WWW Wednesday (December 16th)

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…

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

I’m currently reading…

Dark PlacesDark Places by Gillian Flynn

On recommendation from my daughter I will be starting this one this evening and I can’t wait. I’m hoping for edge of my seat reading.

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…


I recently finished

Almost EnglishAlmost English by Charlotte Mendelson

Oh dear! I really had to drag myself through this book and to be honest, if I hadn’t have picked it for my book club choice I wouldn’t have bothered finishing it. Slow, weak lead female characters and annoying Hungarian accents….darlink!

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.


What’s up next?

Bella's Christmas Bake OffBella’s Christmas Bake Off by Sue Watson

This is the only Christmas themed book I’m reading this year so I’m hoping it’s a good one!

The blurb

Bella Bradley is the queen of television baking – a national treasure. Her Christmas specials have been topping the ratings for years and her marriage to Peter ‘Silver Fox’ Bradley is the stuff of Hello magazine specials.

But this year things are going to be different.

For Amy Lane, Bella’s best friend from school, life hasn’t held quite the same sparkle. And when Amy’s husband walks out three weeks from Christmas, it seems their lives are further apart than ever.

Amy has watched Bella’s rise to fame fondly, despite the fact Bella was always a terrible cook. But when she realises that Bella’s latest Christmas book is made up entirely of Amy’s mother’s recipes, the gloves are off…

After winning a competition to appear on Bella’s TV show, Amy is going to make sure that for Bella and her viewers, this will definitely be a Christmas to remember…


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

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10 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (December 16th)

  1. Yvo says:

    I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy Almost English! It sounded like a very interesting read. And I have Dark Places on my TBR pile; hopefully I will be able to read it early next year.

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  2. ahouseofbooks says:

    What a shame you didn’t like Almost English – I really liked the sound of it but doubt I’ll bother now! Dark Places is also on my wishlist – look forward to hearing how you get on with it!

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  3. Emily Witt says:

    I’m in exactly the same camp as Claire re accents. Just tell me they have one and leave it at that. It’s very rarely done well.

    I read Gone Girl last year and really enjoyed it (didn’t find it quite as mind-blowing as some people did, but it was still a fun ride), but never really got around to looking at any other Gillian Flynn books. Dark Places does sound really good though, I might need to give it a look.

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