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WWW Wednesdays: 23 January 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 Carolina of Orange-Nassau by Moniek Bloks, a non-fiction book about a lady whose descendents sit on the thrones of Europe. It’s under 100 pages, but quite interesting so far, if a little on the dry side.

I am only 20 something pages into Winter’s Heart, the ninth book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I am hoping to really get into that one today.

What did I recently finish reading?

Since last week, I finished The Winter of the Witch (Katherine Arden), which was pretty amazing, The Godolphin Arabian (Eugène Sue), which I also loved and The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey), which was also pretty good. I feel I have had a pretty decent reading week.

What do I think I will read next? 

I have no idea! Maybe an Agatha Christie? Not entirely sure. I also have some author requests I would like to read soon.

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Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 16 January 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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Arden, Katherine - Winternight Trilogy 3 The Winter of the WitchWhat am I currently reading?

I am currently reading The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. This is the third and final book in the Winternight trilogy, which started with The Bear and the Nightingale. I planned to read The Snow Child, but I pre-ordered this one (shock! horror!) and since it has the word Winter in it, it suits my Winter Reading Project and I decided to read this one instead, or first anyway. I read a lot last week, so I am reading far less so far this week, but that’s fine. I am really enjoying this story. I am about halfway and I feel like Arden’s writing has really grown throughout this series and I love the weird and wonderful world she creates.

What did I recently finish reading?

Since the last WWW I have finished The Wrath and the Dawn (Renée Ahdieh), which was entertaining enough, but did not blow me away. I also finished Winter: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons, which I really loved. I read a poetry collection: Wild Flowers, by Michelle S Smith, which I thought was really excellent. And finally I read a children’s book by Matt Haig with my daughter: The Truth Pixie, which is poetry as well really. I enjoyed reading poetry and I definitely want to read more in 2019.

What do I think I will be reading next?

The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey) is STILL top of my list this month. I would like to read something small and very different inbetween my current read and that one, but we’ll see. I also have a non-fiction book I would like to get to that I received via NetGalley, which is Carolina of Orange-Nassau by Moniek Bloks, which is interesting to me as I am Dutch and Orange-Nassau is our royal house. The publication date is at the end of this month.

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 9 January 2019

Woah! The past week has flown by!

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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 started The Wrath and the Dawn this morning. I am just under 50 pages in and it is yet to enthrall me, but I am sure I will enjoy it! This book had been on my Kindle the longest, so I thought it was about time I read it.

I am also reading Winter: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons, which is edited by Melissa Harrison. I am just past halfway and I am loving this one! Most of the snippets of non-fiction stories are about 3 pages long at most, interspersed with some poetry and brief bits of fiction. For example I just read an bit from The Dubliners by James Joyce. This is so perfect for January (as it should be)! I have collected all the other seasons as well, so I will read them throughout the year. This is such a treat!

What did I recently finish reading?

I finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire last Wednesday. Then I went on to read White Stag (Kara Barbieri) followed by Longbourn (Jo Baker). That is a pretty good week for me. I enjoyed all of those books, though I still feel White Stag missed a trick or two.

ivey, eowyn - the snow childWhat do I think I will read next?

I am pretty sure I will pick up The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey) next. It is another book from my Winter Project.

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I have been really enjoying reading wintery books recently. White Stag really fitted that wintery feel as well, as did Longbourn and Harry Potter in parts.

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WWW Wednesday: 2 January 2019

So , my first WWW of 2019. I feel like 2018 flew by and brought quite a few changes and ups and downs, but overall it has been a pretty good year, personally and reading-wise.

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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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Rowling, J K - Harry Potter 4 and the Goblet of FireWhat am I currently reading?

I am still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I meant to finish it on New Year’s Eve, but I have simply been too busy! And when I stopped being busy, I just wanted to watch telly instead of reading. Not that Harry Potter is a chore to read. This is a good one. I have about 50 pages to go, so I am confident I will finish it today.

What did I recently finish reading?Johnson, Milly - A Winter Flame

I finished reading A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson on Christmas Day. That one was pretty disappointing. I had been saving it for Christmas reading, but though it was Christmassy and wintery enough the romance also left me pretty cold (ha!).

What do I think I will read next? 

Barbieri, Kara - White StagI have 1 NetGalley ARC a month for the next few months, which is perfect and the next one is out on 8 January, which is White Stag by Kara Barbieri, so I will be reading that one next. The reviews I have seen so far are not that encouraging, but I will go into it with an open mind, as I have loved unpopular books before. Hopefully I will like it.

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That’s it, my first WWW of 2019! Happy reading everyone!

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WWW Wednesday: 19 December 2018

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WWW Wednesday 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?

Paulson, Gary - WinterdanceI am only reading one book at the moment! I have about 50 pages to go in my re-read of Winterdance (Gary Paulsen), which is a non-fiction book about a man and his quest to run in the Iditarod, a crazy 1000+ dog sled race through the wilds of Alaska. I LOVE this book! I love the writing and the way Paulsen talks about his experiences. If you enjoy non-fiction and you liked the idea of dog sledding, read this book!

I went on a five-day dog sled trip in northern Finland about ten years ago and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

What did I recently finish reading?

I actually finished Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell this week and guess what! I loved it! It took me two months to read, but I actually really liked it in the end.

I also read Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard. This was one of the few NetGalley e-ARCs I had left and was out yesterday. It did not blow me away, but I did enjoy that one as well.

What do I think I will read next?

I will be reading Midwinter by Fiona Melrose next, because it is the winter solstice in a couple of days and that makes sense in my head. After that I will probably read a nice fluffy one to bring me up to Christmas, A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson.

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WWW Wednesdays: 12 December 2018

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WWW Wednesday 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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It’s already halfway through December – time is going so quick! Too quick? To be honest, I am a spring/summer person as I live in the countryside and late autumn/winter are just bleak bleak bleak!

Anyway, what’s going on with my reading?

What am I currently reading?

I have been reading Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, though I haven’t read on for a couple of days. I am about two thirds of the way through, so I did make good progress in the past week. I am enjoying it for sure. I am pretty confident I will finish it this month.

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I have just under a hundred pages to go in The Muse by Jessie Burton. I am on the fence regarding this book. I like it. It’s good, but something about it leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. I am not sure what it is. I hope to finish it today if I can.

What have I recently finished reading?

I read Christmas at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn, which was cute chick lit and read away really easily. I also read The Light in the Dark by Horatio Clare, which is a non-fiction journal about the winter season and all the emotional turmoil that brings with it. I absolutely loved it and found it completely relatable.

What do I think I will read next?

Well, I have a NetGalley e-ARC due in a week’s time, which is Hunting Annabelle by Wendy Heard. I have read a lot of chick lit recently, so a thriller will shake things up nicely. I hope it’s good! Apart from that I will probably pick one of my Winter Project books, maybe Winterdance?

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 28 November 2018

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WWW Wednesday 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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People! I can’t believe November is coming to an end already. Autumn seems to be flying by, but I am looking forward to Christmas music and a Christmas tree to be honest to brighten up these darkest of days.

So for my last WWW of November:

What am I currently reading?

 

Isaacson, Rupert - The Horse BoyI am about 2/3 into The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson, which is a travel memoir of sorts of a trip he and his wife took with their autistic son to seek healing for him. I am enjoying it, but there is a part of me that struggles with the way the father talks about his autistic son. I have a couple of friends with autistic children and I know they would be horrified by some of the comments he makes. I am going to a gig next week with one of those mums and I would love to discuss this book with her.

Gaskell, Elizabeth - Wives and DaughtersI have also picked up Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell again. I put it down last month after just over 200 pages. I was not much in the mood for it then and I felt I wanted to give it another go as I would like to end 2018 with a clean reading slate. At over 760 pages I need to get a move on!

 

What did I recently finish reading?Stiefvater, Maggie - The Raven Boys

I finished The Raven Boys yesterday, which I really enjoyed quite a bit! I am planning to continue the series in 2019 for sure!

 

What do I think I will read next?

Paulson, Gary - Winterdance      Johnson, Milly - A Winter Flame

Something from my Winter Project for sure! I will probably start with Winterdance as my non-fiction read and maybe A Winter Flame as a nice light read to ease into the darkest month of the year.