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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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WWW Wednesdays: Christmas Day 2019

I have not done one of these in a couple of months, as I had not been reading much. I am pleased to report (Ha!) that my reading has picked up in the last few days, so there might be light at the end of the slumpy tunnel! Yay!

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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 about a third into the audio book of The Gathering Storm, which is book 12 in The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (and the first one finished by Brandon Sanderson). This is a re-read and because of my slumpiness and a spare Audible credit I am listening to it. It’s ok. I don’t think the narration is the best though and I may transfer to reading if my reading has actually picked up.

I am also reading Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews. I am reading that one on my Kindle and I am about 45% in. I am enjoying this one. I have read one of her books before and enjoyed it and since I wanted a Christmassy read, I decided to do this one.

 

What did I recently finish reading?

Shock, horror! I have actually finished a couple of books!

I finally finished reading Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles by Kenneth Womack, which was a really interesting read, despite it taking me two months to read it. I have also just finished re-reading A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter last night. This is a urban fantasy that I have enjoyed in the past. On re-read it suffered a little bit, but it was still an entertaining enough read and I did like it. I will try and write and post my review today or tomorrow.

What will I be reading next?

I am mood-reading my way into 2020, so we will see…

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW READING YEAR EVERYONE!!!!

 

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays: 9 October 2019

The start of October has been a struggle to be honest. Not just with reading, but with life overall. I am suffering with quite a lot of anxiety at the moment and I can’t quite pinpoint why. Maybe it is simply the change of the seasons. It simply means I am finding it hard to concentrate on anything, including books!

I already skipped last week, so let’s give it a go this week!

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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 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It has only taken me many years to get to it! I am just over halfway and I am really enjoying it. It’s an excellent read. I had planned to finish it today, but considering that I have not read a single page yet today, I think it is pretty unlikely.

I am also still listening to The Iliad by Homer. I am 7 hours into the audio book with just under 15 hours still to go. I find with listening to it on audio book I don’t take in every single word, but I am getting the gist of it and the flow of the narrative well enough. I still prefer non-fiction audio books, but I do not think I would ever have gotten through The Iliad if I was physically reading it. I am confident I might finish it by the end of the month.

Ware, Ruth - The Death of Mrs WestawayWhat did I recently finish reading?

The only thing I finished was The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware, which I enjoyed quite a bit. It was not perfect, but it was definitely a good read for this time of the year.

What do I think I will be reading next?

I might start Solid State by Kenneth Womack tomorrow as I need to start something new on my Kindle. The subtitle is ‘The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles‘ which sounds right up my street. I got that one via NetGalley and I am so looking forward to it! It is due to be published on 15 October.

As for my next fiction read, I am not sure. I may go for The Corset by Laura Purcell. Does that one not have the most gorgeous cover?

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WWW Wednesdays: 25 September 2019

It’s a bit late in the day, but better late than never!

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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 60 odd pages into Never Greener by Ruth Jones. Ruth Jones is a screenwriter and actress, particularly known for writing (and acting in the) comedy series Gavin & Stacy with James Corden. The book is ok so far. I liked the writing, but so far the plot makes me feel uncomfortable as there is a lot of cheating on spouses going on.

I am also listening to the audio book of The Iliad by Homer. I am about 4 hours in with 17 hours remaining, so it will take me a while. I wish I had a physical copy as well, so I could keep track of who the you-know-what they are talking about! I have been meaning to get to this one for ages, so I am happy to finally listen to it.

What did I recently finish reading?

Well, I finished Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan today, book 11 in The Wheel of Time series. It was pretty good. There are so many characters and the world is so well thought out that it is truly impressive. It moves slowly but surely forward. Three books in this series to go. It is a re-read. 🙂

I finished my audio book, which was Becoming by Michelle Obama, shortly after posting my last WWW. Nothing but love for that woman.

Finally, I finished Ramona Blue, by Julie Murphy, which I really enjoyed as well.

It’s been a tricky week and some days I hardly read at all, but hopefully I can catch up on my TBR in the week ahead.

What will I be reading next?

The books left on my September TBR are Drift by Clare Littlemore and Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. I am unlikely to be able to read both of those before the end of the month, but I guess miracles exist.