WWW Wednesday: 31st August 2016

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.

WWW Wednesday

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?

Here’s this weeks WWW.

The Great GatsbyCurrently Reading

I’m around the 90% mark of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald at the moment. I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never read this (and haven’t even seen the film). My reading of the classics has been limited pretty much to the Bronte’s, Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy so I’ve been meaning to broaden my range for a while.

I always find the language a bit of a struggle in classics (it takes me a while to get into the flow) but I have been very much enjoying the writing and the voice of the narrator.

Recently Finished

A Long Way DownFinished three books this week, the first of which was A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. It’s about four people with very different backgrounds who meet on the roof of the tower block they’ve decided to commit suicide by jumping off. After a bit of an argument and some pizza they agree to wait a bit and see if they still want to kill themselves in a few weeks.

I still don’t know what to make of this. It’s well written and funny in places but there was just something a little bit uncomfortable about it. I don’t think it helped that I only saw the film a few weeks ago as I ended up comparing and my image of the characters was very much influenced by the actors who played them.

The Thousandth FloorThere was a bit of a theme this week as the second book finished, The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee, was also about someone falling off the top of a tower block. Although in this case the tower block was considerably higher.

It’s described as a kind of futuristic Gossip Girl as it’s set in Manhattan in 2118 and follows a group of privileged (and not so privileged) teenagers. There’s back stabbing, romance, obsession, drug use and blackmail. I have to admit I love this kind of read so it was perfect for me and that ending was incredible. I’m planning to post a review later this week.

The final book finished was Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton which is a romantic suspense. I quite like Elisabeth Naughton but found this one a little bit too predictable, although maybe I’ve just read too many of them.

Reading Next

At the moment I feel like I’m pretty much just waiting on Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas to be released on the 6th September. Although as I’m pretty much finished The Great Gatsby I do need to find something to tide me over.

I do have a decent haul of library books so will maybe pick up one of them. My most recent borrows are Echo Boy by Matt Haig and Longbourn by Jo Baker. I also still have Paige Toon’s latest novel The One We Fell In Love With which I bought from Amazon and really want to read as soon as possible.

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)The One We Fell in Love WithEcho BoyLongbourn

In semi related news I managed to get tickets today to see Sarah J Maas when she comes to Glasgow in October. I’m soooo excited!!!

Have you read any of the books above or have any other book you’d recommend? Leave comments and links below.

Happy Wednesday everyone.

21 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: 31st August 2016

  1. I hear you on the classics. I haven’t even actually read that much Austen or Bronte. I struggle with the language, too, and there are so many other books I want to read I sort of feel like I’m wasting my time on them (I know! Sacrilege!) Gatsby is one I would like to try, though, and it helps that it is short. Happy reading!

    Here’s my WWW for this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/www-wednesday-august-31-2016/

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  2. Hope you enjoy the rest of The Great Gatsby. I remember reading it for school and loving it 🙂 The movie version with Robert Redford is a good one to watch!
    I’ve been meaning to read Longbourn but have gotten around to it yet. P&P is one of my favourite classics (Jane Eyre’s at the top) 😉
    Happy Reading ❤

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    • I hated reading the classics at school so did the minimum 🙂 I think it’s because it’s forced. Now that I don’t have to I’m quite enjoying them. I didn’t realise Redford had done a movie version. Will need to track it down. Kind of curious now I’ve read the book.

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  3. I read Gatsby for the first time this year, too. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, I don’t always enjoy the high-society books, but it is easily one of my favorite books this year. I was getting quite antsy to watch the movie. I always try to read the book before seeing the movie, but at the same time, I watch every DiCaprio that exists!

    I found your blog via WWW Wednesday.

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    • Thanks for stopping by. I have to admit I’ve kind of gone off DiCaprio which is the main reason I haven’t seen the film. I did enjoy the book but it’s a bit on the depressing side.


  4. I didn’t read The Great Gatsby for the first time until three years ago! (I only know the date from checking Goodreads, but knew it was fairly recent). I loved it! Which surprised me, as I don’t often enjoy classics now as much as I did when I was young. But this book kept me thinking about the scenes, the characters, etc. (I had already seen one of the movies, and then saw the more recent one).

    Repressed sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing, and here’s MY WWW POST

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    • I’m probably the opposite and have been enjoying the classics that I hated when I was younger 🙂 I did enjoy the Great Gatsby but I’ve read that it improves each time you read it. I definitely want to see the film now.


  5. If it’ll make you feel any better, I haven’t read The Great Gatsby! Haha. I actually haven’t read any classic before but I made a promise to read 5 before the year ends! 😀

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  6. I am so excited to read The Thousandth Floor and I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it! I think it sounds like something I am just going to really love. I am also looking forward to EoS and I have been actively avoiding spoilers, so I hope that I can read it soon as well!

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  7. I hate Gatsby. I forced myself to finish it, it took me a month! I can’t recall if I hated it because it was an assigned read or if I really disliked the story, haha!
    I hate it when the movie adaptation of a book ruins the fun of imagining the scenes!
    Happy reading!

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    • I pretty much hated all assigned reads at the time but I’m gradually trying to re read and liking them more this time.

      I usually try to read the book before I even see the trailer for a film as even knowing who’s been cast affects how I visualize the characters.

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