This Week in Books – 10-19-22 – Jo’s Book Blog

This Week in Books is a feature hosted by Lipsy at Lipsyy Lost and Found that allows bloggers to share:

  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • what they are currently reading
  • What they plan to read next

A similar meme is by Taking on a World of Words.


The last book I finished reading was The Manningtree Witches by A. K. Blakemore.

Fear and destruction take root in a community of women when the Witchfinder General comes to town, in this dark and exciting debut.

England, 1643. Parliament faces the king; the war between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers rages. Puritan fervor has gripped the nation, and the fiery terror of damnation burns black in every shadow.

In Manningtree, without men since the wars began, the women are left alone. On the fringes of this diminished community are those barely tolerated by the wealthy villagers: the old, the poor, the unmarried, the sharp-tongued. Rebecca West, daughter of the formidable Beldam West, fatherless and her husband, chafes at the monotony of her days, buoyed only by her infatuation with clerk John Edes. But then newcomer Matthew Hopkins takes over the Thorn Inn and starts asking questions about the women on the fringes. When a child falls ill with a fever and begins to rave about covens and pacts, the questions take on a sharp edge.

The Manningtree Witches It immerses its readers in the fever and menace of the English witch trials, where suspicion, mistrust and betrayal spiraled out of control as the power of men was left unchecked and the integrity of women left defenseless. It is a visceral and exciting book that heralds a bold new talent.


I am currently reading the people in the trees by Only Yanagihara.

The shocking debut novel, from the author of a little life.

It is 1950 when Norton Perina, a young doctor, embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in search of a supposed lost tribe. There he meets a strange group of forest dwellers who seem to have achieved a form of immortality that preserves the body but not the mind. Perina discovers his secret and returns with him to America, where she soon finds great success. But his discovery has come at a terrible cost, not only for the islanders, but for Perina himself.

Solo by Yanagihara the people in the trees marks the debut of a notable new voice in American fiction.


My next read could be Affinity by Sarah Waters.

Set in and around Milbank Women’s Prison in the 1870s, Affinity is an utterly compelling and eerie ghost story, a complex and intriguing literary mystery, and a touching love story with an unexpected twist to the tale.

Following the death of her father, Margaret Prior has decided to do a “good job” with the criminals in one of London’s most notorious prisons. Surrounded by prisoners, murderers and common thieves, she Margaret finds herself drawn to one of the most unlikely prisons: incarcerated spiritualist Selina Dawes. Sympathetic to the plight of this innocent-seeming girl, Margaret finds herself providing guidance and perhaps friendship to her visits, not expecting to find herself delving into a twilight world of séances, shadows, rebellious spirits, and unseemly passions.


And that’s my week in the books! What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments! 😎

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