’t be posting for WWW Wednesday. I’m not entirely sure what I’ll get to next, but a couple of my options are:
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale
The blurb: It is midnight on 30th June 1860 and all is quiet in the Kent family’s elegant house in Road, Wiltshire. The next morning, however, they wake to find that their youngest son has been the victim of an unimaginably gruesome murder – the house was bolted from the inside. As Jack Whicher, the most celebrated detective of his day, arrives at Road to track down the killer, the murder provokes national hysteria at the thought of what might be festering behind the closed doors of respectable middle-class homes – scheming servants, rebellious children, insanity, jealously, loneliness and loathing.
This true story has all the hallmarks of a classic gripping murder mystery. A body, a detective, a country house steeped in secrets and a whole family of suspects – it is the original Victorian whodunnit.
Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This was published yesterday and I’m hoping my copy will arrive today 🙂 I can’t wait to read the next installment of this series. I loved Illuminae (here’s my review) and hope the sequel is just as good.
The (short) blurb to avoid spoilers for book 1: Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂
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