This Week in Books (May 6)

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.


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. 

[Beautifully written and I really enjoyed it, though possibly not as much as some other reviews I’ve seen.]


For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark.

But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens.

[Last week’s poll winner. I only started this one last night so I don’t have much to say about it just yet. 😂]


Yep, it’s that time of the week again. You get to decide what I’ll be reading next.

By the way, you don’t have to vote for a book you’ve read and enjoyed. You can vote for something that just appeals to you. I own all of these anyway. They should be read at some point, apparently. 😉

I can’t wait to see which book wins the poll this time. You have time to decide what I’ll be reading next until I finish my current read. Although, at the slow pace I’ve been going lately, I may need to squeeze in a blog tour book first.

What have you been reading this week? Anything good? Do let me know! I need to buy some new books soon. 😏. Happy reading! xx

  17 comments for “This Week in Books (May 6)

  1. May 6, 2020 at 11:41 am

    I will keep voting for Ash Mountain until you pick it up and read it! But thank god you’ve finally finished Hamnet 😂

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  2. May 6, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Right, since I’m here early for once, let’s see if I can rIg his in some way.


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    • May 7, 2020 at 4:36 pm

      Yeah, doesn’t look like that was intimidating enough. 😂. I am willing to take bribes and put the book on my 20 Books of Summer list though. 😉

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      • May 9, 2020 at 8:20 pm

        Hurrah! I shall send you some of my left-over chocolate… *crosses fingers behind back*

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  3. May 6, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Definitely read Ash Mountain next, it’s earned a spot in my top ten reads of the year!

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  4. May 6, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Ash Mountain seems like a popular choice at mo Eva. Top of my pile after current read. Glad you finally finished Hamnet..sorry to hear not AS good as you may have hoped for/expected. x

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  5. May 6, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    My feelings about Hamnet match yours. I admired it but wasn’t blown away by it. Perhaps a case of sky high expectations from other reviews.

    Here’s my WWW

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  6. May 6, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    I went with Jo Spain as it’s the only one I’ve read and I really enjoyed it.

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  7. May 6, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    I want to read them all!! But opted for The Unquiet Heart, I love a good gothic murder mystery xx

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  8. May 6, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Voted for Little Disaster, again! Interesting you did enjoy Hamnet as much as you thought you would, I’ve been putting off buying it as I’m not sure about all the hype and marketing surrounding it. :/

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    • May 14, 2020 at 9:14 am

      It’s beautifully written but I could have done without the Shakespeare link. It felt completely unnecessary and I feel the story would have worked better without it.


  9. May 6, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    I am curious about Hamnet but can’t decide if I should buy it, haha! xx

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  10. May 6, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Well you know which one I picked 😂

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  11. Yvo
    May 6, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    I hope you will enjoy Where The Crawdads Sing! And I voted for Ash Mountain as I’m currently reading that one and so far it’s great. 😉 xx

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  12. May 20, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    I need to read that one. I just finished Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys and enjoyed it. My review is on my blog today. My favorite historical read of late was The Fountains of Silence by the same author.

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