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.

 

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: Cherry Beats (Vicki James)

James, Vicki - Cherry Beats

★★★★☆☆☆

Title: Cherry Beats
Author: Vicki James
Genre: Fiction/Adult Romance   Pages: 418
First published: 2019
Edition: E-book (Self-published)

The night before Presley West was due to leave our small town of Hollings Hill, all of my high school fantasies came to life. He finally wanted me. Eight years I’d spent pining, and now I, bar-tending Tessa Lisbon, was going to make damn sure I made that night count before the music industry stole him.

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When I was looking for an adult romance centred around a musical theme for my Musical May project, I came across this one. The reviews were great and I was expecting to love it as well.

Unfortunately, it did not quite win me over. Although it was pretty decent for the most part and certainly not as much as a cringefest as I have had the pleasure to experience with some adult romance in recent times (DNF…), it fell slightly short of doing what I wanted from it.

The author clearly is able to right strong characters and the main characters did have a ton of chemistry. That especially  was something I really appreciated, as this is too often a problem for me in these type of books. However, did feel a little too much like fan fiction at times and it was just a bit too cliche for my tastes. What annoyed me what was told to be love was very much described as lust, which to me are two very different things. Not once did Tessa (Cherry) describe feelings that I recognised as actual love. It was all about the feelings down below, which would have been fine as this is an adult romance, but this was clearly meant to be a love story. That kind of confused me.

Also, this book struck me as very American and when I realised it was set in England with British characters it really surprised me. None of the characters were written as if they were English. I am not sure whether the author is American, but it was something I noticed.

That makes it sound like I did not like the book, but I liked it well enough. Honestly! This was a fun read that maybe was a bit longer than it needed to be. I would read more from this author in the future.

4 out of 7 stars

 

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: 22 April 2020

The government here in The Netherlands are  are saying primary schools will open again in May in some form and that (non-contact) sports can start up again for the under 13s. We will see…. It still feels a long way away and much can happen to change that point of view…

In the meantime… Let’s distract myself by writing up this post 😉

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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 A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. I am about a third in of this 1000+ page book. I will try and finish it by the end of the month if i can. Can’t believe I will have finished this epic series for a second time then. I wonder if  I will ever read it again. Maybe in 20 years! The books are staying safely on my shelf until I do.

I have also picked up All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. This one is on my 20 for 20 list. I am just over a third into that one as well. It’s strange, but I am enjoying. I have read the Raven cycle and The Scorpio Races and this is a bit different, but it is working for me so far.

Finally, I am still listening to The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, read by Alan Rickman. Although I am enjoying listening to Alan Rickman, the story does little for me, which is why it is taking me such a long time!

What have I recently finished reading?

Simone - Markham Hall 3 The Punishment of Ivy LeavoldI finished The Punishment of Ivy Leavold by Sierra Simone. I haven’t reviewed that one yet. It is a continuation of the Markham Hall series. It’s rather smutty romance and I am not sure I have that much to say about it. I gave it 4 out of 7 stars. It was not bad, but it is rather kinky. I will Sager, Riley - Final Girlsprobably mash it into a review when I have read another similar type of book. I am kind of in the mood for smutty romance, so you never know! It must be the fact that it is spring! 😂😂

I have also read Final Girls by Riley Sager. It was ok. That one was also 4 out of 7 stars for me. It just did not thrill me much, but I liked the writing well enough.

Harry, Debbie - Face ItWhat will I be reading next?

I have the autobiography Face It by Debbie Harry (of Blondie) on my Audible ready to go when I finish my current listen. I am not sure whether I will get to another physical book, but I may choose another e-book. I just do not know which one yet.

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 · 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 · Reviews

Book Thoughts: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Sáenz)

Saenz, Benjamin Alire - Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe

★★★★★☆☆

Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / YA
First published: 2012
Edition: Paperback, published by Simon and Schuster

Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

There was much I enjoyed about this Young Adult book about a Mexican boy in El Paso coming of age, but I also cannot help the feeling that at the end I wanted something more from it, or something different.

The characters were well written. The two boys from the title are very different in characters, but they develop a  friendship. This friendship was what I enjoyed most about this book, as well as the respective relationships with their parents. I like seeing parents actually being this involved in their children’s lives. That was refreshing. Too often the parents hardly feature in YA books.

The ending did not quite work for me. Somehow, I had expected (and hoped) the book to do something a bit different. It was not a bad ending, by any means, but it was just a bit middle of the road in the end. I wish it had wowed me more.

It was definitely a good book and I would recommend it, but it is also a little forgettable.

5 out of 7 stars

 

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: Fifteen Rabbits (Felix Salten)

★★★★★☆☆

Title:  Fifteen Rabbits (original title: Fünfzehn Hasen: Schicksale in Wald und Feld)
Author: Felix Salten   (Translator: Whittaker Chambers)
Genre: Fiction / Animal Fiction
First published: 1929
Edition: Hardback, published by Delacorte Press in 1976

The only work by Felix Salten I had read before was Bambi, which has always been one of my favourite books, so I figured it was time to read some of his other books.

Fifteen Rabbits has a similar style to Bambi. It shows the beauty of nature, but also the inate cruelty of it. Like Bambi, its pretty dark at times and it is certainly not a fun bunny book to read to your children. There is a lot of death. It can make you feel sad, but it never gets overly emotional. It is just the way nature works.

I must address the translation. It is not the best. In German the translation for both hare and rabbit is hase. In the translation it refers to our main characters Hops and Plana as rabbits, but to Hops’ mother as a hare. Also, the deer in the story are referred to as elk, whilst in fact they would be red deer, as Salten would have been writing about European fauna.

Both Bambi and Faline get a cameo in the book, which was kind of fun.

I feel this story about some rabbits living in a forest throughout the seasons for the first time misses some of the magic of Bambi, but I did enjoy it and I am glad I read it.

5 out of 7 stars

Books · Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday (on a Thursday): Naked Hardbacks

Top 5 Tuesday is a meme hosted by Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm.

I so wanted to do this one earlier in the week, but I simply did not have the time. Plus, Rose over at Stuck in Fiction. also did a post on naked hardbacks a couple of weeks ago, which inspired me.

Now, I don’t have a ton of hardbacks, because I tend to prefer reading paperbacks, but I have accumulated some and some of them are definitely worth mentioning.

My lot with their coats on:

1807 dressed hardbacks

Now, let’s get undressed!

1. Circe (Madeline Miller)

1807 hardbacksCirce

I actually purchased this hardback because of the stunning cover and naked hardback. I saw it on Booktube somewhere and just knew it would me happy just looking at it! It just is stunning, naked or otherwise. The contents are pretty awesome too 🙂

2. The History of Bees (Maja Lunde)

Another stunning naked hardback. So pretty with the honeycomb pattern.

1807 hardbacksBees

3. Talking To The Dead (Helen Dunmore)

1807 hardbacksDunmore

Actually, I did not love this book when I read it (it was ok), but the cover and the naked hardback are so pretty (and small) I just have to keep it on my shelves forever! I love the pastel yellow and blue and just the overall design.

4. The Thoroughbred Legends Series

1807 hardbacksTB Legends

Back in the day I went through a phase of collecting a lot of horseracing related books and these are about various famous horses from North American racing. The naked hardback have the picture of the horse on it. They look pretty classy. I think I have seven of these.

5. On The Trail of the Silver Brumby (Elyne Mitchell)

I adore Elyne Mitchell’s writing and this is an anthology of her writing in a coffee table format with beautiful pictures. I love the bright blue naked hardback with the cute horse illustration.

1807 hardbacksBrumby

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