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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
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
The blurb: The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Yet in this exotic setting’ nothing is ever quite what it seems...
2. The last books I read
The Ballroom by Anna Hope
The writing is so beautiful, but the story was too gloomy for my tastes. But, if you’re after something more sombre, this could be perfect for you. Also a good one for book clubs. Here’s my full review.
The blurb: Where love is your only escape…
1911: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors, where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows, there is a ballroom vast and beautiful.
For one bright evening every week they come together and dance. When John and Ella meet It is a dance that will change two lives forever.
Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, The Ballroom is a tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.
The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder
After expecting something to equal the heights of Sophie’s World, this was staggeringly disappointing and earned a rare 2-star review from me.
The blurb: When sixteen-year-old Anna begins receiving messages from another time, her parents take her to the doctor. But he can find nothing wrong with Anna; in fact he believes there may be some truth to what she is seeing.
Anna is haunted by visions of the desolate world of 2082. She sees her great-granddaughter, Nova, in a wasteland peopled by ragged survivors, after animals and plants have died out.
The more Anna sees, the more she realises she must act to prevent the future in her visions becoming real. But can she act quickly enough?
Broken Homes (Peter Grant #4) by Ben Aaronovitch
For most of this book I was wondering what the point was. I mean, stuff happened, but it didn’t seem to be leading us anywhere. Until the last 15 pages. Blimey. I’ll be tracking down the next installment asap. I did a quick review on Goodreads which is spoiler free.
What’s it all about? If you’ve never heard of the Peter Grant series, these books are London-based police procedurals with some supernatural goings on thrown in for good measure. So far we’ve had vampires, river gods, fae, wizards, witches… all within a contemporary London setting. It’s all rather good fun with a few moments of tension and suspense.
3. What I’ll read next
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
I had mixed feelings about the first book in this series, Red Queen. However, I’m going into the sequel with optimism and hopeful that – now a lot of the world building is out of the way – things can only get better.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Kelly at Kelly’s Rambles for being so lovely and sending me her copy of this book! I probably wouldn’t have managed to get the one library copy in my county until some time near Christmas.
The blurb: To avoid all spoilers for Book 1, if you’d like to read the blurb, please click on the cover image to go to the book’s Goodreads page.
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂
In non-reading news, last week I finally made a layer cake with a chocolate biscuit border.
Claire Huston / Art and Soul