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WWW Wednesdays: 5 August 2020

As predicted, these past seven days have been much slower readingwise, but I am enjoying my reading and that is what counts!

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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 are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Beach Read by Emily Henry (just like everyone else it seems!). I am almost halfway. It’s ok. I am not completely loving it, but I think it depends on where it goes from here. I am not really that into either of the main characters.

Henry, Emily - Beach Read   Kendi, Ibram X - How To Be An Antiracist

I am listening to How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi. I am so impressed with this book. I love how Kendi is taking his own experience and perspective and how he is the applying that to the world at large. I love how much passion is in his narration for the audio book. I am finding I am hanging on his every word in a way that I maybe would not have done if I had read the physical version. A very important book for sure and one I just know I will come out of wiser. I am about halfway into this one as well.

What did I recently finish reading?

I only finished two books since last week:

Rushdie, Salman - East,West    Marillier, Juliet - Tower of Thorns

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier (Blackthorn & Grim, book 2): I adored this and I am reading the final book this month I hope! 6*/7

East,West by Salman Rushdie: This is a short story collection that was just ok for me. 4*/7

What do I think I will read next?

I want to read Nefertiti by Michelle Moran next. I have not read a book set in ancient Egypt for years and years and it used to be one of my favourite subjects. I am really looking forward to this one.


I also want to finish another fantasy series if I can. I am not sure whether I will go with the final book in the Blackthorn & Grim series (Den of Wolves) or Darkdawn (Nevernight trilogy by Jay Kristoff). I definitely feel in a fantasy mood.

If I can finish a few of my fantasy series this August, I will. I am keen to start some new ones!

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WWW Wednesdays: 29 July 2020

Well, it’s been a good reading week and now I am taking it easy, so next week’s update will probably be pretty sparse!

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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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Marillier, Juliet - Tower of Thorns

 

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading only one book, which is Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier, the second book in the Blackthorn & Grim trilogy. I was really feeling the need to read some fantasy and I hope this will scratch my itch!  I am holding off picking a new audio book, as I am not sure what I am in the mood for. I am only 20 pages into Tower of Thorns, but I know I am going to enjoy it! I just may be slow reading it.

 

What did I recently finish reading?

It’s been The Reading Rush. I have basically been following the prompts without really looking at the content for the readathon.

Since last Wednesday I finished the following books:

It is always great when you find a new favourite book and The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is definitely that! No wonder I am a bit read out! I think the first week of August will be a slow reading week, though there is a gentle readathon that I am considering participating in…

What do I think I will be reading next?

I am not sure. I want to read the rest of my books on my #20booksofsummer TBR, so I will probably pick something from that. I have a lot of sequels still to read, so expect lots of fantasy in August! (unless I end up being fantasy’d out after a couple)

Happy reading!

 

 

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 22 July 2020

I have finished so many books in the past week, it’s crazy! I think it proves my theory that if you’re a bit slumpy, let the slump take you and it will pass. I came out in a reading frenzy it seems! Hopefully it’s not followed by reading exhaustion 😂😂.

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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 The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland and I am loving it so so much (even though it’s breaking my heart). I am reading that one as part of The Reading Rush readathon, but it is also on my 20 for 2020 TBR and my 20 Books of Summer TBR.

I am listening to I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, which I am really enjoying. She has an incredibly soothing voice, even if her story hurts sometimes.

I am also reading Hyperbole and a Half, which is a humorous graphic memoir of sorts by Allie Brosh. I am reading this outside for The Reading Rush.

What did I recently finish reading?

Are you sitting down? Because this will take a while! I finished the following:

Uncommon People (David Hepworth) ★★★★★★☆ (audio)
Our Dark Duet  (V E Schwab) ★★★★★★☆
The One  (John Marrs) ★★★★★☆☆
Lines by Leon (Leon Stevens) ★★★★★★☆
Queenie (Candice Carty-Williams) ★★★★★★☆
Submitting to the Rancher (B J Wane) ★★☆☆☆☆☆

Queenie was my favourite of these, but I really loved Our Dark Duet as well and I really connected to the poetry in Lines by Leon. 

What will I be reading next?

I will be concentrating on my TBR for The Reading Rush. My priority books on that TBR are The Dinner (Herman Koch) and About A Boy (Nick Hornby).

TBR

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 15 July 2020

I have been reading a bit more, so that’s good!

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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 have about 40 pages to go in Uncommon People by David Hepworth, which I am actually listening to on audio. It is read by the author and I simply love the way he narrates it. The book looks at one ‘rockstar’ per year from 1955 until 1994 (from Little Richard to Kurt Cobain) and it has been a fascinating journey.

I am almost halfway through Our Dark Duet, the second (and final) book in V E Schwab’s Monster of Verity series. I am really enjoying it so far. I think I prefer it to the first book.

What have I recently finished reading?

Well, I finally finished Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, which to be honest was a bit of a slog. It’s a good book, but I just had trouble focusing on it. It was a bit too dense for me at this moment in time.

I have also finished Mo’ Meta Blues by Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson, which is a memoir of sorts about Questlove’s journey through music. I really enjoyed this one overall.

Pratchett, Terry & Gaiman, Neil - Good OmensWhat do I think I will read next?

I am not entirely sure. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett may be a good one to get into. That one is both on my 2020 TBR and on my #20booksforsummer TBR. It does depend on how long it takes me to read my current reads, as I do want to participate in The Reading Rush next week. We’ll see. I could use Good Omens for one of their prompts.

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All the books I have finished so far this month have been books I started in June, so I am not doing great! Hopefully the second half of July will bring me a more peaceful mind for kicking back with a book.

Have a great week!

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 8 July 2020

This has been a really slow reading week to be honest. I have been far too interested in other things and I have been watching too much TV and YouTube. Oh well!

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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 halfway through Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. It’s a dense read and it takes quite a bit of reading and combined with my difficulty concentrating on books, it makes things a bit slow, but that’s ok. I don’t mind. It’s good though. Very different type of book from what I have been reading recently.

I have also picked up Our Dark Duet by V E Schwab, which has been my read-in-bed book, so I am only reading a bit every night. I am really enjoying it so far though.

Finally, I have been listening to Uncommon People by David Hepworth for a music-themed book club. It is a non-fiction book that has a chapter on one rockstar per year from 1955 till 1995. I love the way this is written. I am learning a lot about all these people I am familiar with, but do not know that much about. It starts with Little Richard and ends with Kurt Cobain. So far I am loving this one!

I have a couple of books on pause at the moment that I will dive back into shortly!

Bryson, Bill - A Walk In The WoodsWhat did I recently finish reading?

I think I only finished A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson since last week Wednesday. I enjoyed that one well enough.

What do I think I will read next?

I am not sure yet. I will probably read something lighter after Wolf Hall. I also have a couple of poetry collections I would like to get to.

 

 

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WWW Wednesdays: 24 June 2020

It  has  been  a pretty good reading week so far.

I am enjoying my reading and the variety of the books that I have been picking up.

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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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Cheek, Kater - Witch's JewelWhat am I currently reading?

I am reading Witch’s Jewel by Kater Cheek. The author kindly sent me the book in exchange for a review and though I do not accept urban fantasy books that often, as they can be VERY hit or miss, this one just sounded like fun. I am almost halfway and it’s a pretty easy read and I am liking it well enough so far. I don’t think I am quite the target audience, but there is nothing particularly wrong with it so far.

Bryson, Bill - A Walk In The WoodsI have also started a new audio book. I decided to choose one that I have the paperback on my shelf of that I was not likely to pick up to read anytime soon. I went for A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson. I kind of felt like something light and fun and Bill Bryson should scratch that itch! I have listened to the first chapter and I know I will have fun with this one.

What did I recently finish reading?

I actually had a pretty good reading week. Since last week I have finished three physical books, which were Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore, which I really enjoyed (6/7*), English Animals by Laura Kaye, which was pretty good (5/7*) and I just finished Among The Boat People (Nhi Manh Chung) today, which was a really interesting read (6/7*). I also finally finished my audio book, which was Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography. That one was pretty fantastic as well (6/7*). All in all, the standard has been pretty high this week!

What do I think I will read next?

I will probably try and finish a series, so Our Dark Duet by V E Schwab is on the cards this month. I am also kind of feeling like picking up a random trash mystery of the Dick Francis variety for reading in the sunshine, as there is a bit of a heatwave going on the rest of the week. I even entertaining the idea of picking up a big book, like Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel. I haven’t really decided yet. Who knows what I will end up reading?!

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 17 June 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 Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. Despite the fact that I haven’t been much in a reading mood the last couple of days, I am really enjoying how weird and whimsical it is.

McLemore, Anna-Marie - Wild Beauty       Springsteen, Bruce - Born To Run

I am also still listening to Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography Born To Run. I have about 4 hours to go and I expect to finish it this week. I still enjoy listening to him tell his story. I even listened to some of his music this week, something I never consciously did. I definitely appreciate him a whole lot more.

What did I recently finish reading?

I finished Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West, which felt like an important powerful book. It was heart-breaking, but there was a strength in the characters that shone through.

Littlemore, Clare - Drift       West, Catherine Adel - Saving Ruby King

I also read Drift, the third book in the self-published dystopian Flow series by Clare Littlemore. I enjoyed that one and it formed a nice contrast with the previous book I read.

Cheek, Kater - Witch's JewelWhat do I think I will be reading next?

I am not entirely sure. I have a book I would like to read for review this month, which is  Witch’s Jewel by Kater Cheek. It depends whether I am in the mood for that one. I may read something else first. I have no idea what yet! Maybe something else from my 20 Books of Summer list.

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 3 June 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 still listening to Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography Born To Run. I am not halfway yet, but I have been enjoying the listen. Though I have never been a huge fan of his, I am enjoying the way he tells his story.

Yesterday I picked up a new read. I chose How To Stop Time by Matt Haig. I have read a couple of his books before, but this one is very different from either of those. I am LOVING it!

Unexpectedly, I have started reading The Selection by Kiera Cass yesterday. I think this was a surprise all round! Since How To Stop Time is a hardback and I hate reading those in bed, I decided to choose something random off my Kindle. I wanted it to be very different from my other current reads and for some reason I chose this. I have heard good things and the few pages I have read I have enjoyed, so fingers crossed!

What have I recently finished reading?

Since last Wednesday I have finished Meet Me In The Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman, which was a fun non-fiction musical ride!

I also read the first volume of comic book series Heavy Vinyl, Riot on the Radio. That was a lot of fun as well!

Finally I finished Cherry Beats, which is a self-published rockstar romance by Vicki James. That one was just ok. There were definitely things I liked about it. It wasn’t cringeworthy for the most part and there was good chemistry,, but it did not quite do it for me. That one was still part of my Musical May.

West, Catherine Adel - Saving Ruby KingWhat will I be reading next?

I will be reading Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West in the next week hopefully. That one is out on 16 June, so I would like to get that read and reviewed with some time to spare. I fully expect to love that one.

 

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WWW Wednesdays: 27 May 2020

For some reason I did not get round to doing one of these and I almost forgot today as it has been a strangely pleasant, but hectic day.

We’re having some quiet time now, with my husband watching the SpaceX launch coverage (which makes excellent white noise!).

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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?

My main daytime book I am  currently reading is Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011. This is part of my Musical May. I have been reading this since the beginning of the month and despite enjoying it I found I was not picking it up that much whilst I was reading other books. So I have been concentrating on this during the day and reading another book just before bed. It works better that way. So far it is mainly focusing on bands like The Strokes, Interpol and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Strangely enough not bands I have listened a ton to, but I am really enjoying how this book is showing the development of a scene and the ‘scene makers’.

Due to my Musical May my current audio book listen is Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography. Again, Bruce Springsteen is not an artist that I have really listened to, but someone told me that the autobiography was great. I am about 25% in and it’s such a joy listening to Bruce talk about his life and love for what he does. A fantastic listen, even if you’re (like me) not particularly a Springsteen fan.

Finally, as my evening book on my Kindle I am reading some adult romance. In this case it’s a Musical May choice! It’s a rockstar romance called Cherry Beats by Vicki James. It sort of ties in nicely with the theme! It’s a bit silly, but ok so far.

It may well be that all three of these books will roll into June. We’ll see!

What did I recently finish reading?

Hornby, Nick - High FidelityI finished two books this past week, which were High Fidelity by Nick Hornby and This Savage Song by V E Schwab. They both had some musical themes. In one book Schwab, V E - Monster of Verity 1 This Savage Songmusic is life and in the other it’s death. A nice contrast! For High Fidelity  I would definitely recommend the audio book read by Russell Tovey. He did a great job. We also ended up watching the movie with John Cussack. Has anyone seen the Hulu series with Zoe Kravitz?

This Savage Song was really enjoyable, though forgettable. I will read the second book in June probably.

What do I think I will read next?

I am not sure, since I may well be reading these three books for the next week! My reading has been a bit on the slow side.

 

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 13 May 2020

It’s a cloudy day. My daughter has gone back to school for the first time in two months. It feels odd. I miss her! I have enjoyed all this time together. She goes to school two days a week now with homeschooling the rest of the week.

We will see!

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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 still listening to Wilding by Isabella Tree. It’s incredibly interesting and challenges a lot of theories on conservation and what nature means, whilst documenting what happened when they let their estate go wild. Amazing read/listen.

I am slowly making my way through Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York: 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman. I am enjoying the experience of reading this, but I have not reached for it all that often in the last week. I will try and prioritize it a bit more, because the little I have read was really well done.

Finally, I am reading Mix Tape by Jane Sanderson. which is billed as a romance book, but 50% in I am pleasantly surprised that this appears much more than that. We follow two time lines, one in 1979 (my birth year!) and one in 2012/2013. We follow two people in their late forties reconnecting from afar through music. It’s full of nostalgia. Halfway through, I do wonder where it’s going from here. So far, I really connect with it.

Thomas, Angie - The The Come UpWhat did I recently finish reading?

I only finished one book since last week, but it was a good one! This was On The Come Up by Angie Thomas. It was six out of seven stars for me. I really enjoyed that one!

What will I be reading next?

I may continue reading books with a musical theme. This Savage Song by V E Schwab is an option or maybe Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel, which is the first book in The Vinyl Detective series. It depends on my mood, as always!