WWW Wednesdays (12 Aug 20)! What are you reading this week?

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!

Current Reads

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

I started reading this one last night and I’m very much enjoying it. It follows two girls: Camino in the Dominican Republic and Yahaira in New York. On the same day they both get news that their father has died in a plane crash and whilst trying to come to terms with this tragedy they learn their father is the same man. They now have to work out how to deal with discovering they have a sister living in another part of the world. I’m only a little way into this one but the writing is beautiful and I’m engrossed.

Under A Starry Sky by Laura Kemp

This is my current audio book and I’m really enjoying it. It follows Wanda who has always wanted to travel but life keeps having other plans for her. She was due to leave her family in Wales when she was young but then her father died. Now it’s years later and she’s packing up to leave when her mum has an accident and her sister announces she’s pregnant. Wanda seems destined to have to stay and run the family’s rundown campsite for the summer and to face up to some ghosts from the past. I’m loving this audiobook so far and can’t wait to listen to more!

The Holdout by Graham Moore

This is now the last book that I have on my NetGalley shelf that I got before 2020 so I wanted to get to it this week. I’m now kicking myself for not picking it up sooner because I’m loving it so far. It follows Maya who is a successful lawyer but ten years ago she did jury duty and helped sway the jury to a not guilty verdict. Now the jury is meeting up again for a TV show as one member thinks he’s uncovered evidence that will change everything! I avoided knowing anymore than this about the book and I’m glad I did because I thought I knew what this was going to be and it’s turned out more is going on than I predicted! I love when a novel surprises me!

Keep Her Quiet by Emma Curtis

I’m reading this book on Pigeonhole but I’m way behind and all of the parts are now available. It’s taking me a while as I’m struggling to read on my phone screen at the moment. I am liking the novel so far though. You do have to suspend disbelief but it’s one I’m happy to do that with. It moves from past to present and focuses on a teenager who was kidnapped from the hospital soon after her birth sixteen years ago. I hope to be able to read more of this soon, I might buy it on kindle so that it’s easier on my eyes to read.

Recent Reads

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

I read and quite enjoyed The Escape Room by this author and was keen to try another novel by her. The Night Swim started off so well – it’s gripping and fast-paced and there is a mystery there so I thought I was going to love it. However, the pace slows down and I did find it a bit predictable, I was hoping for a shock at the end but it all unfolded as I had suspected it would. This is more a mystery novel than a thriller but having said that it did keep me engrossed and I did enjoy it so I would recommend it.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

This was such a great novel and I really enjoyed it. It follows Emira, a 20-something black woman who works as a babysitter for a white family. One night she is looking after Briar and a security guard starts asking questions believing Emira has kidnapped the child. What follows is alternating chapters of Emira, and Alix (Briar’s mother) as we see their lives. Emira needs to find a job with health insurance, but Alix is focused on Emira’s life and wanting to know more about her. She seems fascinated by Emira and the fact that she’s black. There is so much to this novel and I loved it. I recommend it.

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman

This is the book I’ve mainly been reading for much of the last couple of weeks and I’ve loved every minute of it. It took me a few pages to get to grips with the way it’s written and then after that I just didn’t want to put it down. I love the random way the protagonist thinks and at times it felt like my own thoughts were being reflected back at me from the pages. The end when it comes is sheer perfection! This is an incredible novel and one I won’t ever forget. I highly, highly recommend it!

What I Might Read Next

I’m still mood reading for the most part but also trying to read my way through my NetGalley shelf. The first three books on my list for this week are NetGalley books and ones that I’m keen to get to very soon. The fourth is a library book and is one that I’ve been wanting to read for a while so I plan on starting that one next.

Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan

The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

Dead To Her by Sarah Pinborough

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

28 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays (12 Aug 20)! What are you reading this week?

  1. I’m currently reading The Night Swim and I must say mystery is intriguing. I’m only 20% through this book so I don’t have any idea what happened to Jenny. I’m curious how trial will turn out and what will happen with Jenny’s case as well.

  2. I’m glad you liked the Ellmann so well, Hayley. I’ve been hearing that it’s good,but I’ve been holding off because it’s a long book. Still, I am interested in it; I’ll have to put it on the list for one of those times when I’m ready for a longer read. You have some other good ‘uns there, too!

    • It was such an incredible read. I think it took me ten days to read but I had thought it would take me longer. I found when I started it that I just didn’t want to put it down so I was reading it every chance I got. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. Thank you 🙂

  3. I’m sorry you didn’t like The Night Swim more though glad you liked it enough to recommend. I guessed some of the end but not all of it and I love the main character. She’s one I would happily follow through multiple books. ❤️

    • I loved Rachel too, I really enjoyed following her investigation and the podcasts she made. I just saw too much of the end coming as I got further into the book and it fell a little flat for me. I still enjoyed it though and like you would read more books with Rachel in. 🙂

  4. So glad you enjoyed Such a Fun Age – hooray! I had forgotten Clap when you Land is in verse … I just finished Dangerous Ages by Rose Macaulay which was excellent, and I’m reading Tan France’s autobiography before plunging into my big book on Trespassing. It’s quite a breathless read, his ghost has done a v good job!

  5. I am waiting for Clap When You Land to come in from the library. I tried listening it to a couple of months ago but was in a slump. So I can’t wait for it to come in. I also have been hearing a lot of good things about The Night Swim so need to check that out at some point.

  6. I’m reading Clap when you land this month, probably, and I’m excited about it because I’ve read and enjoyed the other books by this author! I hope you enjoy your reads! 💕

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