WWW Wednesday (June 13th)

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Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday!

I’m reading The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

I’m a fan of Agatha Christie but have never read a Poirot, preferring the Marple stories.  I bought this signed copy from Greenway in Devon; Christie’s holiday home.

The blurb

Hercule Poirot’s quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.

Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at the fashionable Bloxham Hotel have been murdered, a cufflink placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim…

In the hands of internationally bestselling author Sophie Hannah, Poirot plunges into a mystery set in 1920s London – a diabolically clever puzzle that can only be solved by the talented Belgian detective and his ‘little grey cells’.


I recently finished The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

I really enjoyed the first third of this book but I did start to struggle when Alice enters The Hazel Wood and the events that follow.  I do struggle with magical realism and think I try too hard to rationalise it all, rather than take it for what is.

The blurb

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels.

But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad her luck can really get.

Her mother is stolen, by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world from her grandmother’s stories.

Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD.
To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began . . .

 

I also read Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

In a considered effort to read books that I’ve had on my shelf for a considerable amount of time, I read this ARC from 2015!!! My bad!

It’s full of stereotypes and clichés but I read it in less than a weekend and really enjoyed it!

The blurb

Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . .  until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.  

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does.

Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

 


What’s up next? Instructions For a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

Another book that has been on my TBR for far too long!

The blurb

It’s July 1976. In London, it hasn’t rained for months, gardens are filled with aphids, water comes from a standpipe, and Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he’s going round the corner to buy a newspaper. He doesn’t come back. The search for Robert brings Gretta’s children – two estranged sisters and a brother on the brink of divorce – back home, each with different ideas as to where their father might have gone. None of them suspects that their mother might have an explanation that even now she cannot share.

 

 

 

 

 


What do you make of my choices this week?

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

21 Comments

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      13th June 2018 / 7:11 pm

      I’m the other way Hayley, I’ve not read any of Christie’s Poirot versions although I have a few on my shelf!

      I’ve read The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell which I really enjoyed so looking forward to this one 🙂

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      13th June 2018 / 7:15 pm

      Apparently there’s a movie coming of Dumplin’! 🙂
      Thanks for visiting!

  1. 13th June 2018 / 4:06 pm

    I haven’t picked up The Hazel Wood yet but I probably will sometime this summer. It sounds like a book that I’d really enjoy but the mixed reviews its gotten has turned me off just a bit from picking it up sooner.

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      13th June 2018 / 7:23 pm

      The Hazel Wood was really out of my comfort zone and I know I’m probably not it’s target audience and therefore my thoughts reflect that. If you love magical realism and fairy tales then you’ll really enjoy it 🙂

      • 13th June 2018 / 9:01 pm

        I’m not real big on magical realism, so this may not work for me either.

        • Lindsay | Bookboodle
          Author
          14th June 2018 / 8:20 am

          Ahh a bit like me then!

  2. 13th June 2018 / 4:20 pm

    I love Maggie O’Farrell’s books, and enjoyed Instructions for a Heat Wave. I hope you love it. Here’s MY WWW POST

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      13th June 2018 / 7:24 pm

      That’s good to hear! I have read one of her books and I really enjoyed that!
      Thanks for visiting 🙂

  3. 13th June 2018 / 8:59 pm

    I’m glad that you enjoyed Dumplin’. It didn’t work for me as much as I wanted to, but I enjoyed it nevertheless! 🙂

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      15th June 2018 / 6:28 pm

      I could see how it wouldn’t agree with everyone! 🙂

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      15th June 2018 / 6:29 pm

      It is but you’d want to be pretty confident in your talent to take on Christie’s characters, wouldn’t you? No pressure……

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      15th June 2018 / 6:32 pm

      That was exactly my problem…the constant trying to work out the logistics which you just can’t do in a book of this nature! 🙂

  4. 15th June 2018 / 12:21 am

    I’m happy to hear you enjoyed Dumplin better than I did! I seem to be in the minority though haha. I love the place where you bought the The Monogram Murders copy! I’ve only read one Hercule Poirot book and only recently (Murder On The Orient Express), but I definitely want to read the others at some point. I need to get copies of her Marple stories as well… So many books, so little time. 😉 I hope you’ll enjoy your books this week and happy reading! 🙂

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      15th June 2018 / 6:35 pm

      I have Murder on the Orient Express to read, amongst many others, but I have seen the movie so yeah…too many books 🙂

      • 16th June 2018 / 1:55 am

        One of the reasons I actually read that one was that I saw the movie and I don’t like watching a movie without having read the book… Otherwise it would still have been collecting dust unread haha.

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