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’s on your reading list this week…
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 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.
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
Alex 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!
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 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.
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?
1984 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…..
‘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…