WWW Wednesday- May 2019

Quite a while ago I would occasionally take part in WWW Wednesday when it was hosted by MizB;  Sam at Taking on a World of Words now looks after it and even though the knitting might have taken a back seat I seem to have found comfort in books again……  This might be the right time to join in the fun once more 🙂

Anyone can do it – take part that is – 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 – Alias Grace by Margaret Attwood

“It’s 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.”

Picked up from the ‘borrow if you want’ table at my cup of coffee book club, I’ve been reading or at least trying to read this for a couple of weeks now except I just can’t get into it.  I’ve reached chapter 8  (in Young Man’s Fancy) yes, I know I’ve hardly started but I keep getting sidetracked!  Anyway I’m hoping all the excepts and letters and all that going back and forth…..which annoys me no end…..are behind me.

Did she do it or did she not?  That is the question.  I’m not normally a ‘read the last chapter’ person but am quite tempted in this case…..I suppose I could ask Mr Google….but that would be cheating, wouldn’t it 😊

My most recent finish was – the ones you trust by Caroline Overington 

“Someone has taken her little girl … Emma Cardwell, host of top-rating morning TV show Cuppa, is beloved by audiences and only occasionally stalked by crazy fans. She seems to have it all – fame, money, a gorgeous family – but when her tiny daughter disappears from ldaycare, Emma is faced with every mother’s worst nightmare. Is this a kidnapping, a product of her high profile, or is somebody out for revenge?”

A story that had you wondering right from page 1.  Who What Where and Why?.  A quick easy read, some rather unlikable characters, maybe a little far fetched storyline with a very strange ending. The author obviously had done much research into the world of morning tv – I kept seeing the sets of Sunrise or Today wondering who the male presenter had been based on, who was the ghastly executive who seemed to rule everyone’s life and who was the model for Emma.  The plot –  a possible event but highly unlikely!

And my ‘maybe’ next one is – Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Aaron Falk 2)

“Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along a muddy track.
Only four come out on the other side.
The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and encourage teamwork and resilience. At least, that’s what the corporate retreat website advertises”

While all my book club friends raved about Jane Harper’s first novel The Dry (Aaron Falk #1)  it didn’t turn me on at all.  I know, I know – I’m hard to please at times.  I kept thinking if the main character didn’t want to be there, why didn’t he just go back to Melbourne.  He’d fiddle about doing this, and a bit of that, and nothing seemed to happen. And those flashbacks annoyed me so much.   Now with a bit of luck I’ll enjoy the second in the series more than the first..I’ve been good and haven’t even peeked inside the covers and I just have to remember that series reading ‘was’ my aim for this year……see Books read 2019 😊

And if not these also came home with me a couple of weeks ago from
my book club that isn’t a book club.

Only one recent release – but when did that affect me reading a book 😊

Tomorrow the World – Josephine Cox
The Seafront Tea Room – Vanessa Greene
Gold Dust – Kimberley Freeman
The Clockmaker’s Daughter – Kate Morton


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Come on – tell me – I’d love to know your answers to the three questions?

WWW Wednesday (November 9)


 A while ago I would occasionally take part in WWW Wednesday when it was hosted by MizB, now Sam looks after it over at Taking on a World of Words. Recently some bloggers asked about books I’d read so I thought this might be a good time to take part again 🙂

Anyone can do it – take part that is – 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 – The Sunnyvale Girls By Fiona Palmer

Have just started and don’t think it will take me long to read, this is what these days is called ‘rural lit or chook lit‘ set in Western Australia.

Three generations of Stewart women share a deep connection to their family farm, but a secret from the past threatens to tear them apart.

Widowed matriarch Maggie remembers a time when the Italian prisoners of war came to work on their land, changing her heart and her home forever. Single mum Toni has been tied to the place for as long as she can recall, although farming was never her dream. And Flick is as passionate about the farm as a young girl could be, despite the limited opportunities for love.


I recently finished – In cold Daylight by Pauline Rowson

Fire fighter Jack Bartholomew dies whilst trying to put out a fire in a derelict building. Was it an accident or arson? Marine Artist Adam Greene doesn’t know, only that he has lost his closest friend.

But Adam knows there is no turning back; he has to get to the truth no matter what the cost, even if it means his life.

Mmm – that’s just what the tale is about – how Adam Greene goes about finding the true facts concerning his friends death.  A very quick and easy to read book – not very long chapters – the book actually looks longer than it is.  But, oh there were so many twists and turns even I was beginning to lose my patience.  It was an interesting way to pass a couple of cold days – having lived several years of my life in Portsmouth I recognised landmarks he mentioned – would I recommend it?  Maybe, if there’s nothing else to read on your book shelf.


My next read will be – I’m not really sure

Still continuing with my Aussie Authors quest I have The Lace Balcony by Johanna Nicholls sitting here – it’s on loan from a friend (as were the two above)is a fairly lengthy early Australian historical novel (over 500 pages/50 chapters) and with a ‘no hurry, just return whenever’ directive I think I might leave it until the long hot summer days arrive 🙂

Vianna Francis, known in the colony as ‘The Sydney Venus’, is a notorious young mistress in keeping to a former gentleman convict, who uses her to entice wealthy men to his gaming tables.

And then these here are on order at the library and may come in soon

What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty
The Lake House – Kate Morton
The Lieutenant – Kate Grenville

So it could be one of them

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 Sam’s and see what others are reading

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

WWW Wednesdays (Nov 6)

   I haven’t joined in with a meme for quite a while now and just discovered one called WWW Wedneday run by MizB at Should be Reading.  

 Reading = Books
Books I love so what better one to join in with is one that includes Books lol
So to play along you just have to answer 3 questions

 What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading – Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Have only just started reading this – about the friendship of 2 couples from the time they meet at a university in Wisconsin.  It isn’t a fast moving book – lots of words – even though I have to actually think about what I’m reading it’s quite an easy read.

crossing to safety I recently finished – The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez

About a cafe/coffee shop in Kabul and five women who become involved with it and each other in various ways.  A book about friendship, trials and tribulations of expats,  traditions and treatment of women as well a little bit of romance.  Sort of a war torn chick lit that has you thinking.  Picked it up and read till I finished – good way to fill in a very hot day The little coffee shop I think my next read will be – The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer/Ann Barrows

Saw it on the shelf in the library the other day and was fascinated by the title 🙂
Looks like it will be a fun read.

The Guernsey Literary Society

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