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WWW Wednesday #July 26

This meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

To take part all you need to do is answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

So here’s my 3 W’s for the week.

Recently Finished

leopard at the door 2

 

Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

This was a suspenseful, engaging read with very memorable characters. If you are interested in historical fiction set in Africa then I definitely recommend this book. Lovers of Kenyan literature will also enjoy it. If you read it, let me know, I would love to discuss it with you. You can read my review here.

 

STILL HOUSE LAKEThe Still House Lake by Rachel Caine

Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.

This was an impromptu ARC read. I read Yvo’s (It’s All About Books) review and was immediately intrigued. I read the book over the weekend and was definitely impressed. My review will be up on Friday.

 Currently Reading

muhindiMemoirs of a Muhindi: Fleeing East Africa to the West

In Memoirs of a Muhindi, Mansoor Ladha bears witness to what happens when nations turn against entire religious and ethnic groups. When, in 1972, Ugandan president Idi Amin expelled Africans of Indian descent from the country, he unleashed an intolerance that set off an exodus from the entire region. In Tanzania and Kenya, businesses were nationalized, properties taken, people harassed, and livelihoods upended. Mansoor Ladha, who was living in Nairobi at the time, had to decide whether to stay or leave. Canada became his new home–where he found considerable success, as did the rest of the Ismaili community–while East Africa never recovered from its fit of bigotry.

I really wanted to read this memoir. It is partly set in Kenya and tells stories of a history that I don’t know much about. However, I am having a difficulties with it. It’s hard to criticize a memoir, I mean that is someone’s life but I just can’t connect with this one as far as the writing and the stories themselves. I am also usually keen on representation especially of ethnicity. The representation of Africans (blacks) in this memoir is just off. For the most part, it is offending. Not sure whether to keep reading or just admit defeat at this point.

 

UnsubUnsub by Meg Gardiner

Caitlin Hendrix has been a Narcotics detective for six months when the killer at the heart of all her childhood nightmares reemerges: the Prophet. An UNSUB—what the FBI calls an unknown subject—the Prophet terrorized the Bay Area in the 1990s and nearly destroyed her father, the lead investigator on the case.

Twenty years later, two bodies are found bearing the haunting signature of the Prophet. Caitlin Hendrix has never escaped the shadow of her father’s failure to protect their city. But now the ruthless madman is killing again and has set his sights on her, threatening to undermine the fragile barrier she rigidly maintains for her own protection, between relentless pursuit and dangerous obsession.

Determined to decipher his twisted messages and stop the carnage, Caitlin ignores her father’s warnings as she draws closer to the killer with each new gruesome murder. Is it a copycat, or can this really be the same Prophet who haunted her childhood? Will Caitlin avoid repeating her father’s mistakes and redeem her family name, or will chasing the Prophet drag her and everyone she loves into the depths of the abyss?

I am excited about this one. It has taken quite some time to get to it but I am glad that I finally get to read it. I plan to start reading it this week.

Reading Next

My next books are both historical fiction. One set in South Africa and the other in Indiana in the 1950s.

Lost History of StarsThe Lost History of Stars by David Boling

In turn-of-the-century South Africa, fourteen-year-old Lettie, her younger brother, and her mother are Dutch Afrikaner settlers who have been taken from their farm by British soldiers and are being held in a concentration camp. It is early in the Boer War, and Lettie’s father, grandfather, and brother are off fighting the British as thousands of Afrikaner women and children are detained. The camps are cramped and disease ridden; the threat of illness and starvation are ever present. Determined to dictate their own fate, Lettie and her family give each other strength and hope as they fight to survive amid increasingly dire conditions.

Brave and defiant, Lettie finds comfort in memories of stargazing with her grandfather, in her plan to be a writer, and in surprising new friendships that will both nourish and challenge her. A beautiful testament to love, family, and sheer force of will, The Lost History of Stars was inspired by Dave Boling’s grandfather’s own experience as a soldier during the Boer War. Lettie is a figure of abiding grace, and her story is richly drawn and impossible to forget

AlphonseAlphonse by Carl Sever

After twenty years of riding the rails, Alphonse has earned a reputation for being a kindhearted soul always ready to help. When he helps the Sadlers, a young couple seeking a better life in small-town 1950s Indiana, he doesn’t intend to stay. But stay he does, keeping a close eye on the Sadlers and their two young sons—and an even closer eye on the town’s new priest, Father Brennon. On the surface, Brennon seems perfect for the job—but Alphonse crossed paths with him years earlier in the railyard jungle, and he knows better. Brennon doesn’t recognize Alphonse, but Alphonse has never forgotten Brennon . . . or his crimes. So when Brennon assigns the Sadlers’ son, Francis, who is now thirteen, the thankless task of cleaning and maintaining the church’s bell tower—work that often continues into the night—Alphonse immediately grows suspicious. Soon, he discovers that his worst fears have come to pass, and he races to find a way to protect Francis and reveal the truth to the Sadler family.

So what are you reading? Let me know in the comments section.

Happy Reading!

 

 

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32 comments on “WWW Wednesday #July 26

  1. Stillhouse lake sounds good! I already have Unsub on my TBR wishlist since I read a raving review from Amy (Novelgossip) and got excited by it myself… I hope you’ll like it as well!

    • Diana
      July 26, 2017

      Stillhouse was an enjoyable read for me. I am so glad that it is book one in a series. I can’t wait to read the second book already 🙂 Yeah, Unsub does look very promising. I will let you know how it goes. Thanks.

  2. Kerry
    July 26, 2017

    Hi! OMG. I also requested The Memoirs of a Muhindi but after reading your initial thoughts, well my excitement levels have dialled down a notch (or two)…

    • Diana
      July 26, 2017

      I am so interested in finding out how other people especially Kenyans will perceive the memoir. There are things that bothered me like this part;

      ‘The Africans stayed in their shantytowns, drinking pombe- a cheap African liquor- and would often gather around a fire in a center of the compound in the evenings while someone played drums for entertainment. This is Kariakoo, a city center market district where Africans lived in third world conditions in mud or thatched houses with poor sanitation and hardly any plumbing.’

      Apparently that was in the 70s where Africans were of course still living in mud-thatched huts. Then pombe is a cheap liquor? I thought pombe is just Swahili for alcohol…

      I really hope you get the book though so we can discuss it. Perhaps I am the one with the issues but most of it upset me because of the African representation.

      • Kerry
        July 26, 2017

        Lol! Actually, I finally got it approved after a loooong wait. Maybe I should read it sooner rather than later. Seems like the author has a rather condescending tone…for someone who also hailed from another third world country. Let us not even get into whether Kenya or Uganda is doing better economically… Give me a few days. I am a bad reading slump…so maybe this one will snap me out of it.

        • Diana
          July 26, 2017

          I also waited quite a while before getting approved. Anyway, I am waiting for you.Wasn’t sure about reading the book but I will keep going and then we can compare notes. Happy reading and I pray the slump goes away soon 🙂

  3. Yvo’s review almost had me request Stillhouse Lake, haha! It took a lot of willpower not to! I love the sound of Unsub! Happy reading! x

    • Diana
      July 26, 2017

      haha her excitement about the book convinced me to change my reading list so that I could read the book. It was great though. Thank you 🙂

  4. Renee (Itsbooktalk)
    July 26, 2017

    I need to bump Stillhouse Lake up on my tbr it sounds like! I’m looking forward your review on Friday. I’m really curious to hear what you’ll think of Unsub. I think I mentioned it was a DNF for me. I hope you enjoy it!!

    • Diana
      July 26, 2017

      I thought you DNFed The Fourth Monkey. I didn’t know about Unsub. I am sorry to hear that. Was it because of the same issue as 4MK?

      Thank you and I hope you will like Stillhouse Lake as much as I did 🙂

      • Renee (Itsbooktalk)
        July 26, 2017

        I DNFed both of those😂It was a bad reading week for me! My issue with Unsub was the writing style…I didn’t like it and only read about 20 pages before I put it down. Again, I’ve been in a super picky mood this summer and everyone else seems to have enjoyed it. I think Annie mentioned the writing style bothered her as well. I’ll be interested in your thoughts for sure!

  5. ChrissiReads
    July 26, 2017

    I do like the look of The Stillhouse Lake! 🙂

    • Diana
      August 4, 2017

      Its a wonderful thriller. Check it out if you ever get the chance 🙂

  6. missdarcy87
    July 26, 2017

    These sound so amazing! Love the sound of The Lost History of Stars!

    • Diana
      August 4, 2017

      I do too. I hope to read it this week 🙂

  7. Annie
    July 26, 2017

    The Lost History of Stars sounds fantastic ❤

    • Diana
      July 27, 2017

      I can’t wait to read it 🙂

  8. anovelglimpse
    July 26, 2017

    I’m happy to hear you were impressed with Stillhouse Lake. I’m reading that for my book club next week.
    My WWW Wednesday.

    • Diana
      August 4, 2017

      I hope that our book-club will enjoy the book as much as I did:-) My book-club never reads thrillers. I wish we would though. It may be a fun discussion 🙂

      • anovelglimpse
        August 5, 2017

        I think thrillers make for great discussions. One of our best discussions was for Tarryn Fisher’s Bad Mommy. It’s more a psychological thriller, but there was so much to talk about! I think this one will be the same way. I’m half way through it now!

  9. Yvo
    July 27, 2017

    I’m so happy Stillhouse Lake turned out to be good for you! And I’ve heard wonderful (if that is the right word for a serial killer thriller) things about Unsub as well. Enjoy your books this week and happy reading!

    • Diana
      August 4, 2017

      Unsub did turn out to be a wonderful read. If you like crime fiction or serial killer thrillers then you may enjoy that one. Thank you 🙂

      • Yvo
        August 4, 2017

        I do love my serial killers so I have Unsub high on my wishlist. 😊

  10. cleopatralovesbooks
    July 27, 2017

    These all look good!

  11. Wow. Finding out her husband is a serial killer!?! That’s insane. I forced myself to finish a book this week that I could not connect with either. The interactions were just so…fake. I hope you get to chat with some who have read it and can discuss the representation. UNSUB sounds pretty good!

  12. alilovesbooks
    July 28, 2017

    Stillhouse Lake is sooo good isn’t it. I do love Caines writing.

    • Diana
      August 4, 2017

      I loved it. I definitely need to read more of her books 🙂

  13. Lashaan (Bookidote)
    July 31, 2017

    I’m seeing Unsub around quite often and am now wondering if it’ll end up being something that’ll impress me! Looking forward to seeing what you’re thoughts are for Stillhouse Lake! Happy reading, Diana!

    • Diana
      August 4, 2017

      Thanks Lashaan. Incase you are interested. I have now reviewed both books on the blog.

  14. Wow! There are so many books on this post. I’m super impressed. I’m also really sad for you and your current experience with Memoirs of a Muhindi. I am all about DNFing books; there are far too many great books in the world for you to waste your time on something which doesn’t sit quite right or you can’t get into. That doesn’t mean the book is bad or anything– it just isn’t for you. And that’s okay.

    Either way, good luck if you try to finish it!

    • Diana
      August 6, 2017

      Thanks Jackie.I ended up skimming through the book and DNFing it past the halfway mark.As you said,there are too many books out there and this definitely wasn’t for me.

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