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…
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• What are you currently reading?
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• What do you think you’ll read next?
Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday! I really enjoyed being back in the gang last week and so I’m back this week with a slightly new blog look having switched to self-hosting…exciting times 🙂
I’m reading The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler
I’d started reading this book before Christmas but put it down to read something else. It’s a really nice book with a touch of the author’s humour!
Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you’re dead.
So begins Christopher Fowler’s foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from shelves.
We are fondly introduced to each potential rediscovery: from lost Victorian voices to the twentieth century writers who could well become the next John Williams, Hans Fallada or Lionel Davidson. Whether male or female, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner – no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten.
I recently finished Mr Dickens and his Christmas Carol by Samantha Silva
If you love A Christmas Carol then you’ll most likely enjoy this version of how it came to be! I did enjoy it but it only held my interest when I had the book in my hand…I didn’t think about it at other times like I do with some books despite its Twist.
Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. But when his latest book, Martin Chuzzlewit, is a flop, his publishers give him an ultimatum. Either he writes a Christmas book in a month or they will call in his debts and he could lose everything. Dickens has no choice but to grudgingly accept…
I’ve also read The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P.D James
The first two stories in the book are really impressive and I was completely enthralled by them; the level of detail included, the plot and characters even though they were only 40 -50 pages left me just as satisfied as if I’d read a full length novel. Would definitely like to read more of her books.
P. D. James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a short story for Christmas, and four of the best have been drawn from the archives and published here together for the first time. From the title story about a strained country-house Christmas party, to another about an illicit affair that ends in murder, plus two cases for detective Adam Dalgliesh, these are masterfully atmospheric stories by the acknowledged ‘Queen of Crime’.
What’s up next? Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
I’ve really enjoyed reading the short stories I have just lately so am continuing with that theme. I absolutely love Tom Hanks so am really looking forward to this!
A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game – and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heart-warming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have.
Have you read any of my choices?
Do share what you’re reading and recommendations in the comments…