Ag Léamh: What I’m Reading This Week #2

Welcome to the second post in the Ag Léamh series, in which I chat about the books I’ll be reading this week. Having finished Rage-In by Tara Flynn, this week I’ll be starting The Songs of Us, by Emma Cooper.


This week, after a run of non-fiction reading which is highly unlike me, I am returning to my beloved fiction habit, having downloaded it on my Kindle. I haven’t heard a jot about this book, and I’m pretty sure I haven’t read anything else by the author before. So why, you may well ask, did I decide that this should be my next read?

Quite simply, my mam recommended it to me. My mam and I have in some respects very similar tastes in reading, particularly when it comes to female writers. In other ways, we differ vastly – she does not have the same love for fantasy series as I do! If Mam is recommending a particular book, I feel fine about plunging in blindly, with some hope of enjoying the dive.

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This particular book, I notice, has 4.5 stars on GoodReads. While I generally don’t put much stock in the ratings of other readers, I do tend to take consistently high ratings such as that as a fairly good sign. That said, I’m reluctant to get my hopes up too high, as high expectations colour my perspective and can result in a steep drop of disappointment if the book doesn’t meet my heightened expectations. I’m pretty sure that at least a contributing factor as to why I really disliked Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. I gave it three out of five stars, but one of those was because I felt bad I’d let myself buy into the hype so much.

I’m delving into this book as my bedtime read this evening, and will check in later in the week with an update. After reading multiple non-fiction books on the run, I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to a good story!

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What are you reading this week? How are you finding it so far? Do let me know in the comments!


Ag Léamh (which translates from Irish as reading) is a new weekly series on the books I’m reading and listening to, and my thoughts on them as I go along. Posts will usually go live on Mondays, and depending on the voraciousness of my reading each week, possibly also on Fridays of each week.


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