My Week in Books: 17 August 2016

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,  WWW Wednesday is run by Taking on a World of Words.

 I am reading two amazing books right now – A Song of Fire and Ice Book 1 of A Game of Thrones by G R R Martin. I’ve now caught up with the TV series and I’m reading the first book. I am thoroughly enjoying it.Blurb:

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must ‘¦ and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

and I’ve also just started reading an uncorrected proof of The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland, which is due to be published in October.Blurb:

1361. Porlock Weir, Exmoor. Thirteen years after the Great Pestilence, plague strikes England for the second time. Sara, a packhorse man’s wife, remembers the horror all too well and fears for safety of her children. Only a dark-haired stranger offers help, but at a price that no one will pay.

Fear gives way to hysteria in the village and, when the sickness spreads to her family, Sara finds herself locked away by neighbours she has trusted for years. And, as her husband – and then others – begin to die, the cost no longer seems so unthinkable.

The price that I ask, from one willing to pay… A human life.

Then: I’ve recently finished The Girl in the Cellar by Patricia Wentworth, one of my 20 Books of Summer. A ‘damsel in distress’ murder mystery. It wasn’t brilliant – my review is in this post.

Next: It will be one of the books from my 20 Books of Summer list. I’m not sure which one – maybe The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.Blurb:

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘˜Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life ‘“ as she sees it ‘“ is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train’¦

12 thoughts on “My Week in Books: 17 August 2016

  1. Not finding a lot of time to read at the moment but I did manage to grab that other plague book by Karen Maitland (the title eludes me) from the library yesterday and The House at the Edge of the World came in rather quickly too. Looking forward to reading both of those.


  2. I need to get around to The Girl on the Train. It’s been on my TBR virutally since it came out, I think! I love the sound of the Plague Charmer, it sounds really intriguing.

    Here’s my WWW post for this week.


    1. Emily, The Girl on the Train is so popular, which often makes me wonder – can it really be that good?And there are other people who say don’t believe the hype, it’s not good. I’ve given in and decided I need to see for myself.


  3. I hope you’ll enjoy the Martin series, Margaret. It’s always interesting to see what the books are like once you’ve seen the films. The Maitland sounds interesting, too.


  4. Awesome list, Even I have gone through the book The girl in the cellar. I didn’t know anything about this true story before I read this book. I expected this book to only be about the kidnapping of Natascha. However, the authors wrote it in a way to give you the perspective of the media, society, her parents, police, therapists, and detectives as well. Thank you.


  5. I’m glad you’re enjoying ‘A Game of Thrones.’ I got through the first two on audio and I couldn’t continue with the series, I need shorter books, haha. Happy reading!


  6. Sounds like you’ve got some really exciting reading going on – I am particularly pleased to see you have started The Song of Ice and Fire series; I love them! I hope you enjoy the first book and I look forward to hearing your final thoughts on it.

    I have just finished reading A House Divided by Margaret Skea, I am now reading Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye and I am hoping to read The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien next. Happy reading!


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