This Week in Books

This Week in Books – 07-10-20

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

Well, my reading has certainly picked up in the last week or so… I can’t think why… 😉

The last book I finished reading was Coming Up for Air by Sarah Leipciger. I’ll be sharing my review soon, but I LOVED this book and it will almost certainly feature in my top books of the year list.


On the banks of the River Seine in 1899, a young woman takes her final breath before plunging into the icy water. Although she does not know it, her decision will set in motion an astonishing chain of events. It will lead to 1950s Norway, where a grieving toy-maker is on the cusp of a transformative invention, all the way to present-day Canada where a journalist, battling a terrible disease, risks everything for one last chance to live.

Taking inspiration from a remarkable true story, Coming Up for Air is a bold, richly imagined novel about the transcendent power of storytelling and the immeasurable impact of every human life.

And I’m currently reading The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton. This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and so far it’s living up to expectations.

An impossible murder
A remarkable detective duo
A demon who may or may not exist

It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported from the Dutch East Indies to Amsterdam, where he is facing trial and execution for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent, while also on board are Sara Wessel, a noble woman with a secret, and her husband, the governor general of Batavia.

But no sooner is their ship out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A strange symbol appears on the sail. A dead leper stalks the decks. Livestock are slaughtered in the night. And then the passengers hear a terrible voice whispering to them in the darkness, promising them three unholy miracles. First: an impossible pursuit. Second: an impossible theft. Third: an impossible murder. Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?

With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent and Sara can solve a mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.

While I’m reading more, I’m still not doing very well at sticking to a plan. So, my next read might be The Diabolical Bones by Bella Ellis, but it could well be something else entirely…

It’s Christmas 1845 and Haworth is in the grip of a freezing winter.

Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë are rather losing interest in detecting until they hear of a shocking discovery: the bones of a child have been found interred within the walls of a local house, Top Withens Hall, home to the scandalous and brutish Bradshaw family.

When the sisters set off to find out more, they are confronted with an increasingly complex and sinister case, which leads them into the dark world of orphanages, and onto the trail of other lost, and likely murdered children. After another local boy goes missing, Charlotte, Emily and Anne vow to find him before it’s too late.

But in order to do so, they must face their most despicable and wicked adversary yet – one that would not hesitate to cause them the gravest of harm…

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


    1. I know exactly what you mean, and I felt the same about it. I’m a little over half way through and really enjoying it so far though! x

  1. So glad to hear your reading has picked up, Jo! I can’t wait for my copy of The Devil and the Dark Water to arrive. I have immensely high expectations after his previous book. Also looking forward to The Diabolical Bones as I loved The Vanished Bride. Happy reading! xx

    1. I went into The Devil and the Dark Water feeling the same, but I’m really enjoying it so far! x

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