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W… W… W… Wednesdays

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?

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As I probably won’t be able to contribute every week, I have taken the liberty of adding in a couple more W…’s, which came to mind.

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What are you currently reading?

‘Bohemia’ by Veronika Carnaby

Amazon ImageDon’t miss out on Veronika Carnaby’s thrilling new read for the modern beatnik, in which she provides a wild, unrestrained account of ’60s counterculture youth bursting out of their creative shells. In her debut novel, Veronika Carnaby picks up where the Beat Generation left off. Set in 1960, Bohemia chronicles a group of twenty-somethings who defy the “ideals” of a mid-twentieth century society to seek creative fulfillment. In the process, they spotlight the creative path that artists of all mediums tread, all the while depicting the challenges faced by youth in the decade that changed the world.

What did you recently finish reading?

‘Double Trouble’ by Betty Sullivan La Pierre

Amazon ImageWhen Nancy Gilbert’s sister, Tanya Stowell is murdered, the person she turns to for help is former Company agent Tom Casey. Afraid for herself and her family, Nancy hires Tom to protect her from her ex-husband who’s just gotten out of prison. Believing Drew Harland, the ex, killed her sister, she panics when he suddenly turns up in town.

What Nancy, Tom, and his associates don’t realize is that someone else is in the background with murder on the mind. When some of the main players, including the main suspect, start turning up dead themselves, Tom realizes that they could all be victims if this silent killer isn’t caught, and soon!

What do you think you’ll read next?

‘Primal’ by Deborah Serra

With everything at stake, what are you capable of?  What if the worst happens and you are not a policeman, or a spy with weapons training and an iron heart?

In this gritty crime thriller a family vacation takes a vicious turn when a fishing camp is invaded by four armed men.  With nothing except her brains, her will, and the element of surprise on her side, Alison must kill or watch her family die – and then things get worse.

What was the last book you reviewed?

‘Until There Was You’ by Jessica Scott

Amazon ImageA by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Captain Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. From that moment on, though, Evan has been at odds with her, through two deployments to Iraq and back again. But when he is asked to train a team prepping for combat alongside Claire, battle-worn Evan is in for the fight of his life.

Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to earn the rank on her chest. In Evan, Claire sees a rigid officer who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. When the mission forces them together, Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye. He’s more than the rank on his chest; he’s a man with dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.

You can read my review here.

What book review are you working on now?

‘The Englishman And The Butterfly’ by Ryan Asmussen

Amazon ImageOxford fellow and John Milton expert, Professor Henry Fell, suffers from panic attacks and a gnawing fear that what he doubtfully refers to as his existence is much more out of his control than he realizes.

Newly arrived in Boston on an academic fellowship, Fell meets a variety of people who, in one way or another, expose him to true love, true death, and true poetry: the lovely and sharp-tongued Julia Collins, a Ph.D. candidate struggling to survive in a male-dominated world, fellow Brit Professor Geoffrey Hearne, one of the University’s most popular and colorful lecturers, and the rather less-than-popular, equally British, Professor Christopher Moberley, whose vast bulk contains the darkest of secrets.

A coming of middle-age story, a metaphysical parable, a glimpse into literature from the inside-out, ‘The Englishman and the Butterfly’, is a tragicomic look at the differences between imagining a life, performing one, and becoming enlightened to the possibility that there is more to life than meets a reader’s eye.

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Stop by and leave a link to your own reading schedule, I can’t wait to visit and check them all out!
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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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12 comments
  • Primal sounds very good. Be interested to hear about that if you decide to read it next.

    Did you ever review the vampire book you read and liked? I may have missed it. If not, could you tell me the title and author so I can check it out? Thanks, Yvonne.

    I don’t know why but I never seem to want to read books set in the 1960s. This is very odd and I can only think that I must prefer to read books set in eras that I have no personal experience of.

    • Hi Cath,

      I have to admit that so far, ‘Bohemia’ is a bit like reading the autobiograpghy of a sixties rockband, with all its groupies and hangers on. I suppose that this was the decade of being able to access the hitherto forbidden and the age of ‘anything goes’ for the young generation. I was just a little too young to remember it all that well, or to fully understand what was happening and I think that the point you raise about preferring to read books set in an era tha you have not experienced, is a very valid one.

      The vampire book which I loved so much is called ‘Kiss Of The Butterfly’ by James Lyon and no, I haven’t got as far as the review yet. If you follow this link you can find links to James’s facebook page for the book, the synopsis and, if you click on the book image, a direct link to the buy page on Amazon.

      https://www.fiction-books.biz/new-authors/james-lyon-with-kiss-of-the-butterfly/

      This book, together with the book above ‘The Englishman And The Butterfly’ are proving so very difficult to review adaquately. One author is a poet and literary academician, the other a historian and Balkanologist. I am sure that I am missing some vital nuances in the plotlines, together with some very salient historical and metaphysical meanings, it is at times like these that a degree would come in handy!

      ‘Kiss Of The Butterfly’ is definitely my best read of the year so far and I am certain that you would enjoy it.

      Thanks for stopping by, great to hear from you and hope that you are well.

    • Hi Nikki,

      If you are looking at my list for inspiration, I think that ‘Primal’ would be the kind of book for you. Although I haven’t started it yet, it sounds like a good psychological thriller.

      ‘Double Trouble’ was a bit more akin to a ‘Sam Spade’ type character ( if you read this Wiki article anyway … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Spade ).
      Tom Casey (AKA Hawkman) is an old school private detective, who has had some 15 cases to solve to date, with this one being the mere second one.

      Mind you, you enjoyed the ‘Bryant and May’ stories, so you might be tempted by it.

      Good luck with finding your next choice. I always have my next book picked out, long before finishing the one I am currently reading, but only because I try to read all the author / publisher reviews in strict order.

      Great to talk with you, hope that you are well.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Primal does sound like a good read, doesn’t it? I am imagining a good psychological thriller, so I hope that I am not disappointed.

      Its author is another in a long line of television and sreenwriters, who have turned to writing fiction books and so far the quality of the writing from this particular group of authors, has been outstanding.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that all is well with you.

  • Hi Yvonne,

    Great list again. I really like the look of Primal. I try to mix things up a little bit and read different genres not similar books one after the other. It looks like you like to do the same. Have a great week!

    • Hi Chrissi,

      I do try my best to mix genres up a little, however to be honest with you, I have so many author / publisher review copies stacked up, that I am reading them strictly in the order they were received, so any random mixing is purely unintentional right now.

      ‘Primal’ does sound like a great story and has certainly been a popular choice for comments today.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate your visits.

    • Hi Denee,

      Thank you for choosing to stop by Fiction Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      There can never be a shortage of great books to add to my list, with all the great memes which are out there. It is very rarely that I visit a site and end up by not adding at least one title to my list, although it is a given fact that I shall never live long enough to read them all!!

      I do tend to get most of my books directly as a result of an author or publisher request, so they are from some very diverse genres and very often by new authors to the marketplace. I very rarely get to read ‘mainstream’ books these days!

  • Great list. At the moment I’m very drawn towards the coming of age genre. A good character that you can relate to and feel a connection with is the most important thing for me these days. My favorite at the moment is a book called Journey by Max Zimmer. It’s the first in a trilogy which follows the teenage life of a Mormon boy in Utah during the 60’s. He discovers a talent and passion for playing the jazz trumpet and idolizes the jazz greats like Miles Davis. This is something which doesn’t sit well with the teachings of the Mormon faith with issues of institutionalized racism in the church. It’s a magnificently told story of a teenage boy like any other in America who is trying to find his place in the world but offers some very interesting insight into the Mormon religion. I don’t think I have ever read a book quite like this one and I’ll be recommending it at every opportunity. http://maxzimmer.com/the-trilogy/

    • Hi Jason,

      Thanks for stopping by Fiction Books today and adding your voice to the discussion, your thoughts and comments are much appreciated.

      Since I began blogging, I have been asked by both authors and publishers for book reviews and some of the many requests have taken me a long way out of my usual comfort zone and general sphere of genres.

      I have been amazed at the variety and uniqueness of the work I have read and to my surprise in some cases, thoroughly enjoyed. These have included some excellent examples of literary fiction, where strong characters have provided the focal point for the story.

      I checked out the link to Max Zimmer’s site and can see immediately just why you might be so drawn to this trilogy. The paper-thin veneer of how we perceive another’s life, without really understanding or taking the time to learn about, the situation and circumstances surrounding their upbringing and lifestyle, or the challenges and constraints that they may have had imposed on them. This looks like a series that I should be adding to my reading list, thank you for the recommendation.

      ‘Bohemia’ is very much a coming of age story and the fight to find one’s true place in society.

      ‘The Englishman And The Butterfly’ might also be classified in much the same way, although our main protagonist is a much older and wiser person and the changes in his life have more or less happened as a chain of unstoppable events, rather than as a conscious decision he has made to change his perspective and focus on life.

      Thank you once again for an interesting addition to this post.

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