Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?


CURRENTLY READING:  Coconut Layer Cake Murder, by Joanne Fluke

I am enjoying this one; I have been a fan of the Hallmark Murders & Mysteries series starring Alison Sweeney as Hannah Swensen.



Dead To Her, by Sarah Pinborough


When You See Me, by Lisa Gardner

The Red Lotus, by Chris Bohjalian – (NetGalley – 3/17/20)

The Housekeeper, by Natalie Barelli



Today I received a print version of a newly released book that I have been eyeing:  My Dark Vanessa, by Kate Elizabeth Russell…

Synopsis:  Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.

2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher.

2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager—and who professed to worship only her—may be far different from what she has always believed?

Alternating between Vanessa’s present and her past, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield. Thought-provoking and impossible to put down, this is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood. Written with the haunting intimacy of The Girls and the creeping intensity of Room, My Dark Vanessa is an era-defining novel that brilliantly captures and reflects the shifting cultural mores transforming our relationships and society itself.


These were the books I read and enjoyed in the past two weeks.  What did you savor?


28 thoughts on “A BOOKISH HUMP DAY…

  1. LOVE the looks of THE HOUSEKEEPER.

    I read half of MY DARK VANESSA and stopped. It was too intense for me. Will be looking for your thoughts.

    What are you currently reading?

    I am ready to start THE GERMAN HEIRESS by Anika Scott

    What did you recently finish reading?

    I just finished THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF AUGUST MARCH by Aaron Jackson – it was delightful and excellent.

    What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

    I have a few I’m looking forward to, but I like all of my books in my TBR. 🙂

    What’s coming up soon:

    THE NEW HUSBAND by D. J. Palmer
    SIMON THE FIDDLER by Paulette Jiles
    STORIES WE NEVER TOLD by Sonja Yoerg
    HAVE YOU SEEN ME by Kate White

    Hope you are having a good week, Laurel.

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  2. So many great books! I only read the first book in the Joanne Fluke series and that was way before Allison Sweeney starred in it. I enjoyed it and I really want to read the rest of the series. I need more time! LOL

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  3. Our library just got Coconut Layer Cake Murder, and I was looking at it the other day! It looks like a good read. Glad to hear you’re enjoying it. I’ve been interested in When You See Me, too, so I’m glad to hear it was a five-star read for you! Looking forward to picking that one up. Happy reading.

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  4. How did you feel about Dead To Her? I read her other book, Behind Her Eyes, last year and really liked it so I’m very curious about it. I hope you’ll have a great week 🙂

    Here’s my WWW posted on a Friday. Better late then never!

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