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This Week in Books (December 2)

This Week In Books

Hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I am reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words

I have finally started All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, a book that has been on my TBR for way too long.

All The Light We Cannot See


Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.
In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.
Doerr’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work. NetGalley

I have just finished the absolutely fascinating This House of Grief by Helen Garner where I got way too involved in the details of this Australian murder trial.

This House of Grief


On the evening of September 4th 2005, Robert Farquharson, a separated husband, was driving his three sons home to their mother, Cindy, when his car left the road and plunged into a dam. The boys, aged ten, seven and two, all drowned. Was this an act of revenge or a tragic accident? In a tale reminiscent of In Cold Blood (1966), Helen Garner decided to reveal every aspect of this complicated and highly emotional case.In this utterly compelling book, Helen Garner tells the story of a man with a broken life and bears witness to an often uncomfortable truth. Amazon

My review will follow shortly

In the new spirit of choosing more books from my TBR I have decided to read something a little lighter next so I have chosen The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

The Hypnotist's Love Story


Hypnotherapist Ellen is fascinated by what makes people tick. So when she falls in love with Patrick, the fact that he has a stalker doesn’t faze her in the slightest. If anything it intrigues her, and the more she hears about Saskia, the more she wants to meet this woman. But what Ellen doesn’t know is that they’ve already met . . .
Saskia has been posing as one of Ellen’s clients. Unable to let go of the life she so abruptly lost, she wants to know everything about the woman who took her place. And the further she inches her way into Ellen’s world, the more trouble she stirs up.
Ellen’s love story is about to take an unexpected turn. But it’s not only Saskia who doesn’t know where to stop: Ellen also has to ask herself what lines she’s prepared to cross to get the happy ending she’s always wanted.
Thought-provoking, sympathetic and smart, Liane Moriarty’s The Hypnotist’s Love Story is a novel for anyone who’s ever loved, lost or found it hard to let go. Amazon

What are you reading this week? Do share!

See what I’ve been reading in 2015 here


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

38 thoughts on “This Week in Books (December 2)

  1. I’m currently reading A Heart so White, which requires all of my concentration, as with those long sentences you can’t afford to let your attention wander even for a second…
    I’ve just finished Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, about which I’d heard such good things, but which disappointed me a little bit. And I was planning to start The Killing Lessons by Saul Black last night but my e-reader was playing up.


    1. I wasn’t a huge fan of Fates and Furies although I didn’t dislike it – I thought it was trying too hard! I didn’t realise A Heart So White had long sentences, that one will have to wait until my concentration levels rise a little. My e-reader has been behaving oddly lately, I’ve given a gentle hint that I may need a new one for Xmas!


  2. Great to see 2 Aussie authors on your list. This House of Grief was an extraordinary read. Garner did such an amazing job to humanise such an inhumane act.

    I’ve read Big, Little Lies and loved it a lot. I hope to read more Moriarty soon. I’ll watch out for your review 🙂


  3. I’ll be interested to hear what you make of the Moriarty. I’ve read The Husband’s Secret and thought it was ok (I guessed the big secret within the first quarter of the book… spoiled it a bit!). But the writing was fantastic, so I’d be keen to read something else by her and it’s nice to read Australian authors for a change!
    Here’s my WWW:


  4. All of these books sound great. I’ve heard only good things about All The Light We Cannot See, I hope you enjoy it. I really must start reading it soon! I’ve read all of Liane Moriarty’s books except this one, I do find them a bit predictable but I enjoy her writing so that keeps me hooked. I hope you enjoy reading it.

    Here’s my WWW

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  5. Oh, I keep hearing good things about This House of Grief Cleo. I’ll be really keen to know what you thought of it. And the Doerr sounds terrific, too.


  6. I’ve been intending to read All the Light We Cannot See for ages, too:-) Looking forward to your review! I did like Hypnotist’s Love Story, have you read other books by Moriarty?


  7. I really need to get a copy of All The Light We Cannot See soon, because I have been wanting to read it for ages… And I hope you enjoy The Hypnotist’s Love Story; I remember enjoying her writing in The Husband’s Secret earlier this year.

    Happy Wednesday! Here’s my WWW.


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