My Week in Books


New arrivals

A week without any purchases (pats self on back) but a prize and some lovely looking review copies…

FenderFender by Brent Jones (ecopy, giveaway prize)

How far must we travel to find our way home? Nothing could have prepared Brennan Glover for the car crash that claimed the lives of his wife and six-year-old daughter. Stricken with grief, the only things that get him through each day are breaking his sobriety and clinging to Fender – the family dog and the sole survivor of the crash. Desperate to distance Brennan from tragedy, his two closest friends take him on the cross-country road trip they had always talked about. But what begins as an effort to mend his broken heart ends up unravelling a secret that changes everything he thought he knew about his family. Can a journey of six thousand miles lead Brennan to acceptance and new beginnings?

FindMeFind Me by J. S. Monroe (paperback, review copy courtesy of Head of Zeus)

Five years ago, Rosa walked to the pier in the dead of night, looked into the swirling water, and jumped. She was a brilliant young Cambridge student who had just lost her father. Her death was tragic, but not unexpected. Was that what really happened? The coroner says it was suicide. But Rosa’s boyfriend, Jar, can’t let go. He sees Rosa everywhere – a face on the train, a figure on the cliff. He is obsessed with proving that she is still alive. And then he gets an email. Find me, Jar. Find me, before they do

TheBookofForgottenAuthorsThe Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler (proof copy, courtesy of riverrun)

Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you’re dead.  So begins Christopher Fowler’s foray into the back catalogues and back stories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from shelves. We are fondly introduced to each potential rediscovery: from lost Victorian voices to the twentieth century writers who could well become the next John Williams, Hans Fallada or Lionel Davidson. Whether male or female, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner – no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten. These 99 journeys are punctuated by 12 short essays about faded once-favourites: including the now-vanished novels Walt Disney brought to the screen, the contemporary rivals of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie who did not stand the test of time, and the women who introduced psychological suspense many decades before it conquered the world. This is a book about books and their authors. It is for book lovers, and is written by one who could not be a more enthusiastic, enlightening and entertaining guide.

APearlForMyMistressA Pearl For My Mistress by Annabel Fielding (eARC, courtesy of the author)

England, 1934. Hester Blake, an ambitious girl from an industrial Northern town, finds a job as a lady’s maid in a small aristocratic household. Despite their impressive title and glorious past, the Fitzmartins are crumbling under the pressures of the new century. And in the cold isolation of these new surroundings, Hester ends up hopelessly besotted with her young mistress, Lady Lucy. Accompanying Lucy on her London Season, Hester is plunged into a heady and decadent world. But hushed whispers of another war swirl beneath the capital… and soon, Hester finds herself the keeper of some of society’s most dangerous secrets…

On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Monday – I shared my review of Holding on to Hurt by Charlotte Roth, an emotional story about a family affected by a school shooting incident.

Tuesday – I published an interview with Ted Galdi about his forthcoming book, a thriller entitled An American Cage. I shared my review of The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath, a dark story of grief and betrayal set in post-WW2 London.

Wednesday –Wednesday is WWW Wednesday, where I and other book bloggers share what we’ve been reading, are currently reading and plan to read next.

Thursday – The subject of my Throwback Thursday post was Lady Susan, a very early novel by Jane Austen recently made into the film, Love and Friendship.

Friday –I shared the five favourite books I read in August – it was a great month for quality reads.

Saturday – Supporting new authors is one of the things I enjoy about book blogging, so I was pleased to feature an extract from Choose to Rise, the debut novel of M N Mekaelian.

Challenge updates

  • Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge – 104 out of 104 books read, 3 more than last week (need to increase that target again!)
  • Classics Club Challenge– 5 out of 50 books reviewed, same as last week
  • NetGalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2017 (Gold) – 45 ARCs reviewed out of 50, 1 more than last week
  • From Page to Screen 2017– 7 book/film comparisons out of 12 completed, same as last week
  • ARC August – 4 ARCs out of 6 read, 1 more than last week

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Blog Tour/Extract: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe
  • Book Review: A Dangerous Woman From Nowhere by Kris Radish
  • Blog Tour/Extract: Keep Me Safe by Daniela Sacerdoti
  • Throwback Thursday: Across Great Divides by Monique Roy
  • Book Review: And The Birds Kept On Singing by Simon Bourke
  • Guest Post: A Queen’s Spy by Sam Burnell