I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas holidays and have lots of lovely new books to tell us all about 🙂
On to the meme which 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…
The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood
Due for publication early January I was approved for this ARC via Netgalley. I’m at around 20% and so far it’s not entirely as I expected. I thought, from the blurb, it would be an investigation into the girl’s disappearance but so far that’s not the case, it’s all back story. A good read though so far.
Apologies for the general email, but I desperately need your help.
My goddaughter, Coco Jackson, disappeared from her family’s holiday home in Bournemouth on the night of Sunday/Monday August 29/30th, the bank holiday weekend just gone. Coco is three years old.
When identical twin Coco goes missing during a family celebration, there is a media frenzy. Her parents are rich and influential, as are the friends they were with at their holiday home by the sea.
But what really happened to Coco?
Over two intense weekends – the first when Coco goes missing and the second twelve years later at the funeral of her father – the darkest of secrets will gradually be revealed…
I recently finished
Bella’s Christmas Bake Off by Sue Watson
No real plot surprises for me but I enjoyed the writing and the humour. A nice festive read if you’re a fan of The Great British Bake Off.
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…
And I also read
The Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
Possibly more well known for the book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe this Christmas read by Fannie Flagg is a simply written feel-good read. Doesn’t necessarily have to be read at Christmas.
Oswald T. Campbell, aged fifty-two, down-and-out in a Chicago winter, is given only months to live unless he moves South… He finds himself in the small town of Lost River, Alabama, where the residents are friendly if feud-prone and eccentric to a fault. One of them, Roy, keeps a red cardinal, a once wounded bird called Jack. Patsy, a sad, sweet little kid with a crippled leg, from the trailer park up in the woods, takes to dropping by the store – and falls in love with Jack.
What’s up next?
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird is my most favourite book and one which I’ve read several times. I’ve delayed reading this until all the initial hype had settled down and I now feel I’m ready to read. I really, really don’t want to be disappointed.
Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch – ‘Scout’ – returns home from New York City to visit her ageing father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past – a journey that can be guided only by one’s own conscience.
Have you read any of this week’s choices or would you like to share what books were in your Christmas stocking?