WWW Wednesday (July 29th)

I’m back from my holiday to France and desperately trying to catch up with my blogging and reading 🙂

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

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

I’m currently reading…

The Paying GuestsThe Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

I haven’t got as far with this book as I’d hoped on my holiday. What with days out and family evenings I didn’t get as much reading time as I’d planned. However, I’m about 20% in and so far so good. Waters’ writing is very descriptive and the chapters are very long but I’m enjoying the story and although it was quite a slow start, things are just taking shape!

The blurb

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa — a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants — life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the “clerk class,” the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life — or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

I recently finished reading…

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie SocietyThe Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Chosen from my TBR jar and book 3 for #PaperbackSummer I loved this book. This is the first book in ages that I didn’t want to put down and couldn’t wait to come back too. The story is being told through a series of letters which really worked; and with the main character Juliet being a writer and a book lover it’s a funny, sad and thoughtful book for any book lover and fan of historical fiction.

You might like this quote:

“I love seeing the bookshops and meeting the booksellers – booksellers really are a special breed. No one in their right mind would take up work in a bookshop for the wages, and no one in their right mind would want to own one – the margin of profit is too small. So, it has to be a love of readers and reading that makes them do it – along with first goes at the new books.”

The blurb

It’s 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – by chance, he’s acquired a book that once belonged to her – and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. When Dawsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, her curiosity is piqued and it’s not long before she begins to hear from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German Occupation, Juliet soon realizes that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.

What’s up next?

IMG_0595My next choice will be from my TBR jar and will be book 4 for #Paperback Summer.

Looking forward to my next surprise read!

 

 

 

 

What are you all reading this week?

13 Comments

    • July 30, 2015 / 9:06 am

      Are you sure you’ll take another of my recommendations after Disclaimer? 😉
      I think you’ll love it too!

  1. July 29, 2015 / 1:23 pm

    I love the sound of both books! I have them on my wishlist; hopefully I will be able to get a copy soon. And I love TBR jar surprises! 😀

    Happy Wednesday! Here’s my WWW.

    • July 30, 2015 / 9:09 am

      Read The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society first if you can as it’s quite a short book but I’m sure you’ll love it!
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. July 29, 2015 / 2:08 pm

    I made a TBR jar and never used it… maybe I should give it a try!

    • July 30, 2015 / 9:03 am

      They’re a good idea if you’re able to stick to and read what you pull out 😉

    • July 30, 2015 / 9:03 am

      Thank you & thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. July 29, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    Glad you enjoyed Gurnsey! I loved that book. And I’m happy to see you’re liking Waters. I’ve read one of hers and really enjoyed it. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • July 30, 2015 / 9:05 am

      It’s now one of my faves. Waters is good but very descriptive meaning the plot is moving quite slowly. I will persevere though as it’s for book club 🙂

    • July 30, 2015 / 9:07 am

      The TBR jar is a good idea if you’ll read what you pick; sometimes you’re in the mood for a certain type of book and that’s not what you’ve picked! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. July 30, 2015 / 9:12 am

    I need to read some Sarah Waters too. Thanks for visiting I read books! Happy reading 🙂

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