This Week in Books:16 September 2015

This Week in Books is a weekly round-up hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found, about what I’ve been reading Now, Then & Next. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.

Now: Currently I’m reading two books – Adam Bede by George Eliot

I’ve now read about 60% of this book (now reading chapter XXX) and it is just beginning to get to the nitty-gritty.


Carpenter Adam Bede is in love with the beautiful Hetty Sorrel, but unknown to him, he has a rival, in the local squire’s son Arthur Donnithorne. Hetty is soon attracted by Arthur’s seductive charm and they begin to meet in secret. The relationship is to have tragic consequences that reach far beyond the couple themselves, touching not just Adam Bede, but many others, not least, pious Methodist Preacher Dinah Morris. A tale of seduction, betrayal, love and deception, the plot of Adam Bede has the quality of an English folk song. Within the setting of Hayslope, a small, rural community, Eliot brilliantly creates a sense of earthy reality, making the landscape itself as vital a presence in the novel as that of her characters themselves.

and Last Seen in Massilia by Steven Saylor


As civil war between Caesar and Pompey engulfs the Roman world, Gordianus the Finder receives an anonymous message informing him of the death of his son Meto who has been acting as a double agent for Caesar. The search for Meto’s fate brings Gordianus to the besieged seaport of Massilia, which is stubbornly holding out against Caesar’s troops. As famine and slaughter threaten the blockaded city, Gordianus is drawn into the intrigues of exiled Romans and duplicitous Massilians. His only friend in the city, Hieronymous, has been made the doomed scapegoat elected by city officials to bear the sins of the populace and save them all from annihilation. Meanwhile, Gordianus is constantly frustrated in his efforts to find out what happened to his son – and when he witnesses the fall of a young woman from a precipice outside the city called the Sacrifice Rock, then the plot begins to thicken…

I’ve read the first four chapters so far, setting the scene in Massilia (modern day Marseilles).

Then – yesterday I finished The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro


The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased.

The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards ‘“ some strange and other-worldly ‘“ but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another.

Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

This is a fascinating book and I’m currently sorting out my thoughts for my post later this week.

Next – impossible to predict right now with some many books begging to be read. It could be one of these:

or it could be something completely different (there are plenty more waiting to be read)! What would you choose and what have you been reading?

11 thoughts on “This Week in Books:16 September 2015

  1. You know, I’d say In Bitter Chill, but I haven’t picked that up yet. I did read another book by a favorite author and have now started a book by yet another favorite author. Seems the minute I say I’ll read this or that, I change my mind. Have a good week, Margaret!!


  2. I liked Of Mice and Men. It’s a good short read. I’ve got Burried Gint on my shelf. Hope the review is good. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!


  3. I have just finished Elly Griffiths, The crossing places, that I read about on your blog, I am about to start the Janus Stone and I would really like to read In Bitter Chill, Sarah Ward also on your list.


  4. Kay, I’m the same! So many books sound so good – I keep changing my mind which one to read next too.
    FictionFan, When I was reading Like This, for Ever I couldn’t wait to read A Dark and Twisted Tide – but at the time I didn’t have a copy – I have now and at the moment I think it will be my next book, although The Moth Catcher is also very tempting.
    Clare, I hope you get your book back soon!
    Cath, sometimes it’s so difficult deciding – I pick up one book after another before settling on one.
    Sam, glad you liked Of Mice and Men – I hope to get to it soon, maybe I should go for it first as it’s short.
    Jessica, it sounds a good choice.
    Kim, I hope you enjoy The Janus Stone – I did.
    Lipsy – I’ve heard of mixed reviews of The Buried Giant too. I really liked it.


  5. I’d probably choose In Bitter Chill because she’s a book blogger. If the Dickens weren’t so long I’d choose that, too (still getting over Nicholas Nickleby!) I’ve been reading Robert Merle’s The Brethren. Over half-way through now and hoping to finish it by next week.


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