WWW Wednesday Nov 23

It’s Wednesday again and that means that it’s time for WWW Wednesday. This is one of my favourite memes and I love taking part in it and reading everybody else’s posts. It’s currently hosted by Sam and it can be found on her blog Taking on a world of words which can be found here.

The weather here has been very dull and wet but the weekend was gorgeous and sunny so we took a quick drive down to the New Forest and the coast. It was lovely walking in the forest and the beach as well as eating lots of lovely food that I didn’t have to cook.

The idea of WWW Wednesday is just to answer three simple questions about what you are reading, have just finished and are about to read so here goes for this week.

What I’m currently reading

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
This isn’t my normal type of read but I’ve seen a couple of good reviews for it so I thought I would ask for it at the library. It also seems appropriate to read a book about two people creating a computer game after The Ink Black Heart where the online game was such a big part of the plot.
It’s a brilliant read and I found it really hard to put down. Sam and Sadie met in a hospital and then didn’t see each other for years. They finally bumped into each other again at Harvard and renew their friendship. Sam’s backstory gets told gradually along side the real time story and I just want to keep on reading to find out what happens (or what happened next).

What I have recently finished reading

The Ink Black Heart took ages to read and I am totally convinced that it didn’t need to be that long. I think that this was the most disappointing book in the series so far. The online chats went on for pages and were quite hard to follow and the story itself seemed to be too padded out. I love Cormoran and Robyn but this wasn’t their best outing.

I really enjoyed Agatha Christie and will review it soon as part of my Non Fiction reader challenge. Lucy Worsley is a very easy author to read.

The Golden Oldies Book Club was a fun, cosy read that I polished off in an afternoon while we were away. I loved the fact that the main character was 72 years old. It’s a lovely story about a group of 4 women who are all dissatisfied with their lives and end up doing something about it. The section where they all go on holiday to a cider farm in Brittany was excellent.

Devils Way by Robert Bryndza
I love Robert Bryndza and was really excited to be approved for an ARC of his latest Kate Marshall mystery. Kate is an ex police officer who is now a Private dectective. While in hospital, she meets a woman whose grandson went missing eleven years earlier and agrees to look into his disappearance. In contrast to Ink Black Heart, this was a brilliant read and I would definitely recommend Robert Bryndza to anyone who loves crime thrillers.

What I am intending to read next

I just have one of the books that I hoped to read over the weekend left so The Ivory Tomb is definitely next on my list.

What are you reading this week?


Stacking the Shelves 68

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It’s Saturday again. Doesn’t it come around quickly? It’s Remembrance weekend here in the UK with Armistice being commemorated yesterday and Remembrance services taking place around the country tomorrow. I have been given the honour of leading the singing at our local civic service tomorrow which means they are letting me loose with a microphone. I just need to remember to sing different words to the National Anthem as it has changed for the first time in my life time. Wish me luck!

Saturday means it’s time for my weekly Stacking the Shelves post. Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

My STS posts are generally my library books. I’m a great supporter of libraries, mainly because I could never afford to buy all the books that I want to read, and visit mine every week whenever possible. I love the fact that I can look at the online catalogue and request books to borrow. This is great for books that are recommended to me by different bookbloggers.

This week was a good one for my library haul with with 2 of my reservations arriving and then two books that I wanted to read just sitting on the shelves.

These are my new library books this week. .

The Queen’s Assassi by James Barclay
I loved James Barclay’s trilogies about the Raven years ago and I was excited to see this stand alone fantasy novel on the shelf.
Naida has powers that she uses to heal but has kept secret from everyone around her, letting people think that she is just a gifted doctor. Then someone recognises her for who she is and gives her the job of assassinating the queen or having her secret revealed.

A Shocking Assassination by Cora Harrison
I read the first of this series set in 1920’s Cork in the Summer and really enjoyed it. Reverend Mother Aquinas witnesses the assassination of the city engineer at the market but is fairly sure that the man who was left holding the gun was not the murderer.

The Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith
This is the latest instalment in the Cormoran Strike series and it’s a whopper. It has over 1000 pages!!!!! I’m not sure that any crime novel needs to be that long.

Agatha Christie by Lucy Worsley
As it’s Non Fiction November, I’m glad that this arrived in the library this week. I enjoyed Lucy Worsley’s Jane Austen at Home earlier this year so I’m hoping to enjoy this one too.

What’s been added to your bookshelves this week?