WWW Wednesday: 8th November 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?

Currently ReadingRenegades (Renegades, #1)

I started reading Renegades by Marissa Meyer yesterday morning and while I’m only about 5% in I am already loving it. I just really like her writing, it draws you instantly, and I’m a big fan of the whole superhero thing so this this is right up my street. Fingers crossed it lives up to expectations.

I also still have Copycat by Alex Lake on the go but have had to pretty much park it while I try to beat publication dates for some of the ARCs I have.

Recently Finished

I got a bit distracted by stalking Benedict Cumberbatch the filming that was going on in Glasgow last week (pic above from outside my office) but I managed to finish three books.

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces

The first of these was YA thriller  Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten which I’d received from NetGalley. I’d previously read and loved the author’s previous book Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls but I think this might have been even better. Honestly it was so good I was picking it up at every possible opportunity.

It’s a dark and twisted story about girl who’s in love with her best friend and is trying to pluck up the courage to tell him when his cheating ex reappears in his life and starts trying to win him back. Girl sets up a fake email and insta to catfish the ex but it all goes disastrously wrong. I posted a raving review at the end of last week with all of my feelings but in summary I loved it and would definitely recommend if you like a good thriller.

Strange Weather

The second book finished this week was another NetGalley pick, Strange Weather by Joe Hill. It’s a collection of four short novels very loosely linked by bizarre weather events. This is the first full book I’ve read by Hill (I started the Fireman but still haven’t finished) and I really enjoyed it. I did prefer some stories to others but each one had something about it I loved. The shorter format was both brilliant and really annoying (I need to find out what happens next). It’s definitely encouraged me to go back and finish The Fireman and also read some of his other books.


The Truth and Lies of Ella Black

The third and final book finished was The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr. I read and absolutely adored Barr’s previous novel The One Memory of Flora Banks so I was very excited to receive this from NetGalley a few weeks ago.

Unfortunately while it does have a lot of similarities in writing style I’m not sure I can really say I enjoyed this. There was one really disturbing incident pretty early on in the story that I just couldn’t get past and from there on in I think I was just looking for problems. Something that wasn’t too difficult as there were quite a few things about it that made it uncomfortable reading.

I’m still swithering over whether to review it here but you can find a draft with my initial thoughts over on GoodReads.

Reading Next

I discovered last week that the publication and archive dates for a lot of the books on my NetGalley shelf are a lot sooner than I thought (and than it says on the shelf) so I’ve had to rework my reading plan a lot. I can’t really complain when they’re some of my most anticipated reads 🙂 I think the following will be up next.

My Side of the DiamondIf There's No TomorrowGoodbye, Perfect

Have you read any of the books on my list this week? Any others you’d recommend? As always please feel free to leave comments and links below.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

23 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: 8th November 2017

  1. Have been seeing a lot of interest in Joe Hill’s Strange Weather this week, I’m tempted but am not a huge fan of the short story.
    I actually quite liked Emily Barr’s book, it is only the second one I’ve read by this author, so hard for me to compare to her other work.

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    • I can be a bit funny with short stories but most are at least 100 pages so they’re not that short. Plenty of room for a good story and some great characters.

      This is only the second Barr book I’ve read too but there was something about it that just made me really uncomfortable. I was so close to dnf ing it.

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  2. OMG what’s Benedict my Love doing there??? Hahaha..I mean shooting what? :). Okay let’s just stick to the books… When you’re done with Renegades, I might want some spoilers..So will talk to you about it once you’re done. 🙂 Happy reading..

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    • Hahaha they were filming a Sky Atlantic drama based on the Patrick Melrose books which basically meant lots of Benedict running around in a long coat and an eye patch 😂

      I am loving Renegades so far. I might need to set up some kind of list if all the characters but it’s brilliant.

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  3. Ahhhh I want to read Renegades! I requested it on Netgalley but got declined (the reason they gave was that they can only supply to readers in the UK but there was nothing on the request page about it being region specific so I was annoyed about that).

    I will have to remember Bad Girls with Perfect Faces when I am looking for a new thrilller. It sounds excellent.

    Sorry the new Emily Barr book didn’t work for you. I haven’t actually read Flora Banks yet. It’s been on my list for so long but other things keep getting in before it.

    Here’s my WWW post

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    • I hate it when they do that. I’m now using the UK site so I’ve been getting declined for other reasons 😂

      I was surprised but very happy to get Renegades. At least it’s only a week or so till release.

      Loved Bad Girls, not what I was expecting in terms of story. Would also recommend Flora Banks. It’s a little repetitive but soo funny. I’m starting to think my issues with her latest are maybe just me as I’ve seen some glowing reviews.


  4. I can totally identify with the issue about publication dates on NetGalley – that really annoys me as well when they’re wrong or don’t get updated. I’ve taken a tip from another blogger and use the publication dates on Amazon now when planning my reading schedule. I hate missing ARC dates!

    Intrigued by Strange Weather because I’ve been reading quite a few short story collections recently and have been getting more keen on the format.

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2017/11/08/www-wednesdays-8th-november-17/

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    • I think the dates are maybe when the paperback is released. I really should know better and check before requesting. I thought I had loads of time to read them and it ended up around 6 were out within a week.

      It’s usually anthologies with lots of different authors I read as it gives you a chance to test them out before committing to a longer book. I think this is the first collection be one author but I really liked it. The format worked and each of the stories was very different.


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