WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.
The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
What I’m reading now:
The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette
I’m finding this book to be such a compelling read – whenever I have to stop reading I look forward to getting back to it.
We accepted it was terrorism. But what if we were wrong? What if London’s July bombings were the greatest criminal deception of our time? 7 July 2005: In the midst of Operation Theseus, the largest terrorist investigation that the UK has ever known, Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan begins to ask difficult questions that lead to the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend and his sudden suspension from the Metropolitan Police. Who masterminded London’s summer of terror? Why can’t Flannagan make headway in the sprawling investigation? Are the bombers the perfect pretext to mask a different plot entirely? Is Jake’s absent Security Service girlfriend really who she claims to be? While hunting for the answers to the most complex terrorist case in British history, one man will uncover the greatest criminal deception of our time. Terror, extremism and fear of the unknown, Sometimes the answer is much closer to home.
Make a Christmas Wish by Julia Williams
I’m finding this book to be much more emotional than I expected.
Last Christmas, when Livvy was knocked down in the supermarket car park she certainly wasn’t ready to actually be dead! For months now she’s floated on the edge of the afterlife, generally making a nuisance of herself.
And she’s not ready to go just yet! She’s furious about the new woman in her husband’s life and she’s worried about her beloved son who doesn’t seem to be adjusting to life without her at all.
This Christmas, Livvy is given one last magical chance to make everything right. Will she take it and give her family the perfect Christmas?
Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, Seaward, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish by John Hargrove
I watched the Blackfish documentary a while ago and ever since have wanted to know more so when this book caught my eye I couldn’t resist buying it. I’ve only read the first couple of chapters so far but it’s very interesting.
Over the course of two decades, John Hargrove worked with 20 different whales on two continents and at two of SeaWorld’s U.S. facilities. For Hargrove, becoming an orca trainer fulfilled a childhood dream. However, as his experience with the whales deepened, Hargrove came to doubt that their needs could ever be met in captivity. When two fellow trainers were killed by orcas in marine parks, Hargrove decided that SeaWorld’s wildly popular programs were both detrimental to the whales and ultimately unsafe for trainers. After leaving SeaWorld, Hargrove became one of the stars of the controversial documentary Blackfish. The outcry over the treatment of SeaWorld’s orca has now expanded beyond the outlines sketched by the award-winning documentary, with Hargrove contributing his expertise to an advocacy movement that is convincing both federal and state governments to act. In Beneath the Surface, Hargrove paints a compelling portrait of these highly intelligent and social creatures, including his favourite whales Takara and her mother Kasatka, two of the most dominant orcas in SeaWorld. And he includes vibrant descriptions of the lives of orcas in the wild, contrasting their freedom in the ocean with their lives in SeaWorld. Hargrove’s journey is one that humanity has just begun to take-toward the realization that the relationship between the human and animal worlds must be radically rethought.
The Mince Pie Mix Up by Jennifer Joyce
This is such a fun read! I can never resist a body swap movie or book, and this one is everything you could wish for. Fab!
‘I wish I could live your life. I’d happily swap lives with you.’
’Tis the season to be jolly but for Calvin and Judy the usual festive bickering has already begun! Judy’s convinced that her husband has it easy – no glittery wrapping paper, no playground gossip and absolutely no Christmas baking.
Calvin wishes he could trade in his obnoxious boss and dull nine-to-five job to spend more time kicking back with his kids – how hard can Judy’s life really be?
But after a magical mince pie mix-up, one thing’s for certain – by Christmas Day, life for Judy and Calvin will never be the same again. Perhaps the grass isn’t always greener after all…
A hilarious, feel-good festive read, perfect to curl up with this Christmas. Fans of Carole Matthews, Jane Costello and Mandy Baggot will love this story! As will fans of Freaky Friday or 13 Going on 30!
100 Poem Challenge Pamphlet by Jen Campbell
I bought this a while ago and have been eagerly awaiting its arrival. It was delivered yesterday and I’m forcing myself to read the poems slowly so I can savour them. It’s utterly beautiful though, I’m so glad I bought a copy.
On 6th & 7th October 2015, author Jen Campbell wrote 100 Poems in 48 hours to raise money for The Book Bus – a charity which funds mobile libraries across Africa, Ecuador and India. These poems were made into a limited edition pamphlet.
I’m also still reading A Notable Woman ed. by Simon Garfield.
What I recently finished reading:
Click the links in the list below the images to read my reviews.
Winter’s Fairytale by Maxine Morrey
Search for the Truth by Kathryn Freeman
What I plan on reading next:
Snowed in for her Wedding by Emma Bennet
A lovely Christmas romance short read that you won’t want to put down
Christmas is coming to the little Welsh town of Tonnadulais, and the much-loved characters from ‘The Green Hills of Home.’ But this year it’s somewhat overshadowed by a rather special wedding taking place on Christmas Eve.
Local girl Gwen Jones is finally marrying her man, London publisher John Thatcher, and she couldn’t be happier. Though as her friends and beloved mother help her prepare for the big day, Gwen can’t suppress the little nagging doubt that John shouldn’t still be stuck working in London the day before their wedding. Has the city boy changed his mind about marrying his country girl?
When a huge snow storm hits, it seems John might not to be able to make it back to her, whether he wants to or not.
Join Gwen, John, and Oscar the dog, in this Christmassy treat guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit!
Even Angels Fall by F. L. Darbyshire
After suffering an unthinkable loss, Abbey Miller and her family move to Leeds to rebuild their lives and start again, but the pain and grief that Abbey carries with her is impossible to escape. As she finds herself becoming increasingly isolated from her family, she develops a firm friendship with Lucy, Nathan and Liam, who introduce her to a brand new and exciting world, far removed from all of her problems. But will her new friends bring her the light hearted relief she has longed for? Or will she find herself getting drawn deep into their dangerous and intoxicating world?
The Accidental Guest by Tilly Tennant
Soulmates don’t just fall from the sky… do they?
Hannah Meadows doesn’t believe in fate or destiny, or any of the other things people reach for when they lose control of their lives. That is, until a man arrives on her doorstep on Christmas Day begging for help. Hannah’s not the sort of woman to turn her back on someone in need, but this isn’t what compels her to aid the handsome stranger, nor is it his intense dark eyes, or the inexplicable feelings she quickly develops for him.
Something magical is coming her way, something that will turn her life completely upside down. Hannah Meadows may not believe in fate or destiny, but they seem to have other ideas…
What are you reading at the moment? Have you finished any good books recently? Any books you’re looking forward to reading soon? Please feel free to join in with this meme and share your link below, or if you don’t have a blog please share in the comments below.
19 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (2nd December)”
I’ll only have time for one or perhaps 2 “Christmassy” books this December. Of all the ones you’ve read recently, which would you recommend the most? Your help will be much appreciated – there are so many to choose from!
Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2015/12/02/www-wednesday-2nd-december-2015/
Ooh, that’s a tough one as I’ve read lots of good ones! I’d recommend the one I’m reading now – The Mince Pie Mix Up as it’s set near Christmas, it’s a fun read and it’s quite short. I also think One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot is worth reading, it has echoes of A Christmas Carol so is very festive. Maybe look at Maxine Morrey’s Winter’s Fairytale as that is set around Christmas too so very festive, it’s also a shorter novel. Have a look at those three – you can’t go wrong with any of them. I’ll go have a look at your WWW now. 🙂
Thank you. I’ll make a note of those now and check them out later. I have to do a bit of online book shopping this afternoon 🙂
I hope my suggestions help. Oooh you can’t beat a bit of online shopping, have fun! 🙂
Great post, I’ve heard a lot about ‘Make a Christmas Wish’ and I want to get a copy and read it soon! Also ‘The Widow’ has had some mixed ratings/ reviews, and it’s on my list to read so I’ll be interested to see if I feel the same as you!
Here’s mine: http://snazzybooks.com/2015/12/02/www-wednesday-2-december-2015/
Make a Christmas Wish isn’t what I was expecting but I am enjoying it. It’s made me a bit tearful at times but it’s a good reminder to be thankful for what we have and that’s what a good Christmas book should do. The Widow was an enjoyable read and it is something a bit different, it just isn’t a psychological thriller imho. I’ll make sure to look out for your review when you’ve read it, I really hope you do enjoy it though. I’ll go look at your post now. 🙂
Ahh sometimes a weepy novel is just what I fancy- Have to be in that kind of mood though!
Fab stuff 🙂 thanks
Yes, same here with weepy novels. x
I saw that Beneath the Surface did well I. The Goodrrads Choice awards. Sounds like a winner, enjoy! Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!
I really like the sound of The Theseus Paradox and I have seen Beneath The Surface mentioned a lot lately. I might try to get a copy of both soon! I also need to start with my Christmas reads…
Happy reading and thanks for visiting my WWW!
The Theseus Project is really good, I’m enjoying it and definitely recommend it. Beneath the Surface is very interesting, I’ve wanted to read it ever since I saw the Blackfish documentary. I still have a lot of Christmas reads to get through, I need to find more time to read! Happy reading to you too! 🙂
These look great! I’m especially interested in Make a Christmas Wish. Enjoy your reads.
My books are here: https://lipsyy.wordpress.com/2015/12/02/this-week-in-books-03-12-15-twib/
Make A Christmas Wish is a lovely book, it’s an emotional read in places too though. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 I’ll have a look at your post now.
I like the look of your Christmas reads – they have such lovely covers – once again a very fine selection!
Thank you 🙂
Am reading Only Ever Yours by Louise O Neill and it pains me to put it down, absolutely brilliant! Just finished The Girl With no Past which, thanks for, was frigging brilliant!!! Glad you have Jennifer Joyce above as have just finished The Beginner’s Guide To Salad which was so quirky and uber-enjoyable, loved it!
I have Only Ever Yours on my TBR – you’ve made me want to bump it up the pile now though. 🙂 I’m so pleased you enjoyed The Girl With No Past! I finished The Mince Pie Mix-Up last night and have reviewed it today – it was so good. I know want to read Jennifer Joyce’s other books! 🙂
I’d definitely bump up Only Ever Yours if you can! Shockingly genius stuff!
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