WWW Wednesday (May 18th)

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 reading…

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

I’m about 80 pages into this book and I’m really not sure about it at all.  From the first page I wasn’t sure if it was a book for me but I’ll persevere to see where it goes.

Jane SteeleThe blurb

Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked – but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors.

A fugitive navigating London’s underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate’s true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household’s strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him – body, soul and secrets – and what if he discovers her murderous past?


I recently finished

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

Strange one this because it’s a very slow read…you turn the pages but nothing is really happening, it’s like reading an account of someone’s day, every day.  However, Louise’s way of drip feeding events and information just makes it compelling reading and makes you want to carry on.

The Swimming Pool

The blurb

It’s summer when Elm Hill lido opens, having stood empty for years. For Natalie Steele – wife, mother, teacher – it offers freedom from the tightly controlled routines of work and family. Especially when it leads her to Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress with a lavish bohemian lifestyle, who seems all too happy to invite Natalie into her elite circle.

Soon Natalie is spending long days at the pool, socializing with new friends and basking in a popularity she didn’t know she’d been missing. Real life, and the person she used to be, begins to feel very far away.

But is such a change in fortunes too good to be true? Why are dark memories of a summer long ago now threatening to surface? And, without realizing, could Natalie have been swept dangerously out of her depth?

 


 What’s up next?

When He Fell by Kate Hewitt

I’m taking part in the blog tour for this book in early June which is organised by Jenny’s Neverland Tours and I’m really looking forward to reading it and taking part.

when he fellThe blurb

Josh and Ben are nine years old and best friends, until a single, careless act in the school playground destroys the lives of both families – and wrenches their small Manhattan school apart.

As both mothers Maddie and Joanna try to find out what really happened between the boys, they discover the truth is far more complicated and painful than either of them could have ever realised… with lasting repercussions for both families.

And when tragedy strikes again in the most unexpected of ways, the lives of these two women will be changed once more, and this time forever.


Have you read any of this week’s choices?

Share what you’re reading in the comments…

33 Comments

  1. 18th May 2016 / 8:37 am

    I really enjoyed The Swimming Pool and I’d not heard of When He Fell which sounds fab! Thanks for sharing 😊

  2. samfalston
    18th May 2016 / 9:53 am

    I’ve been hearing a lot about Jane Steele and I’m curious. I’d been interested in reading a review if you are planning one 🙂

    • 18th May 2016 / 1:42 pm

      I certainly will be in the next couple of weeks! Thanks for visiting 🙂

    • 18th May 2016 / 1:44 pm

      I am now I’m further in! I think you’d like it!
      Thanks for visiting and leaving your link 🙂

    • 18th May 2016 / 1:46 pm

      It took me a good hundred pages to get into it which I think was the problem. I’m really enjoying it now but I can see how some readers wouldn’t get that far!
      Thanks for visiting and leaving your link 🙂

    • 18th May 2016 / 1:45 pm

      Yeah that’s what caught my eye. Now I’m further in, it’s actually very good!
      Thanks for visiting and leaving your link 🙂

  3. 18th May 2016 / 3:54 pm

    The premise of Jane Steele is interesting, but not for me even though I love Jane Eyre. I just couldn’t get into it. I hope it improves for you! Here’s my post. 🙂

    • 18th May 2016 / 6:56 pm

      It’s taken me approx. 100 pages to get into it to be honest and I suspect readers would have abandoned.
      Thanks for visiting and leaving your link 🙂

  4. 18th May 2016 / 5:48 pm

    I love slow but gripping books but it’s so hard to explain why! Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • 18th May 2016 / 6:57 pm

      Exactly! Not quite sure how I’m going to put my thoughts down yet 🙂

  5. 18th May 2016 / 7:09 pm

    I’ve also been hearing a lot about Jane Steele. It looks fascinating! 🙂

  6. 18th May 2016 / 8:14 pm

    I really want to read Jane Steele but I’m not sure if I should read Jane Eyre first. I’ll be interested to see what you think of it though 🙂

  7. 19th May 2016 / 1:06 am

    I hope Jane Steele picks up later on for you! I have it on my wishlist, although it’s not my first priority.

    • 20th May 2016 / 11:47 am

      It certainly has and I’m really enjoying it now 🙂

    • 20th May 2016 / 11:46 am

      Yes they were, but now I really like it and am glad I stuck with it 🙂

  8. 19th May 2016 / 4:27 am

    Beautiful book covers! You did some great reading this week 🙂

  9. 19th May 2016 / 9:03 am

    I really like the sound of When He Fell! It sounds like a fab read. It reminds me of Japanese TV show I watched a few years ago, but I can’t recall the name. Now I’ll be trying to find it for the rest of the day, haha.
    I have been sitting on the fence about Jane Steele, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about it. I can’t decide if it’s for me or not.
    Happy reading!

  10. 19th May 2016 / 9:52 am

    Good luck with Jane Steele – EVERYBODY seems to have loved it and while it might be my kind of thing, I’m not 100% sure so I’m hesitant to start.

    • 19th May 2016 / 11:57 am

      At the beginning I thought I’d made a big mistake by picking it up, but now I really like it 🙂

    • 2nd June 2016 / 7:09 pm

      I thoroughly recommend it if you like historical fiction 🙂
      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  11. 24th May 2018 / 1:04 am

    I haven’t read any of these, but the Kate Hewitt title appeals.

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