This Week in Books

This Week in Books – 25-10-17

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This Week in Books is a feature hosted by Lipsy at Lipsyy Lost and Found that allows bloggers to share:

  • What they’ve recently finished reading
  • What they are currently reading
  • What they are planning to read next

The last books I finished was Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, which I read as part of Dewey’s readathon.  I absolutely loved it!  Regular readers will know that I love mythology, and so this book, in which Gaiman tells some of the key stories from Norse myth in his own wonderful way, was perfect for me.

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The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling – from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman’s own award-bedecked, bestselling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman’s gods are thoroughly alive on the page – irascible, visceral, playful, passionate – and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarok and the twilight of the gods. Galvanised by Gaiman’s prose, Thor, Loki, Odin and Freya are irresistible forces for modern readers and the crackling, brilliant writing demands to be read aloud around an open fire on a freezing, starlit night.

My current read is Before This is Over by Amanda Hickie, which details one woman’s efforts to save her family when an epidemic hits Sydney.

before this is over

A normal family. A quiet, leafy street. A terrifying epidemic.

It’s been coming for a while: a lethal illness. With sons of five and fourteen to look out for, Hannah has been stockpiling supplies, despite everyone telling her that it’s unnecessary.

Then it arrives.

At first there are a few unconfirmed cases. Then a death. Now the whole city is quarantined. But Hannah’s family is not yet safe behind their locked front door…

Basics soon become luxuries, and neighbours become hazards. There are power cuts, food shortages and an ever-growing sense of claustrophobia. How will the family cope?

How would you cope?

How far would you go to protect your children?

My next read is likely to be ZENKA by Alison Brodie.


Devious, ruthless, and loyal.

Zenka is a capricious Hungarian with a dark past.

When cranky London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not. Happily, she now has easy access to pistols, knives and shotguns.

Jack discovers he has a son, Nicholas, a male nurse with a heart of gold. Problem is, Nicholas is a wimp.

Zenka takes charges. Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts, she will make Nicholas into the sort of son any self-respecting crime boss would be proud of. And she succeeds!

Nicholas transforms from pussycat to mad dog, falls in love with Zenka, and finds out where the bodies are buried – because he buries them. He’s learning fast that sometimes you have to kill, or be killed.

As his life becomes more terrifying, questions have to be asked:

How do you tell a mob boss you don’t want to be his son?

And is Zenka really who she says she is?

And that’s my week in books!  What are you reading this week?  Let me know in the comments!


  1. I’ve just finished RED DUST ROAD by Jackie Kay (the famous author) It’s a memoir. Jackie had a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother who gave her to an orphanage when she was a baby. Soon after Jackie was adopted by a couple from Glasgow.

    This story tells of Jackie’s upbringing with a loving, strongly socially-minded couple who support every step she took through life until she ends up with an MBE from the Queen. When Jackie is forty she traces her Nigerian father, who thinks of her as his “shame”. (There is not one word of bitterness towards her biological parents in this book – in fact, it is all so funny and “warm”). She then meets her biological mother and realises she was SO lucky with the parents who adopted her. I loved her adoptive parents and wish Jackie had written more about them.

    Although this is a humorous book, it also shows the unfairness of how white people “label” black people. “Registering loss and love alike” -Jeanette Winterson.

    I Highly recommend.

    Last night I started “THE EROTIC REVIEW – Bedside Companion.” (all my books are my bedside companions!) It didn’t grab me. Neither did my husband.

    1. Red Dust Road sounds really interesting!
      Ah well – maybe today? I’ll let you decide if I’m referring to the book or your husband 😉

    1. It’s really good! I’ll have my review up within the next week or so, but definitely worth a read – and I’ll check out your WWW post shortly 🙂

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