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Sharing my recent past, current, and immediate future, reading schedules; together with my most recent and upcoming reviews. All book titles have links to posts which share more information about both book and author.Image for weekly meme W... W... W...

This weekly meme, hosted by MizB, over at ‘Should Be Reading’, is a snapshot of where I am at in my reading schedule. To play along, just answer the following three questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? As I probably won’t be able to contribute every week, I have taken the liberty of adding in a couple more What’s?, which came to mind.

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WHAT BOOK ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

‘The Property Of A Gentleman’ by Catherine Gaskin

Shortly after her mother’s death in a Swiss plane crash, Jo Roswell is sent from the London auction house where she works to the remote and mysterious Thirlbeck – stately home of the Earl of Askew.

Jo’s task is to evaluate the house’s contents for a sale, but she soon finds herself drawn into the complex lives of Thirlbeck’s inhabitants, each with their own secrets and desires.

Jo is absorbed by the tragic story of The Spanish Lady, whose young life was cut short at Thirlbeck many centuries before. She also encounters La Española, the brilliant diamond which, according to legend, brings disaster to all who try to possess it. And she is shocked to learn of her own mother’s connection to Thirlbeck.

WHAT BOOK DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

‘Buried A Man I Hated There’ by Adam Pepper

Delusions drive them. Deceptions define them. Secrets consume them. BURIED A MAN I HATED THERE: A dark and unusual psychological thriller.

Jack Maddox is distraught after the mysterious deaths of his wife and young daughter. His head constantly aches and his memories are hazy and lost.

Heidi, his wife’s twin sister, does her best to help Jack cope. Ever reliable and dutiful, she encourages Jack to move on with his life.

Each Valentine’s Day, they meet in a field in rural Vermont for a picnic in the snow.

Jack has a secret that’s buried deep. Heidi has a secret of her own. Will they unravel their secrets, or will their secrets unravel them?

Salvation lies hidden in the snow, and in each other.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU THINK YOU WILL READ NEXT?

‘The Clock Of Life’ by Nancy Klann-Moren

In the small town of Hadlee, Mississippi, during the 1980s, Jason Lee Rainey struggles to find his way amongst the old, steadfast Southern attitudes about race, while his friendship with a black boy, Samson Johnson, deepens. By way of stories from others, Jason Lee learns about his larger-than-life father, who was killed in Vietnam.  He longs to become that sort of man, but doesn’t believe he has it in him.

In The Clock Of Life he learns lessons from the past, and the realities of inequality. He flourishes with the bond of friendship; endures the pain of senseless death; finds the courage to stand up for what he believes is right; and comes to realize he is his father’s son.

This story explores how two unsettling chapters in American history, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, affect the fate of a family, a town, and two boyhood friends.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU REVIEWED?

‘Mags And The AARP Gang’ by Nancy Lynn Jarvis

Mags and her gang of renegade octogenarians have a deadline. They have to rob Bayside Community Bank, the bank about to foreclose on the mobile home park where they live, by a week from Friday so they can pay off the mortgage and save their homes. They’ve cased the joint, planned carefully, assembled their disguises, rehearsed their every move — what could possibly go wrong? Plenty.

Some people think they can take advantage of the elderly. They haven’t met Mags and the AARP gang or they’d know better. Sure, they’re older, but not too old for the adventure of a lifetime or to risk everything for the sake of friendship

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WHAT BOOK REVIEW ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?

‘The Diabolist’ by Layton Green

In this gripping thriller, the bizarre murder of a Satanic priest in San Francisco draws Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, to the scene. Witnesses claim a robed figure, seemingly able to appear and disappear at will, set fire to the priest. When the leader of another Satanic cult in Paris dies under similar circumstances, the case only grows stranger… and more dangerous.
Convinced that a charismatic New Age prophet is behind the murders, the investigators undergo a perilous journey into the world of the occult as they try to penetrate the prophet’s inner circle. From the catacombs of Paris to London’s nefarious East End, from the haunted walls of York to a monastic fortress in the Sicilian wilderness, the case plunges Viktor and Grey into a vortex of black magic, ancient heresies, and the dark corners of their own pasts.
The Diabolist is a chilling novel that not only pulsates with action and suspense, but also mines a trove of fascinating historical, philosophical, and paranormal research to probe some of our closest held beliefs. From the opening pages to the astonishing conclusion, this latest installment in one of today’s most original new thriller series is not to be missed.

Stop by and leave a link to your own reading schedule, I can’t wait to visit and check them all out!

Written by
Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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10 comments
    • Hi Stephanie,

      I have quite noticeable OCD tendencies about certain things and keeping track of things, whether it be books or anything else, is just one of them. For instance, I have list after list, covering just about every aspect of my reading and blogging schedule and although my 700+ physical books are not arranged in alphabetical order, I could probably lay my hands on any given title quite quickly and I would certainly know if any of them had been moved or touched …. Hubbie wouldn’t dare! I haven’t yet found a completely satisfactory way of cataloguing all my ebooks, although it really is bugging me and I am working on it!

      Sad I know, but we all have our strange little quirky ways and at least mine are relatively harmless.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, as always I appreciate it.

  • Just from the five books shown here, it’s obvious that even if you have a favorite genre, you still branch out and read quite a variety!

    Just finished: North Sea Cottage by Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

    Currently: A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa by Elaine Neil Orr

    Next: (Maybe!) W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

    My last review was Kate Morton’s House at Riverton and my next will be The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

    • Hi Kelly,

      Within reason, I am prepared to give just about any genre a try, with the possible exception of science fiction, the fascination for which totally eludes me and which I have never really understood.

      I love the sound of all your books, although I shall probably give the ‘Sue Grafton’ series a miss, for no other reason than that the series is just too lengthy and it would take me an age to get through all the books.

      If I had to choose just one of your excellent selection, it would probably have to be ‘A Different Sun’, so I hope that you are enjoying it and I look forward to your review in due course.

      Thanks for sharing your current catalogue, a lovely varied selection.

    • Hi Vicki,

      Looking back at this finished post, I now realise just what a diverse range of genres and storylines I have included. The order in which I read books, is simply based on the order in which they hit my ‘inbox’ and this randomness certainly suits my eclectic reading habits.

      ‘Buried A Man I Hated There’, was nothing like the story I had anticipated reading. It was a deep and challenging psychological cliffhanger, where I had no idea of the final outcome, although I had made all kinds of predictions during the course of my reading, all of them as it turned out, incorrect! …. Thoroughly Recommended by me!

      ‘The Clock Of Life’ I am really looking forward to, as this sounds more like a story of emotional thoughts and feelings, with a strong emphasis on societal issues.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the post, I always value your comments and hope that you enjoy your weekend.

  • The Property Of A Gentleman sounds intriguing and atmospheric. I’m liking the title of the Adam Pepper book as well.
    Happy reading and happy weekend! I am slowly getting back to blogland now that I have more free time.

    • Hi Naida,

      It is good to have you back in the blogosphere, you have been missed by many!

      ‘The Property Of A Gentleman’ is proving to be a delightful read, with its writing and prose couched in the terminology and words of the 1970s era in which it was originally published. Even though there is an air of almost uncomfortable intrigue, everything seems so much slower paced and genteel somehow and is making a welcome alternative to the punchy, deeply psychological writing and storyline of ‘Buried A man I Hated There’, which kept me glued to the pages and completely unprepared for the final, dramatic revelations.

      Two completely different, yet equally engrossing books!

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