This Week, Next Week in Books (or not as the case may be): 9th August, 2015

So it’s Sunday and I failed miserably in all things blog-related last week, posting only one review – Taken for Dead by Graham Masterton – and struggling to keep up with visiting the sites I follow.

The problem was I spent way too much time on Pinterest looking at ways to set up home offices in small spaces and decorate a kids room with a Frozen theme that wasn’t – well – too Frozen themed because I just can’t go that far as much as I love my daughter.

I did manage to get a fair bit of reading done inbetween – I finished The Wrong Girl by Laura Wilson and made it through most of Emma by Jane Austen but anything beyond that failed me. Still, there’s always this week, although I have no idea what I’ll be reading, possibly one of the two new audiobooks I picked up at the library…

A Mother’s Story by Amanda Prowse

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Jessica has just had the wedding of her dreams, and now she’s setting up a new home with her lawyer husband Matthew. Even better – they are expecting a child.

As they paint the nursery and shop for babygros, she plans for the joy that motherhood will bring. But Jessica’s experience is far from joyous. Why isn’t she transformed by maternal feelings? Where is the all-consuming love she’s supposed to feel for her child?

No-one told her that being a mum was so lonely and terrifying. No-one told her you don’t always love your baby. Perhaps it’s best if Jessica keeps that dark secret to herself for now…

Or The Lady In The Tower by Alison Weir

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The imprisonment and execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, in May 1536 was unprecedented in English history. It was sensational in its day, and has exerted endless fascination over the minds of historians, novelists, dramatists, poets, artists and film-makers ever since.

Anne was imprisoned in the Tower of London on 2 May 1536, and tried and found guilty of high treason on 15 May. Her supposed crimes included adultery with five men, one her own brother, and plotting the King’s death.

Mystery surrounds the circumstances leading up to her arrest. Was it Henry VIII who, estranged from Anne, instructed Master Secretary Thomas Cromwell to fabricate evidence to get rid of her so that he could marry Jane Seymour? Or did Cromwell, for reasons of his own, construct a case against Anne and her faction, and then present compelling evidence before the King? Or was Anne, in fact, guilty as charged?

…or I may read one of the stack that currently seems to be threatening to topple over and off the sideboard!

What about you? What are you reading this week?

Emma

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.

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10 comments
  1. A Mother’s Story looks good….thanks for sharing. I can relate to trying to create a home office in small spaces. I face this challenge every day!

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    1. The thing is my new house has more rooms but I seem to be running out of space already! I just want a desk and daylight. Have a good week! Emma

  2. I’ve been thinking of reading Emma at some point, as I liked the movie w/ Gwyneth Paltrow (although it’s been a while). I tried reading JA once and it didn’t take, but maybe Emma would be worth a shot. πŸ™‚

    Have a great week, and happy reading!

    1. I do have a bit of a theory that you have to read her at a certain point but that might be rubbish really. Definitely worth trying again.

  3. I adore Jane Austen and read her complete works a few years ago. I was away somewhere and I had taken this massive tome which I thought I’d struggle with, but I didn’t!

    And I can relate to the posting struggle, but it sounds as if your reading is going well.

    1. The Work-life-blogging balance is definitely a struggle at the moment! Still, reading isn’t suffering too much and it’s what I’d rather be doing πŸ˜„

  4. I’ve always been a fan of anything about the Tudors, so The Lady in the Tower looks really good. While I adore Jane Austen, I’ve never read Emma, but plan to one day. I hope you enjoy it!

    1. I’m the same on The Tudors. My favourite monarchy. I love Alison Weir too so hope this is good. Emma is worth it if you find the time.

  5. I don’t know what I will read next but I am listening to ARMAGEDDON RULES by J C Nelson.

    1. Not heard of that. Will check it out.

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