WWW Wednesday (July 25th)

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Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday!

I’m at book club this evening discussing Exit West and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society so I’ll catch up with your WWW posts as soon as I can.  Happy Wednesday! 🙂

I’m reading Lullaby by Leila Slimani

I had to wait 9 weeks for a copy of Lullaby from my local library and it has to be returned by the 4th August (still obviously very popular).  It can’t be reserved again but fortunately it’s quite a short book.

The blurb

The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds.

When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties.

The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. But as jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul’s idyllic tableau is shattered…

 


I finished this week:

1) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Loved it the second time around as much as the first!

The blurb

It’s 1946. The war is over, and Juliet Ashton has writer’s block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book – she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. 

Through their letters, the society tell Juliet about life on the island, their love of books – and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for the island, changing her life forever.

2) Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Frustrated! That’s what this book made me feel.  I thought I was getting a serious portrayal of what it’s like to be a refugee/migrant/immigrant told through a love story but no, the author chucked in the most ridiculous plot thread which ruined it for me!

The blurb

Nadia and Saeed are two ordinary young people, attempting to do an extraordinary thing – to fall in love – in a world turned upside down. Theirs will be a love story but also a story about how we live now and how we might live tomorrow, of a world in crisis and two human beings travelling through it.

Civil war has come to the city which Nadia and Saeed call home. Before long they will need to leave their motherland behind – when the streets are no longer useable and the unknown is safer than the known. They will join the great outpouring of people fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world . . .

 


What’s up next? After You by Jojo Moyes

I loved Me Before You so probably shouldn’t have waited so long to carry on with the story!

The blurb

Lou Clark has lots of questions.
Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.
Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home.
Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.
And will she ever get over the love of her life.
What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.
Then, one night, it does.
But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions?
Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.
Open it and she risks everything.
But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .


What do you make of my choices this week?

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

13 Comments

  1. 25th July 2018 / 8:39 am

    Loved ‘After You’ A lot of people seemed to be annoyed with it and deemed it unnecessary but I could read about Lou forever! ‘Lullaby’ looks brilliant!

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      27th July 2018 / 7:10 pm

      I’ve heard the same actually but looking forward to it all the same! 🙂

  2. 25th July 2018 / 11:01 am

    I look forward to your thoughts on Lullaby!

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      27th July 2018 / 7:11 pm

      Have you read it? It starts with the end but is very addictive reading!

  3. 25th July 2018 / 4:31 pm

    I have After You hiding out on Pippa, my Kindle…but I hope to read it soon. I read Lullaby under the title The Perfect Nanny. Enjoy!

    Thanks for sharing, and here’s
    MY WWW POST

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      27th July 2018 / 7:13 pm

      I’ve never thought about naming my Kindle 😉
      I’m half way through Lullaby and she’s far from “The Perfect Nanny” 🙂

  4. Jen - Books on the 7:47
    25th July 2018 / 7:16 pm

    Lullaby is one of those books I really want to read, but the synopsis creeps me out every time and I never actually read it! Is it worth getting over my fear for??

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      27th July 2018 / 7:35 pm

      I’m half way through and I would say yes. So far, the most disturbing part was the first chapter but who knows what’s to come!

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      27th July 2018 / 7:40 pm

      Yeah, it’s not the cheeriest of books but gripping reading! 🙂

  5. 26th July 2018 / 3:15 am

    Oh no! I’m really upset to hear that about Exit West… I totally had the same expectations; I’m not sure I want to read it anymore now. I hope your next read is better!

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle
      Author
      27th July 2018 / 7:22 pm

      I know you’re the same as me when it comes to magical realism. All or nothing! So I say avoid!

      • 28th July 2018 / 1:26 am

        I’m definitely putting it on my on-hold pile for now… In a way I’m kind of glad I never came around picking it up yet.

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