My Week in Books – 27th November 2022

MyWeekinBooksOn What Cathy Read Next last week

Monday – I shared Five Series Continuations I’m eagerly awaiting.

Tuesday – This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was a freebie on the theme of thankfulness. 

Wednesday – As always WWW Wednesday is a weekly opportunity to share what I’ve just read, what I’m currently reading and what I plan to read next… and to take a peek at what others are reading. 

Thursday – I published my review of short story anthology Night-Time Stories edited by Yen-Yen Lu.

Friday – I hosted a guest post by David Cairns of Finavon about his forthcoming historical mystery The Case of the Emigrant Niece

Saturday – I published my review of The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, one of the books on my list for the #NetGalleyNovember reading challenge.


New arrivals

The Bookshop of Second ChancesThe Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser (Simon & Schuster)

Thea’s having a bad month. Not only has she been made redundant, she’s also discovered her husband of nearly twenty years is sleeping with one of her friends. And he’s not sorry – he’s leaving.

Bewildered and lost, Thea doesn’t know what to do. But, when she learns the great-uncle she barely knew has died and left her his huge collection of second-hand books and a house in the Scottish Lowlands, she seems to have been offered a second chance.

Running away to a little town where no one knows her seems like exactly what Thea needs. But when she meets the aristocratic Maltravers brothers – grumpy bookshop owner Edward and his estranged brother Charles, Lord Hollinshaw – her new life quickly becomes just as complicated as the life she was running from…

Animal LifeAnimal Life by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, trans. by Brian Fitzgibbon (eARC, Pushkin Press)

In the days leading up to Christmas, Dómhildur delivers her 1,922nd baby. Beginnings and endings are her family trade; she comes from a long line of midwives on her mother’s side and a long line of undertakers on her father’s. She even lives in the apartment that she inherited from her grandaunt, a midwife with a unique reputation for her unconventional methods.

As a terrible storm races towards Reykjavik, Dómhildur discovers decades worth of letters and manuscripts hidden amongst her grandaunt’s clutter. Fielding calls from her anxious meteorologist sister and visits from her curious new neighbour, Dómhildur escapes into her grandaunt’s archive and discovers strange and beautiful reflections on birth, death and human nature.

For even in the depths of an Icelandic winter, new life will find a way.

The Scarlet PapersThe Scarlet Papers by Matthew Richardson (eARC, Michael Jospeh via NetGalley)

VIENNA, 1946 – A brilliant German scientist spirited out of the ruins Nazi Europe in search of a new life

MOSCOW, 1964 – A rising star of the British diplomatic service whose job is not what it seems

LONDON, THE PRESENT DAY – A once promising academic offered an opportunity to seal his place in history

Their stories, their lives, and the fate of the world, are bound by a single document: THE SCARLET PAPERS

The devastating secrets contained within teased by a brief invitation: Tomorrow 11AM. Take a cab and pay in cash. Tell no one.


On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Book Review: The Night Ship by Jess Kidd 
  • Book Review: Mother of Valor by Gary Corbin
  • My Five Favourite November 2022 Reads
  • #NetGalleyNovember Reading Challenge Wrap-Up
  • #6Degrees of Separation

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