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!
Come Again by Robert Webb
I was thrilled to find that NetGalley have launched audiobooks this week and I immediately downloaded this one. I started listening to it straight away and am already halfway through it. Olivia Colman is narrating it and she is perfect for this book! The novel follows Kate whose husband has recently died and she’s not coping. Then one day she wakes up and finds herself in her 18 year old body and realises she can find Luke again and maybe this time she can save him. I’m really enjoying it and am intrigued to see where it’s going.
Innocent or Guilty? by A. M. Taylor (This also seems to be known as The Killer You Know)
This is the oldest book on my NetGalley shelf so I attempt to catch up I wanted to get to it. I did start reading this early into lockdown and just couldn’t get into it. I’m so glad I came back to it and started it again this week though as I’m totally gripped. It follows Olivia whose twin brother is in prison for murdering a boy at their school. She is persuaded to allow a true crime podcast to investigate what happened and as she is sure her brother is innocent she thinks they will help get him a re-trial. At the moment I have my suspicions about who the guilty party is but I have no idea how its all going to play out. I can’t wait to read more!
How to Be An AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi
I’ve been reading this one all week and am glad I read it slowly so I could take in what was being said. I found this a good introduction to why it’s important to be an antiracist and why being not racist is not enough. I appreciated how the author reflects on his own racist ideas as this made the book feel very inclusive in the way it’s asking us to all look at ourselves to see how we can do better. I need to mull the book over a little more but I will review it soon.
The Search Party by Simon Lelic
I think this is my new favourite book by this author! It follows a group of friends who form a search party to look for their missing friend Sadie. Things aren’t quite as they seem though and there are quite a few secrets within this group and everyone has their own reason for wanting Sadie to be found. I enjoyed how the detective has his own tragic ties to the town and how that played into his thoughts on what might have happened. I recommend this one!
The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish
This is another gripping thriller that I devoured in one sitting! It follows two couples and the power dynamics in their relationships. It looks a lot at the obsession over money and how it is when others have more than you. There is more than one reveal in this novel as it goes along and my head was spinning by the end. I loved it though. I’ve already reviewed this one here if you’d like to know more.
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
I’ve had a copy of this book since it was published but decide to borrow the audio book from the library and I’m glad I did. It works so well on audio. It follows a very privileged white woman in New York who decides to take a year out of her life and sleep it away using various medications prescribed by an unscrupulous psychiatrist. She treats her best friend appallingly and is so self-obsessed. And yet I couldn’t help but be fascinated and to care what would happen to her in the end. I loved this book and now want to read everything this author has ever written!
Finders, Keepers by Sabine Durrant
This is another book that I read in one sitting over the course of an afternoon and I loved it. It’s a novel about obsessive behaviours and it’s so good. It follows Verity who has her neighbour Ailsa living with her and we gradually learn about how they became friends and what happened to Ailsa’s husband. There is so much more to the story and I was engrossed in this one. I recommend it!
Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara
This novel follows Astrid, a recovering alcoholic who is back living with her mum. She starts attending AA meetings and there she meets two women – one who she forms a bond with and one who she’s immediately suspicious about. Astrid has a secret but fears someone has found out as she feels like she’s being followed and watched. I enjoyed this one! I’ve already reviewed this one so you can find that here if you’d like to know more.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it more than lived up to my expectations. It follows Vanessa in the past when she as 15 and in the present day. She had what she thinks as a relationship with her teacher whilst at school but it’s clear that he was actually grooming her. In the present Vanessa is forced to confront her memories of that relationship and to face that fact that maybe she, like other girls at the school, was also abused. I recommend that everyone reads this book, it’s stunning! It’s not always easy to read but it’s so powerful and so well-written. I’ve reviewed this one already so you can find my thoughts here if you’d like to know more.
Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell
This was another great read from the last week (although I had read most of it the week before)! I love Lisa Jewell’s writing and this book is every bit as good as her previous novels. It follows three people: Saffyre, a troubled teenager who goes missing; Kate whose family has moved into a flat in a new area and she’s paranoid about her husband and suspicious of the man across the road; Owen who is that man, and he is a little odd which makes people target him. Saffyre goes missing outside Owen’s house. I loved how this book gives insight into why people think the way they do and how it shows the complexity of people. I really enjoyed this book!
What I Might Read Next
I’m trying to catch up with some of my NetGalley books at the moment so the first three books that I’d like to read this week are all from my NG shelf. The fourth book is the next book that I want to read from my 20 Books of Summer TBR as I’m aware it’s nearly the halfway point of the challenge and I need to not lose momentum now!
The Mothers by Sarah J. Naughton
Mine by Clare Empson
Summerwater by Sarah Moss
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
What have you been reading this week? I’d love to hear. And if you take part in WWW Wednesdays or This Week in Books please feel free to leave your link below and I’ll make sure to visit and comment on your post. 🙂
39 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays (15 Jul 20)! What are you reading this week?”
Um, so the thrillers all sound absolutely incredible and I now want to read them all ASAP 😂
I’ve read some fab thrillers recently, I recommend them all. Hope you get to read them 🙂
I started Finders Keepers last night…
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂
I always like catching up with what others are reading, Hayley. You’ve got some good reads here! I’m glad you’ve included the Durant, because I’ve been meaning to try her work and just haven’t yet. I appreciate the nudge.
Thank you, I’m glad you like reading these posts 🙂 The new Sabine Durrant is excellent – I’ve enjoyed a couple of her previous novels but this one is my new favourite by her. I recommend it.
So many tempting books, from Invisible Girl, The Other Passenger, to The Search Party. Thanks for sharing…and I also sometimes come back to books that I have abandoned.
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All three of those book were very good, I recommend them. I didn’t used to come back to books I’d put down but I’m glad I’ve been giving some books a second chance recently.
Innocent or Guilty sounds great! Glad you went back to it and are enjoying it now. Happy reading!
It was really good, I enjoyed it so am glad I gave it another chance. Thank you 🙂
The Other Passenger looks really good I will have to get a copy. I hope you are well and coping ok with shielding. 😀
It was a really good read, I hope you can get hold of a copy. 🙂
I’m doing okay, thanks. Shielding is going alright although the weather has been awful the last couple of weeks so haven’t been able to sit in the garden. Hopefully there’ll be a dry and warmer day soon. I hope you’re doing okay too. x
I will add it to my next book order. Glad you are doing okay. I hate wet weather it really upsets my asthma so I’m always very slow moving when it’s raining. Fingers crossed for dryer days to come for both of us. X
My asthma is bad at the moment too – a combination of allergies and wet weather making it worse so I feel for you. I hope it settles down soon. x
Thank you. I hope your asthma gets better soon as well. It is so annoying to have so many triggers with it. X
Thank you. It’s a difficult condition to manage at times. x
I love the sound of The Other Passenger and I really need to find time to pick up My Dark Vanessa soon! It sounds fantastic. xx
My Dark Vanessa is a stunning novel, I hope you get to read it soon. The Other Passenger was a really good read, I recommend it. xx
Oh that makes me even more excited to pick up My Dark Vanessa! xx
Looking forward to your review of Come Again, I really like the sound of it! xx
I think my review is going up tomorrow. I did enjoy it for the most part – Olivia Colman’s narration is brilliant. 🙂 xx
Still working my way through In The Woods. Enjoying it, but can’t seem to read more than a couple of chapters at a time!
I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I find Tana French books are slower reads but I do love her writing.
Come Again sounds fantastic – will look out for your review, but I’m already tempted by it 🙂
It was a really good read and Olivia Colman’s narration on the audiobook was brilliant. I’ve scheduled my review for tomorrow 🙂
I need to read that Louise Candlish book! And I’m super excited for the Lisa Jewell book, too.
Both books were really good, I very much enjoyed them. I hope you love them when you get to read them. 🙂
What an interesting selection of books, Hayley – I particularly like the sound of Search Party – the dynamic where you think one thing is going on, only to find there are other things happening, instead… I hope your next reads are as good!
Thank you, I feel like I’m on a roll at the moment and picking up some great books. The Search Party was very good, it kept me gripped all the way through.
I really want to get to The Other Passenger and The Invisible Girl. It looks like you have been reading a lot of great books.
I hope you can get hold of these two books, they’re such good reads. I do seem to be on a roll with my reading at the moment, it’s such a relief after my reading slump.
That is wonderful. Reading slumps are not fun.
So many great sounding books. I am especially intrigued by The Other Passenger. I hope you enjoy your current and upcoming reads, Hayley. Happy reading.
Thank you 🙂
I reviewed the Tom Hanks book on my blog. Not bad for a debut.
I’m keen to get to it, it’s good to know it was an okay debut.
Some of the stories were great, actually.
Nice blog 📚
Thank you so much 🙂