It’s WWW Wednesday time.
The WWW Wednesdays meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.
To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
So here’s my W’s for the week.
I’m continuing on my mission to get my list of ARC’s down so at the moment I’m reading The Sign of One by Eugene Lambert. I’m around the 20% mark and so far not too sure about it. It’s a young adult dystopian so should be right up my street but there is something about it that’s a little off and I can’t put my finger on it just yet. It kind of seems a little bit similar to the first book in the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness but isn’t quite doing it as well.
I also have a new audio book this week, Storm Front by Jim Butcher (I couldn’t get the next Harry Potter book). I’ve heard a few people recommend it as the narration is supposed to be very good (James Marsters aka Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Worryingly I still haven’t actually read the synopsis but it seems to be about a wizard in Chicago who consults for the police and finds missing objects. So far it’s ok but it’s very early days.
I feel like I haven’t read as much as usual this week but despite that I have managed to finish three books.
The first of these was Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye which I had literally just started last Wednesday. I’d requested this from NetGalley as soon as I heard it was a retelling of one of my favourite books, Jane Eyre. I wouldn’t say it’s exactly a retelling as the main character refers to the novel regularly but the stories are fairly similar. The big exception to this is that Ms Steele seems to end up killing quite a few people.
The language is pretty similar to that in Jane Eyre which is why I think it took me a bit longer to read but I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. So much so that I think I’m going to have to go out and buy a physical copy to keep. I’m struggling a little to write a suitably glowing review but hopefully should have one up this week.
In addition to Jane Steele, I also finished the audio book of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. I had said I wasn’t in any rush to finish as I was loving the narration so much but it turns out I should have been as I’d gotten it from the library and it returned itself with still an hour left to go. I ended up having to switch to the e book.
The final book of the week, and which I read most of on Monday night, was The Heir by Kiera Cass. This is the fourth in the Selection series but is set some 20 years after the original trilogy. This time it’s daughter and future Queen Eadlyn who has the task of finding a husband from 35 potential candidates. I’ve always been very critical of the first three books and had decided I wasn’t going to continue with the series but when I saw this in the library I couldn’t resist.
I will admit I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected. The main character is still quite annoying but so far there isn’t the awful love triangle and endless indecision that drove me crazy in the first three. The biggest problem is it ended on a cliffhanger so now I’ll need to get my hands on the next one in May.
Believe it or not I actually made a list a few nights ago of what I’m planning to read over the next few weeks. I have a pile of library books and a lot of ARC’s to read by certain dates so I really thought I should get organised. Whether I stick to the plan is a whole other question.
In terms of ARCs I think my next read will be chick lit novel Who’s That Girl by Mhairi McFarlane. I’ve previously read a couple of books by this author so couldn’t resist this when I saw it on NetGalley. After that I have Riverkeep by Martin Stewart which is a young adult fantasy and sounds like a bit of a road trip, self discovery type story so should be good.
On the library book side I’m hoping to get stuck into Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare this weekend. It’s due back next week so it’s now or never. I’ve seen a lot of good reviews for it so I’m looking forward to it.
All in all I’m hoping for a good week. Have you read any of these? What would you recommend? Let me know in the comment box below (and feel free to leave links to your WWW) 🙂