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!
Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid
I just started reading this last night so have only read the first couple of chapters so far but I can’t wait to read more. It follows Emira, a young black woman who babysits for a white couple. One night they ask her to take their child to the store and while there she is accused of kidnapping the child. It also follows Alix, the mother of the child, and she is a busy and successful woman who is very media savvy and aware of optics. I’m really keen to read more about these two women and to see where this novel is going.
The New Girl by Harriet Walker
This novel follows two women: Margot who is a fashion editor at a high end magazine, she’s also pregnant and will be going on maternity leave soon; and Maggie, the woman who is brought in to replace her. Margot finds out that her best friend Winnie has suffered a stillbirth on the day she hires Maggie and it sends he into a spiral. She doesn’t handle any of it very well. I’m only a few chapters into this one but I’m intrigued to see where it’s going. We know from the prologue that a woman dies but we don’t know who! It seems both Margot and Maggie are driven and it feels like there is already jealousy and competitiveness between them. I’m looking forward to reading more.
All My Lies Are True by Dorothy Koomson
This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year as I loved The Ice Cream Girls. I’m really enjoying this one. It follows lots of characters but the core story is about the daughter of one of the Ice Cream Girls and the younger brother of the other. This goes back and forth in time through multiple perspectives as we explore how the next generation views what the previous was accused, and in one case, convicted of. It is a little confusing to follow on audio book at times as it jumps around in time and through characters so frequently so it’s one to listen to in big chunks. I’m really enjoying this one though and am keen to see how it’s all going to end!
The Life We Almost Had by Amelia Henley
This is a stunning novel and one I won’t forget. This one follows Anna and Adam, a couple who fall in love on holiday and decide to stay together afterwards. We know from the very start that something has gone wrong but we don’t know what. I adored reading about the holiday romance, it was so lovely and believable. Even when they begin to have problems once back to reality the love was still there. I reviewed this one yesterday so you can find my full review here if you’d like to know more.
Small Island by Andrea Levy
I read this book many years ago at University but I’ve been wanting to listen to the audio book as Andrea Levy narrates it and I finally got to it over the last week. I really enjoyed the audio, it’s brilliantly done. The novel follows Hortense as she arrives in the UK from Jamaica to join her new husband. We also meet Queenie, Gilbert’s landlady. The novel really puts you into the mindset of what it was to come to this country as a black person in the 40s, and how the English viewed even war heroes like Gilbert as second-class citizens. I very much enjoyed this novel and I recommend it.
The Mothers by Sarah J. Naughton
This novel follows a police detective Iona as she starts investigating the disappearance of a married man. I’m only a couple of chapters into this one but we’ve met the group of mothers, one of whom is married to the missing man. There seems to be a class divide in the mothers’ group, and they almost seem like frenemies at first but there is way more to these women than we see at first. I really enjoyed this book. I had to suspend disbelief at times but I didn’t mind as I was so engrossed in the book I just wanted to know what was going to happen! I’ve already reviewed this one here.
Where We Belong by Anstey Harris
This is one of my 20 Books of Summer and I’m so pleased to have read it. It follows Cate and her son Leo as having found themselves homeless they have to go to her late husband’s family home, the Hatters Museum, for the summer. There they meet the formidable Araminta and have to find their feet in this new world they’ve found themselves in. There are secrets and lies that begin to come to the fore and Cate finds that she’s not the only person hiding things. I loved the characters in this novel, and seeing how they all found their way with each other. It’s such an engrossing and beautiful novel, I recommend it!
How To Disappear by Gillian McAllister
This is about a family who are split apart when two of them have to go into witness protection. Lauren and her daughter Zara are trying to figure out their new lives and who they have to be now. Lauren’s husband Aidan is trying to figure out how he can help them be safe. This novel is so tense, every time anyone does anything that might potentially put them at risk I find myself holding my breath. I really enjoyed this one and have already reviewed it here.
What I Might Read Next
I’m still mood reading whilst also trying to focus on the books on my NetGalley shelf so these books are the ones that I think I’ll be reading next. The first three are NetGalley books. I’ve been wanting to read Ducks, Newburyport for ages and have had a copy since my birthday earlier this year. I feel like I’m ready to face picking up such a long read so we’ll see how I get on!
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
The Gin O’Clock Club by Rosie Blake
True Story by Kate Reed Petty
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman
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. 🙂
21 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays (29 Jul 20)! What are you reading?”
Can’t wait to see what you think of Dorothy Koomson’s book, I loved The Ice Cream Girls as well!
It was really good, I enjoyed it. x
Oh, they all look good, Hayley. Sounds like, among other things, there’s plenty of suspense in the books you’ve been reading, and that can add a lot to a story. The Harris sounds particularly interesting – I may put that one on my wish list!
I did read some good books this week 🙂 Where We Belong was a really engaging read, I very much enjoyed it.
The Life We Almost Had looks so touching ❤️. Happy reading!
It’s a stunning read, I recommend it. Thank you 🙂
I read Fun Age. While the concept was good I thought it missed the mark. Interested in your thoughts. I’m reading the new Emma Donahue Pull of the stars or something. I like it
That’s a shame. I’m reading it now and enjoying it but am only a few chapters in so far. I love the sound of the new Emma Donahue book, I hope you’re enjoying it.
Pull of the Stars is excellent
I liked The New Girl, and I’ve been searching for The Mothers. Does it have a different title? Thanks for sharing, and here’s MY WWW POST
I’ve just finished The New Girl and enjoyed it but found it quite a slow read. I’ve looked up The Mothers and it doesn’t seem to have a different title so I think it’s maybe not out in the US yet.
The Mothers sounds really interesting! It’s too bad you couldn’t believe parts of it, though. At least you still liked it. Happy reading!
It was a really good read, and even though some of it didn’t feel believable it didn’t stop it being a gripping read. I’d recommend it. Thank you 🙂
I loved Such a Fun Age, and True Story is superb!
Here’s my TWiB post: https://josbookblog.co.uk/2020/07/29/this-week-in-books-29-07-20/
I’m really enjoying Such A Fun Age and I can’t wait to get to True Story. I haven’t read much the last few days but hope to start it very soon.
Thank you so much 🙂
Ooh, Small Island tempts me… thanks for the recommendation!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂
Great selections as always! I really want to re-read Small Island, hope to do that next year. I just finished “Where I’m reading from” which was OK but a bit dry, harder essays than expected, and Nadiya Hussain’s “The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters” which I did enjoy, but I was a bit put off by the food-shaming aspects (I’m going to review it with the other two in the trilogy). I was still reading “Our City” about migrants in Birmingham yesterday but finished it this evening, and I have started “The Oxford Illustrated History of the Book” which is a lovely review book for Shiny New Books I’m reading on my tablet.
Thank you! Small Island was such a good read. I first read it years ago and this time listened to the audio which was wonderful. Andrea Levy narrates it herself. That’s a shame about Nadiya Hussein’s novel, I hope the other two have less of the food-shaming. I’ll look out for your review when you’ve read them all.