This Week in Books (October 17)


Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.

Last book I finished reading


Ireland, 1901: For as long as six-year-old Cissy Ryan can remember, she has been a workhouse girl. Living amongst the other orphan boys and girls, dreaming of a family that might come and choose her for their own.

But the day her real mammy finally comes to claim her is not how Cissy imagined. An unfamiliar woman takes her to a tumbledown cottage in the rural Irish countryside to meet her gruff granddaddy. Settling into the isolated and poverty-stricken village is tough. But Cissy’s blossoming friendship with Colm Doyle and his horse Blue show Cissy the kindness and laughter is possible, even in the hardest of times.

As Cissy grows up, she finds that the world around her is ever changing. When she goes to work at prestigious Bretton Hall, she begins to realise that not everyone has an honest heart…

The book I’m currently reading


Married couple Jack and Ali Gardiner move to a self-sufficient spiritual commune in the English Fens, desperate for fresh start. The local village is known for the witches who once resided there and Rosalind House, where the commune has been established, is a former psychiatric home, with a disturbing history.

When Jack and Ali arrive, a chain of unexpected and unexplained events is set off, and it becomes clear that they are not all that they seem. As the residents become twitchy, and the villagers suspicious, events from the past come back to haunt them, and someone is seeking retribution…

What I’m (probably) reading next


It is 1868, and a 22-year-old Bram Stoker has locked himself inside an abbey’s tower to face off against a vile and ungodly beast. He is armed with mirrors and crucifixes and holy water and a gun – and is kept company by a bottle of plum brandy. His fervent prayer is that he will survive this one night – a night that will prove to be the longest of his life.

Desperate to leave a record of what he has witnessed, the young man scribbles out the events that brought him to this point – and tells an extraordinary tale of childhood illness, a mysterious nanny, and stories once thought to be fables now proven true.


I may be a tad excited about my week. What are you reading this week? Let me know! Happy reading! xx

  23 comments for “This Week in Books (October 17)

  1. October 17, 2018 at 11:05 am

    I’m reading a blog tour books So Here It Is By Dave Hill.

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  2. October 17, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I really enjoyed The Lingering, the atmosphere is so creepy.

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  3. October 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on The Lingering as it’s a book I’ve been seeing mentioned by a lot of people recently.

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    • October 17, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      Bit of a wait for my thoughts as I’m not on the blog tour until late November but I’m really enjoying it so far.

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  4. October 17, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    The Lingering looks intriguing, Looking forward to reading your thoughts!

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  5. October 17, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Hmm, Dracul looks interesting! It’s been a while since I’ve read a Dracula retelling.

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  6. October 17, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    I can’t wait to read The Lingering and Dracul, looking forward to both of them so much.

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  7. Yvo
    October 17, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    I really like the sound of these! Have a wonderful week and happy reading. xx

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Jo
    October 17, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I’m intrigued by Dracul, so I’ll by looking out for your review of that one!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. ChrissiReads
    October 18, 2018 at 7:04 am

    No wonder you’re excited for your reading week! It looks great.

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 20, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      And it absolutely delivered! I’m slightly worried next week is going to be a huge let-down 😂


  10. October 19, 2018 at 10:20 am

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts about Little Orphan Girl. Have a fab weekend, Eva and happy reading 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 20, 2018 at 12:33 pm

      I still need to write my review but I enjoyed it! Hope you had a wonderful week reading, Diana! xx


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