WWW Wednesday (20 April)

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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?

A similar meme is run by Lipsyy Lost and Found where bloggers share This Week in Books #TWiB.


What I’m reading now:

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave 

I was thrilled to receive a copy of this book last week and have been saving it until I could read it in big chunks but I’ve had a tough couple of days so I decided to start reading this as I figured I deserved a treat. It is so good, I’m very much enjoying it.

Synopsis:

When war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up.

Tom Shaw decides to give it a miss – until his flatmate Alistair unexpectedly enlists, and the conflict can no longer be avoided.

Young, bright and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is – bewilderingly – made a teacher, she instead finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget.

Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary.

And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams.

In a powerful combination of both humour and heartbreak, this dazzling novel weaves little-known history, and a perfect love story, through the vast sweep of the Second World War – daring us to understand that, against the great theatre of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs, that change us most.

Twisted River by Siobhan MacDonald

Twisted River by Siobhan MacDonald

This book is really good, it’s a bit different to anything else I’ve read in a while and I’m finding it very hard to put down.

Synopsis:

An unmissable psychological thriller for fans of B A Paris’s Behind Closed Doors about two families in crisis and a house swap gone terribly wrong

Limerick, Ireland: Oscar Harvey finds the body of a woman in a car boot, beaten and bloody. But let’s start at the beginning…

Kate and Mannix O’Brien live in a lovely Limerick house they can barely afford. Their autistic son is bullied at school and their daughter Izzy wishes she could protect him. When she spots a gorgeous New York flat on a home-exchange website, Kate decides that her family needs a holiday.

Hazel and Oscar Harvey, and their two children, live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Though they seem successful, Hazel has mysterious bruises and Oscar is hiding things about his dental practice.

Hazel is keen to revisit her native Limerick, and the house swap offers a perfect chance to soothe two troubled marriages.

But this will be anything but a perfect break. And the body is just the beginning.

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The Midnight Watch by David Dyer

I couldn’t resist starting this book at the weekend! I’ve only read the first few chapters so far as I’m still not able to read very much in one go at the moment but it’s very good. 

Synopsis:

On a black night in April 1912, fifteen hundred passengers and crew perish as the Titanic slowly sinks beneath the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. Charting the same perilous course through the icebergs is the SS Californian, close enough for her crew to see the eight white distress rockets fired by the Titanic. Yet the Californian fails to act, and later her crew insist that they saw nothing. As news of the disaster spreads throughout America, journalists begin a feeding frenzy, desperate for stories. John Steadman is one such reporter, a man broken by alcoholism, grief and a failed marriage. Steadman senses blood as he fixates on the Californian and his investigation reveals a tense and perplexing relationship between the ship’s captain and second officer, who hold the secrets of what occurred that night. Slowly he peels back the layers of deception, and his final, stunning revelation of what happened while the Titanic sank will either redeem the men of the Californian, or destroy them.

Wonder Cruise by Ursula Bloom

Wonder Cruise by Ursula Bloom

I’m still really enjoying this book, it’s one of those books that gives me such a lift every time I read some of it.

Synopsis:

Ann Clements is thirty-five and single, and believes nothing exciting will ever happen to her. Then, she wins a large sum of money in a sweepstake and suddenly can dare to dream of a more adventurous life. She buys a ticket for a Mediterranean cruise, against the wishes of her stern brother, the Rev. Cuthbert, who has other ideas about how she should spend her windfall. Ann steps out of the shadows of her mundane life into the heat of the Mediterranean sun. Travelling to Gibraltar, Marseilles, Naples, Malta and Venice, Ann’s eyes are opened to people and experiences far removed from her sheltered existence in the offices at Henrietta Street, and Mrs. Puddock’s lodging house. As Ann blossoms, discovering love and passion for the very first time, the biggest question is, can there be any going back?

shtum by jem lester

Shtum by Jem Lester

I’ve read a little bit more of this since last week and it’s a got a bit better so I’m going to keep reading.

Synopsis:

Ben Jewell has hit breaking point.

His ten-year-old son, Jonah, has never spoken. So when Ben and Jonah are forced to move in with Ben’s elderly father, three generations of men – one who can’t talk; two who won’t – are thrown together.

As Ben battles single fatherhood, a string of well-meaning social workers and his own demons, he learns some difficult home truths.

Jonah, blissful in his ignorance, becomes the prism through which all the complicated strands of personal identity, family history and misunderstanding are finally untangled.

Funny and heart-breaking in equal measure, Shtum is a story about families, forgiveness and finding a light in the darkest days.

 

Shame by Javinder Sanghera (My Pic)

Shame by Jasvinder Sanghera

This is a fascinating book. It’s due to be published tomorrow so look out for it. I’ve only read the first third so far but I’d definitely recommend it.

Synopsis:

When she was fourteen, Jasvinder Sanghera was shown a photo of the man chosen to be her husband. She was terrified. She’d witnessed the torment her sisters endured in their arranged marriages, so she ran away from home, grief-stricken when her parents disowned her. Shame is the heart-rending true story of a young girl’s attempt to escape from a cruel, claustrophobic world where family honour mattered more than anything – sometimes more than life itself. Jasvinder’s story is one of terrible oppression, a harrowing struggle against a punitive code of honour – and, finally, triumph over adversity.


What I recently finished reading: 

In Too Deep by Samantha Hayes

In Too Deep by Samantha Hayes

I really enjoyed this book. I posted my review yesterday so you can read it here if you’d like to.

Synopsis:

Four months ago, Rick went out to buy a newspaper. He never came back.

His wife, Gina, is struggling to deal with her loss, and her daughter’s mood swings are getting worse. Then she receives a phone call from a woman at a country hotel, confirming details of a booking Rick made before he vanished.

Desperate to find out more about his disappearance, Gina and her daughter take the trip. But there is something very strange about the hotel, and the family that run it.

Soon Gina is unsure that Rick even made the booking – but one thing is clear: both mother and daughter are in serious danger.

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The Second Love of My Life by Victoria Walters

I loved this book so much, it’s a definite 5 star read for me. I’m part way through writing my review now so I should have it up on my blog very soon. 

Synopsis:

In the Cornish town of Talting, everyone is famous for something.

Until recently Rose was known for many things: her infectious positivity; her unique artistic talent; and her devotion to childhood sweetheart Lucas.

But two years ago that changed in one unthinkable moment. Now, Rose is known for being the young woman who became a widow aged just twenty-four.

Though Rose knows that life must go on, the thought of carving out a new future for herself is one she can barely entertain. Until a newcomer, Robert, arrives in Talting for the summer…

Can Rose allow herself the chance to love again?

Get lost in Victoria Walters’ immensely touching debut novel, and discover a world that will capture your imagination and heart.

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

This is the first Rainbow Rowell book that I’ve read and I really enjoyed it, it’s a sweet story. I do have a couple of Rainbow’s novels on my TBR and I’m more keen than ever to read them now.

Synopsis:

‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
‘Maybe.’

If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does.

What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.

Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.


What I plan on reading next:

Beneath the Surface by Heidi Perks

Beneath the Surface by Heidi Perks

I’ve been excited to read this since before it was released and ever since I received a review copy I’ve been so keen to pick it up. I really hope to read it this week if I can, especially as I’m featuring Heidi Perks on my blog very soon.

Synopsis:

I donʼt know where you are…
I donʼt know what Iʼve done…
Teenager Abigail Ryder is devastated when she gets home from school to find her family gone.
Nothing makes sense. Things are missing from the house and her stepsistersʼ room is completely empty. But the police think sheʼs trouble, and when grandmother Eleanor tells her to forget them all and move on, thereʼs no choice other than face the future – alone.
Fourteen years on, Abi and Adam are a happy couple on the verge of parenthood. But when the past comes back to haunt Abi, the only way forward is to go back and uncover the truth – and reveal the dreadful secrets a mother has been hiding all these years.

The Second Chance Shoe Shop by Marcie Steele

The Second Chance Shoe Shop by Marcie Steele

I love Marcie Steele’s writing so I can’t wait to read her latest novel. I’m in need of another feel-good read at the moment and I feel sure this will fit the bill!

Synopsis:

All Riley Flynn wants is to meet someone who makes her happy. But attracting the right kind of man is not easy, and with her heart still hurting from her last break-up, Riley believes she’ll never find love again.

A year ago, Sadie Stewart’s whole world was shattered when her husband, Ross, died. She has struggled to keep herself together for the sake of their young daughter, but with the anniversary of his death approaching, Sadie finds herself overwhelmed by grief.

Sadie and Riley work at Chandlers shoe shop, in the charming town of Hedworth. But when Chandlers is threatened with closure, the friends are confronted with the loss of not only their jobs, but also their support network – the glue that holds them together when they are close to breaking.

As they put together a plan to save their beloved shop, Sadie realises that she might just be learning to live again. Could it be that new beginnings are just round the corner? The campaign also finds Riley unexpectedly crossing paths with charming photographer, Ethan. Maybe her second chance at love is right under her feet …

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

I still haven’t figured out how to challenge myself to read my best books in a way that I can track my progress on my blog (see this post here to find out what I mean about best books) but I’m going to make a start on reading some of my own books by adding one or two into my selected reads each week. I’m a fan of Ian McEwan and have had this book on my TBR since it first came out, I’ve been wanting to read it but haven’t found the right time so I’ve decided to just get on with it!

Synopsis:

Fiona Maye, a leading High Court judge, renowned for her fierce intelligence and sensitivity is called on to try an urgent case. For religious reasons, a seventeen-year-old boy is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life. Time is running out.

She visits the boy in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. But it is Fiona who must ultimately decide whether he lives or dies and her judgement will have momentous consequences for them both.

 


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.:)

 

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37 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (20 April)

    • Twisted River is so good! I’m on the blog tour on Sunday so will be sharing my interview with the author and possibly my review as well if I’ve finished reading by then. The Midnight watch is brilliant.

  1. I read The Second Chance Shoe Shop this week. Hope you enjoy it. Some great books in your to be read pile.

  2. I’d not heard of Everyone Brave is Forgiven before until literally this morning I was on Twitter and saw a local-ish book shop to me had Chris Cleave there as part of his tour. Sounds good, I wish I’d seen it earlier and gone.

    Not a fan of Ian McEwan myself; I’ve read The Children Act and Solar and didn’t really like either. Just don’t think he’s for me. I hope you enjoy The Children Act as I understand it’s quite different to his others. Even my interest in the law couldn’t persuade me on this one :/

    Here’s my WWW – https://bookboodle.co.uk/2016/04/20/www-wednesday-april-20th

    • Oh what a shame you hadn’t heard of it sooner and missed his tour. I’ve had it on my wishlist for months so was thrilled when I got sent a finished copy last week. He is such a brilliant writer, I recommend all of his books. I love Ian McEwan but prefer his earlier novels. I’ve heard mixed things about The Children Act but am hoping I’ll enjoy it.

  3. Wow, Twisted River’s blurb is promising. I have added In Too Deep to my TBR and bumped it up to the top after your review 🙂 I still have to pick my first Rainbow Rowell book, but I don’t want to be disappointed so I keep putting it off! Oh my, Beneath The Surface’s blurb is intriguing. I can’t imagine the distress of that poor teenager coming back from school to see her family has left her behind with no explanation. Definitely reading this! I liked Atonement and I have asked my library to get a copy of The Children Act, it will be part of my May TBR.
    Happy reading!
    Here’s my WWW https://chocolatenwafflesblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/this-week-in-books-april-20th-2016/#more-4242

    • Twisted River is really good, I’m hoping I can finish it by tomorrow so I can review it for the blog tour on Sunday along with my interview with the author. I’ve been the same with Rainbow Rowell, I have most of her books but hadn’t read any of them in case they didn’t live up to my expectations. Kindred Spirits is a short read for World Book Day so was a good intro to her writing, it was a really sweet story and I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to Beneath the Surface, it sounds very intriguing. I’ve just been and commented on your post. 🙂

      • I can’t wait to read your review of Twisted River, even though I’m sure it’ll make me bump the book up the TBR pile and the other books will be pissed, haha. I think I’ll keep Rowell for my summer reads, it sounds perfect for it.

  4. I really really want to read Kindred Spirits. I’ve read both Fangirl and Carry On by Rowell and loved them both. Kindred Spirits sounds like such a perfect short story… although I am tempted to save it for a time I need cheering up 🙂

    I’m keen to hear what your final verdict is on Shtum. I’ve seen wildly positive reviews and then others haven’t been so keen… so I’m still on the fence about whether I want to read it or not.

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/www-wednesday-20th-april-2016/

    • Kindred Spirits is perfect for when you need a pick-me-up, it’s why I read it this week and it definitely gives you a lift. 🙂 I’ve struggled with Shtum but it’s getting better as it goes along so I’m reserving judgement until I’ve finished it. I’ve just commented on your post 🙂

  5. You always have so many interesting books.I think we have similar interests in books because all the books that you have mentioned are books that I would really like to read. I like mysteries/thrillers and most of yours fall under that category. I am glad that you enjoyed The Second Love of my Life. It sounds quite interesting. I loved Behind Closed Doors so I definitely want to read Twisted River. Honestly though, I want all of your books lol

    Here is my WWW: https://dwgitau.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/www-wednesday-7/

    • By the way, is there something going on with Rainbow’s books? I have seen a couple of posts today and yesterday and especially Carry On. Feels like a lot of people are reading his/her books.

    • Thank you so much! 🙂 It definitely sounds like we have similar taste in books. I’ll read just about anything (apart from horror because I’m a total wimp!) but I tend to be drawn to psychological thrillers, crime fiction and contemporary fiction. I also enjoy YA (even though I’m way older than the target audience). Twisted River is so good, I’m about halfway through it and still have no idea who the bad guys are! I’ve got an interview with the author on my blog on Sunday so I’m hoping to finish the book so I can review it then as well. I’ll go read your post now. 🙂

  6. The Midnight Watch looks great. I love Titanic history and read as many books as possible about the disaster. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • I’m always drawn to book about the Titanic too – fiction and non-fiction. The Midnight Watch is great because it’s told from the perspective of the crew of the Californian – the boat that was near the Titanic when but didn’t act until it was too late, and of a report determined to get to the bottom of the crew’s actions. I definitely recommend it.

        • I do sometimes get so engrossed in a book that I’ll read it in one go and not pick up the other books I’m in the middle of but at the moment I tend to need to be in the right mood to read things so having different genres on the go means I usually have something I can pick up that I’ve already started. 🙂

  7. You have such wonderful suggestions for books. I’m currently reading two, and about to start a third. My current reads are The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (yes, I’m a bit slow on the uptake this this one), and “The Jump” by Doug Johnstone – another fantastic book. The one I’m about to start is “Under Italian Skies” by Nicky Pellegrino.

  8. Everyone Brave is Forgiven sounds so complex and reminds me of Code Name Verity, which I read recently. The movie Titanic came out when I was in fifth grade – and I remember because my “friend” Deeanna (my mom’s friend’s daughter, who later spread rumors in eighth grade that I was pregnant – she was one of those frenemy types, that later I just cold shouldered) made us watch it at her birthday party and that’s when I first saw it. I became slightly obsessed with Titanic – the event. In 8th grade we spent the entire spring semester (in science, of all classes) researching the event and at the end of the year went to the Houston Museum of Natural Science because they had a massively impressive exhibit. I imagine I would devour The Midnight Watch!

    • I loved Code Name Verity, it’s a brilliant novel. I have an obsession with the Titanic too – it’s fascinated me from when I was little as my Great Grandad was a child when the Titanic sank and he had kept newspaper cuttings from the time and he remembered people talking about it. It was amazing to me, as a child, that someone I knew was alive then and ever since I’ve read so many books – fiction and non-fiction – about it. The Midnight Watch is very good, I’m sure you’ll love it. I just wish I could read more at the moment, I would have devoured it had I been reading at my normal levels.

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