This Week in Books

This Week in Books – 18-05-22

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

A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.


The last book I finished reading was The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan. I’ll be sharing my review as part of the blog tour next week.

First Rule: Make them like you.
Second Rule: Make them need you.
Third Rule: Make them pay.

They think I’m a young, idealistic law student, that I’m passionate about reforming a corrupt and brutal system.

They think I’m working hard to impress them.

They think I’m here to save an innocent man on death row.

They’re wrong. I’m going to bury him.


My current read is Sour Grapes by Dan Rhodes.

When the sleepy English village of Green Bottom hosts its first literary festival, the good, the bad and the ugly of the book world descend upon its leafy lanes.

But the villagers are not prepared for the peculiar habits, petty rivalries and unspeakable desires of the authors. And they are certainly not equipped to deal with Wilberforce Selfram, the ghoul-faced, ageing enfant terrible who wreaks havoc wherever he goes.

Sour Grapes is a hilarious satire on the literary world which takes no prisoners as it skewers authors, agents, publishers and reviewers alike.


My next read might be Salt by Catrin Kean.

Cardiff in the late 1800s is grimy, crowded, and grey, and Ellen, a domestic, dreams of escaping her dreary life there for the sea. When she falls in love with Samuel, a ship’s cook from Barbados, she is able to fulfil her fantasy by running away with him on a ship bound for the bright excitement of San Francisco. Life at sea is brutal and dangerous, but it is a place where they can be free… Until circumstances force Ellen home, and the hardships of working class life and racism begin to poison their lives. Salt is based on the lives of Kean’s great-grandparents who married in 1878. It is their love story.


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

9 comments

  1. I’ve had Salt on my to read shelves for a while but had forgotten about it. Since I live only a few miles from Cardiff where it is partly set, I really should get to read it soon….

    1. I picked up a copy after hearing the author speak at the Hay Winter Weekend last year. I’m looking forward to it!

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