WWW Wednesday (17 February)

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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 art of wearing hats

The Art of Wearing Hats by Helena Sheffield

I had this book on pre-order for weeks and weeks so I was super excited when it was released and finally landed on my doormat. I’m reading it slowly and really enjoying it. I’ve always loved wearing hats but this book is making me want to try some new styles and get out of my comfort zone. 🙂


The perfect and practical pocket guide to being a hat wearer for novices and aficionados alike, complete with tips on where to buy them, how to wear them, who wears them best and tricks of the trade (yes hat hair, we’re looking at you).

Hats have been a mainstay of fashion for centuries, but now they’re back with a bang – overtaking the accessories departments of Topshop et al and gracing the celebrated heads of Taylor Swift, Cara Delevigne, Johnny Depp and the like day in and day out. But which one should you wear? Which will suit you best, how should you wear them and when?

The Art of Wearing Hats answers all these questions and more. Broken down into chapters covering everyday, outdoor and special occasion hats, you’ll soon discover the full range to choose from, alongside who in the Googlable world you can turn to for styling tips, and fun facts about where each originated from.

Complete with illustrations and tips on how to grow your hat-wearing confidence, it might be an idea to start making room in your wardrobe.

Sally Ride by Lynn Shepp

Sally Ride by Lynn Shepp

I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages so I finally treated myself to it in hardback with my birthday money. My reading speed is so slow at the moment but I’m reading a bit of this every day and am finding it fascinating.


The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America s first woman in space, with exclusive insights from Ride s family and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot boys club to a more inclusive elite. Sally Ride made history as the first American woman in space. A member of the first astronaut class to include women, she broke through a quarter-century of white male fighter jocks when NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, cracking the celestial ceiling and inspiring several generations of women. After a second flight, Ride served on the panels investigating the “Challenger “explosion and the “Columbia” disintegration that killed all aboard. In both instances she faulted NASA s rush to meet mission deadlines and its organizational failures. She cofounded a company promoting science and education for children, especially girls. Sherr also writes about Ride s scrupulously guarded personal life she kept her sexual orientation private with exclusive access to Ride s partner, her former husband, her family, and countless friends and colleagues. Sherr draws from Ride s diaries, files, and letters. This is a rich biography of a fascinating woman whose life intersected with revolutionary social and scientific changes in America. Sherr s revealing portrait is warm and admiring but unsparing. It makes this extraordinarily talented and bold woman, an inspiration to millions, come alive.

Sisters and Lies by Bernice Barrington

Sisters and Lies by Bernice Barrington

I started reading this book a couple of days ago and am so intrigued by it, I can’t wait to find out what happened and who can be trusted!


One hot August night, Rachel Darcy gets the call everyone fears. It’s the police. Her younger sister Evie’s had a car crash, she’s in a coma. Can Rachel fly to London right away?

With Evie injured and comatose, Rachel is left to pick up the pieces of her sister’s life. But it’s hard fitting them together, especially when she really doesn’t like what she sees.

Why was Evie driving when she doesn’t even own a licence?
Who is the man living in her flat and claiming Evie is his girlfriend?
How come she has never heard of him?

The more mysteries Rachel uncovers the more she starts asking herself how well she ever really knew her sister. And then she begins to wonder if the crash was really the accident everybody says it is.

Back in hospital, Evie, trapped inside an unresponsive body, is desperately trying to wake up. Because she’s got an urgent message for Rachel – a warning which could just save both their lives . . .

Time To Say Goodbye

Time To Say Goodbye by S. D. Robertson

I’m enjoying this book but am dreading what I’m guessing is going to be a real tear-jerker of an ending.


A heart-rending story about the unique bond between a father and his daughter, for fans of Jojo Moyes and John Green – for anyone who’s ever wondered what it would be like to get one last chance to say goodbye.


Will Curtis’s six-year-old daughter, Ella, knows her father will never leave her. After all, he promised her so when her mother died. And he’s going to do everything he can to keep his word.

What Will doesn’t know is that the promise he made to his little girl might be harder to keep than he imagined. When he’s faced with an impossible decision, Will finds that the most obvious choice might not be the right one.

But the future is full of unexpected surprises. And father and daughter are about to embark on an unforgettable journey together . . .

What I recently finished reading: 

Look At Me by Sarah Duguid

Look At Me by Sarah Duguid

I’m struggling to concentrate to read at the moment but I picked this book up and it’s the first novel in ages that I couldn’t put down. It’s a stunning read and I can’t recommend it highly enough. I plan to review this book very soon.


Lizzy lives with her father, Julian, and her brother, Ig, in North London. Two years ago her mother died, leaving a family bereft by her absence and a house still filled with her things: for Margaret was lively, beautiful, fun, loving; she kept the family together. So Lizzy thinks. Then, one day, Lizzy finds a letter from a stranger to her father, and discovers he has another child. Lizzy invites her into their world in an act of outraged defiance. Almost immediately, she realises her mistake.

Look at Me is a deft exploration of family, grief, and the delicate balance between moving forward and not quite being able to leave someone behind. It is an acute portrayal of how familial upheaval can cause misunderstanding and madness, damaging those you love most.

Viral by Helen Fitzgerald

Viral by Helen Fitzgerald

This book wasn’t quite what I was expecting but it was a really good read. I have written a review so I hope to post it soon.


So far, twenty-three thousand and ninety six people have seen me online. They include my mother, my father, my little sister, my grandmother, my other grandmother, my grandfather, my boss, my sixth year Biology teacher and my boyfriend James.

When Leah Oliphant-Brotheridge and her adopted sister Su go on holiday together to Magaluf to celebrate their A-levels, only Leah returns home. Her successful, swotty sister remains abroad, humiliated and afraid: there is an online video of her, drunkenly performing a sex act in a nightclub. And everyone has seen it.

Ruth Oliphant-Brotheridge, mother of the girls, successful court judge, is furious. How could this have happened? How can she bring justice to these men who took advantage of her dutiful, virginal daughter? What role has Leah played in all this? And can Ruth find Su and bring her back home when Su doesn’t want to be found?

What I plan on reading next:

This Must Be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell

This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell

I pre-ordered Maggie O’Farrell’s debut novel After You’d Gone many years ago and after devouring it in one sitting I then immediately re-read it. I always pre-order her novels and read them as soon as I get them and she never disappoints. I was thrilled to pieces when I was lucky enough to be sent a proof copy of her next novel (due out in May 2016) and cannot wait to read it! It’s a beautiful proof and one I will treasure. 


The dazzling new novel from bestselling, award-winning author Maggie O’Farrell, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of a marriage.

Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life.

A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex-film star given to shooting at anyone who ventures up their driveway.

He is also about to find out something about a woman he lost touch with twenty years ago, and this discovery will send him off-course, far away from wife and home. Will his love for Claudette be enough to bring him back?

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE crosses continents and time zones, giving voice to a diverse and complex cast of characters. At its heart, it is an extraordinary portrait of a marriage, the forces that hold it together and the pressures that drive it apart.

Maggie O’Farrell’s seventh novel is a dazzling, intimate epic about who we leave behind and who we become as we search for our place in the world.

The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis

The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis

I can’t wait to start reading this novel, it sounds incredible.


Georgian London, in the summer of 1763.
At nineteen, Anne Jaccob is awakened to the possibility of joy when she meets Fub, the butcher’s apprentice, and begins to imagine a life of passion with him.
The only daughter of well-to-do parents, Anne lives a sheltered life. Her home is a miserable place. Though her family want for nothing, her father is uncaring, her mother is ailing, and the baby brother who taught her to love is dead. Unfortunately her parents have already chosen a more suitable husband for her than Fub.
But Anne is a determined young woman, with an idiosyncratic moral compass. In the matter of pursuing her own happiness, she shows no fear or hesitation. Even if it means getting a little blood on her hands.
A vivid and surprising tale, The Butcher’s Hook brims with the colour and atmosphere of Georgian London, as seen through the eyes of a strange and memorable young woman.
‘Do you know what this is?’ He holds a short twist of thick metal, in the shape of the letter ‘S’, sharpened at both ends. I shake my head.
‘A butcher’s hook,’ he says, testing the tip of his finger against each point. ‘A perfect design. Whichever way up you use it, it’s always ready. One end to hook, the other to hang. It has only one simple purpose.’ He stands on a stool and fixes it over the bar above him. It waits there, empty.
He climbs down. ‘Pleasing, isn’t it?’

A Mother's Reckoning- Living in the aftermath of the Columbine tragedy by Sue Klebold

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the aftermath of the Columbine tragedy by Sue Klebold

This is a new release but I’ve already heard so much about it so it was one I wanted to read.


On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.

For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?

These are questions that Klebold has grappled with every day since the Columbine tragedy. In A Mother’s Reckoning, she chronicles with unflinching honesty her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that Dylan left behind, and on countless interviews with mental health experts.

Filled with hard-won wisdom and compassion, A Mother’s Reckoning is a powerful and haunting book that sheds light on one of the most pressing issues of our time. And with fresh wounds from the recent Newtown and Charleston shootings, never has the need for understanding been more urgent.


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.

32 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (17 February)

  1. Yay it’s WWW!!!! Okay. So I actually just bought ‘What if the worst thing you did went Viral’ the other day. Had seen it a few times and so went in for the kill. I’m reading ‘Smart Girl’ by Rachel Hollis, I think I actually bought it on the back of a review I saw here? It’s a brilliantly sharp book about a girl trying to convince a guy she’s the one for him, the descriptions in it are blowing me away as is the vocabulary!! The next thing up to read is The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette. It’s a fiction story about what happened on 7/7 in London but is written by a detective who actually worked on the case so it’s meant to be a ‘what’s true and what’s not’ type of thing. Looking forward to it! By the way was going to buy ‘Time to say goodbye’ the other day but I just wasn’t in the mood, which sounds weird, but I went and bought something a lot more bubble gummy and safe by Trisha Astley instead. Am such a wuss!

    • I’ve missed blogging so much so decided to do a WWW post this week, I really hope to be back blogging regularly soon. I really appreciate your comment, it’s nice to know you enjoy my posts and have stuck with my blog even when I’ve not been posting much. The Theseus Paradox is brilliant, it was in my top books of last year so I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Time To Say Goodbye is good but I’m reading it so slowly as I know it’s going to be such a tearjerker as it gets towards the end! I’m reading more non-fiction at the moment which I haven’t done for a while so I’m getting through some of the biographies that I’ve had on my TBR for ages. Hope you enjoy your books this week. 🙂

      • 🙂 I’ve so many autobiographies to read and I really meant to get to them at Christmas. Saying that when I go looking I forget who I wanted to read! You too, enjoy and take care:) Oh and yay to The Theseus Paradox being good!

        • I had a huge stack of autobiographies and non-fiction books so it’s been nice to be in a mood to read them and get through quite a few. I hope you get to read some of yours soon. Let me know what you think of The Theseus Paradox when you’ve read it. 🙂

    • I used to read a lot more non-fiction when I was younger whereas these days the majority of books I read are novels. I tend to find that whenever I’m struggling to concentrate I always go back to biographies/non-fiction. The biography of Sally Ride is fascinating – she had such an interesting life. I’ve got my notes written for Look At Me so just need to make them into a coherent review – I’m hoping to get that done today or tomorrow. 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by 🙂 I’ve only read the first few chapters of Sisters and Lies so far but I’m hooked, I really aren’t sure who to trust and I love books like that. I’ve got my notes written about Viral so just need to type them up – hopefully I’ll get that done in the next couple of days. I’ll go read your post now. 🙂

  2. I can’t decide whether to put Viral on my TBR or not – it sounds really good, but also pretty gritty and intense. I’d have to be in the right mood for it

    I need to wear hats more often! I actually have the two fedoras that belonged to my grandfather before he died, but I’ve never worn them (partially because I’m terrified I’ll lose or damage them). I should get up the confidence.

    Here’s my WWW: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/www-and-wippet-wednesday-17-february-2016/

    • Viral was a good read but not what I was expecting. It is quite a heavy read in places and is graphic in its descriptions.
      I’ve always loved wearing hats but while reading Helena’s book I’ve realised that I’m stuck in a bit of a rut, I definitely want to try some different styles. I think it’d be fab to wear a fedora but I can understand why you wouldn’t want to risk losing or damaging your grandfather’s hats.
      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I’m going to go and read your post now. 🙂

  3. Really interesting to read your selection of books, Hayley. However, how did I not know that Maggie O’Farrell (one of my favourite authors) has a new book coming out this year?! Thanks for the heads up. 🙂

  4. I keep seeing Time to Say Goodbye all over the place at the moment and have been so tempted to give it a try. Not sure I could take it though as it sounds like a real tear jerker.

    • Thank you. I’ve still got a long road ahead of me but I’m learning to prioritise better so that I can make time for things I enjoy as well as my physio and medical appointments etc.
      Viral is definitely not one for the coffee table! Ha!
      I love wearing hats too and this book has inspired me to try some different styles that I wouldn’t have otherwise worn so it’s been a fun read. 🙂

    • Thank you! It’s good to be back 🙂 I’m still struggling to manage everything but I’m learning to make time for the things I enjoy instead of putting all of my energy and strength into the intensive physio regime. Now I just hope my reading mojo returns in full force very soon as I miss reading lots of books. xx

  5. I added Look at Me to my reading list… the cover plus your praise did it. 🙂 At first I thought The Art of Wearing Hats was a clever title of a novel, and I was intrigued… but it’s actually about wearing hats! Go figure! 😉

    • Look At Me was brilliant, I hope to post my review early next week. I love the cover too – it would make a great poster. Haha… yes The Art of Wearing Hats is about wearing hats but I do agree that it would be a clever title for a novel. 🙂

  6. I love the sound of the Sally Ride book! Definitely one I would enjoy as well… And Viral sounds pretty great as well. Happy reading!

    • I’m such a slow reader at the moment so I’m still only part way through the Sally Ride book but it is brilliant. She had such a fascinating life. Plus there is a lot of stuff about how NASA was at the time and how women came to be allowed to be astronauts so it’s a really interesting read, I definitely recommend it.

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