This Week, Next Week in Books: 2nd August, 2015

Happy Sunday everyone. Hope you had a good week – or, if you didn’t, this week is a lot better for you. As mentioned yesterday, mine has been full of making plans to move and spending time with family.  Moving plans continue this week but we’ll have the house to ourselves as we do it. Then, there’s the usual work in there as well. Inbetween, hopefully some reading.

One of the books I hope to read is Emma by Jane Austen as part of Austen in August run by Roof Beam Reader. I’m going to try and read something Austen related each week. This is my favourite book of Austen’s though (and not just because we share a name) so if I do nothing else but read this, I’ll be happy.

imageBeautiful, clever, rich – and single – Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected.

Other books added to the (virtual) shelves this week include…

How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst which I’ve heard good things about and sounds good.


They told her she killed her son. She served her time. But what if they lied? I have no memory of what happened but I was told I killed my son. And you believe what your loved ones, your doctor and the police tell you, don’t you? My name is Emma Cartwright. Three years ago I was Susan Webster, and I murdered my twelve-week-old son Dylan. I was sent to Oakdale Psychiatric Institute for my crime, and four weeks ago I was released early on parole with a new identity, address and a chance to rebuild my tattered life. This morning, I received an envelope addressed to Susan Webster. Inside it was a photograph of a toddler called Dylan. Now I am questioning everything I believe because if I have no memory of the event, how can I truly believe he’s dead? If there was the smallest chance your son was alive, what would you do to get him back?

The Benn Diaries by Tony Benn because biographies and memoirs are the theme for my book club this month and I’ve never read any diaries. Plus I love politics so I should find this interesting.


The Benn Diaries, embracing the years 1940-1990, are already established as a uniquely authoritative, fascinating and readable record of political life. The selected highlights that form this single-volume edition include the most notable events, arguments and personal reflections throughout Benn’s long and remarkable career as a leading politician.

One thing I haven’t been able to do the last few weeks is spend a lot of time visiting other blogs and haven’t added any books I don’t think to my to read list. Hopefully I can correct that this week and spend a bit more time browsing.

And that’s it for me. What about you, what are you reading?


This week, I’m linking in with Kimberly at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post. Head over to see what other bloggers have read, written about or just added to their shelves.

The Sunday Post


  1. How I Lost You sounds interesting – my kind of book. Oh… and I LOVE Jane Austen. I’m not sure if I have a favourite… probably P&P I suspect!


    • I have to say I thought everyone loved Austen till a recent book club where we were pretty fairly split between her and the Brontes. I wonder if there is a time of life you have to read her? I do hope Without You is good. I have high hopes.


  2. How I Lost You looks like a book I would enjoy…love having my feelings aroused by life’s injustices…and I also love books about memory loss.

    Have a great week, and thanks for visiting my blog.


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