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Musing Mondays (January 26)

Musing Mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

This weeks random question Give a list of 4 books you read last year that you’d recommend to others — and why.

I recommend:
1. Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.  Not only is this a great mystery it is told with a wry sense of humour
2. The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith for a look at a sociopath that I had a certain amount sympathy for.
3. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters for a sumptuous and engaging story set in 1920’s Britain.
4. Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly which is a psychological thriller in a domestic setting which chilled me to the bone.

I’m currently reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah which was chosen following a fantastic review on An Interior Journey , if you’ve not visited yet, Laurelrainsnow always has a really good selction of books worth checking out.

The Nightingale

In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are. 

FRANCE, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France… but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can… completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime. NetGalley

By coincidence I have just finished another book that centres around WWII in France, in the story of Arnaud and Anna who met during wartime and separated after the end never to speak again. A Fifty Year Silence is written by the couple’s grand-daughter Miranda Richmond Mouillot who tries to fathom what provoked the long-enduring silence.
My review will be posted later this week

A Fifty Year Silence

Next up is The Exit by Helen FitzGerald which is back to my favourite kind of read, a psychological thriller in a domestic setting.

The Exit


Some people love goodbyes…
23-year-old Catherine is mainly interested in Facebook and flirting, but she reluctantly takes a job at a local care home after her mother puts her foot down – and soon discovers that her new workplace contains many secrets.
One of the residents at the home, 82-year-old Rose, is convinced that something sinister is going on in Room 7 and that her own life is under threat. But Rose has dementia – so what does she actually know, and who would believe her anyway?
As Catherine starts investigating Rose’s allegations, terrible revelations surface about everyone involved. Can Catherine find out what’s really going on before it’s too late? Amazon

What are you reading this week?


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

36 thoughts on “Musing Mondays (January 26)

  1. I am excited about The Nightingale. I love Kristin Hannah, so I can’t wait to read it. Right now, I am reading The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. It is really good.


  2. I’ve got The Exit to read (my favourite kind of book too – “domestic noir”, a newspaper called it!) I finished Good Girls Don’t Die last night – your review a few weeks ago had moved it up the pile! I really enjoyed it, I hope to see more of DI Grace Fisher!


  3. Cleo – I think you’ve made some great recommendations! I have The Paying Guests on my ‘must read’ list, and that new Fitzgerald looks fabulous. I really did think The Cry was excellent.


  4. Nice to see Little Lies heading the list. I’m ignoring the Pauline Daly and Helen Fitzgerald recommendations, since I still haven’t got around to reading their last ones yet! But they’re still creeping up the list… 🙂


  5. I’ve been seeing The Nightingale around a lot lately! The Exit sounds exciting – although I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of that type of book (The Girl on the Train, A Small Indiscretion) lately and might need a genre break 🙂


    1. I’m enjoying The Nightingale although for some reason this is the fourth book in a row that has some element of WWII. I do love psychological thrillers and have also read The Girl on the Train, but not A Small Indiscretion, off to check this out now 🙂


  6. I have seen a lot of people reading The Nightingale and I also like the sound of Little Lies and A fifty Year silence. Now, I must look for more books to add to my tottering TBR pile *sigh*.


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