This week in books

This Week In Books (August 24th 2016)


This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧ The Last Day of Captain Lincoln, Exo Books / Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, J.K Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne


Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life.

An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.

Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.

The End is just the beginning.

Following Lilyn’s recommendations is always a good idea. I would not have picked this book myself, but I would have missed a very special day.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

The jury is still debating about The Cursed Child. Hopefully, the verdict will be out on Friday for the Hype or Like Review.

≈ Now ≈ Return To The Little French Guesthouse, Helen Pollard

french guesthouse

Blue skies, new love, and a glass of Bordeaux . . . what could possibly go wrong?

When Emmy Jamieson leaves her life behind and moves to La Cour des Roses, a gorgeous guesthouse amidst vineyards in France, everything is resting on her success as the new guesthouse manager.

Looming in the calendar is the biggest booking ever, when the entire eccentric, demanding Thomson family will descend for a golden wedding anniversary. With airbeds on the floor and caravans in the garden, La Cour des Roses will be bursting at the seams.

Emmy knows she’s up to the challenge, especially with the support of the gorgeous Alain, the half-French, half-English, caramel-eyed accountant. But she hadn’t counted on a naked, sleepwalking travel blogger, or the return of owner Rupert’s venomous ex-wife Gloria.

Gloria has a few things to say about Emmy’s new role, Rupert’s finances, and the unsuspecting Alain, which send everybody reeling. Just when Emmy can see a future for herself of endless sunshine, true love and laughter, are her dreams about to be ripped at the seams?

I freaked about about not having enough time to read and review The Cursed Child so my trip to the French Guesthouse was postponed. Now, I’m reading this in the garden, surrounded by flowers. My idea of a great holiday in France.

∨ Next ∨ My Grandfather’s Eyes, B.A Spicer

my grandfather's eyes

Alex Crane is not a nice woman. But she understands what it is to be set apart from other people, and she knows the pain of unrequited love.

Inside a small cupboard at the top of the stairs during a Christmas game of hide and seek, five-year-old Alex Crane listens to her cousins as they dance downstairs chanting, ‘Poo face! Poo face!’ She raises a small hand and covers her moles, glowing with shame and confusion. She does not want them to find her. Already reeling from the loss of her beloved grandfather, the cousins’ careless words cut deep. But there is worse to come, and Alex discovers that there are very few people in the world whom she can trust. Years later, self-assured but emotionally disaffected, Alex marries, knowing that the only person she cares for is her closest friend, Lizzy. Trapped and with diminishing hope, Alex almost gives in to Richard’s suffocating devotion. However, the discovery of a family mystery takes her over. She pieces together clues and delves deeper into the past, recalling scenes from her childhood which mask a devastating truth. The cupboard at the top of the stairs cannot hold Alex forever.

Because I can’t stay away from darker reads!

Have you read any of these books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments:)
Happy reading


43 thoughts on “This Week In Books (August 24th 2016)”

  1. I still don’t know if I should read the new HP. I don’t know, I’m currently re-watching the films but I don’t want my childhood spoiled XD

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    1. A Harry Potter movie is on TV every Sunday at the moment, so you know what I do with my evening, haha. I was not sure about the book, and I still can’t say whether I’m happy or not I read it. So many mixed feelings! I think it feels different enough to steer clear of your memories 🙂

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  2. Hey, I saw that Little French Guesthouse has a sequel today and I immediately thought of you!
    And here I am on your blog, and you’re reading it already. 😀
    Btw, can’t wait to see what you’ll say about new Harry Potter on Friday.

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  3. Ooo! I really want to hear what you thought of Cursed Child now!
    I think I’ve pretty much decided not to read it. I’d rather wait until they make a film or TV version (which they will once they’ve squeezed as much money as they can out of the stage version). Reading a script is never quite as good as seeing a production and I don’t want to be disappointed.

    Here’s my post:

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    1. Reading a script is definitely less fun, I had issues with it at the beginning, it took me a while to check the names over the dialogues so I got confused ten times! Then I started reading faster and finished the book in three hours, but I still don’t know how I feel about it… I think your decision is a good one to avoid any disappointment!
      Thank you for the link 🙂

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  4. I spotted Return to the Little French Guesthouse on NetGalley last week and was seriously tempted to request based on your review of the first book. Glad to hear you’re enjoying it so far.

    I still can’t make my mind up whether to read Harry Potter or not. I keep spying it in the supermarket but not sure how I’d cope with the play format. I’ll wait to see what the final verdict is 🙂

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    1. I’m 40% in and it feels like a holiday, which is great because I did not leave for the summer 🙂
      The format makes it difficult to get into the story, that is a fact, but I read that many people loved it anyway. I’m still undecided!

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    1. I hope I’ll manage to make up my mind and write something for that review, haha! It’s just so different from what I wanted that I can’t decide if I’m disappointed or not.
      Thanks for the link!

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  5. Return to the Little French Guesthouse looks so adorable! That is going straight onto my tbr.

    I hope you like The Cursed Child. I did not have a favorable review of it, but there is definitely mixed reviews about it out there!

    Here’s my post for the week. 🙂

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    1. Have you read the first book, The Little French Guesthouse? It’s brilliant. The perfect book to take with you on a holiday, or to give you a bit of a holiday if you’re stuck home! And the second book is just as good!
      I’m unsure whether I liked it or not, it’s really strange. I hope I can clear my head and write a proper review for Friday.
      Thanks for the link, I’ll head over there now! 🙂

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    1. The cover and some pictures inside do look a bit creepy, but it was a very interesting read 🙂
      Only read The Cursed Child when you really want to, it might me better this way 🙂

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  6. I like dark and mysterious reads too so I’m mostly interested in My Grandfather’s Eyes. Sounds good! I’ve already decided to stay clear of Harry Potter, no matter if you rant or rave about it;-). I have two big thomes of HP but it seems the passion has momentarily passed to read anything else HP.

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    1. It does, doesn’t it? Usually I try to find likable main characters but this one intrigues me!
      I hope the passion comes back soon! 🙂 I have mixed feelings about The Cursed Child.


  7. I was supposed to finish Harry Potter tonight, but instead, I’ve spent the last two hours reading and writing blog comments. 😂 I’m so behind now. Haha! I’m so easily distracted. I hope I get this read and reviewed for Friday at the rate I’m going. And I’m leaving for Florida on Friday. So behind… 😂

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      1. I know. Seriously. I went to buy clothes and a suitcase tonight and it cost me more than my plane ticket and I’m not ever done with all of my chores. 😂 Vacation = stressful. I now remember why I don’t take them that often. I’ll get plenty of reading done on the plane. I’ll probably have a whole book read by the time I get off. It’s like a 3 hour flight.

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        1. Haha, swimsuits and suitcases cost more than actual clothes. That’s all the fun of vacation, you get stressed to prepare them, stressed during, and stressed after because of all the backlog.

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          1. I know. Vacations are fun but also stressful. My parents have already made plans. I’m like guys I’m on vacation we’re not running around and scheduling things. Duh! 🙈 I’m chillaxing at the pool and reading.


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