What I'm Reading This Week: 1st June, 2015

Afternoon all – a belated welcome to the start of the week.  After not reading anything other than guidebooks last week, I’m really looking forward to picking up a book again.  First up, and keeping my promise to catch up on my Classic Club list is The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, which is a re-read of the first book by Hardy I ever read and I have really fond memories of – plus, this time, I won’t be stressing about having to write an essay at the end (because I read it for school).


Tempestuous Eustacia Vye passes her days dreaming of passionate love and the escape it may bring from the small community of Egdon Heath. Hearing that Clym Yeobright is to return from Paris, she sets her heart on marrying him, believing that through him she can leave rural life and find fulfilment elsewhere. But she is to be disappointed, for Clym has dreams of his own, and they have little in common with Eustacia’s. Their unhappy marriage causes havoc in the lives of those close to them, in particular Damon Wildeve, Eustacia’s former lover, Clym’s mother and his cousin Thomasin.

I plan on following it up with The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, which has been on my Kindle and to read list for a while.


One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend, but when he doesn’t show up, she leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand, but following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.

Two books a week is a good number for me so that will be all for this week.  Have you read either – what did you think?


  1. I finished Far From the Madding Crowd over the weekend and was just thinking about which Hardy novel to read next. Think you just helped me decide!

    1. Hope you enjoy it – and that my memories of it aren’t going to let me down. Doubt it though as he is one of my favourite authors.

  2. I read Good Girl and enjoyed it enough to give it the full five stars – I have the author’s upcoming book Pretty Baby to review too. We didn’t read any Hardy at school which is quite surprising really, perhaps my English Lit teacher wasn’t a fan.

    1. Good to know re: The Good Girl. I have heard good things. Think it will be a good change after Hardy.

  3. Have fun with Hardy and bring out the tissues!

    1. I hadn’t thought about supplies…thankfully am all stocked up on Kleenex 😂

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