WWW Wednesday…What I’m Reading
Two New Favourites!
September is here and my reading has slowed since there are no beaches or docks in which to sit and enjoy. But there will always be books to read. This week, I have two new favourites on the list! And possibly a third!!
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The questions are:
WHANT I’M READING
WHAT I FINISHED READING
WHAT WILL I READ NEXT
What I’m Reading…
I was very excited to get this. Not going to comment yet, just want to go back and keep reading!
What I’ve Read…
Blurb – It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island, where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach. It had been too long, Antoine thought, since they’d returned to the island–over thirty years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased. But the island’s haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer. When, on the drive home to Paris, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.
Recovering from the accident in a nearby hospital, Mélanie tries to recall what caused her to crash. Antoine encounters an unexpected ally: sexy, streetwise Angèle, a mortician who will teach him new meanings for the words life, love and death. Suddenly, however, the past comes swinging back at both siblings, burdened with a dark truth about their mother, Clarisse.
Trapped in the wake of a shocking family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children. How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself? Suddenly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will learn the truth about his family and himself the hard way.
I have copies of 2 other Tatiana de Rosnay’s books, on my TBR pile but have never read them so it seems ironic that my introduction to her stories is because a friend lent me her library book!
I’m glad she insisted I read it. Sarah’s Key will be moving to the top of my list now!
Blurb – In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
This is so good!!! I tried to explain the plot but I can’t even come close. I do have 2 good friends – both gamers – who I told must read this book! If you like sci-fi with tons of 80s references coming out of the wazoo, video games, and a sweet love story, this is the book for you! Again – so good! One of my new favourite books. Can’t wait for the movie!
Blurb – Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
Colleen Hoover has been one of my favourite authors since I first discovered her, but It Ends With Us has a place on my list of favourite books of 2016. Deeply personal, heartbreaking at times – I don’t want to give details because it would spoil the experience. But – so good!!!
Blurb – When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined—with Margaret’s younger sister Mary—to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France.
United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss, and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.
This one – not so good.
I admit I’m disappointed by this latest Philippa Gregory story. I had the impression it tells the tale of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots, Queen Katherine and Mary, Queen of France, but primarily Margaret’s story. I don’t know much about Margaret who was married off to the King of Scotland and her fight to reclaim the country for her son after James’ death but after reading this, I have no interest to know more. Margaret is portrayed as a selfish, spoiled, envious shrew who is more concerned with reclaiming her vast wardrobe than her son’s inheritance. I’ve never called a character stupid so many times.It’s very frustrating when a character is so very blinded by the love/desire of a good man, especially to the point where it destroys lives and even a country.
I have most of Gregory’s books and have enjoyed them. But she seems to have been phoning it in ever since The White Princess. The Tudor family gives a wealth of characters and story ideas but someone should suggest to the best-selling author about the difference in showing and telling in her writing.
Blurb – Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.
Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.
Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?
In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.
This started slow but about halfway through, I found I couldn’t put it down. The characters were wonderfully flawed but I was rooting for them to have a happy ending. I’ve been told some of Moriarty’s earlier books aren’t as engrossing as Big, Little Lies and My Husband’s Secret so maybe I’ll stick with reading every new book she comes out with!
What have you been reading lately? And do you have any new favourites?