This Week in Books

This Week in Books – 25th July

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Welcome to This Week in Books, where we share what we’ve been up to in bookland this week and look ahead to next!


NOW

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Once in a House on Fire by Andrea Ashworth

Andrea Ashworth’s father died when she was five leaving her, her three-year-old sister and mother to fend for themselves. A succession of stepfathers, some violent and an itinerant life of poverty were her lot but reading was her escape route out of misery.


I’ve just started reading this, as it’s part of a bookring I received last week from bookcrossing.com (Check it out and add me! – T_richardson_x). I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, and I have never read anything that could ever be described as a “misery memoir”, but I will admit I’m enjoying branching out a little. Ashworth’s writing is quite lyrical at times.


THEN

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All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to meet the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her, even if her friends won’t admit it now. As for Jonah, well—Miri knows none of that was Fatima’s fault.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined. . . .


I finished All of This is True in about two days. It was a good summer read, and I’d recommend it to all YA mystery lovers. You can read more in my review here!


NEXT

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The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Outside, he sees her favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman.

Detective Harry Hole soon discovers that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years.

When a second woman disappears, Harry’s worst suspicion is confirmed: a serial killer is operating on his home turf.


I needed a book to fill my Nordic Noir PopSugar prompt, so a friend of mine is lending me her copy of The Snowman, and I’ll  be taking it with me on holiday!


Now it’s your turn! What have you been reading this week? Leave a comment/link and I’ll have a look!

Happy Reading!

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