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 still reading…
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
I had a reminder from the library earlier in the week that this book needed to be returned on Saturday….mmm well fortunately I was able to renew but that means I’ve been reading it for over 3 weeks and am only just over half way through. I’m beginning to feel the same frustration as Sam did reading Cloud Atlas!
On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.
Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.
And I’m also reading
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
I was warned last week by many blogger friends that this was quite slow, which did make me more intrigued to read it. I’m approx 60% through and haven’t experienced a slowness. Yes, it’s very descriptive, if not overly, but this hasn’t deterred me or made it feel overly long yet as I’ve felt the plot has been moving consistently. I didn’t feel that way about The Casual Vacancy though…that was laborious .
When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.
Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger…
I recently finished
What’s up next?
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
Thank heavens I have a 5 day Easter break coming up so I can get loads of reading in. When I finally finish the 2 above this will be my next read. If you’re not aware of this book…where have you been? I met Joanna Cannon a few weeks ago at Waterstone’s in Birmingham so am really looking forward to this.
Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands.
And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…
Have you read any of this week’s choices?
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