WWW Wednesday: 22nd February 2017

The WWW Wednesday 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.

Currently ReadingKing's Cage (Red Queen, #3)

I’m still working my way through King’s Cage, the third book in Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series. It seems to be taking me a lot longer than I expected to read. I am enjoying it but I think I have that slight wariness that it won’t live up to my expectations so have been taking it slow.

I also have this horrible feeling that something really bad is going to happen and it’s going to upset me.

Storm Siren (Storm Siren, #1)I’m also still listening to Storm Siren by Mary Weber on audio. Currently almost 2 thirds of the way through and liking it a lot. It does have a lot of the common YA sci-fi/fantasy tropes (love triangle, special snow flake destined to save the world etc) but it’s also kind of dark (horses which keep trying to eat their riders) which makes a little bit different from the norm. Kind of curious to see where it goes.

Recently Finished

It’s been a bit of a strange reading week for me as I’m doing another GoodReads team challenge and part of that challenge is to pick books from another team’s read list. It’s definitely resulted in some different from the norm choices in books but I’m enjoying The Ocean at the End of the Laneventuring into new territory.

The first book finished,  The Ocean at the End of
the Lane
by Neil Gaiman, definitely falls into new territory for me as, terrible as it is to admit, this was the first book of his I’ve read. I suspect given so many people love his books so much I was a little bit nervous I would be the exception.

Thankfully that was not the case as I absolutely loved this story and Gaiman’s writing. There’s something just instantly likeable about it and it completely sucked me in.

A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)My second book, A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle, was also new to me although obviously, as the first Sherlock Holmes story, old to a lot of people. I always feel like I can’t really comment on classic literature as let’s face it it’s classic for a reason but for the most part I loved it.

I’m a big fan of the TV show (the Benedict Cumberbatch one) so was curious about how true the show was to the book and honestly was completely shocked by the similarities. The “meet cute” between Holmes and Watson was almost identical as were many of the other scenes. I find it so impressive that Conan Doyle wrote this when he did and the fact that it
still pretty much works in a current day setting is a testament to the quality of his writing.

The one bit that slightly threw me was around the halfway point when it ventures into the motives of the murderer. It takes such a sudden shift I actually wondered if I was reading the same book. If you’ve read it you’ll know what I mean.

The third book finished this week was a re read of Evermore by Alyson Noel. It’s the first in her Immortals and series and while being a bit Twilighty I have to confess I do kinda enjoy it. It’s probably one of those guilty pleasure reads, you know it’s wrong to like it but you just can’t help it.

Reading NextA Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)

Sooo, I’m off on holiday to Spain on Sunday morning so I’m not going to post a reading next list. I want to leave it open and read whatever the heck I fancy although let’s face it I’m almost guaranteed to fancy A Conjuring of Light.

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

Happy Wednesday everyone.

35 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: 22nd February 2017

  1. I’m not really into Neil Gaiman’s books (have read a few, but never been terribly fussed) but i bought The Ocean at the End of the Lane for my partner ages ago and I’m pretty sure he still hasn’t read it! I did want to try it, though, myself, so I might have to hunt it out.

    Have a fabulous time in Spain! And enjoy A Conjuring of Light!

    Here’s my WWW

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    • Thanks. I have to admit The Ocean at the End of the Lane was not what I was expecting. I did really love the writing style and the characters. Not sure how it compares to his other books.


  2. I’ve been meaning to read the Red Queen series since the first book came out and now there’s so many of them. But I quite like that when I do start i won’t have to wait for the next installment! I’ve been wanting to read some Neil Gaiman for a while. I’ve had American Gods on my tbr for ever. I’m gonna try and get it this year. Also Sherlock! I love the TV series so much, but I’ve never read the books. I think I worried they might not meet my expectations. But I might have to add them to my tbr too!

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    • Red Queen doesn’t always get the best reviews (too similar to hunger games etc) but I’ve really enjoyed every book so far. It is probably wise to wait though as I’ve just discovered that contrary to what I thought it’s not a trilogy and I’m going to have a wait for book 4 😦

      Sherlock is very readable and the first half was shockingly similar to the show. Although the second half wandered off into a story about mormon settlers in America which seemed kinda odd.

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  3. The Ocean at The End of The Line was my second read by him, so you’re not alone ^-^ I read it last year and loved it, too. He has such a magical way with words ❤

    I'm really looking forward to A Conjuring of Light, but I'm trying to hold off until my tbr stack has decreased in size a little or I'll never make any progress! 😀

    Here's mine: https://sarinalangerwriter.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-22nd-february-2017/

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    • I’m reading a lot of fantasy at the mo so I am tempted to delay A Conjuring of Light but I’m afraid I’m going to stumble across a spoiler somewhere.

      I’ve given up on trying to reduce my TBR 🙂


  4. I am so jealous that you are reading King’s Cage! I bought the book last week, but I really have no idea when I am going to have the chance to start it. I hope that you enjoy all of these titles that you plan to read! 🙂

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  5. I still haven’t read Red Queen; I want to, but I’m wary because I’ve seen a bunch of mixed reviews of the series. I’m glad you are enjoying King’s Cage – I just hate slow moving books! Have an awesome day! 😀

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  6. Enjoy your holiday in Spain! My eldest son, who lives in Prague, loves going to Spain, so I’m filled with envy when anyone goes there.

    As for Gaiman…I tried The Ocean at the End of the Lane…and perhaps I didn’t give enough of an effort to it…it just didn’t engage me. I may try again.

    I am curious about the Schwab books, which I see everywhere.

    Thanks for sharing…and here’s MY WWW POST

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    • I was surprised at how much I liked a Study in Scarlet. I’m always wary of classics though as I expect them to be hard going but this one was actually quite an easy enjoyable read. Would definitely recommend The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

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  7. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed The Ocean At The End Of The Lane! And I’m kind of worried about King’s Cage myself; I will be looking forward to your thoughts on that one. I hope you will enjoy your books this week and happy reading!

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    • I think I made a mistake doing Storm Siren and Kings Cage at the same time as both seem to be about girls who control lightning but both are pretty good.

      Glad I’m not the only one to have never read Gaiman 😀


  8. Good to hear you’ve enjoyed your first foray into to Sherlock – I think the earliest ones in the TV series stuck really closely to the books which is what made the series so inspired – as you say amazing that they can update the time period for TV considering when the books were written.

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