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The questions are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
1. What I’m reading at the moment
The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine
I don’t know how else to describe this but “cute”. It’s a cosy mystery set at the start of the twentieth century in the setting of a sumptuous London department store blatantly modeled on Selfridges. It’s enjoyable so far and the illustrations are lovely.
The blurb (their caps): You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair’s department store!
Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and MYSTERIES around every corner. WONDER at the daring theft of the priceless CLOCKWORK SPARROW! TREMBLE as the most DASTARDLY criminals in London enact their wicked plans! GASP as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, CRACK CODES, DEVOUR ICED BUNS and vow to bring the villians to justice…
2. The last books I read
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
You can read my full review here. Chevalier keeps up her high standards with her first novel set in the USA. The Last Runaway tackles difficult themes (slavery and women’s rights to name just two) within an engaging and interesting story. I don’t think Chevalier gets enough praise for writing historical novels which show often familiar events from the viewpoint of believable female protagonists. Writing “herstory” is an under-appreciated art.
The blurb: In New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape.
Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.
However, drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Last week I asked for your help on deciding what to read next (thank you all for your suggestions!) and the majority suggested I go for Red Queen. Sorry to those of you who love this book, but I can only say I liked it. It’s an entertaining, well-written book, but I think it suffers from being the first in a series. You can read my full review here.
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control. But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win
3. What I’ll read next
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂