Weekly Update 5th to 11th June

So far this week I have been drowning under a mountain of laundry but my OH has been having an enforced holiday due to to van trouble and has been getting on with all the jobs that I have been nagging him to do at home.  Finally we have carpet on the stairs and two lots of new shelves, yay.

Books Finished This week.Finished three  books this week one print one ebook and one audio book.  I am loving reading the classics in audio-book form it is almost cheating.


Currently ReadingI am not sure quite why but I have 7 books on the go at the moment.  Luckily they are all totally different otherwise that would be a bit confusing.

The Bedlam StacksThe Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley – I am really enjoying this book so far,  it is about a man who used to work for the East India company heading into darkest Peru to get living samples on the tree that is the only source of quinine on the planet and hence break the Peruvian monopoly and help cure the Indian workers of Malaria.   A really good read so far.  I got an advance ebook from NetGalley and it is due to be published in hardback on the 13 July 2017.  You can pre-order it on Wordery.

The Gentleman in MoscowA Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is a beautifully written and funny story of a fictional Count being held  under house arrest in the luxury  hotel that he has been residing for the past two years.  It takes place in 1922 just following the Russian revolution. Mr Towles is a wonderful storyteller and it is amazing how much narrative can come from a man imprisoned in an, admittedly large building.

Swimming LessonsSwimming Lessons  by Claire Fuller appears to be a tale about love and about a relationship between a university professor and one of his students that results in marriage and two kids.  Then she disappears from a Dorset beach and is presumed dead but her husband keeps on seeing her.   Her side of the relationship is told in letters to her husband that she leaves in his extensive book collection.  I am only 40 pages into this book but I am enjoying it so far.

ShadowlessShadowless by Hasan Ali Toptas is an interesting book,  I am not sure I am enjoying it but it is an interesting portrait of life in a Turkish village.  The prose is often very vague and dreamlike and is reading like a 300 page parable.    I am persisting with this due to the Reading around the world challenge, as I haven’t got Turkey yet (a bit silly I know).


Ewan Pendle and the White WraithEwan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume is a book I am currently reading to my daughter at bedtimes and she is really enjoying it.  It is a tale of a boy who has been thrown all around the UK’s foster system because he has the strange ability to see monsters that others cannot see.  We are about 20% in and Ewan has been told by a woman on the train that he is not mad, he is a Lenitnes, and all Lenitnes can see the monsters and she has given him a place at Firedrake Acadamy a place for him to learn how to protect the unseeing world from these monsters.  Sound familiar.   The author gave me an epub copy in exchange for an honest review. My only criticism is that lots of his names (Like Lenitnes and Master Eimyrja) are challenging to pronounce, only a problem when reading aloud though.

The Copenhagan AffairThe Copenhagan Affair by Amulya Malladi seems to be about , American ethnic Indian woman recovering from a nervous breakdown being forced to relocate to the Danish capital by her husband.  It seemed to be a fairly light and interesting read, but I have been a bit put off by the now constant reference to clothing labels (which I can’t give a toss about).  I will stick with it, if only to get my feedback ratio up on NetGalley.  It is due for publication on the 26th of September.

and finally

Oryx and CrakeThe Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood – Admittedly I haven’t picked this up much this week due to all the others calling for my attention.  The first book in the acclaimed Madadadam trilogy it is a dystopian account of the last man alive.   So far it’s all backstory but as you would expect from Ms Atwood wonderfully inventive and very well written.

This week on the blog

Apart from linking up the Sunday post a day late I haven’t participated in any memes (these weeks prompts weren’t for me) but have instead created my own, so I can share all my favourite books with the world (Friday Favourites) and I don’t expect it but I would love it if you would join me.

If anybody is interested I have changed any affiliate links from Amazon to Wordery.  Mainly because I buy more new books from Wordery, they are worldwide and therefore less of a fiddle also they do not promote secondary sellers which prevent royalties being paid to the authors, as amazon have been doing.


For top ten Tuesday, its a Fathers Day Freebie, I am probably going with the crowd on this one and will be sharing, in my opinion the best and worst fathers in literature.

I will also sometime in the week be posting my Becky Chambers special with reviews of a clear and common orbit and A long way to a small angry planet.

on Friday I will be posting my second Friday Favourites which is – My favourite author from the USA.

Linking To

As always I am linking to the Sunday Post over at the Caffinated Book Reviewer.  For the first time I am also linking up to It’s Monday, what are you reading over at the Book Date.



23 thoughts on “Weekly Update 5th to 11th June

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  1. Oh wow, your collage is made up of truly awesome books! You read A Long Way? Mm, I would really love to see your review. I’m reading the sequel right now, and I can’t help missing the first book soooooo much.

    I’m planning to read Oryx and Crake one day as well. And Swimming Lessons is something I’ve heard loads of good about.

    Hm, I wonder if Wordery allows you to be an affiliate if you’re abroad? Because Amazon doesn’t (grrr). I’ll check it out 🙂


    1. I did read the Becky Chambers books out of order too, I am not sure it mattered though, but I did get a big aaha moment near the end of a long way to a small angry planet. Wordery deliver worldwide for free so they may take associates from anywhere, they took a while to process my application (I was approved about a week ago).

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  2. Six books…how do you manage that? I can’t read more than one at a time. Of yours, I have read Oryx and Crake, which I loved, though it took a while to get into. Enjoy!


  3. I’m interested to see how Oryx and Crake comes along for you! I’ve been wondering if I should give it a shot.
    I always read like six or seven books at a time 🙂 I find that way if there’s one I’m really excited about, I’ll read it more than the others anyway, but then if there’s one I’m not really loving, it doesn’t keep me from reading altogether because at least I have a few in rotation that I like.


  4. I don’t know how you keep so many books going at once! Two is about my limit. Swimming Lessons and A Gentleman in Moscow were both great, but in each I liked the author’s debut novel just a little more. Hope you have a great week!


  5. On very rare occasions I’ll be reading two books but most of the time I am a one-book-at-a-time reader. I can’t imagine having 7 in process. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


  6. That’s a lot of books on the go at one time, but they all look to be great titles. I read Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller earlier on in the year and really quite enjoyed it, although I did prefer her debut more. Happy reading – hopefully you knock a few of those books of your reading list.


  7. I read Oryx and Crake fourteen years ago. As I was meeting a friend to give her my copy, I read most of in the mall while I waited for her. It was a strangely appropriate locale to read it. The move is really happening. We have temporary housing squared away and most of our home library in storage now. Come see what I’m reading this week.


  8. Wow, 7 books on the go! That is impressive! I’ve always been a 1 book at a time kinda girl, but I am currently trying out something different and reading 2 right now. It seems to be going okay, but I think only because one is a novel and the other is a memoir.
    I hope you have a great week of reading 🙂 you can read my latest ‘It’s Monday’ post HERE


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