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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!

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 11 March 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?

My last throw in my Random TBR Game for Mood March was a Lingering Book (no 28), which means a book that I may not have been intending to read anytime soon, one that is likely to simply linger on my shelves. I chose to read The Italian Woman by Jean Plaidy for this.  It is a historical fiction about the French court set in the 1500s. The title refers to Catherine de Medici, who was married to Henry II of France. I am almost a third of the way in and I am not enjoying it as much as I had hoped. It is written in a rather dry style.

I am also listening to Educated by Tara Westover. I am just over halfway and I have to admit that, although I am enjoying the listen well enough, objectively it is not the most interesting thing I have ever listened to.

What have I recently finished reading?

It has been an interesting week reading wise, thanks to my Mood March TBR game.

So let’s see. First I finished Seeker by Veronica Rossi, which I read as my Series Sequel (no 27). Well, that was a bit of a disappointment. Or maybe it wasn’t – it was what I expected, since I did not much like the first book.  I only gave it 3 out of 7 stars.

I read Rain by Melissa Harrison as my short book (no 25), which is a non-fiction book about walks in the rain (very appropriate for this very wet winter!). I enjoyed that one, though it could have done with a bit more substance. (5 out of 7 stars)

For Adult Romance (no 19) I decided to read an e-book, which was The Awakening of Ivy Leavold (Markham Hall #1) by Sierra Simone, which felt so incomplete I read the next one as well, The Education of Ivy Leavold (Markham Hall #2). I enjoyed the first well enough (5 out of 7 stars), whereas the second one was a little too much for me (3 out of 7 stars). There is a clearly a line in my adult romance that I do not like being crossed.

Finally, I finished on a high note with Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie for a Mystery (no 37), which I really enjoyed and gave 6 out of 7 stars.

It is definitely an interesting way of choosing a book and it made me read books I otherwise may not have picked up so quickly. It is good to be pushed out of your comfort zone sometimes.

Jackson, Mary Cecilia - SparrowWhat do I think I will be reading next?

Well, I will be reading Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson this week, as it is a NetGalley ARC and it comes out next week. My game did generate no 31 Atkinson, Kate - Life After Lifeas well, which is a NetGalley book, so clearly it wants me to read it! I also pulled no 24 (big book >500 pages), and I have decided to read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson for that. That book is on my 20 for 2020 TBR. I don’t expect to read any more than that in the next week! In fact I will be surprised if I finish all of those, as I have a pretty busy week ahead!

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 19 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 currently reading Vixen by Rosie Garland. I am about halfway. It is a odd book set in the 1300s, but I kind of like it even if I am not blown away by it so far. I have also started Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, finally continuing my re-read of Harry Potter after a year to get to the final book, which I have never read for some reason!

Finally, I am listening to The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack The Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold. I saw someone on Booktube (Jeansbookishthoughts) talking about this and thought it sounded really intriguing. It was on sale on Audible, so decided to give it a listen. I am finding this one really interesting. It mainly talks about what life was like in Victorian London and I love listening to this one. It is a like a really fascinating history lesson! The narrator (Louise Brealey) is doing a fantastic job. I love that it is not actually focused on the crime, but on the women and their lives.

What did I recently finish reading?

Since last Wednesday I have finished Callanish by William Horwood (7/7 stars), Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (5/7 stars) and H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (6/7 stars). I consider that a good reading week! I liked all of those books quite a bit!

What do I think I will be reading next?

Not sure yet. The books I am reading may well take me to the end of the month – the Harry Potter book is huge! Apart from one NetGalley eARC I will be mood reading much of March – I like to call it Moody March. I will be using a TBR prompt game to narrow things down for myself, but more on that later in the month.

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 12 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?

MacDonald, Helen - H Is For HawkI am still listening to H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald, which I am really enjoying a lot. The author narrates it herself and I find it quite soothing listening to her. I am loving the book as well. It’s very Horwood, William - Callanishinteresting.

And to keep the birds of prey theme going, I am re-reading Callanish by William Horwood, who is one of my favourite authors. It’s been a few years since I read a book by him and reading this now I am reminded why I love his writing so much. He has written quite a few books about animals from the animals’ perspective, but with the animals behaving like actual animals a lot of the time. This one from a captive eagle’s perspective pulls on all my heartstrings! I definitely want to read more from him this year. I especially want to make time to finally read the Hyddenworld series!

What have I recently finished reading?

Since last week Wednesday I have finished quite a bit! I finished my audio book, which was How To Train You Dragon by Cressida Cowell (5/7 stars), The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag (4/7 stars), Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (6/7 stars), Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier (5/7 stars), My Sister, The Serial Killer (6/7 stars) and finally, I finished The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo today, which I absolutely adored and it is the first book this year that I am awarding the full 7 stars! I am sure that is the most books I have finished in one week ever! I do have to note that apart from Towers of Midnight, which was almost 1000 pages (and I had only 300 pages left at the last WWW), these were all under 300 pages. Actually The Poet X is just under 360 pages, but written in verse, so very quick to read.

Shamsie, Kamila - Home FireGarland, Rosie - VixenWhat do I plan on reading next?

I am sure the coming week will be a lot slower! I can’t stay on this roll forever! I have one book left to read for the Contemporary-a-thon, which is Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, which I will probably start tomorrow. The other book left on my February TBR is Vixen by Rosie Garland.

I hope to read both of those in the coming week, which would leave me lots of time for mood reading! Yay!

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!

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Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 29 January 2020

 

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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 · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 22 January 2020

I am finally back into the reading habit and man, it feels gooooooood!

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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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Lindsay, Joan - Picnic at Hanging RockWhat am I currently reading?

I am still listening to The Gathering Storm (book 12 of The Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

I am also reading Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay. I am only about 25 pages in, but I am intrigued to see where it is going!

What did I recently finish reading?

Since last Wednesday I have finished three books (!!!).  The first one was Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, which I liked, but did not love. Then I read Tweet Cute by Emma Lord, which was just as cute as I expected. Finally, I read Botswana Time by Will Randall, which is a non-fiction book that documents the author’s time teaching in a little school in Botswana. The latter was definitely my favourite of the week!

 

Keith, Katherine - Epic SolitudeWhat will I read next?

Well, I plan on reading Epic Solitude by Katherine Keith, which is a non-fiction book set in the wilds of Alaska – I am so excited about this one!

I will also start Towers of Midnight, book 13 of The Wheel of Time as soon as I have finished The Gathering Storm. I will read that one in physical form, as the audio book is not quite working for me for this type of fiction.