I’ve done it again – signed up to read lots of books on Pigeonhole, plus following along (although not part of) a readalong, all at the same time. So, quite a few books on my current reads list today.
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?
Work in Progress by Dan Brotzel, Martin Jenkins and Alex Wolff
Secondary school English lessons mean I know that this is an epistolary novel, nice to know some of the terminology sticks! Rather than the story being told through letters as the ones I read in school were this is told through emails between the members of a writers’s group. I’m reading this via online book club Pigeonhole. It is very funny and despite the limits of the email format the characters of the eccentric writers and wannabe writers are coming through very clearly.
The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker
I just started this yesterday via Pigeonhole so I’m only a short way in. But, a hugely impactful start means this story of a woman who murdered a child when she was 8 years old is already drawing me in.
Suspects by Lesley Pearce
Another Pigeonhole book, and one which also (like The First Day of Spring) starts with the death of a child. Although in Suspects it’s much less graphically told. Again, I’m only a short way in, but finding it hard to get into the characters because of far too much backstory being crammed in on every character. Hopefully it will improve once we get past the scene setting stage.
Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed
A non-fiction book about the importance of diverse teams to avoid shared blindspots in problem solving. This has been on my TBR pile for a while, but after a strong recommendation from a professional connection I’ve made a start. This week might not have been the best to take to off the waiting list considering the number of books I’m reading concurrently, but I’ve started it now.
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
This is my first Sarah J. Maas read despite all the places I’ve seen recommendations. I missed out on joining the Tandem Collective readalong for this, but with the Kindle price dropping below £2 this week I’ve decided to give it a go and follow the readalong prompts on my own. I’m about a fifth of the way through so far. It’s not blowing me away, I’m feeling quite judgey about the behaviour of the main characters, but it’s a pretty easy read.
Dead Man’s Grave by Neil Lancaster
First in a new Scottish detective series featuring DS Max Craigie. This was a good start, with an interesting story and likeable characters, and it’s just been announced as one of 13 books on the longlist for the McIlvanney Prize 2021.
Five books on the go just now, most of which are on a fixed release schedule of only a few chapters a day, so I’m not planning to start anything else in the week ahead.
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.