WWW Wednesday (February 3rd)

Hey I’m back posting this week as I’ve finished a book….yay 🙂

WWW WednesdayThis 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 God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

This is our latest book club read and is the quite lengthy companion novel to Life after Life. I wish I’d read Life after Life a while ago rather than back to back with this one as I’m feeling a little bogged down with the Todd family.

A God In RuinsThe blurb

A God in Ruins relates the life of Teddy Todd – would-be poet, heroic World War II bomber pilot, husband, father, and grandfather – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

This gripping, often deliriously funny yet emotionally devastating book looks at war – that great fall of Man from grace – and the effect it has, not only on those who live through it, but on the lives of the subsequent generations. It is also about the infinite magic of fiction. Those who loved the bestselling Life After Life will recognise Teddy as Ursula Todd’s adored younger brother – but for those who have not read it, A God in Ruins stands fully on its own.

I recently finished

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

An interesting and clever book but a timeline that jumps all over the place which makes it hard to keep up in places. Review here.

Life after LifeThe blurb

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again.

What’s up next?

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

I recently bought The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson and I’d read on another blog that it was similar in plot to Strangers on a Train. I’ve never read any Patricia Highsmith before so I’m reading this one first.

Strangers on a trainThe blurb

Here we encounter Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno, passengers on the same train. But while Guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. “Some people are better off dead,” Bruno remarks, “like your wife and my father, for instance.” As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy is trapped in Highsmith’s perilous world, where, under the right circumstances, anybody is capable of murder.


Have you read any of this week’s choices or share what books you’re reading?


    • 3rd February 2016 / 12:26 pm

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen the movie so am going in blind, I just have the general gist of the book. Can’t wait to get it because whilst A God in Ruins is a fascinating read in its own way, it’s dreadfully slow!

  1. 3rd February 2016 / 11:41 am

    I thought the middle of ‘Life After Life’ was too repetitive and I kept waiting for something incredible to happen. I loved the ending, though. I hope you’re enjoying ‘God in Ruins.’ Her brother was such a sweet character in the first book. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • 3rd February 2016 / 12:24 pm

      Yeah some parts were a bit sluggish but overall I enjoyed it; particularly the bombing scenes. Teddy is quite the same in A God in Ruins, totally put upon that I feel desperately sad for him.

  2. 3rd February 2016 / 6:00 pm

    Strangers On A Train looks like such a great read! And I hope A God In Ruins picks up for you later on. 🙂 Happy reading!

  3. 3rd February 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Strangers On A Train does look particularly good! 🙂

  4. 3rd February 2016 / 9:11 pm

    Like you I want to read Strangers on a Train after enjoying A Kind Worth Killing so much but I still haven’t got around to it – I need to move it up the list.

  5. 3rd February 2016 / 11:46 pm

    I’d heard of Strangers on a Train a lot in the past, but I don’t think I’d ever read the blurb. It sounds quite interesting, actually! I’ll be interested to see your thoughts on it.

  6. 4th February 2016 / 3:44 am

    Woohoo for finishing a book, and a good one at that 🙂

    I’m with everyone else, Strangers on a Train sounds amazing, but for whatever reason, I have never thought to pick it up. (Okay.. the reason is that I always thought it was a movie and never realized it was a book. Shh.. Don’t tell). I hope you enjoy it 🙂

    Happy Wednesday!

    • 4th February 2016 / 9:15 am

      Ha ha, I promise not to tell. I just found out this weekend that one of my favourite films (Beaches) was also a book and I never knew :O

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