WWW Wednesdays(Nov 20)


Today I’m joining in that book meme again
The one run by MizB who blogs at Should be Reading
W.W.W. Wednesdays

Anyone can play along – just answer these 3 questions
What are you currently reading
What did you recently finish reading
What do you think you’ll read next

My current read is – A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchey

This has been on my ipad for quite a while now – with the busy week I have coming up I was looking for an easy read, and this seemed to fill the bill.  I don’t have a good track record with Maeve Binchey’s books, although so far this has seemed to be more a collection of short stories about different characters  – I only started reading it late last night so hopefully it will all come together in the end.  We shall see 🙂

A week in winter

I have to confess I just couldn’t finish Crossing to Safety – I was getting bogged down so returned it to allow another person loaning rights.
I might try again in the New Year.

Over the past two weeks I did finish reading –
The Guerney Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer

I thought this was going to be a fun read and I wasn’t wrong but what I didn’t bargain for was all the historical information it contained as well.  It was a really interesting book in that it had a great little story as well as incorporating loads of weird and wonderful and some absolutely awful things about the German occupation of Guernsey during WW2.  If we hadn’t been going away I might even have read it again but most likely I’ll borrow it again and reread in the New Year.

The other week I mentioned some books that were destined to be read in 2014 – part of Dar’s Reading down the House challenge.  I thought I might take one away ‘cept it (as well as some of the others) turned out to be part of series.  Never fear I sorted that one out and managed to borrow:

Want to Play by P J Tracy
Live Bait by P J Tracy

These were books 1 and 2 of the Monkeewrench series, involving murder, crime, police dept and a company of IT specialists situated in the Minneapolis area.  Easy reads – not too involved as far as plots go but ones I didn’t solve so that says something.   I’m looking forward to number 3.

Last time I took part Friko mentioned the fact that some authors ‘don’t travel well’ meaning (I think) they are not too well known in countries other than their home one.  She named some of her favourites and by chance I saw a book by one of them at the library that very week.

Spies by Micheal Frayn

This was another book with WW2 as part of the storyline, written by an English author Michael Frayn.  To begin with I wasn’t too enthralled but after a while began to enjoy the toing and froing in time that takes place in the main characters mind.  Twists and turns at regular intervals – even though I felt quite drained by the end I was surprised at how much I did enjoy it.  See if you can find it – you won’t be disappointed.

The Guernsey Literary Society

My next planned reads will be:
Dead Run by P J Tracy

No 3 in the series (written by a mother-daughter ‘team’) –  need to keep going to find out what the next one contains lol

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Youngish australian author – have read all of her other works so look forward to enjoying this one.

When you are out in the middle of the ocean (as I will be next week) with not a care in the world and a need to while the time away you really can’t do any better than picking up a real live book or other reading device – yes that will fill the bill qute nicely lol

Now that I’ve stopped talking 🙂
Maybe you’d like to tell me what ‘you’ have read or are reading at the moment
Or pop over to MIsBs to see what others are reading

19 Replies to “WWW Wednesdays(Nov 20)”

  1. Surprisingly, I’ve never read a Maeve Binchy novel. Maybe some day.

    I think the book memes are great, but never make a post from them on my blog because I don’t have the time to read as much as you and other true bookworms do. But, that’s in my near future!

    As for what I’m currently reading: It’s The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame. One third of the way through it, I can say that I really like it.

    A couple weeks ago, I finished Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, a fictionalized account of the life of architect Frank Lloyd Wright with his mistress, Mamah.

    Next, I’ll read Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple which appears to be about an agoraphobic woman, written in a very witty style.

    EnJoy your evening, Cathy!


    1. I actually put your current read on hold and then checked how far down I was – 64th! I cancelled for the time being and will try again in the New Year.


  2. Thanks for the link, Cathy. Well done on finding the “prequels” in the Monkeewrench series! The only whodunnits I read right now are the Sue Grafton series. I’ve read one book by Michael Frayn, Skios. I have to admit to not having read Maeve Binchy either!


    1. I read A ( Alibi) ages ago but none of the rest – as she’s up to W now I wonder what next? Noticed Skios on the shelf as well so will have a look when we get home.


      1. When I read A is for Alibi, I didn’t like it. I’m not sure why I picked up B is for Burglar, but it was much better and I’ve been hooked ever since! I am only one book behind in the series.


  3. I had no idea Kate Morton was Australian – I’ve read a couple of her books and have another waiting to be read, and from what I recall they were both set in the UK, so I just assumed she was British. You learn something new every day!


  4. I go up and down with books. I often read about 10% of a book, then drop it. The last book I completed was David Hewson’s ‘Carnival of the Dead’ a mystery set in Venice. I picked up a Donna Leon book, ‘Through a Glass Darkly’ and read about half of it and sent it on…boring for me, though others might like it. I read much history. Dianne


    1. I certainly don’t have an allegiance to any authors – lots of my reads are shelf picks so I’m not upset if I don’t finish the ‘dud’ – return and give someone else the chance is my motto.


  5. What a nice blog….I don’t think I have stopped by before.

    Going to have a look around and follow if I can.

    ENJOY your books. I have read the Guernesy book. Love Maeve Binchy books.

    Have a great week.

    BTW…Stop by for a FUN giveaway too: GIVEAWAY It ends Thursday, November 21, at midnight.

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  6. I read “potato peel” book a while back and was surprised when I discovered I enjoyed it. This week I’m reading chick-lit. I find when the weather gets cooler I like to read warm and cozy books. I hope you have a delightful holiday, floating and reading.


  7. I’m liking your choices, I really enjoyed The Secret Keeper and I keep meaning to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society… Thanks for sharing I love this meme except it adds so many to my TBR


  8. Still reading GONE WITH THE WIND
    Listening to audio book SING YOU HOME by Judi Picoult. Her audio books are always very well done with usually more than one reader and some good acting.


  9. Maeve is a favorite, but I really loved the “Potato Peel Pie” book, which a friend loaned me. Great story. At the moment I am reading two books at once “Sometimes A Great Notion” by Ken Kesey (sort of an American classic) which was made into a move once upon a time with Paul Newman, and a Terry Pratchett book “Unseen Academicals…” and not getting very far in either one.


  10. I loved the Potato Peel book too. Very interesting to learn about the Channel Islands during the war.

    I’ve got three books on the go – and only one of them is what I said I would read for Dar’s Reading Down the House challenge, which I joined. Reading John Safran’s Murder in Mississippi (non-fiction), The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Hannahand Emil by Belinda Castles. Can’t wait for work to ease up so I can do some real reading, rather than dip in and out.


  11. The title of the Guernsey book would put me off but a lot of your commenters seemed to have enjoyed it too.

    I’ve read Michael Freyn’s Headlong (I actually bought it) and enjoyed it. Trouble is I’ve read it so many times now, I can remember the plot, but still it is a good read.

    I think the concept of books not travelling is an interesting one. I tend to prefer Brit authors, but will really read most books if they are free/from the library. I’ve been in exile in Spain for a few months – even longer than a cruise, so had chance to catch up on reading and my last review had Tolkien, Rowling and Meyer (Twilight) – I was looking at fantasy novels, broadly speaking. http://wp.me/p1XwsS-1mm


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