This Week in Books (11 July 2018)! #TWiB


Today I’m taking in part in This Week in Books, which was started by Lipsyy Lost and Found! If you want to join in you just need to share what you’re reading now, what you’ve read over the last week, and what you hope to read next.



Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

This is one of those books that I was certain I’d already read but when I saw the advert for the new TV adaptation it wasn’t familiar to me at all. So I looked it up on my Goodreads and alas I haven’t read it! I’m reading it now though and am hooked! As soon as I’ve finished the novel I’ll be watching the TV series and hoping it lives up to the book.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

I’ve had this on my TBR for a while and after finishing The Hate U Give this week I wanted to pick up some non-fiction about race and this one caught my eye.

F*** You Very Much by Danny Wallace

If I’m to be honest I’ve only read one chapter of this since last week but I am planning to finish it so I’m adding it to my current reading again this week. The idea of this book is really good but the execution isn’t just hitting the mark for me.



A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay

I picked this book up yesterday mid-afternoon and I read it in one sitting, I just couldn’t put it down. It’s the best book I’ve read by this author and I recommend it. I hope to get a review written for it very soon.

Bookworm by Lucy Mangan

I treated myself to the audio book of this a couple of days ago and I’ve loved listening to it. Lucy must be a similar age to me because we have so many books in common from childhood; it made this a lovely read down memory lane. I think this will be a book I go back to when I need some comfort listening. The only thing now is that I want to get copies of all the childhood books I loved and no longer own!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I finally picked this book up over the weekend and I can honestly say that it’s a book that deserves every single plaudit that it’s received. It’s a brilliant novel and one that will really stay with me.

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson

I listened to the audio book of this as my obsession for all things de-cluttering continues. It was an okay book but it didn’t give me any great insights or advice so it I don’t think it’s a book that will stick in my head. I’d recommend it if you’re new to reading about de-cluttering though.

A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward

I loved this book! It was so great to be back with DC Connie Childs again and to work through another crime mystery with her. I’ve already reviewed this so you can read more of my thoughts here if you’d like to.



An Unwelcome Guest by Shari Lapena

I didn’t manage to get to this book this week as I planned but it’s definitely going to be the very next book I start. I’m so looking forward to this, it sounds brilliant!

Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

I was sent a copy of this book to review recently and I’m so keen to read it so I’m going to add it to my pile of books for the coming week.

26 thoughts on “This Week in Books (11 July 2018)! #TWiB

  1. I absolutely loved An Unwanted Guest. It’s a proper who dunit so I hope you enjoy.

    I haven’t read any of Gillian Flynns books I have to admit. There’s just so much hype around them it puts me off. I will give the TV show a watch though and will be looking out for your review.

    Happy reading.

  2. Ooh we’re all matchy-matchy this week!
    I still can’t get round to picking up the Wallace, even though I’ve done two other NetGalley books this week (one skimmed, one read properly). I think I mixed him up with Dave Gorman whose books I always really like. Doh!
    Bookworm – yay! I worked out I was almost exactly her age, too, so had almost all the same experiences. I am lucky enough to either have (when I left home I did so with ALL my stuff) or have re-purchased most of my old children’s books and yes, I wanted to re-read them, too, after reading that.
    And The Hate U Give – can’t wait for your review on that. I also want to read Why I’ve Stopped … and look forward to reading your thoughts on that. Oh, and Old Baggage is excellent, too!
    A great reading week.
    I finished The Old Ways on Monday, it was soooo good. Currently reading The Tunnel Through Time which is about the history and archaeology of London using the new Crossrail railway line as a link. It’s a little dry, to be honest. Next up will be a running book or a novel!

    • I’m so behind on blogging stuff at the moment so am only just catching up on replying to comments so apologies for that. Did you ever get to the Danny Wallace book? I had the same feeling as you – that I may have mixed him up with Dave Gorman! I don’t think I’ll rush to read any more of Wallace’s books.
      Bookworm was such an enjoyable read, I loved it. I’m envious that you have all of your childhood books – most of mine disappeared over the years due to having two younger siblings and things getting passed to them and then lost. I’m definitely going to look at replacing some of my favourites after reading this book.
      I’m reading Old Baggage now and am adoring it. It’s such a wonderful book and I’m so glad I got the chance to read it.
      Hope you’re enjoying whatever you’re reading at the moment.

      • No, still not read it! How funny we probably both did the same thing: I wonder how much he profits from that!! I loved Old Baggage, really glad you’re reading and enjoying it. I’m onto a book about three cousins returning to visit their grandmother in Sikkim, North India, after many years out of the country. Classic “me” reading territory and engaging so far.

  3. You’ve had some good reading, Hayley! I’m especially glad you enjoyed A Noise Downstairs. I like Linwood Barclay’s work quite a lot; I think he has a solid blend of absorbing story and wit, too. And, of couse, Sarah Ward is very talented; it’s good to see how much you enjoyed A Patient Fury.

  4. My actual reading is going slow but gave in and listened to the audio book of The Hate U Give (which had been on my TBR for a while) after seeing the movie trailer. Well, mostly listened to…not done ‘reading’ that either. It feels like an essential read for these times in as relates to humanizing the narrative around and the people most affected by police shootings.

  5. I definitely need a good book about decluttering – what would your recommendation be, Hayley? I love the sound of Bookworm… thank you for sharing your varied and interesting list of books:)

    • I’m sorry for the slow reply to your comment, I’m so behind with blogging at the moment but I’m slowly catching up. As for books on decluttering – the two that helped me the most are Banish Clutter Forever: How The Toothbrush Principle Will Change Your Life by Sheila Chandra. This one really helped me understand how everything needs to have a place and how like things should be kept together in the most logical place in your home. The other book is The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I would say that the first time I read this book it inspired me to half-heartedly declutter but I couldn’t get on with some of the sillier things. The second time I read it, earlier this year, it clicked and I followed everything she said (apart from ripping pages out of books) and it’s worked for me. My house is staying clutter-free and is so easy to tidy and clean. I hope they help you. 🙂

        • I hope you manage to find a way of decluttering that works for you. I’ve tried so many times over the years but this time it’s actually working so you can get there. My house has been clear of stuff for months now and I still keep putting things in a box for charity when I realise I no longer want or need an item. You’ll get there. x

          • Yes… I do hope so! We have been through a rocky phase and seem to be coming out the other side, so we want to get control of our lives again:)

          • I’m glad that you’re coming through the rocky phase and getting back on track. It’s hard when life has its upheavals and it definitely makes you reassess. I feel so much happier in myself for letting go of all the stuff I’d been hanging on to. I really hope you can make progress that sticks too. 🙂

          • Thank you! We’ve sorted the emotional stuff – it’s now a case of rolling up our sleeves and dealing with the physical side-effects, like letting the house get completely out of hand! Just when I’m now working harder than ever….

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