WWW Wednesday (September 7th)

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…

Recipe for Life – The Autobiography by Mary Berry

I love Mary Berry and the Great British Bake Off and now that it’s back on our (UK) tv screens there’s no better time to be reading this.  It’s also my second non-fiction in as many months – go me! 🙂

Recipe for LifeThe blurb

From the moment she came into the world – two weeks early, throwing her parents’ lives into disarray – Mary has gracefully but firmly done things her own way.

Born in 1935, in the city of Bath, Mary’s childhood was a curious mix of idyllic picnics and ramblings, and alarming air raids; of a spirited and outdoorsy home life and a dreaded school existence. All nearly cut horribly short by an almost fatal bout of polio when she was thirteen, which isolated Mary in hospital, away from beloved family and friends for months.

Recovery saw her turn to her one true passion – cookery. And so began a love affair that has – so far – spanned six remarkable decades; from demonstrating ovens in the early 1950s to producing glossy food magazines in the 60s and 70s, gradually becoming the country’s most prolific and – many would say – best loved cookery writer. Until her emergence in the 21st century as a TV sensation and style icon on the Great British Bake Off.

As a working mother, at the heart of a busy household, Mary became an expert at the art of juggling, even bringing her working life into her home with her Aga school. And there have been challenges, one terrible tragedy and many joys along the way.

I recently finished

The Past by Tessa Hadley

This was our book club read for August and despite being well written it was thoroughly and utterly boring! Review to follow at some point.

The PastThe blurb

Four siblings meet up in their grandparents’ old house for three long, hot summer weeks. But under the idyllic surface lie shattering tensions.

Roland has come with his new wife, and his sisters don’t like her. Fran has brought her children, who soon uncover an ugly secret in a ruined cottage in the woods. Alice has invited Kasim, an outsider, who makes plans to seduce Roland’s teenage daughter. And Harriet, the eldest, finds her quiet self-possession ripped apart when passion erupts unexpectedly.

Over the course of the holiday, a familiar way of life falls apart forever.

 What’s up next?

All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage

This book was offered to me back in March by the publisher and for one reason and another I had to put it aside.  It’s quite a thick book  with small text so I wonder how long it’ll take me to get through.

All Things Cease to AppearThe blurb

Late one winter afternoon in upstate New York, George Clare comes home to find his wife murdered and their three-year-old daughter alone–for how many hours?–in her room down the hall. He had recently, begrudgingly, taken a position at the private college nearby teaching art history, and moved his family into this tight-knit, impoverished town. And he is the immediate suspect–the question of his guilt echoing in a story shot through with secrets both personal and professional. While his parents rescue him from suspicion, a persistent cop is stymied at every turn in proving Clare a heartless murderer. The pall of death is on-going, and relentless; behind one crime are others, and more than twenty years will pass before a hard kind of justice is finally served.

Have you read any of this week’s choices?

Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…


  1. 7th September 2016 / 1:06 pm

    I love Mary Berry. I bet her life story makes for much better reading than some of the other biographies floating around out there.

    I’m being really bad today as I’m bunking off from book club (yet again) because I haven’t read the book. I just can’t bring myself to read a book I don’t like the sound of (which is pretty much everything they’ve picked so far). Far too many good books on my TBR. I’m probably going to get chucked out of the group though 🙂

    • 7th September 2016 / 10:06 pm

      I can’t wait to get started. I watched her on the show Who Do You Think You Are which was really interesting.

      I’ve had a couple of bad book club reads on the trot too so know exactly how you feel. Fortunately our small group are quite relaxed if someone doesn’t finish. I only finished mine at lunchtime today for the meeting this evening.

      Thanks for visiting today 🙂

  2. 7th September 2016 / 3:13 pm

    I’ve only heard about The Great Britain Bake Off on twitter last week. I checked and I realized France had adapted the show under a name that has nothing to do with the UK one, for obvious reasons. I’ll check the first two episodes this weekend, I love the French version so I should enjoy the UK one too!
    The blurb for The Past makes it sound like something I’d enjoy, too bad you found it boring. With family stories, you need a brilliant writing and the perfect pace to make it interesting or it turns into a dull read.
    Happy reading! 🙂
    Here’s my post for the week https://chocolatenwafflesblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/this-week-in-books-september-7th-2016/

    • 7th September 2016 / 10:10 pm

      I hope you like the UK Bake Off, it’s somewhat of a cult show over here. If you don’t watch Bake Off…well who are you!!!?/ 😉

      The blurb doesn’t do this book any favours because it’s describing a completely different book. There isn’t sufficient info on any of the characters, the book only scratches the surface and tries to cover too much then rushes the end….arggghhh

      Thanks for stopping by x

  3. 8th September 2016 / 6:48 am

    I’m really Ken to try one of Theresa Hadley’s books they sound like my kind of read!

    • 9th September 2016 / 8:37 pm

      No crime, poisons or murder in this one though 😉

  4. 8th September 2016 / 11:10 am

    I find the cover of All Things Cease to Appear a bit nondescript but the blurb certainly makes up for it. Very interesting !

    • 9th September 2016 / 8:36 pm

      You’re right…I hope the book is more exciting 🙂

  5. 8th September 2016 / 2:10 pm

    Mary Berry 🙂 I love The Great British Bake Off! A really beautiful and mouthwatering show 😉
    Happy Reading 🙂

  6. 8th September 2016 / 10:11 pm

    Yay for autobiographies! I love a good memoir and I try to read them as often as I can. Other people’s lives are fascinating. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • 9th September 2016 / 8:35 pm

      I’ve not read many myself but it is like being a fly on the wall and looking in 🙂

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