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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: 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).

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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?!

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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.

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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.

 

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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!

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WWW Wednesdays: 6 May 2020

The sun is shining and I am about to go and do some gardening!

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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 reading On The Come Up by Angie Thomas. I am only just over 50 pages in, but enjoying it! I really like the writing style. I hope I will love it as much as I did The Hate U Give, which was one of my favourite books I read last year.

I also started the audio book of Wilding by Isabella Tree yesterday. It’s a non-fiction book about rewilding a country estate. I love books about nature and I am already loving this one! It’s narrated by the author – always a bonus!

Finally, I have just started Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman. This is a chunker of a book that tells the story of bands like The Strokes, Vampire Weekend and Interpol and cultural shift at the beginning of this century in New York. It’s an oral history kind of book with a lot of first hand experiences and views.  I love a lot of bands from this era (definitely not all), but I don’t know a lot about it and this books looks right up my street. I am planning to take my sweet time with this book.

What did I recently finish reading?

I just finished reading a manga today, which was The Promised Neverland, Vol 1 by Kaiu Shiray (story) and Posuka Demizu (art). I really enjoyed that one and will be continuing the series for sure. There is also an anime and I would like to watch that at some point.

I also finished Face It, the autobiography of Blondie’s Debbie Harry on audio, which was interesting, but is not one that will stick in my mind.

Finally I read Sweet Thing by Renée Carlino. This was a romance novel. It was ok, but the main female character was simply annoying, especially since the male lead was very likable for a change.

What do I think I will be reading next?

I will probably continue one of my series. Maybe Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn & Grim #2) by Juliet Marillier, or Drift (Flow #3) by Clare Littlemore. Both are long overdue.

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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.

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WWW Wednesdays: 25 March 2020

It is a strange time. The coronavirus is tying us all to our homes more so than usual and that certainly has had an effect on my life and that of my family. Luckily we have a lot of outside space and there is always masses to do, so we are never bored, but still… It feels like a strange world at the moment. I am sure it does for you as 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 have just finished a book today, so I am pretty much on page 2 of my new book, which is The Song of the Sirin. This is the first book in the Raven Son series by Nicholas Kotar. This is one of the series I have had on my TBR the longest and I finally decided to start it. The writing has started out a bit iffy, but we will see. I have high hopes still.

Last night I randomly picked Esmond in India by Ruth Prawer Jabhvala from my shelf. I have two books by this author on my shelf and I finally decided to read one. They are supposed to be comedy of manner type books, set in India. It has been compared to Jane Austen, so I am very curious to see how I will find it. I have read the first chapter last night and really liked it.

And finally, I am listening to The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy as my audio book, read by Alan Rickman. It is a really enjoyable listen. I really enjoy Alan Rickman’s voice reading this type of story. It is a book I tried to read physically in the past and that I have had trouble with, and so far this works far better for me.

Atkinson, Kate - Life After LifeWhat did I recently finish reading?

Cole, Alyssa - A Princess in TheoryWell, I only finished Life After Life by Kate Atkinson today, so good timing! I loved it, so even better! I finished A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole on Friday, which is an adult romance. I did not love that one as much as I had hoped and expected. I have not been getting on with adult romance that well lately.

What do I think I wil read next? 

Not sure at all yet, especially since I am literally on the first or second chapter of two of my reads.  I am still very much mood reading. I may try and tick off another book from my 2020 TBR or my series TBR. Maybe it is time for a non-fiction book? Time will tell what I will be in the mood for!