My Week in Books – 4th July 2021


On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Monday – I published my review of The Penguin Book of Spanish Short Stories edited by Margaret Jull Costa.

Tuesday This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2021.

WednesdayWWW Wednesday is the opportunity to share what I’ve just read, what I’m currently reading and what I plan to read next… and to have a good nose around what others are reading. I also shared an extract from The Lady in the Veil by Allie Cresswell and published my review of The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi as part of the blog tour.

Thursday – I shared my Five Favourite June 2021 Reads

Friday – I published my review of This Shining Life by Harriet Kline as part of the blog tour. 

Saturday – I took part in this month’s #6Degrees of Separation meme creating a chain of books starting from Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynn Truss.

As always, thanks to everyone who has liked, commented on or shared my blog posts on social media.

New arrivals

Snow CountrySnow Country by Sebastian Faulks (eARC, courtesy of Hutchinson via NetGalley)

1914: Young Anton Heideck has arrived in Vienna, eager to make his name as a journalist. While working part-time as a private tutor, he encounters Delphine, a woman who mixes startling candour with deep reserve. Entranced by the light of first love, Anton feels himself blessed. Until his country declares war on hers.

1927: For Lena, life with a drunken mother in a small town has been impoverished and cold. She is convinced she can amount to nothing until a young lawyer, Rudolf Plischke, spirits her away to Vienna. But the capital proves unforgiving. Lena leaves her metropolitan dream behind to take a menial job at the snow-bound sanatorium, the Schloss Seeblick.

1933: Still struggling to come terms with the loss of so many friends on the Eastern Front, Anton, now an established writer, is commissioned by a magazine to visit the mysterious Schloss Seeblick. In this place of healing, on the banks of a silvery lake, where the depths of human suffering and the chances of redemption are explored, two people will see each other as if for the first time.

How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her HouseHow the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones

In Baxter Beach, Barbados, moneyed ex-pats clash with the locals who often end up serving them: braiding their hair, minding their children, and selling them drugs.

Lala lives on the beach with her husband, Adan, a petty criminal with endless charisma whose thwarted burglary of one of the Baxter Beach mansions sets off a chain of events with terrible consequences.

A gunshot no one was meant to witness. A new mother whose baby is found lifeless on the beach. A woman torn between two worlds and incapacitated by grief. And two men driven by desperation and greed who attempt a crime that will risk their freedom – and their lives. 

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Book Review: Business as Usual by Jane Oliver & Ann Stafford
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Those I Have Lost by Sharon Maas
  • Book Review: Songbirds by Christy Lefteri
  • Audiobook Review: A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

13 thoughts on “My Week in Books – 4th July 2021

    1. I’ve only just started it and I was going to try to read it in time to review it on publication day (8th July). In the meantime though I noticed my local library have an online event with the author the following week so I can take my foot off the accelerator a bit and hopefully publish my review and a write-up of the event at the same time.

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    1. At times it definitely feels more like labour than love but lovely comments like yours certainly help 😁 That’s also why I try to do as much blog hopping and commenting on others’ reviews/posts as I can.

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      1. I have a question. I think somethink is off on my blog. Do you get email notifications when I post? Someone just told me that they don’t. Thanks.


      1. For some reason, I don’t think I’ve read more than Charlotte Gray. I have a whole bunch of his books on my shelf because my husband loved him. Birdsong, and Paris Echo are both there, with Engleby, A Week in December, A Possible Life, Human Traces, and Where My Heart Used to Beat!


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