WWW Wednesday #April 10th

WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by 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?

What I Finished Reading:

 

 

I read two different but very interesting books,  The Girl in the Painting by Renita D’ Silva and My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. I really loved The Girl in the Painting. It’s a poignant story about three women set in two time periods, in the 1920s and the 2000s. My review will be up on Saturday as part of the blog tour. My Lovely Wife is so dark but also so so entertaining. I almost feel guilty for enjoying it so much. Almost!

 

What I’m reading now:

i want you gone

I just started reading I Want You Gone by Miranda Rijsk and I am captivated so far. The premise is kinda spooky. Imagine waking up to find R.I.P messages on your facebook page and a notice of your death in the dailies. That is the nightmare that our MC finds herself in. Can’t wait to see how this one unfolds.

 

What I’ll probably read next/soon:

I am not very certain about what I’ll read next but it will probably be one of these three titles:

 

If you’ve read any of these, help me pick. Which one should I start with?

So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look!

Happy Reading!

WWW Wednesday #September 6th

 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

Small Great Things– My review will be up tomorrow on Throwback Thursday.

Cold blood by Robert Bryndza– My favorite series is back! I got the ARC and immediately read it. My review will be up on publication date, September 20th.

Currently Reading

The girl who came back

The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson

This is my third book by Kerry. I liked his previous title so I can’t wait to see how this goes. I am a few chapters in and enjoying it so far.

Reading Next

The Surrogate by Louise Jensen

It is Bookouture week! This is another ARC that I can’t wait to read. I love all books by Louise Jensen so I am pretty excited about this one.

From my own TBR, I will read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

 

My Book: The Cliques gets reviewed in a national newspaper

‘Diana Gitau has written an engrossing account in the first person that absorbs you all the way to the end.’

I spoke about my book, The Cliques sometime back on this post here. As I mentioned in that post, I didn’t know what to do to get publicity for my book. The book is only available in Kenya(not yet on amazon) and in print only so there are no review copies. However, the reblogs that I got after my first post were really helpful in creating an online presence for the book and I also got a blog review a few weeks ago which was amazing.

Yesterday, I received a call informing me that another review(my second one) had been published. This one was in one of the national newspapers. Daily Nation is like Kenya’s equivalent of The New York Times. Its major and definitely not easy to get that kind of publicity. I was so excited when a friend told me about the review. And then the inquiries and orders started coming in. I spent last evening answering questions and working with the publishers to meet the increased demand. It still feels surreal. I can’t believe that the book is out there and its no longer a just dream. Its actually in bookshelves in bookstores and personal libraries. Its amazing and crazy but mostly, simply amazing 😀

Here is the link to the newspaper review.

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

Happy Reading!

WWW Wednesday #August 30th

 This meme is 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

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Walls by Hollie Overton

Another wonderful reading week. I was able to read an old book from my TBR. Looking for Alaska by John Green has been on my shelf for a quite a while. Look out for my review tomorrow. My review of The Walls by Hollie Overton will be up next Monday.

 

Currently Reading

Lost History of Stars.pngThe Lost History of Stars by Dave 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.

 

I am currently reading this historical fiction set in South Africa in 1900. It is good though a heartbreaking read so far but I wish I had read it sooner.

 

Reading Next

Hush Little Baby by Joanna Barnard has some really good reviews on goodreads. I hope that I will enjoy it.

Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult is a book that I have always wanted to read. I will finally get to it this week.

I am really excited about reading older books from my TBR. In the coming weeks, you will be seeing more of these books on my WWWs. I will still be posting about ARCs because who am I kidding, I can’t stop getting new books. However, I hope that my reading for the rest of the year will be more balanced.

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

Happy Reading!

WWW Wednesday #August 16th

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

I missed WWW last week but I have decided to just include my most recent reads in this post instead of all the books that I read in the past two weeks.

Tuesday.jpgBorn on a Tuesday by Elnathan John
In far northwestern Nigeria, Dantala lives among a gang of street boys who sleep under a kuka tree. During the election, the boys are paid by the Small Party to cause trouble. When their attempt to burn down the opposition’s local headquarters ends in disaster, Dantala must run for his life, leaving his best friend behind. He makes his way to a mosque that provides him with food, shelter, and guidance. With his quick aptitude and modest nature, Dantala becomes a favored apprentice to the mosque’s sheikh. Before long, he is faced with a terrible conflict of loyalties, as one of the sheikh’s closest advisors begins to raise his own radical movement. When bloodshed erupts in the city around him, Dantala must decide what kind of Muslim—and what kind of man—he wants to be. Told in Dantala’s naïve, searching voice, this astonishing debut explores the ways in which young men are seduced by religious fundamentalism and violence.

 

This was my bookclub’s read for August. We were to meet on Saturday but ended up having an online review. My review will be up this Sunday.

 

The Accident.pngThe Accident by S. D Monaghan

Tara has it all. Married and about to move into her dream home, she can’t explain why she is tempted by one last fling with her ex before she settles down. David would do anything for Tara. So when he finds her with another man, his world starts to crumble around him.

Ryan isn’t prepared for the punch David throws at him. Stumbling, he slips over the balcony and falls three storeys to the patio below. In one split second a man will be killed. In one split second David and Tara’s life will change forever.

How far would you go to save everything you have?

 

This was an unplanned read. I wanted something fast and thrilling. This was definitely a fast read but there was something lacking. In the end, I liked it but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

 

Currently Reading

reported missingReporter Missing by Sarah Wray

Four months ago, Rebecca Pendle’s husband disappeared. So did 14-year-old Kayleigh Jackson.

Just a coincidence? Rebecca wants to believe so… But as the police start to draw parallels between Chris and Kayleigh, it’s getting harder for her to trust his innocence. Faced with an angry town that believes Chris has abducted the teenager, Rebecca tries to discover the truth.

But what she finds shocks her more than she ever thought. How well does she really know the man she loves?

 

This book has been on my TBR for a while and its now past the publication date. It has taken me a while to get to it mainly due to the mixed reviews that I have read. I am almost 40% into it and it is really slow. I feel like I am trapped in the mind of the MC where unfortunately nothing much is happening. I hope it turns around soon.

 

Reading Next

I am still looking for a good, suspenseful read and so my next books are both thrillers.

wicked fallout.pngWicked Fallout by Kelly Charron

Convicted of six murders when she was just fifteen, the notorious Ryann Wilkanson hasn’t been able to act on her darkest, deadliest urges for twelve years. She’s exhausted her appeals and has little hope of ever getting out of prison and back to hunting.Until a media-hungry legal team mounts a campaign to do the impossible—get her immediately released with a commuted sentence.

Forensic psychiatrist Nancy Clafin has mere weeks to evaluate Ryann’s current mental state against her grisly past to determine if she’s changed. But under the shadow of her own questionable history, it’s not easy to separate her personal life from her professional duty. At least that’s what Ryann is counting on.

Behind the cold steel doors of a Colorado maximum-security prison, will Nancy find a cold-blooded killer or a newly redeemed woman determined to right her past wrongs?

Good Sister

The Good Sister by Jess Ryder

When her father dies, Josie is devastated to uncover he led a secret life: another house, another family and a half-sister called Valentina.

Both with red hair and icy blue eyes, Josie and Valentina could be mistaken for twins. But the similarities end there…Josie – Sweet, reserved, jealous, thief.  Valentina – Care-free, confident, dangerous, liar. 

Two sisters. One survivor. 

 

 

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

Happy Reading!

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!

 

 

WWW Wednesday #July 19th

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

A Daughter’s Courage by Renita D’Silva– This ended up being of the most beautiful books that I have ever read. It is set in India and it tells stories of two women from two different cultures, India and England. You can read my review here.

All Good Things by Claire Fisher – I was expecting something different when I picked this book although I did end up liking it in the end. Here is my review.

The Breakdown by B. A Paris – I just finished reading this book on Sunday evening and am still confused about it. I have never described a book as being underwhelming but that is the word that comes to mind when I think of this book despite the fact that I liked it enough to read it in just one sitting.

Currently Reading

The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh

Lesley WelshCharmer, liar, father… Killer.

Suzanne’s life changes forever the day she receives a visit from Rose Anderson, the woman who has been living with her estranged father, Don. Don is dead, but Rose wants Suzanne to have his possessions – including a series of intimate diaries and a mysterious collection of photographs of women.

To Suzanne’s shock, one of the photos is of her friend Sophie, who died ten years ago in an unexplained and devastating fire. But Don only met Sophie once, on an unsettling visit he paid Suzanne just days before Sophie’s death… So why did he have a picture of her?

Unable to let Sophie’s memory alone, Suzanne begins to dig into her father’s life. What horrors is she about to unearth in his journals? And who is it that’s out there, watching her every move? 

I started the week with The Leavers by Lisa Ko which unfortunately didn’t work out for me. I was in the mood for a thriller so I decided to read The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh. I am almost through with it. It wasn’t a thriller like I expected. Its more of action but its okay so will see how it ends.

Reading Next

leopard-at-the-doorLeopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

After six years in England, Rachel has returned to Kenya and the farm where she spent her childhood, but the beloved home she’d longed for is much changed. Her father’s new companion—a strange, intolerant woman—has taken over the household. The political climate in the country grows more unsettled by the day and is approaching the boiling point. And looming over them all is the threat of the Mau Mau, a secret society intent on uniting the native Kenyans and overthrowing the whites.

As Rachel struggles to find her place in her home and her country, she initiates a covert relationship, one that will demand from her a gross act of betrayal. One man knows her secret, and he has made it clear how she can buy his silence. But she knows something of her own, something she has never told anyone. And her knowledge brings her power.

Have you ever anticipated and dreaded reading a book at the same time? I am very eager to read this book especially since it is set in Kenya. However, I am worried that my high expectations may not be met. Let’s see how it goes though.

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

Happy Reading!

 

 

WWW Wednesday #July 12

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

Litte MonstersLittle Monsters by Kara Thomas

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident. But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

 

I finished reading this book on Monday night though I am yet to write the review. It has been a while since I read a YA mystery. Look out for my review this coming Friday.

 

A Daught's Courage InstaCurrently Reading

A Daughter’s Courage by Renita D’Silva

1929. When a passionate love affair threatens to leave Lucy in disgrace, she chooses a respectable marriage over a life of shame. With her husband, coffee plantation owner James, she travels to her new home in India, leaving her troubled past behind her.Everything in India is new to Lucy, from the jewel-coloured fabrics to the exotic spices. When her path crosses that of Gowri, a young woman who tends the temple on the plantation’s edge, Lucy is curious to find out more about her, and the events that lead her to live in isolation from her family…

Now. With her career in shatters and her heart broken by the man she thought was her future, Kayva flees from bustling Mumbai to her hometown. A crumbling temple has been discovered in a village nearby, along with letters detailing its tragic history – desperate pleas from a young woman called Gowri. As Kavya learns of Gowri and Lucy’s painful story, she begins to understand the terrible sacrifices that were made and the decision the two women took that changed their lives forever. Can the secrets of the past help Kavya to rebuild her life?

I am just a few pages in. The setting is lovely as usual. I love books set in India. However, this is already an emotional read and I have a feeling that it is about to get worse. Still very addictive tough.

Reading Next

All Good Things by Claire Fisher

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Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn’t deserve to ever feel good again. But her counselor, Erika, won’t give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby’s head.

But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing. What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone-even a 100% bad person-deserve a chance to be good?

 

Breakdown InstaThe Breakdown by B. A Paris

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby. The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt. Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

I can’t wait to read these two books although they both have very mixed reviews.

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

Happy Reading!

 

WWWW JULY 12 2017

Instagram

You are probably wondering…whats with the colorful/tablet pics Diana?  Right? You asked yourself that as soon as you saw this post, true? no?Okay, I will tell you  anyway.

I joined Instagram a while back and after lurking in the shadows for weeks wondering how comes everyone is so creative and just good at photography, I decided to try out some pics for bookstagram. I am not creative in that way and at first, it felt too intimidating. However, I have decided to just have some fun. The above are my first ‘instagramish’ pics. I know I will get it with time but I am just enjoying taking the pics rights now. Don’t laugh, I am a newbie at this 🙂

You can follow me here.

 Let me know if you are on instagram so that I can follow you. Where do you get your ideas/inspiration for your photos? Private or public account, which one is best? Any information will be appreciated. Thanks.

 

WWW Wednesday #June 21st

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

Part of SilencePart of the Silence by Debbie Howells

When they find Evie Sherman, battered and left for dead in a maize field, the young woman has no recollection of who she is. After three days in a hospital bed, the fog in her head begins to lift, and she remembers two names: her own, and that of her three-year-old daughter, Angel. Evie is convinced that Angel is in grave danger. But the police can find no evidence of the girl’s existence.

It’s clear that Evie is having some kind of mental breakdown—or is it? Even in the depths of her amnesiac darkness, Evie knows her daughter’s voice, her chameleon eyes, every precious hair on her head. So how can she be losing her mind?

As Evie’s grasp on reality slips away, she finds herself haunted by the same three-word warning, which she hears over and over: Trust no one. But whom is she being warned against? The police? The doctors and nurses? Or the mysterious figure who’s been watching her, who knows all her secrets, has a hidden agenda—and perhaps their own twisted version of reality.

I didn’t like this book as much I thought I would. Here is my full review.

Justice DelayedJustice Delayed by Marti Green

The brutal murder of sixteen-year-old Kelly Braden sends shock waves through a community—and an intellectually disabled man to jail. The only witness to Kelly’s murder is the five-year-old cousin she was babysitting. The young girl names their neighbor, Jack Osgood, as the bat-wielding criminal. Two decades later, Osgood faces execution.

Defense Attorney Dani Trumball and her partner, investigator Tommy Noorland, are summoned to the Georgia prison where Osgood is on death row. With no friends or family of his own, there is no one left to believe Jack didn’t kill Kelly but Dani and her Help Innocent Prisoners Project. With a mentally disabled son of her own, defending Osgood could be her most heartrending case yet.

While fighting a system that blocks her attempts to overturn his conviction, Dani must race to identify the real killer before Osgood’s time runs out—and the murderer strikes again.

It has been a while since I read a legal thriller. I really enjoyed this one. You can read my review here.

Currently Reading

Two SistersTwo Sisters by Kerry Wilkinson

They told us he had been missing for nearly two days that he probably drowned. They told us a lie.

Megan was ten years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves and beaches that surround the small seaside town of Whitecliff.

A decade later and a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents.

Megan and her younger sister Chloe return to Whitecliff one summer for the first time since their brother’s disappearance. Megan says it’s to get her parents’ affairs in order. There are boxes to pack, junk to clear, a rundown cottage to sell. But that’s not the real reason.

Megan has come to confront her family’s past after receiving a postcard on the day of her parents’ funeral. It had a photograph of Whitecliff on the front and a single letter on the back.‘Z’ is all it read.Z for Zac.

It is still too early to say whether I will like this or not though it does look quite promising.

Reading Next

Udala TreesUnder The Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.

 

This is my Book Club’s book of the month. The review is in early July so I was planning to read it closer to the date. However, most members of the book club have already finished reading it and they really want to discuss it. They have already started dropping hints and since I am terrified of spoilers, I HAVE to read this sooner than planned.  I am really excited about it though since it covers themes that are not very common in African Literature. I can’t wait to read it and also find out what  others think about the book.

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

Happy Reading!

WWW Wednesday #June 14th

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

LiarLiar by K.L Slater

Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children alone, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. Life isn’t easy, but Judi’s family means everything to her and together, they manage. 

Then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t sure … there’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up.

Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children. 

The further Judi delves into Amber’s personal life, the closer she gets to shocking secrets that could change everything. And Judi must make a decision that could lead to the most disastrous consequences.

I enjoyed this book. You can find my review here.

A Negro and an OfayCurrently Reading

In 1952, after a year on the run, disgraced Chicago Police Officer Elliot Caprice wakes up in a jailhouse in St. Louis. His friends from his hometown secure his release and he returns to find the family farm in foreclosure and the man who raised him dying in a flophouse. Desperate for money, he accepts a straight job as a process server and eventually crosses paths with a powerful family from Chicago’s North Shore. A captain of industry is dead, the key to his estate disappeared with the chauffeur, and soon Elliot is in up to his neck. The mixed-race son of Illinois farm country must return to the Windy City with the Chicago Police on his heels and the Syndicate at his throat. Good thing he’s had a lifetime of playing both sides to the middle.

I am a few chapters in but struggling so far. I love the 1950s setting but the story-line is yet to grab my attention. However, this  book  has a lot of praise. On goodreads, it has lots of 5  and  4 stars ratings so I will keep reading and hopefully, it will turn around soon.

OITNB

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I know, I know…This isn’t a book but every year, whenever OITNB is released, things get to a standstill. I stop reading, cooking, spying on neighbors (no, I never do that…or do i? lol). Nothing else gets done until the final episode. I just started watching season 5 on Monday night.

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And then………….

Part of SilencePart of the Silence by Debbie Howells

When they find Evie Sherman, battered and left for dead in a maize field, the young woman has no recollection of who she is. After three days in a hospital bed, the fog in her head begins to lift, and she remembers two names: her own, and that of her three-year-old daughter, Angel. Evie is convinced that Angel is in grave danger. But the police can find no evidence of the girl’s existence.

It’s clear that Evie is having some kind of mental breakdown—or is it? Even in the depths of her amnesiac darkness, Evie knows her daughter’s voice, her chameleon eyes, every precious hair on her head. So how can she be losing her mind?

As Evie’s grasp on reality slips away, she finds herself haunted by the same three-word warning, which she hears over and over: Trust no one. But whom is she being warned against? The police? The doctors and nurses? Or the mysterious figure who’s been watching her, who knows all her secrets, has a hidden agenda—and perhaps their own twisted version of reality.

I read Debbie Howell’s debut, Beauty of the End last year which I absolutely loved. I really like the sound of her new book though it does sound a lot like Here and Gone by Haylen Beck which I recently reviewed here.

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

Happy Reading!

 

WWW Wednesday #June 7th

 This weekly feature 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

Stars Over Clear Lake by Lorretta Ellsworth – I highly recommend this book especially to fans of historical fiction. You can read my full review here.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – I just finished reading this book last night. It was quite  interesting  albeit long with 500 pages. I enjoyed it though and I hope to share my review tomorrow.

Currently Reading

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Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan – I am only a few chapters in.It starts out really slow but I hope that the pace will soon pick up.

Reading Next

Oscar WaoThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukú — the ancient curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still dreaming of his first kiss, is only its most recent victim – until the fateful summer that he decides to be its last.

With dazzling energy and insight, Junot Díaz immerses us in the uproarious lives of our hero Oscar, his runaway sister Lola, and their ferocious beauty-queen mother Belicia, and in the epic journey from Santo Domingo to Washington Heights to New
My book club is reviewing this book on Saturday afternoon. I hope to read it by then.

And then………….

A Negro and an OfayA Negro and an Ofay by Danny Gardner

In 1952, after a year on the run, disgraced Chicago Police Officer Elliot Caprice wakes up in a jailhouse in St. Louis. His friends from his hometown secure his release and he returns to find the family farm in foreclosure and the man who raised him dying in a flophouse. Desperate for money, he accepts a straight job as a process server and eventually crosses paths with a powerful family from Chicago’s North Shore. A captain of industry is dead, the key to his estate disappeared with the chauffeur, and soon Elliot is in up to his neck. The mixed-race son of Illinois farm country must return to the Windy City with the Chicago Police on his heels and the Syndicate at his throat. Good thing he’s had a lifetime of playing both sides to the middle.

Another historical fiction that I can’t wait to read..

 

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

Happy Reading!