This Week in Books

This Week in Books – 29-06-22

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.

It’s been a bit of a quiet reading week as I had a weekend away with less time for reading than usual. I did finish Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft, however, which was a whole lot of fun.

Mild-mannered headmaster, Thomas Senlin, prefers his adventures to be safely contained within the pages of a book. So when he loses his new bride shortly after embarking on the honeymoon of their dreams, he is ill-prepared for the trouble that follows.

To find her, Senlin must enter the Tower of Babel – a world of geniuses and tyrants, of menace and wonder, of unusual animals and mysterious machines. And if he hopes to ever see his wife again, he will have to do more than just survive… this quiet man of letters must become a man of action.

Deviating from last week’s plan entirely, I’m currently read A Narrow Door by Joanne Harris which I’m really enjoying.

Now I’m in charge, the gates are my gates. The rules are my rules.

It’s an incendiary moment for St Oswald’s school. For the first time in its history, a headmistress is in power, the gates opening to girls.

Rebecca Buckfast has spilled blood to reach this position. Barely forty, she is just starting to reap the harvest of her ambition. As the new regime takes on the old guard, the ground shifts. And with it, the remains of a body are discovered.

But Rebecca is here to make her mark. She’ll bury the past so deep it will evade even her own memory, just like she has done before. After all…

You can’t keep a good woman down.

I think that my next book will be Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman.

A pure pleasure of a novel set in Georgian London, where the discovery of a mysterious ancient Greek vase sets in motion conspiracies, revelations and romance.

London, 1799. Dora Blake is an aspiring jewellery artist who lives with her uncle in what used to be her parents’ famed shop of antiquities. When a mysterious Greek vase is delivered, Dora is intrigued by her uncle’s suspicious behaviour and enlists the help of Edward Lawrence, a young antiquarian scholar. Edward sees the ancient vase as key to unlocking his academic future. Dora sees it as a chance to restore the shop to its former glory, and to escape her nefarious uncle.

But what Edward discovers about the vase has Dora questioning everything she has believed about her life, her family, and the world as she knows it. As Dora uncovers the truth she starts to realise that some mysteries are buried, and some doors are locked, for a reason.

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


  1. Deviating from the plan is almost a requirement these days, surely. 😉

    I enjoyed A Narrow Door too when I read it last year. Have a great reading week, Jo!

    1. It’s certainly becoming a habit if nothing else! And I’m really enjoying A Narrow Door – hoping to finish it this evening…

  2. I loved ALL of Harris’s St Oswald’s books, and loved them. She can really write a psychological thriller that keeps me interested. I hope you love it too!

      1. Did you read the others? Gentlemen & Players, and A Different Class? Both excellent. Also Blueeyedboy is set in Malbry but it isn’t really part of this series.

      2. I read Gentlemen & Players a long time ago, but I don’t remember a lot about it. May be time for a reread…

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