A quick note and apology. My internet access will be a bit variable over the next few days. I will visit all your posts; but I might get there a little late.
Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.
The questions are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
As always, clicking on the cover image will take you to the book’s Goodreads page.
1. What I’m reading at the moment
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
The blurb: 1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother’s grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.
Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared. And so her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.
Peggy is not seen again for another nine years.
1985: Peggy has returned to the family home. But what happened to her in the forest? And why has she come back now?
2. The last books I read
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
Here’s my full review. While I didn’t find it all that gripping, this is a perfect book club choice. The moral dilemma at the heart of this story would give any discussion group a lot to talk about.
What it’s about (very long version): After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
Here’s my full review. A beautifully odd little book. Should you read it? My advice would be: if the blurb below intrigues you, then yes; if not, there are probably other things out there you’ll enjoy more.
The blurb: The extraordinary happens every day…
One night, George Duncan – decent man, a good man – is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly off, his life is transformed.
The next day, a kind but enigmatic woman walks into George’s shop. Suddenly a new world opens up for George, and one night she starts to tell him the most extraordinary story.
Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love.
3. What I’ll read next
I’m finally breaking my run of blue and white covers!
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
I read my first book by Gregory – The Other Queen – back in October (here’s my review) and I was disappointed. But it was more Mary Queen of Scots as a main character, and not the writing, which turned me off. So I’ve been looking forward to giving Gregory another go. And if you’re going to crack it with any story, it should be this one: the intrigue surrounding the liaisons of the Boleyn girls with Henry VIII.
The blurb: Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king.
A rich and compelling novel of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her heart.
When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take her fate into her own hands.
The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman
I read the first book in this series, The Invisible Library, back in early 2015 before I started blogging. I enjoyed it and was pleased when I heard there was a sequel in the works. And I was even more pleased go get a copy from the publishers via NetGalley 🙂
The blurb: Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he’s been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.
Kai’s dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people – and the forces of order and chaos themselves.
Irene’s mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it’s always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂
No new baking post last week (too busy eating things other people had made!). But here’s a recipe which has proved very popular: chocolate fudge cake with chocolate buttercream frosting / icing.
Claire Huston / Art and Soul