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WWW Wednesdays: 11 September 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 reading Knife of Dreams, which is book 11 of The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. It is epic fantasy in the most epic of ways. I am enjoying this one, but I am taking it reasonably slowly. The book is almost 800 pages.

Alongside that one I am reading A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. This is one of my Lingering Books. I am not quite halfway, and it’s ok. I don’t really like any of the characters very much and it is not quite grabbing me, but it is very readable.

Finally I am listening to Michelle Obama narrating Becoming. The more I listen to her the more I come to love and respect her. I am really enjoying it so far. I have listened to about 8 hours so far with about 12 hours remaining. I might finish it before the end of the month. Maybe…

What did I recently finish reading?

Since last Wednesday I have fiished listening to Walking Home by Clare Balding, which was really enjoyable. I finished A Polar Affair by Lloyd Spencer Davis, which was super interesting, and I finished Tin Man by Sarah Winman, which was also pretty good (and emotional). All in all, it has not been a bad week at all.

What do I think I will read next?

I will either pick up Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, Never Greener by Ruth Jones or Sleep by C L Taylor. It just depends on my mood. All three are on my September TBR.

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Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 4 September 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 about 35% into A Polar Affair by Lloyd Spencer Davis. It’s a NetGalley ebook about polar exploration and penguins. It’s good, but slow going.

I have just started reading Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan, which is book 11 in The Wheel of Time series. Amazon is turning the series into a TV show, which should release in 2021. I can’t wait! So far, the casting looks good and Brandon Sanderson is involved, so I am confident I will love it!

Finally, I am listening to Walking Home by Clare Balding on audio. It’s basically a book about walking and it’s wonderfully quaint. I love Clare anyway and I listened to her previous book as well. She has a great voice to listen to. She is wonderful at describing the scenery and how it makes her feel. She goes off on tangeants as well about stuff that has nothing to do with walking and I can’t of enjoy that as well. I am listening now and she is going off on a story about Daphne Du Maurier!I am almost halfway now.

What did I recently finish reading?

Since last Wednesday I finished Eucalyptus (Murray Bail), which was wonderfully odd, and Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, which was the equivalent of a soap opera, but mighty enjoyable.

 

What do I think I will read next? 

Not sure. Knife of Dreams is a 800-page epic fantasy, so I may pick up something contemporary alongside it. Maybe Tin Man (Sarah Winman) or Home Fire (Kamila Shamsie).

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 28 August 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 have not read that much this past week. Not because I am slumpy, but because it simply has been a very busy week!

I have just picked Eucalyptus back up. I read ten pages so far today. It has that literary fiction quality to it. The writing is kind of distant and weird, but I think I like it. It could go either way.

I have also just picked up A Polar Affair by Lloyd Spencer Davis, which is a non-fiction book about penguins in Antarctica. Just what you want to read in summer! 😉

Finally, during the week I started listening to my first audio book of the year, which is Walking Home by Clare Balding. I listened to My Animals and Other Family by her quite a while ago and enjoyed it and this one has been sitting on my Audible for ages… I am a couple of chapters in and I am enjoying it for sure. She just has a great voice for listening to.

What did I recently finish reading?

I finished The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman on Friday, which I absolutely loved. I finished Riders by Veronica Rossi this morning, which was not that great. Both were cover buys and one worked out, the other not so much.

What do plan on reading next?

I am not quite sure yet. I will concentrate on reading my current books as all are still at the beginning. I am putting together my September TBR together at the moment, so we will see…

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 21 August 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 reading The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman. I am about 75 pages in and I am loving it. I love the writing and I really like the plot so far. It’s intriguing! I was going to read just this book, but it’s a hardback and I don’t like reading hardbacks at bedtime, so I picked another book for then. I spent ages two days ago perusing the paperbacks on my shelves. I wanted something that was different enough from my current read, but nothing too big and epic. In the end I picked up Riders by Veronica Rossi. I am only reading a chapter or so a day at the moment, so two chapters in I do not have that much to say about it! This was a cover buy last year and I still love the cover! What’s not to like about a fire horse?

What did I recently finish reading?

I finished three books since last week.

It took me ages to read Godsgrave. I liked it, but I was a bit disappointed in it. I missed the humour of Nevernight that I loved so much. I will read Darkdawn eventually, but probably not until it comes out in the paperback edition I want, which is next year some time. So yes, rating wise, not the best reading week (month)!

What do I plan on reading next?

The two books left on my August TBR are A Polar Affair (Lloyd Spender Davis) and Eucalyptus (Murray Bail).

Happy reading fellow WWW-ers!

L. xx

 

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 14 August 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?

Well, my main read is Godsgrave, the second book in the Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff. I expected to love it, but I am a third of the way in and though I am not quite struggling, I am really not enjoying it as much as I had hoped. I mean, I LOVED the first book. This one is slowly growing on me, but I do not feel invested in the story yet.

I am also slowly working my way through Summer: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons, which is exactly what it says on the tin. I read the Winter versions of this at the backend of last year and really enjoyed it, but this one does not feel as vibrant for some reason. The snippets of nature writing  and poetry are nice, but maybe summer is just not that interesting as seasons go…

And finally, because I did not feel like reading Godsgrave when I went to bed a couple of nights ago, I started Seducing Charlotte by Diana Quincy. This is a historical romance and just the sort of light read I need every now and then. I have read one of Diana Quincy’s regency mysteries, which she published under D M Quincy, which I enjoyed a lot. Of course this one is more about the sexy times, so it’s quite different, but I know I like her writing and I have been reading a bit more romance lately, so I was keen to try one of hers. I am veering off TBR with that one, but I realised one book should have been on next month’s TBR anyway, so it’s fine! (Not that it’s not always fine to not follow my TBR, but still…). On a side note, I cannot tell you how much I dislike most romance book covers.

What did I recently finish reading?

My reading has slowed down a bit and since last week I have only finished This Adventure Ends, by Emma Mills (which was on my TBR!), and Treading the Uneven Road by L M Brown (which wasn’t). The latter is now one of my favourite short story collections. It was excellent.

What do I think I will read next?

Well, I am reading three books at the moment, and I am going rather slower than I have been, so I may well be reading the same three books next week 😂. If that is not the case, I am really wanting to read either Eucalyptus by Murray Bail or The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman.

What are you reading? Show me your WWW!

 

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 7 August 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?

My main read is This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills. I am about halfway and I am enjoying it, but not quite loving it. Not sure what is missing. It reads away easily and hopefully the second half of the book will turn that like to love.

I have also been reading Summer: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons, a collection edited by Melissa Harrison. I read Winter last winter and really enjoyed it. I am enjoying this one as well, though maybe not quite as much so far as Winter. There is still time!

Finally I was on public transport for a while today because of a unplanned visit to the dentist (my tooth broke) and I decided to pick up a book on my Kindle. I have a few  books sent to me by authors that I really ought to make a priority, so I picked one of the oldest of those. I have started reading Treading the Uneven Road by L M Brown, which is a short story collection. It’s a collection of stories all set in the same village in Ireland. Such a shame I did not pick this up until now, as I have read two stories so far and I have liked both.

What did I recently finish reading?

Since last Wednesday I finished Feed by M T Anderson, which is a dystopian YA novel reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange in tone. That one was part of my Lingering Books Project. I also read Lie, the third book in the Foolish Kingdoms series by Natalia Jaster. That was one where the plot was better than the writing. I did like it though. Both were 4*(out of 7) reads for me. It has not been the greatest of reading weeks, but it really has not been bad either. I will put Feed on my husband’s TBR. He would probably like it more than I did.

Kristoff, Jay - The Nevernight Chronicle 2 Godsgrave

 

What do I think I will read next?

That will probably be Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. It’s about time I continued the series! I am really looking forward to that one!

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 31 July 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?

Harrison, Melissa (Editor) - SummerI have started two new books today.

I have started my the last book that was on my July TBR, which is Summer: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons (edited by Melissa Harrison). I am not even going to try and finish it today, but I have read the first couple of Anderson, M T - Feedstories/poems and I am on page 6! Wow!

I have also started Feed, by M T Anderson, which is on my August TBR as part of my Lingering Books Project. I am about 50 pages in and it is really odd. It seems to be a YA book set in some sort of dystopian future where everyone has some sort of ‘feed’ implanted in their brain. I started out hating it, but I am kind of curious what is happening.

What did I recently finish reading?

Well, I had a very successful Reading Rush last week, so since last Wednesday I finished (yes, I am going to use bullet points!):

 

Spencer Davis, Lloyd - A Polar AffairI finished The Other Wives Club this morning. All of the above were 5 or 6 stars out of 7.

What do I think I will read next?

The first book I will be reading after Feed is A Polar Affair by Lloyd Spencer Davis. I have a NetGalley ARC for that one. It’s non-fiction about penguins and antarctic explorers. What’s not to like? It sounds great!