WWW Wednesday (November 11th)

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WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

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

I’m currently reading…

A Reunion of GhostsA Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell

Only about 10% in and it’s not really what I expected.

I’ve had a brief introduction to the sisters and now it seems Lady is taking the lead and giving me an insight to her life; albeit quite moany and whiny but very witty and funny.

The blurb

How do three sisters write a single suicide note?

In the waning days of 1999, the Alter sisters – Lady, Vee, and Delph – finalise their plans to end their lives. Their reasons are not theirs alone; they are the last in a long line of Alters who have killed themselves, beginning with their great-grandmother, the wife of a Jewish Nobel Prize-winning chemist who developed the first poison gas used in World War I and the lethal agent used in Third Reich gas chambers. The chemist himself, their son Richard, and Richard’s children all followed suit.

The childless sisters also define themselves by their own bad luck. Lady, the oldest, never really resumed living after her divorce. Vee is facing cancer’s return. And Delph, the youngest, is resigned to a spinster’s life of stifled dreams. But despite their pain they love each other fiercely, and share a darkly brilliant sense of humour.

As they gather in the ancestral Upper West Side apartment to close the circle of the Alter curse, an epic story about four generations of one family – inspired in part by the troubled life of German-Jewish Fritz Haber, Nobel Prize winner and inventor of chlorine gas – unfolds.


I recently finished reading

untitledAlex by Pierre Lemaitre

This was our book club read for October which we’ll be discussing this evening. It’s the second in a trilogy but can be read easily enough as a standalone.

I really enjoyed this book, so many twists you’ve no idea what’s coming next. Very Gone Girl in that you think you know the character and are sympathising with them when bam!

The blurb

In kidnapping cases, the first few hours are crucial. After that, the chances of being found alive go from slim to nearly none. Alex Prévost – beautiful, resourceful, tough – may be no ordinary victim, but her time is running out. Commandant Camille Verhoeven and his detectives have nothing to go on: no suspect, no lead, rapidly diminishing hope. All they know is that a girl was snatched off the streets of Paris and bundled into a white van. The enigma that is the fate of Alex will keep Verhoeven guessing until the bitter, bitter end. And before long, saving her life will be the least of his worries.

And I Also Read

The Rest of Us Just Live HereThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

So it took me a good half of the book to actually figure out what was going on here.

While the ‘indie kids‘ (the Chosen Ones) are battling the forces of evil in whatever guise they come this time, ‘the rest of us just live here’ and get on with our lives. The rest of us being a group of friends who usually live in the background except in this book…..

A witty, intelligent book with a vast array of diverse characters.

The blurb

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.


What’s up next?
19841984 by George Orwell

I haven’t read a classic in so long and this one hasn’t been added into the TBR jar so I can sneak it away now…..

The blurb

‘Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past’

Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.

Have you read any of this week’s choices? Let me know what you’re reading…

17 Comments

  1. 11th November 2015 / 8:21 am

    I really like the sound of A Reunion of Ghosts, I’d not heard of it before but I’m going to add it to my buy list now. I’m glad you enjoyed Alex, I couldn’t put it down when I read it. I picked it up knowing absolutely nothing about it so my head was spinning by the time I got to the end, it was so twisty! I keep hearing about the Patrick Ness book but haven’t been sure if it was for me or not but I think I should give it a go at some point.

    Here’s my WWW:
    https://rathertoofondofbooks.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/www-wednesday-11-november/

    • 11th November 2015 / 5:37 pm

      I’ve not got through much of Ghosts yet but I have high hopes.
      Alex was a great read for lots of reasons. So many twists I had no idea what was coming next.
      Thanks for visiting my post today 🙂

      • 11th November 2015 / 10:57 pm

        I hope Ghosts lives up to your hopes for it, it sounds like such a great read.

    • 11th November 2015 / 5:43 pm

      I’m not sure if Ness may have slightly over done it with his diverse characters on this occasion. It was like he wanted to get every stereotypical genre of a character covered – if that makes sense?
      Thanks for visiting my post 🙂

      • 11th November 2015 / 5:48 pm

        I know what you mean. You start to suspect they had a “diversity checklist”! Which can be a bit distracting… 🙂

        • 11th November 2015 / 6:06 pm

          Yes exactly. You’ll see what I mean when you read it

  2. 11th November 2015 / 6:13 pm

    I have a lovely illustrated edition of 1984 which I bought about 15 years ago… but I’ve never read it. Look forward to hearing your views on it!

    • 13th November 2015 / 4:42 pm

      That book sounds like such a treasure to have 🙂

  3. 11th November 2015 / 7:50 pm

    I really need to get a copy of The Rest Of Us Just Lives Here soon! And 1984 is probably one of my favorite dystopian classics… I should do a reread at some point soon.

    Happy Wednesday and thanks for visiting my WWW!

  4. 11th November 2015 / 10:36 pm

    I hope you enjoy 1984. I remember reading it in high school and really enjoying the story and the message. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • 13th November 2015 / 4:40 pm

      I am a little nervous going into 1984 with this huge pressure and expectation that I should love it…we’ll see. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. 14th November 2015 / 2:47 am

    A Reunion of Ghosts just sounds depressing. The title sounds interesting, but the synopsis killed me.

    • 14th November 2015 / 9:59 am

      I’m not entirely sure why I chose it from Netgalley. I have now given up, I just couldn’t engage with the characters or stilted time line. I don’t usually not finish so this is disappointing.

  6. 16th November 2015 / 12:43 am

    I just finished A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness yesterday, and I’m really keen to read some of his others. I’ve been seeing “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” on a lot of people’s GoodReads, and it sounds like a very clever premise.

    Hope you enjoy 1984! I put it off for ages thinking it would be like all the other stuffy classics that I end up giving up on halfway through, and then I couldn’t put it down!

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