WWW Wednesday (25 May)

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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! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

A similar meme is run by Lipsyy Lost and Found where bloggers share This Week in Books #TWiB.


What I’m reading now:

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All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

I’ve only read the first few chapters of this but it’s compulsive reading and had I not been ill yesterday I’d have finished it in one go. It’s such a fascinating idea for a novel.

Synopsis:

You can erase the memory. But you cannot erase the crime.

Jenny’s wounds have healed.
An experimental treatment has removed the memory of a horrific and degrading attack.
She is moving on with her life.

That was the plan. Except it’s not working out.
Something has gone. The light in the eyes. And something was left behind. A scar. On her lower back. Which she can’t stop touching.
And she’s getting worse.
Not to mention the fact that her father is obsessed with finding her attacker and her mother is in toxic denial.

It may be that the only way to uncover what’s wrong is to help Jenny recover her memory. But even if it can be done, pulling at the threads of her suppressed experience will unravel much more than the truth about her attack.

SockPuppet by Matthew Blakstad

Sockpuppet by Matthew Blackstad

This is a really good read, a very modern tale and very interesting. I’m enjoying it.

Synopsis:

Twitter. Facebook. Whatsapp. Google Maps. Every day you share everything about yourself – where you go, what you eat, what you buy, what you think – online. Sometimes you do it on purpose. Usually you do it without even realizing it. At the end of the day, everything from your shoe-size to your credit limit is out there. Your greatest joys, your darkest moments. Your deepest secrets.

If someone wants to know everything about you, all they have to do is look.

But what happens when someone starts spilling state secrets? For politician Bethany Leherer and programmer Danielle Farr, that’s not just an interesting thought-experiment. An online celebrity called sic_girl has started telling the world too much about Bethany and Dani, from their jobs and lives to their most intimate secrets. There’s just one problem: sic_girl doesn’t exist. She’s an construct, a program used to test code. Now Dani and Bethany must race against the clock to find out who’s controlling sic_girl and why… before she destroys the privacy of everyone in the UK.

Where Did I Go by Polly Williamson

Where Did I Go? by Polly Williamson

This is a really interesting read. Polly Williamson has been so open and honest about what it’s like to recover from a brain injury. It’s a moving read.

Synopsis:

“8 December 2011: I went to a small horse competition in the morning. That much I do remember. After that absolutely nothing …”

Polly Williamson’s life changed the day a dramatic incident with a young horse left her with a horrific head injury. She was a horse trainer and former Junior European Champion eventer. She was a wife and mother to two young boys. The accident severed her connection to this former life. It stole away her ability to care for her children and left her struggling to rediscover who she was.

Surviving a near fatal brain injury brings a person face to face with the very basis of their identity. Some will be lucky and pick up their former lives with barely a missed step. Others will have everything that holds them to who they were stripped away by brain damage.

Polly has had her world shattered and seen the fragments of her identity laid bare. Where did I go? is her powerful record of her efforts to pick up the pieces and put her life back together again.

My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger

My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger

I’ve almost finished reading this and have enjoyed it. It’s not what I thought it was going to be but it’s a good read.

Synopsis:

Anna has had a miserable year. Everything feels wrong with her life. And rather than stay and face the mess, she steals a credit card and books herself a seat on the first flight out of town to Los Angeles, to crash with her sister. But soon after she lands, cold reality soon dawns on her: Hollywood isn’t the escape she needs. She is trapped in a town full of lost souls and wannabes, with no friends, no cash and no return ticket.

When she’s offered a job researching the murderous Manson girls for a dubious film, she reluctantly accepts – she needs the money. But soon enough, among the fake smiles and glitter-fuelled parties, things turn from strange, to dark, to dangerous . . .

This is not going to be the summer Anna had in mind.


What I recently finished reading:

The Treachery of Trains by Sylvia Ashby

The Treachery of Trains by Sylvia Ashby

I very much enjoyed this novel. I’ve already reviewed it (you can read my review here) and I interviewed the author (which you can read here). I highly recommend this book though, it’s so good.

Synopsis:

Sky has made an abominable mistake at work. Something so awful she doesn’t dare stay in the HR office of XIM Technics for fear of being lynched by her colleagues.

So she gets on a train…

What happens when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year?

Sky Candy is about to find out.

 

This Secret We're Keeping by Rebecca Done

This Secret We’re Keeping by Rebecca Done

This is an interesting novel that left me with a lot to think about. I’ve reviewed this already and you can read my review here.

Synopsis:

A pupil and a teacher. Is it ever right to break the rules?
Jessica Hart has never forgotten Matthew Landley.
After all, he was her first love when she was fifteen years old. But he was also her school maths teacher, and their forbidden affair ended in scandal with his arrest and imprisonment.
Now, seventeen years later, Matthew returns to Norfolk, with a new identity and a long-term girlfriend and a young daughter, who know nothing of what happened before. Yet when he runs into Jessica, neither of them can ignore the emotional ties that bind them together.
With so many secrets to keep hidden, how long can Jessica and Matthew avoid the dark mistakes of their past imploding in the present?
From debut author Rebecca Done, This Secret We’re Keeping is a powerful and provocative novel about the ties which can keep us together – or tear us apart.

The Barn on Half Moon Hill by Milly Johnson

The Barn on Half Moon Hill by Milly Johnson

This is a really sweet novella that I very much enjoyed. It’s been sold for a really good cause so I absolutely recommend you buy a copy.

Synopsis:

Cariad Williams has been writing to Franco Mezzaluna since they were kids. But he has never written back. And now he has become a famous film star. What’s more, he is due to visit Winterworld, the Christmas theme park where Cariad works. The only problem is that she has boasted to her friends that he is her boyfriend and now everyone will find out about her lie…
An exclusive short story from Milly Johnson to raise funds for the Care for Claire charity.

 


What I plan on reading next:

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Nina is Not O.K. by Shappi Khorsandi

I’ve been looking forward to starting this novel ever since it arrived so am definitely going to try and read it this week.

Synopsis:

Nina does not have a drinking problem. She likes a drink, sure. But what 17-year-old doesn’t?

Nina’s mum isn’t so sure. But she’s busy with her new husband and five year old Katie. And Nina’s almost an adult after all.

And if Nina sometimes wakes up with little memory of what happened the night before , then her friends are all too happy to fill in the blanks. Nina’s drunken exploits are the stuff of college legend.

But then one dark Sunday morning, even her friends can’t help piece together Saturday night. All Nina feels is a deep sense of shame, that something very bad has happened to her…

A dark, funny – sometimes shocking – coming of age novel from one of the UK’s leading comedians. NINA IS NOT O.K. will appeal to fans of Caitlin Moran and Lena Dunham.


 

What are you reading at the moment? Have you finished any good books recently? Any books you’re looking forward to reading soon? Please feel free to join in with this meme and share your link below, or if you don’t have a blog please share in the comments below.

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Stacking the Shelves (30 April)

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(Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week – ebooks or physical books, and books you’ve bought or borrowed or received an ARC of.)

This week I’ve bought a few new books:

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

I’ve heard so much about this book in recent weeks that I just knew I had to read it so I pre-ordered it. It arrived on my kindle this week and I hope to read it soon.

Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris

I’ve read reviews of this book on some of my favourite blogs this week and so I knew it was a book I simply had to read. I bought a copy and it arrived a couple of days ago, I don’t think this will be on my TBR for very long as I’m very keen to read it.

Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg

This is another book I’ve seen around a lot lately and like the sound of, hopefully it will be as good as it sounds.

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

I’ve been wanting to read this book since it was first published but I could only see it in print format and I really wanted it on kindle so I’ve been waiting and hoping. This week I happened to notice it in an Amazon email so I rushed to buy it, I’m sure I won’t be long getting to this one.

After She Fell by Mary-Jane Riley

This book was only released this week but I’ve had it on pre-order for a while. It sounds like such an interesting premise and I hope to read it soon. It’s currently £1.99 on kindle in the UK if you want to grab a copy!

After the Lie by Kerry Fisher

I nearly downloaded this one from NetGalley to read before it was released but I knew I wouldn’t have time so I decided to pre-order it so I can read it in my own time. It arrived on my kindle this morning and I really want to read it very soon. It’s currently only 99p on Kindle!

Night blind by Ragnar Jonasson

This book was a kindle daily deal earlier this week so I snapped it up. I’ve heard such great things about this and I hope to read it soon as I feel I’m missing out by not having read it yet!

Breaking Dead by Corrie Jackson

This is a fairly new release too (I think), I spotted it in the recent Kindle sale for 99p so grabbed a copy.

The Dark Inside by Rod Reynolds

I have heard nothing but good things about this book since it was released but I put off buying it as I wasn’t sure it was for me. I saw it in the kindle sale this week and decided to take a punt, I’m sure I won’t regret it.

The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne

This is another book that I’ve wanted to read for ages but if I’m honest I was worried it would be too scary for me as I’m a complete and utter wimp, and this book sounds super creepy. Anyway, it was another one in the recent kindle sale so I thought I’d give it a go – I’m so glad I did as I start reading it a couple of days ago and am really enjoying it. It’s keeping me hooked!

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

This is one of those books that I’ve always meant to read but have never got around to. When I saw that Helen Simonson had a new book out recently it spurred me on to buy this one. I love the cover of the edition I bought, it’s gorgeous!

No Kiss Goodbye by Janelle Harris

I’d not heard of this book before I spotted it on my Amazon recommendations page and it sounded like a good read so I snapped it up. I’m hoping it will be as gripping as it sounds!

Books I got as part of my Kindle Unlimited Subscription:

The Accidental Life of Greg Millar by Aimee Alexander

I hadn’t realised this book was even out yet so I was surprised to see it on the Kindle Unlimited subscription, I didn’t hesitate to download it though and I can’t wait tor had it.

No Longer Safe by A. J. Waines

I’ve heard so much great stuff about this author’s books so when I saw this one in Kindle Unlimited I immediately downloaded it. I hope to read it soon.

The Insignificance of You by Tammy Robinson

This is another book that I’d seen in print form but was waiting to see if it came out in a kindle version, I was very happy to discover that it was not only out as an ebook but also in the Unlimited section. I don’t think this will be on my TBR for too long.

Judith Wants to Be Your Friend by Annie Weir

I downloaded this one purely based on the title, it sounds kind of creepy to me and I’m very intrigued to read this book!


Books I received for review:

The Wacky Man by Lyn G. Farrell (Net Galley)

I was contacted by the author of this book asking if I’d like to review the book as part of the blog tour soon. I jumped at the chance as I’d recently seen a couple of great reviews of this book and had already added it to my wishlist. I’ll definitely be reading this book in the next week as I’m on the blog tour on 7th May.

Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi (LoveReading panel)

I was thrilled to be selected to receive a copy of this book to review as it’s one I’ve been so keen to read. My review needs to be written before the end of May so I’ll be reading it in the next couple of weeks.


I was also very lucky to win a book this week, and it’s a signed copy!

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The Two of Us by Andy Jones

This is a book that I’ve been really wanting to read so I was super happy to win a signed copy this week, I can’t wait to read it!


So, that’s all of my new books from the past week. Have you bought any new books recently? Tell me all in the comments below, or if you have a stacking the shelves post on your blog feel free to post the link below too.:)

My weekly wrap up post will be on my blog tomorrow so please look out for that.