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This Week in Books (December 16)

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

At the moment I am reading The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey, one of the books I bought on my relatively recent trip to Bath.

The Secret Rooms

You can read the synopsis and a taster from this book in yesterday’s post

I have recently finished The Life ProjectThe Life Project: The Extraordinary Story of 70,000 Ordinary Livesby Helen Pearson, a fascinating non-fiction book that delves into four ongoing-projects that follow a selection of people’s lives from birth onwards

The Life Project

Blurb

On 5th March 1946 a survey began that is, today, the longest-running study of human development in the world, and has grown to encompass six generations of children and over 70,000 people. They have become some of the best-studied people on the planet. The simple act of observing human life has changed the way we are born, schooled, parent and die, and irrevocably altered our understanding of inequality and health. This is the tale of these studies, the scientists who created and sustain them, the discoveries that have come from them. The envy of scientists around the world, they are one of Britain’s best-kept secrets.

The Life Project will be published on 3 March 2016,

My review will follow soon.

Next up has to be And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie after I finally found a decent second-hand copy I now need to re-read it before the TV adaption on Boxing Day.

And then there were none

Blurb

Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide.
The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again… Amazon

What are you reading this week? Do share!

See what I’ve been reading in 2015 here

Author:

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

32 thoughts on “This Week in Books (December 16)

  1. Other than The Mousetrap, which I don’t think counts, I have never read any Agatha Christie. I keep meaning to and got a couple from the library last year but I worry I know the stories too well.

  2. I recently reread And Then There Were None and was struck once more by the difference between the much darker book and the much lighter film adaptations. I wonder how the new TV adaptation will fare. I also love the sound of The Life Project – that’s the anthropologist in me speaking… I find life stories so interesting!
    I’ve just finished a book called The Imperfectionists, about expat journalists at an English-language newspaper in Rome – a series of short stories really, linked up to form a novel. Not quite as satirical as I had hoped, but it had its moments. I’m currently reading The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura, but I can’t say it’s unputdownable. And I’ll probably read Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson next, as I’m in the mood for some straightforward crime and enjoyment.

    1. I’m looking forward to seeing the adaption, the trailer makes it look quite creepy. The Life Project was so interesting in so many different ways. The one time I do really enjoy short stories is when they link so The Imperfectionists sounds interesting even if it didn’t have the level of satire you expected. Happy festive reading Marina 😉

  3. Ah, I really hope you’ll enjoy And Then There Were None, Cleo. It’s on my list of top Christie titles, really. And The Life Project sounds really interesting, too, actually. I’ll be keen to know what you think of it when you’ve finished.

    1. And Then There Were None is my favourite of all Agatha Christie’s stories so I’m looking forward to a good re-read! The Life Project was simply fascinating on so many different levels – a non-fiction book that was easy to read and informed me about a whole range of subjects.

  4. Oh I’d better dig out the copy of And There Were None that’s around somewhere. I’ve got The Secret Rooms, but haven’t got round to reading it yet – but Black Diamonds was so wonderful I’m sure it’ll be great! I rather like reading about Edwardian / Victorian posh people, especially when they’re utterly batty, as many of them seemed to be. Too much money…!

  5. I’ve been carrying around a copy of And Then There Were None all year! I really need to read it. Maybe if I see that you’ve enjoyed it, you’ll inspire me!

    1. Ah you have to visit this page to get all the best news 😉 I probably would have missed it except the younger AC fan has been harping on about it for months asking if I knew when it was on – I eventually spotted the trailer last week so we will be enjoying it together.

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