WWW Wednesday (October 5th)

Hi all, this is my first WWW in a while (again!) looking forward to catching up with you, your blogs and books later ๐Ÿ™‚

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 questionsโ€ฆ
โ€ข What are you currently reading?
โ€ข What did you recently finish reading?
โ€ข What do you think youโ€™ll read next?


I’m reading The Dinner by Herman Koch

This is my book club choice for this month and was recommended to me by my brother.ย  I’m hoping it pulls me out my book club reading slump as the last three have not been such great reads for me.

the-dinnerThe blurb

A summer’s evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the delicate scraping of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of politeness – the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But the empty words hide a terrible conflict and, with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened… Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. Together, the boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on camera, and their grainy images have been beamed into living rooms across the nation; despite a police manhunt, the boys remain unidentified – by everyone except their parents. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children and, as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.

I recently finished The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

I was really enjoying this book until a significant event happened which I didn’t like or approve of which really changed how I felt about what I was reading.ย  I rated the book 4* because it is a really good twisty thriller but I didn’t like any of the characters, have any empathy for them so really didn’t mind who ended up dead!


The blurb

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage and his wife Miranda, who heโ€™s sure is cheating on him. But their game turns dark when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what sheโ€™s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, โ€œIโ€™d like to help.โ€

From there, Ted and Lilyโ€™s twisted bond grows stronger as they plot Miranda’s demise, but soon these co-conspirators are embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse–one they both cannot survive–with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.

I’ve also read Recipe for Life – The Autobiography by Mary Berry

If you’re a fan of the Great British Bake Off, Mary Berry or home cooking and baking in general then you’d probably enjoy this, as did I.ย  Interspersed with some of Mary’s recipes, we discover how Mary came to fame and be the well-loved household name she is now.ย  A heart-warming book with some very sad moments. Review here.

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’ve also finished Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

This was my fourth Picoult novel and is contention for the best one.ย  She always manages to pick subjects that will provoke a reader’s emotions and this is no exeception, it’s brilliant.ย  Incredibly raw, nothing held back and extremely on point topically.ย  A sure fire winner!

small-great-thingsThe blurb

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family especially her teenage son as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other s trust, and come to see that what they ve been taught their whole lives about others and themselves might be wrong.

I DNF All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage unfortunately; I’d read about 70 pages or so and it wasn’t holding my interest in any way, I was bored and had no motivation to read it.ย  I had a look at some other reviews on Goodreads to test whether it would be worth continuing and from what I read I decided to DNF.ย  You can see the blurb etc on my last WWW if you’re so inclined ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย What’s up next?

Number 11 by Jonathan Coe

I must admit I bought this book for the cover, I had no idea what it was about until I was prepping this blog post.ย  Now I know, I’m not entirely sure it’s my kind of read but I’ll give it a go.

number-11The blurb

This is a novel about the hundreds of tiny connections between the public and private worlds and how they affect us all.

It’s about the legacy of war and the end of innocence.

It’s about how comedy and politics are battling it out and comedy might have won.

It’s about how 140 characters can make fools of us all.

It’s about living in a city where bankers need cinemas in their basements and others need food banks down the street.

It is Jonathan Coe doing what he does best ยญ – showing us how we live now.

Have you read any of this week’s choices?

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


  1. 5th October 2016 / 11:18 am

    I’m really looking forward to hearing what you make of Jonathan Coe. I remember it being at the till in Waterstones! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m so happy Mary Berry’s book is a good reflection of her. I saw the documentary the BBC did about her where she spoke about what happened to her son and I cried for ages. So sad ๐Ÿ™

    I think I have The Kind Worth Killing on my TBR but I think it’s just slipped a little further down the priority list ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/www-wednesday-5th-october-2016/

    • 5th October 2016 / 6:11 pm

      Which is exactly where I picked it up from….good memory! I read the blurb yesterday and thought oooops maybe not my cup of tea but never mind ๐Ÿ™‚

      I saw that too – I think it was Who Do You Think You Are which did peak my interest in her.

      The Kind Worth Killing is very good even though I disliked ALL the characters and wasn’t happy with the way the book panned out at all….humph

      Thanks for visiting! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 5th October 2016 / 6:00 pm

      Oh don’t put it off….it’s very on point and topical!
      Thanks for visiting ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 5th October 2016 / 6:08 pm

      Small Great Things comes highly recommended!
      I do like to step out of my comfort zone now and then so we shall see with Number 11!
      Thanks for visiting today ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 5th October 2016 / 6:55 pm

    The Dinner sounds really interesting; I hope you will enjoy it! I have The Kind Worth Killing on my TBR, so it’s good to know the characters are not exactly likeable.

    Happy reading! Here’s my WWW.

  3. 5th October 2016 / 7:50 pm

    I’m hearing so much good feedback surrounding Jodi Picoult’s newest novel – I love that her plots are so timely regarding certain events and thought provoking too. I need to see if my library carries this one!

    I hope you enjoy your upcoming reads!

    • 5th October 2016 / 8:30 pm

      I love that she poses real moral dilemmas and places the reader in a what would you do scenario!
      Thanks for visiting ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 8th October 2016 / 6:54 pm

      I do recommend trying at least one Picoult as she is a very accomplished author. Thanks for visiting ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 6th October 2016 / 1:50 am

    I’ve been intrigued by The Kind Worth Killing, it’s a shame about whatever event it was that marred your enjoyment!
    Here’s my WWW

    • 8th October 2016 / 6:55 pm

      I can’t really say anymore than that without spoiling but it is still worth the read.
      Thanks for visiting ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 6th October 2016 / 2:25 am

    You’re the second one to have ‘Small Great Things’ on her list this week. I hope it’s enjoyable for you. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

  6. 6th October 2016 / 12:08 pm

    The Dinner has been on my wishlist for so long now! I hope you enjoy it, I can’t wait to read what you have to say about it ๐Ÿ™‚ You were nice to put 4* to The Kind Worth Killing! When I can’t connect to characters, I never go above 3 and a half stars, I need at least one good protagonist to make me care! I haven’t had the chance to read my Jodie Picoult yet, but seeing all the praise, I am sure I will get this one at some point. Happy reading!

    • 8th October 2016 / 6:58 pm

      In all honesty I’d not heard of The Dinner before it was recommended to me!

      The Kind Worth Killing has a very interesting plot which made it worth the read despite the characters, I marked down from 5* because of this but maybe I was a little generous ๐Ÿ™‚

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