WWW Wednesday (December 9th)

I’m back this week with a WWW; I didn’t post last week because I was so busy I hadn’t managed to finish the doorstop of a book that was Fingersmith. Hope you didn’t miss me too much πŸ˜‰

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…

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

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

I’m currently reading…

Almost EnglishAlmost English by Charlotte Mendelson

Starting this book next for my book club who are meeting next week. I hope it’ll make for an interesting discussion.

The blurb

Home is a foreign country: they do things differently there . . .

In a tiny flat in West London, sixteen-year-old Marina lives with her emotionally delicate mother, Laura, and three ancient Hungarian relatives. Imprisoned by her family’s crushing expectations and their fierce unEnglish pride, by their strange traditions and stranger foods, she knows she must escape. But the place she runs to makes her feel even more of an outsider.

At Combe Abbey, a traditional English public school for which her family have sacrificed everything, she realises she has made a terrible mistake. She is the awkward half-foreign girl who doesn’t know how to fit in, flirt or even be. And as a semi-Hungarian Londoner, who is she? In the meantime, her mother Laura, an alien in this strange universe, has her own painful secrets to deal with, especially the return of the last man she’d expect back in her life. She isn’t noticing that, at Combe Abbey, things are starting to go terribly wrong.

I recently finished

FingersmithFingersmith by Sarah Waters

Loved the twists in this book even though it was over 500 pages and took me double my using reading time to get through. Thoroughly recommend if you like historical fiction mixed up with some mystery and a pinch of villainy for good measure.

The blurb

London 1862. Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves – fingersmiths – under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her ‘family’. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue’s fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.

I also read

A_Monster_CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I loved the illustrations throughout this book and the story itself is incredibly sad. I did have tears in my eyes at the end! Will be very interesting to see how this translates on the big screen.

The blurb

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming… The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

What’s up next?

Dark PlacesDark Places by Gillian Flynn

My daughter has recommended this to me and I’ve wanted to read more of Gillian Flynn since reading Gone Girl and with the forthcoming movie I didn’t want to wait too long.

The blurb

Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the ‘Libby Day fund’. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent.

Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend – a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family’s past to uncover the truth – no matter how painful…

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


  1. 9th December 2015 / 8:54 am

    I’m glad you thought A Monster Calls was good! It’s difficult to say you “enjoy” reading it, really. That said, it does pull you through quickly.
    Almost English sounds like it’ll provide lots of topics for debate – a good bookclub choice.
    Looking forward to hearing about another Gillian Flynn as I’ve only read Gone Girl.
    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/www-wednesday-9th-december-2015/

    • 9th December 2015 / 11:02 am

      So far, Almost English is pretty dull and uneventful and I’m regretting the choice already!
      Roll on Dark Places and action and thrills πŸ™‚

    • 9th December 2015 / 2:41 pm

      Thanks. Looking forward to a good thriller!
      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  2. 9th December 2015 / 1:00 pm

    I like the sound of ALL your books today! I’ve never heard of Almost English but it sounds fab – look forward to finding out what you think of it.

    • 9th December 2015 / 1:03 pm

      Oh! Although I see from your earlier comments that you’re not enjoying it – what a shame as it sounds really interesting!

      • 9th December 2015 / 2:40 pm

        It’s a very slow starter. I’m about 60 pages in so hopefully it will pick up πŸ™‚

  3. 9th December 2015 / 3:24 pm

    Glad you liked Fingersmith. I look forward to reading it. And Dark Places is very good, you should enjoy it. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • 10th December 2015 / 10:09 am

      Thanks. I enjoyed Gone Girl so hopefully this will be good too πŸ™‚

    • 9th December 2015 / 9:57 pm

      Gone Girl is definitely worth a read. It’s a shame it was spoils for you though, I hate it when people do that!
      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  4. 9th December 2015 / 5:54 pm

    Glad you finished Fingersmith! I’m beginning to think I really should read A Monster Calls and Dark Places has been on the TBR for an age.

    • 10th December 2015 / 10:12 am

      Me too, was a mammoth read compared to my usual books.
      You need to get onto A Monster Calls and Dark Places before both movies come out πŸ˜‰

  5. 9th December 2015 / 6:29 pm

    Almost English sounds like a really interesting read! I have A Monster Calls and Dark Places on my TBR pile; hopefully I will be able to get to them soon.

    • 10th December 2015 / 10:11 am

      Interesting but slow…yawn!
      A Monster Calls is very popular at the moment, probably because the movie trailer was released recently.
      Thanks for stopping by my post. See you next week πŸ™‚

  6. 9th December 2015 / 10:10 pm

    I’ve read a couple of Sarah Waters books but not Fingersmith. Quite like her writing. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • 10th December 2015 / 10:08 am

      Thanks. You do have to allow extra time for reading her books but they seem to be worth it.
      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  7. 10th December 2015 / 7:13 am

    Hope you enjoy Dark Places- I really enjoyed it and I’m really looking forward to the film!
    I keep hearing about that Patrick Ness trilogy and wondering where I’ve been to not have ready any, so that’s going straight on my To Read list!
    Here’s my post: http://snazzybooks.com/2015/12/09/www-wednesday-9-december-2015/
    Happy reading πŸ™‚ Laura

    • 10th December 2015 / 10:07 am

      Thanks; Patrick Ness is certainly one to look out for especially if you like intelligent thoughtful writing (intended for YA I believe but too good to miss) πŸ™‚

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