It’s the last WWW Wednesday of March. I’ll be pulling together my monthly reading round-up shortly and I’m hoping to have at least one more book finished today to get it in under the line. However, I have lots of currently reading because of a sign-up spree on Pigeonhole and due to the stave format each book takes 10 days to finish regardless of how fast I’m reading.
WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam A. Stevens on Taking on a World of Words.
The three Ws are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’re read next?
Tall Bones by Anna Bailey
Almost finished this. The final stave is released on Pigeonhole tomorrow. A quite dark story about a small town where every adult is at best hiding from the truth and at worst is ready to lead a lynching to tackle any challenge to their hatred for anyone different from themselves.
Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone
Another Pigeonhole read, and again the final stave is tomorrow, although I’m hoping it’s extra stuff and not more story because today’s ending seemed like a perfect place to stop. I have loved this story of how identical twins dealt with childhood trauma and how the effects of burying tragedy in a rich imaginative world follows them through to adulthood.
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
Still with this for my audiobook listen. I’m still struggling with some of the buzz words, but the core concepts of throwing off the bad management practices which really stem from fear and being open to vulnerability are really good. The audiobook has been a great overview, but I’ve also now bought the paperback because some of the detail needs focus that I can’t do while walking the dog.
The Girls Inside by NJ Mackay
Pigeonhole again. Still in the first half of this book about a survivor of a cult her mother joined when she was a child. Blue Sillitoe had tried to put what happened in the Black House behind her, but when a girl she knew in childhood dies awarding Blue sole custody of her daughter, she needs to get curious about her past. An interesting story with some good characters.
What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson
And, another Pigeonhole read. This is really dark. Teenager Jack’s dad is in prison when his mum dies suddenly leaving him in sole care of his younger brother Matty. He’s hoping to find whatever his dad hid in a suitcase which might give him and Matty the money to make a new life. But, he’s not the only one looking for it, and the girl who is helping him knows more about one of the people chasing Jack and Matty than she is letting on.
The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird
I’ve been given access to read this via NetGalley. It’s out 29 April and I’m really enjoying it. It seems a bit perverse to read a novel about a global pandemic during a pandemic, but I’m actually finding it quite therapeutic to see all the fears of food production networks breaking down and structures collapsing and being rebuilt within an imaginary version of our world. The interesting take here is that the book’s pandemic only kills men.
Influential Internal Communication by Jenni Field
The Legacy by Caroline Bond
Just the two books finished this week, one late last night and one early this morning so I have yet to write up reviews. If you want to know what I thought if them keep an eye out for posts in the next day or so.
What Dreams We Had by Phill Featherstone
This is my next Pigeonhole book and goes live tomorrow. I’m not currently planning to start any more new ones. Hopefully I’ll get the current lot of Pigeonhole reads finished and reviewed and then be fresh for next week to look a bit further ahead. Although I have plenty on my NetGalley approvals and my TBR pile to explore, so not short of options!
Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations for me to add to my TBR list? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.