This Week in Books (April 29)

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.


When the eight-year-old daughter of an Oxford College Master vanishes in the middle of the night, police turn to the Scottish nanny, Dee, for answers. 

As Dee looks back over her time in the Master’s Lodging – an eerie and ancient house – a picture of a high achieving but dysfunctional family emerges: Nick, the fiercely intelligent and powerful father; his beautiful Danish wife Mariah, pregnant with their child; and the lost little girl, Felicity, almost mute, seeing ghosts, grieving her dead mother.

But is Dee telling the whole story? Is her growing friendship with the eccentric house historian, Linklater, any cause for concern? And most of all, why was Felicity silent?

[Absolutely loved this. One of my books of the year so far!]


Warwickshire in the 1580s. Agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unusual gifts. She settles with her husband in Henley street, Stratford, and has three children: a daughter, Susanna, and then twins, Hamnet and Judith. The boy, Hamnet, dies in 1596, aged eleven. Four years or so later, the husband writes a play called Hamlet. 

[The clear winner of last week’s poll. I started reading this last Wednesday evening and I’m still not halfway. That is in no way a reflection on the novel. It’s having the other half home so much, which is messing up my reading even more than before. But I’m enjoying it.]


Once again, it’s over to you! This may become a regular Wednesday thing. At least it stops me from spending hours staring at my book shelves, not being able to decide what to read.

I can’t wait to see which book will win the race this week. There is time to vote until I finish Hamnet, which I can promise you will not be today. 😂

What are you reading this week? Anything? Whatever it is you’re doing to get a break from reality, I hope you’re all safe, sane and well. 😘

  31 comments for “This Week in Books (April 29)

  1. April 29, 2020 at 9:47 am

    I’ll be interested to read your thoughts on Hamnet when you finish it as I read it recently.

    Here’s my WWW:

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    • April 30, 2020 at 9:19 am

      I’m very much enjoying it so far, bar one wee niggle which is something someone mentioned to me last week as well. The link to Shakespeare didn’t seem necessary. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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  2. April 29, 2020 at 10:16 am

    No clue this week missus. I haven’t read any of them. Hope you get through Hamnet eventually. Full house here too. It’s hard to focus x

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    • April 30, 2020 at 9:20 am

      You don’t have to vote for one you’ve read. 😄

      I can imagine how hard it is to focus and I just have the other half wandering around the house when he shouldn’t be. xx

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  3. April 29, 2020 at 10:28 am

    I haven’t read any of these but I went for Where The Crawdads Sing because it’s in my Audible library.

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  4. April 29, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    I have where the Crawdads sing on my tbr so that’s the one I voted for xx

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    • April 30, 2020 at 9:21 am

      I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I’ll let you know how I get on. Any day now. 😉

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  5. April 29, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    I vote for the Temple House Vanishing as I’ve heard great things! Magpe lane sounds excellent!

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    • April 30, 2020 at 9:22 am

      That came so close to winning last week but Hamnet was unbeatable. Magpie Lane is SO good!


  6. April 29, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    So glad you loved Magpie Lane as I have that to read, sometime!

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  7. April 29, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Looky there, I actually read one of these books. Crawdads for the win!

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  8. April 29, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Voted for Little Disasters!! 😀

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  9. Yvo
    April 29, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    You made me curious about Magpie Lane now! And I voted for Where The Crawdads Sing as I really enjoyed that one… xx

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    • April 30, 2020 at 9:25 am

      Magpie Lane is SO good! I’d write a review for it but you know, words. Poof. 🙄😄

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      • Yvo
        May 3, 2020 at 9:19 pm

        Oh yes, writing reviews has been a real struggle lately. xD

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  10. thebrowneyedbookworm
    April 29, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Voting for Crawdads, since that’s the only book I read that is in the running 😀

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  11. thequietgeordie
    April 29, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    I’ve just finished One of Us is Lying. No idea what I’m going to read next. Maybe another Hubby pick!

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    • April 30, 2020 at 9:26 am

      Hubby picks your books for you? I’d be so screwed if I let mine do that.

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      • thequietgeordie
        April 30, 2020 at 9:59 pm

        Yes occasionally – only from my bookshelves though! Wouldn’t trust him to pick something completely random!

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  12. April 30, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Haven’t read Crawdads but thats what I voted for since I have heard so many good things about it. Whichever title you settle on, happy reading 🙂

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    • April 30, 2020 at 9:27 am

      I’ve heard a lot of good things about it too and it’s proving to be a popular choice this week.

      Hope you and yours are safe and well, Diana! x


  13. May 1, 2020 at 11:48 am

    What?? Why is no one voting for The Legacy?? I’m going to go in a major huff soon! 😉

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    • May 5, 2020 at 10:30 am

      Maybe it’s not a familiar title? Just for you, I’ll add it to the voting list for as long as it takes. I’d quite like to see that major huff. 😁

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