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!
My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress by Rachel DeLoache Williams
I started reading this book yesterday and I’m just gobsmacked at this real life story. It’s written by Rachel who became friends with Anna and was completely taken advantage of. I’m only a couple of chapters in so I don’t know much about the story as yet but just the opening chapter had me stunned at the situation Rachel ended up in. I can’t wait to read more.
Grace is Gone by Emily Elgar
I bought this book earlier this year and have been so keen to read it. I finally picked it up yesterday and I’m so intrigued. A woman has been found murdered in her bed and her severely disabled teenage daughter is missing. Their neighbour’s daughter Cara found Meg’s body and now we’re following her perspective and that of a disgraced journalist Jon. I’m so keen to so where this book is going (I have my suspicions and have avoided all reviews so as not to get spoiled on what happens) and can’t wait to read more!
Dear Reader by Cathy Rentzenbrink
I’m still really enjoying this one. It’s a book where the author is relating her life story through the medium of books she has loved over the years. It’s a wonderful read, one that feels very nostalgic and sooting. I’m deliberately reading this one slowly as it feels like such a relaxing treat to pick it up.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
I keep hearing about this book so when I was looking for some easy, escapist reading at the weekend I picked it up. I read the whole thing in one sitting and really enjoyed it. It was exactly what I needed at the time. It follows Pippa, a studious teenager who for a school assignment decides to look into a murder that happened in her community five years ago. A teenage girl was murdered and her boyfriend was prime suspect but when he died by suicide the police closed the case. The novel does require some suspension of disbelief but it’s still such a good read.
Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld
I listened to the audiobook of this over a few days and I very much enjoyed it. It’s a fictionalised version of Hillary Clinton’s life and it imagines what might have happened had she not married Bill. I did find some of the book a bit icky (the sex scenes…) but for the most part I loved this book. It was easy to see how much of this novel could have happened were some decisions made differently. I recommend it!
No Win Race by Derek A. Bardowell
This is an excellent novel about the author’s own experiences of racism along with a wider look at society through the lens of sport. He raises some really important points about what it is to be British and black, and how society never quite sees him as fully British. He looks at various sports (boxing, basketball, Formula 1 and football) and how black sports men and women are treated. I’m still thinking about this book but once I’ve got my thoughts together I will write a review.
Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi
I really enjoyed this novel! It follows Julia (an editor) as she meets Grant (a mathematician and author) with a view to re-publishing his short story collection. The novel features all the stories in this collection and a discussion between Julia and Grant about them. I loved the stories, they’re all set in the 1930s and are very Christie-esque. There are layers of mystery in this novel and lots of shocks in store. I’ve already reviewed this one so you can find that here if you’d like to know more.
What I Might Read Next
I’ve been in a strange mood this week, I’ve still been reading and I’ve still been enjoying reading but I’m not drawn to picking up books as much as I want to. I’m hoping I’m not heading for another reading slump. In an attempt to ward it off I’m reading entirely by whim at the moment and the three books below are the ones that are really calling to me. I hope to read them in the coming days! 🙂
Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan
Tilly and the Lost Fairytales by Anna James
Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls
26 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays (26 Aug 20)! What are you reading this week?”
Great selection I could easily pick up any of those. I’ve read My Friend Anna and really enjoyed it.
Thank you 🙂 I’ve finished reading My Friend Anna now and I really enjoyed it too. Such a good read.
Hope you’re not heading for a slump! xx
Thank you xx
Hope you’re able to avert the slump, Hayley! xx
Thank you xx
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You’ve got some fine reads here, Hayley. I love the title Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. It sounds like a good read, and something a little different. Your others sound good, too. I hope you won’t be heading for a reading slump!
Thank you! It was a really good read, I was pleasantly surprised by it. I’ve just found out that it’s the first in a series so I’ll be looking out for the next book.
My Friend Anna and Grace is Gone both are going on my list now. Thanks for sharing! I have Rodham, and I’ve decided to move it to my nightstand as a “read soon” book.
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I’ve just finished them both and they were really good, I recommend them. Rodham was also very good, I hope you get to read it soon and that you enjoy it.
My Friend Anna isn’t one I had heard of, but I’m very intrigued now. I need to watch for your review.
It was a really good read, one of those almost unbelievable true stories. I recommend it. 🙂
A fab week of reading for you, as always! Love the sound of Grace is Gone…
Thank you 🙂 Grace is Gone was a good read. x
A Good Girls Guide to Murder and Eight Detectives both sound so good. Happy reading!
Thank you 🙂 I really enjoyed them both.
I’m really curious about Here Is The Beehive! I hope you will enjoy your books this week and happy reading. xx
I can’t wait to read it, it sounds so good. Thank you xx
Hope the slump has been averted by the time I’ve got to this post! I think I need to pick up a copy of No Win Race. On Wednesday I was finishing Angela Thirkell’s Cheerfulness Breaks in and starting Joan Aiken’s The Serial Garden. I’m now reading Thirkell’s next book, Northbridge Rectory, and need to pick up some form of non-fiction NetGalley book as I’ve rather neglected NG this month!
Thank you. Unfortunately, I think a slump is coming as I just can’t seem to settle with reading again. I’m going to try an audio book next to see if that works better for me. No Win Race was excellent, I’m still trying to get my thoughts together to review it but it was such a good book. I must find my Thirkell books, I know I have 3 or 4 of hers somewhere. I hope you enjoy your reading this week and that you manage to get to some of your NG books.
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