Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 19 February 2020

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WWW Wednesdays’ home is at Sam’s blog Taking On A World of Words. Check it out!

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?

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What am I currently reading?

I am currently reading Vixen by Rosie Garland. I am about halfway. It is a odd book set in the 1300s, but I kind of like it even if I am not blown away by it so far. I have also started Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, finally continuing my re-read of Harry Potter after a year to get to the final book, which I have never read for some reason!

Finally, I am listening to The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack The Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold. I saw someone on Booktube (Jeansbookishthoughts) talking about this and thought it sounded really intriguing. It was on sale on Audible, so decided to give it a listen. I am finding this one really interesting. It mainly talks about what life was like in Victorian London and I love listening to this one. It is a like a really fascinating history lesson! The narrator (Louise Brealey) is doing a fantastic job. I love that it is not actually focused on the crime, but on the women and their lives.

What did I recently finish reading?

Since last Wednesday I have finished Callanish by William Horwood (7/7 stars), Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (5/7 stars) and H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (6/7 stars). I consider that a good reading week! I liked all of those books quite a bit!

What do I think I will be reading next?

Not sure yet. The books I am reading may well take me to the end of the month – the Harry Potter book is huge! Apart from one NetGalley eARC I will be mood reading much of March – I like to call it Moody March. I will be using a TBR prompt game to narrow things down for myself, but more on that later in the month.

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 12 February 2020

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WWW Wednesdays’ home is at Sam’s blog Taking On A World of Words. Check it out!

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?

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What am I currently reading?

MacDonald, Helen - H Is For HawkI am still listening to H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald, which I am really enjoying a lot. The author narrates it herself and I find it quite soothing listening to her. I am loving the book as well. It’s very Horwood, William - Callanishinteresting.

And to keep the birds of prey theme going, I am re-reading Callanish by William Horwood, who is one of my favourite authors. It’s been a few years since I read a book by him and reading this now I am reminded why I love his writing so much. He has written quite a few books about animals from the animals’ perspective, but with the animals behaving like actual animals a lot of the time. This one from a captive eagle’s perspective pulls on all my heartstrings! I definitely want to read more from him this year. I especially want to make time to finally read the Hyddenworld series!

What have I recently finished reading?

Since last week Wednesday I have finished quite a bit! I finished my audio book, which was How To Train You Dragon by Cressida Cowell (5/7 stars), The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag (4/7 stars), Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (6/7 stars), Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier (5/7 stars), My Sister, The Serial Killer (6/7 stars) and finally, I finished The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo today, which I absolutely adored and it is the first book this year that I am awarding the full 7 stars! I am sure that is the most books I have finished in one week ever! I do have to note that apart from Towers of Midnight, which was almost 1000 pages (and I had only 300 pages left at the last WWW), these were all under 300 pages. Actually The Poet X is just under 360 pages, but written in verse, so very quick to read.

Shamsie, Kamila - Home FireGarland, Rosie - VixenWhat do I plan on reading next?

I am sure the coming week will be a lot slower! I can’t stay on this roll forever! I have one book left to read for the Contemporary-a-thon, which is Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, which I will probably start tomorrow. The other book left on my February TBR is Vixen by Rosie Garland.

I hope to read both of those in the coming week, which would leave me lots of time for mood reading! Yay!

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 5 February 2020

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WWW Wednesdays’ home is at Sam’s blog Taking On A World of Words. Check it out!

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?

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What am I currently reading?

I am listening to the audio book of How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. It’s a fun easy listen narrated by the fantastic David Tennant, who suits the story to a tee!

I am reading Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, book 13 in The Wheel of Time series. It’s a 950 page book and I have just crossed the page 600 mark, so I am reading at a reasonable clip. It’s just means it takes a while to finish my first book of the month! I am enjoying it quite a bit. 🙂

Finally, I am reading The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag on my Kindle, which I am enjoying ok. It’s not blowing me away, but I am curious to see what happens. Kind of.

Kay, Adam - This Is Going To HurtVuong, Ocean - On Earth We're Briefly GorgeousWhat have I recently finished reading?

Since last week I finished This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay and On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. The first one was great, the latter was good, but not amazing for me, though I can absolutely understand why someone would absolutely love it. It is just one of those books. I am glad to have read it though…

What do I plan on reading next?

My next listen will be H Is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald. My next physical book will likely be Vixen by Rosie Garland or maybe Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier, whichever I will be in the mood for at that time!

Please link me your WWW!

Books · Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Predicted 5* (GR) TBR Books

It is late on a Tuesday evening and I finally found some time and energy to have a think about this!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. Check it out!

So, I had a look through my (owned on e-book or physical!) TBR and these are the books I am looking to read this year that I expect to be 5*. This is using the Goodreads rating, which translate to 6* or 7* in my own rating system.

1. The Song of Sirin (Nicholas Kotar) 

The Raven Son series has been on my TBR for ages and I do want to read this one pretty soon – maybe next month? This is an ‘epic fantasy retelling of the Russian fairy tale Prince Ivan and the Grey Wolf’ and sounds amazing!

2. The Final Empire (Brandon Sanderson)

Clearly, I am going to love the Mistborn series! Planning to read this one next month.

3. Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)

Another one that has been on my TBR for ages. The only reason I have not read it yet is that it is so big! I need to be in the mood for a book set in tudor times, but I think I will end up loving this one.

4. Exit West (Mohsin Hamid)

This one sounds so interesting and right up my alley!

5. The Secret History (Donna Tartt)

Again, this just sounds like something I would absolutely love. Should be amazing! I found this in a charity shop last year and I am surprised I haven’t picked it up yet…

6. H Is For Hawk (Helen MacDonald)

I love non-fiction centered around animals and nature and this one sounds really good. I have the paperback, but I will be listening to the audio book of this once I have finished the current one. I fully expect to love it!

7. Autoboyography (Christina Lauren)

I have heard lots of good things about this one and I hope I will love it.

8. Clean (Juno Dawson)

I will either love this or hate this. I hope it’s the first!

9. Feathers (Thor Hanson)

I loved Hanson’s book ‘Buzz’ which was about bees. This one all about the science of the humble feather sounds strangely fascinating!

10. Deerskin (Robin McKinley)

I have been wanting to read this author for a while and I found this in a shop last year. I have a feeling about this one!

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Fingers crossed I will get a chance to read all of these soon!

 

 

 

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 29 January 2020

 

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Check out her blog!

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?

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What am I currently reading?

I am currently listening to the audio book of This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay. When I had to choose an audio book I decided to go for one I already owned a physical copy of. I am glad I decided to go with this audio book, because Adam Kay narrates it himself and I love hearing him tell these stories rather than reading it. It was a good choice, even if it is a rather quick easy audio book.

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I am reading On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. I am about 50 pages in and it is beautifully written. It is quite unique as it is written from a son’s perspective to his mother. This is a book I picked up this month. One of my goals is to try and read books I buy sooner. But then… one of my other goals was not to buy books… Oooooops!

What did I recently finish reading?

Since last week I have finished The Gathering Storm (Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson), on audio book. I really enjoyed the story, but was not so keen on the narration of the audio book. I will read the next book physically I think.

I also read Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay, which was a good read, but ultimately did not quite hit the spot.

Finally, I finished Epic Solitude by Katherine Keith just yesterday. It was an emotional read and very worthy of my time. In the second half of this memoir I felt much more connected to the author than in the first, but overall it was a powerful read.

Jordan, Robert - The Wheel of Time 13 Towers of Midnight (with Brandon Sanderson)What do I think I will read next?

I will start reading book 13 of The Wheel of Time in a couple of days I think. This is Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. It’s a chunker at over 900 pages. I will likely also pick up something non-fantasy to read alongside. I am not sure what yet.

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 22 January 2020

I am finally back into the reading habit and man, it feels gooooooood!

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WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?

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Lindsay, Joan - Picnic at Hanging RockWhat am I currently reading?

I am still listening to The Gathering Storm (book 12 of The Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

I am also reading Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay. I am only about 25 pages in, but I am intrigued to see where it is going!

What did I recently finish reading?

Since last Wednesday I have finished three books (!!!).  The first one was Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, which I liked, but did not love. Then I read Tweet Cute by Emma Lord, which was just as cute as I expected. Finally, I read Botswana Time by Will Randall, which is a non-fiction book that documents the author’s time teaching in a little school in Botswana. The latter was definitely my favourite of the week!

 

Keith, Katherine - Epic SolitudeWhat will I read next?

Well, I plan on reading Epic Solitude by Katherine Keith, which is a non-fiction book set in the wilds of Alaska – I am so excited about this one!

I will also start Towers of Midnight, book 13 of The Wheel of Time as soon as I have finished The Gathering Storm. I will read that one in physical form, as the audio book is not quite working for me for this type of fiction.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 15 January 2020

I feel like I am FINALLY getting back into the swing of things and I am finding my reading mojo again, which was well and truly lost somewhere in the autumn of 2019.

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WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?

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What am I currently reading?

I am currently halfway through the audio book of The Gathering Storm  (book 12 of The Wheel of Time series) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. I have been listening to this since October, so it will take a while longer, but I am making progress. It is a re-read. I may go back to the physical book at some point as I am not the biggest fan of the narrating style of both the male and the female narrator.

I am also halfway through Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. I am enjoying it and I think it is the perfect book for me to read right now.

Haslett, Adam - Imagine Me GoneWhat did I recently finish reading?

I finished only one book in the last week, which is Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett. It was a book I had been wanting to read for a while and I was kind of disappointed, but it was still a good book!

 

Lord, Emma - Meet CuteWhat do I plan on reading next?

I have a couple of NetGalley ARCs that I have been meaning to read for months, but Tweet Cute by Emma Lord is out next week, so I really should get on with that one! I hope to be able to read it before its release date.

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What have you been reading?