My Week in Books – 22nd May 2022

MyWeekinBooksOn What Cathy Read Next last week

Monday – I shared my proposed reading list for the 20 Books of Summer 2022 reading challenge. 

Tuesday – I published my review of time-slip novel The Witch’s Tree by Elena Collins as part of the blog tour. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was Books I Was Excited To Get But Haven’t Read Yet

WednesdayWWW Wednesday is my 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 crime thriller The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan as part of the blog tour. 

Friday – I shared my review of The Healing Power of Nature by Vincent van Gogh, an illustrated book of inspirational quotations, paintings and sketches.

Saturday – I indulged my other love – gardening – by participating in the Six on Saturday meme.  

New arrivals

A is for AtlasA Is For Atlas by Megan Barford (ARC, National Maritime Museum Greenwich)

A sumptuous, lavishly illustrated celebration of cartography, featuring charts, maps, globes, and atlases from the map collections at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. This volume explores the variety of stories hidden within the collections, including materials, techniques, makers, users, genres, and features to understand more about the different worlds in which maps were produced and consumed. From imperial rule to labor solidarity, and from sumptuous display to scrap paper, A is for Atlas presents the map collections of the National Maritime Museum as never seen before.

The Death of RemembranceThe Death of Remembrance by Denzil Meyrick (ARC, Polygon)

It’s 1983, and a beat constable walks away from a bar where he knows a crime is about to be committed.

In the present, an old fisherman is found dead by the shoreline and a stranger with a mission moves into a shabby Kinloch flat.

Meanwhile, D.C.I. Jim Daley is trying to help Brian Scott stay sober, and the good people of Kinloch are still mourning the death of one of their own.

As past and present collide, Daley finds himself face to face with old friends and foes. Memories can only last as long as those who keep them, and ghosts will not be silenced.

Sorrow and BlissSorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason (W&N)

Everyone tells Martha Friel she is clever and beautiful, a brilliant writer who has been loved every day of her adult life by one man, her husband Patrick. A gift, her mother once said, not everybody gets. So why is everything broken? Why is Martha – on the edge of 40 – friendless, practically jobless and so often sad? And why did Patrick decide to leave?

Maybe she is just too sensitive, someone who finds it harder to be alive than most people. Or maybe – as she has long believed – there is something wrong with her. Something that broke when a little bomb went off in her brain, at 17, and left her changed in a way that no doctor or therapist has ever been able to explain.

Forced to return to her childhood home to live with her dysfunctional, bohemian parents (but without the help of her devoted, foul-mouthed sister Ingrid), Martha has one last chance to find out whether a life is ever too broken to fix – or whether, maybe, by starting over, she will get to write a better ending for herself.

The Island of Missing TreesThe Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak (Viking)

Two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, meet at a taverna on the island they both call home. In the taverna, hidden beneath garlands of garlic, chili peppers and creeping honeysuckle, Kostas and Defne grow in their forbidden love for each other. A fig tree stretches through a cavity in the roof, and this tree bears witness to their hushed, happy meetings and eventually, to their silent, surreptitious departures. The tree is there when war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to ashes and rubble, and when the teenagers vanish. Decades later, Kostas returns. He is a botanist looking for native species, but really, he’s searching for lost love.

Years later, a Ficus carica grows in the back garden of a house in London where Ada Kazantzakis lives. This tree is her only connection to an island she has never visited – her only connection to her family’s troubled history and her complex identity as she seeks to untangle years of secrets to find her place in the world.

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Only May by Carol Lovekin
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: The White Girl by Tony Birch 
  • Promo: The Dark Earth by Gordon Doherty
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Twenty-Eight Pounds Ten Shillings by Tony Fairweather
  • Book Review: Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov

My Week in Books – 15th May 2022

MyWeekinBooksOn What Cathy Read Next last week

Monday – I went Down The TBR Hole in an attempt to weed some books from my To-Read shelf on Goodreads. 

Tuesday – I published my review of crime novel Requiem in La Rossa by Tom Benjamin as part of the blog tour. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was Bookish Characters

Wednesday – I shared my review of historical novel A Ration Book Victory by Jean Fullerton as part of the blog tour. WWW Wednesday is my 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 reviews of crime thriller Little Drummer by Kjell Ola Dahl, and historical mystery A Taste for Killing by Sarah Hawkswood as part of the blog tours. 

Friday – I shared my review of Elektra by Jennifer Saint.

Saturday – A double serving today with a guest post by author Louise Fein to celebrate the publication in paperback of her historical novel The Hidden Child, and review of thriller Outcast by Chris Ryan as part of the blog tour.  

New arrivals

Think of MeThink of Me by Frances Liardet (ARC, 4th Estate)

Egypt, 1942. Amid the falling bombs, Hurricane pilot James Acton meets Yvette Haddad, a captivating young Alexandrian with a penchant for dangerous driving whose love will become his reason to survive.

England, 1974. James has come to the village of Upton to begin again. Trying to escape his grief for Yvette, who died ten years earlier, he hopes to find new purpose as the vicar of this small Hampshire parish.

One day, alone in his church, he comes across an abandoned silk scarf. The scarf feels familiar, it feels like Yvette’s, and yet how can it be, all this time later? James pulls on the thread of this mystery which leads him to Yvette’s private diary, where he makes a devastating discovery.

James’s world unravels, but as the mystery unfolds, he comes across something so precious and so long list, he thought he’d never find it again: hope.

Tasting SunlightTasting Sunlight by Ewald Arenz, trans. by Rachel Ward (eARC, Orenda)

Teenager Sally has just run away from a clinic where she to be treated for anorexia. She’s furious with everything and everyone, and wants to be left in peace.

Liss is in her forties, living alone on a large farm that she runs single-handedly. She has little contact with the outside world, and no need for other people.

From their first meeting, Sally realises that Liss isn’t like other adults; she expects nothing of Sally and simply accepts who she is, offering her a bed for the night with no questions asked. That night becomes weeks and then months, as an unlikely friendship develops and these two damaged women slowly open up – connecting to each other, reconnecting with themselves, and facing the darkness in their pasts  through their shared work on the land.

Nothing Else Vis 3Nothing Else by Louise Beech (eARC, Orenda)

Heather Harris is a piano teacher and professional musician, whose quiet life revolves around music, whose memories centre on a single song that haunts her. A song she longs to perform again. A song she wrote as a child, to drown out the violence in their home. A song she played with her little sister, Harriet.

But Harriet is gone … she disappeared when their parents died, and Heather never saw her again.

When Heather is offered an opportunity to play piano on a cruise ship, she leaps at the chance. She’ll read her recently released childhood care records by day – searching for clues to her sister’s disappearance – and play piano by night … coming to terms with the truth about a past she’s done everything to forget.

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading

Planned posts

  • Book Review: Vincent van Gogh: The Healing Power of Nature
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: The Witch’s Tree by Elena Collins
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan