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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?
As always, clicking on the cover image will take you to the book’s Goodreads page.
1. What I’m reading at the moment
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
By the time this post goes up I hope to have finished this. I read my first book by Gregory – The Other Queen – back in October (here’s my review) and I was disappointed. So I hope this one will be better 🙂
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.
2. The last book I read
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
Here’s my full review. This was very good until the last few pages where a very abrupt reveal and ending took the shine off my experience. Thanks again to Penguin and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in return for an honest review.
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?
3. What I’ll read next
The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman
I read the first book in this series, The Invisible Library, back at the start of 2015 before I started blogging. I enjoyed it and I was pleased when I heard there was a sequel in the works. And I was even more pleased 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.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The blurb: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂
Last week’s culinary effort was a round-up of the five most popular of my 2015 baking posts. Featuring recipes and nice pics of:
- Simple sponge cake with white icing and multi-coloured sprinkles
- Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate buttercream icing
- After Eight mint chocolate brownies
- Diane’s delights: white chocolate sweet sweet no-bake tray bake
- Maltesers rocky road
Claire Huston / Art and Soul