WWW Wednesday: 3rd January 2018

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 Reading

Happily ​Ever After (Cinder & Ella, #2)It’s unfortunately not been the happiest of new years for me as my parents are both ill with flu and I’m starting to feel a bit ropey myself. I did however start reading Happily Ever After by Kelly Oram yesterday and I am absolutely loving it. It’s the sequel to Cinder and Ella which is probably one of my fave books so I was a little wary of it but other than Cinder being a little too perfect (it’s not possibly for someone to be so wonderful) it is brilliant. So fluffy and feelgood.

On audio I’m still listening to Frankenstein, narrated by Dan Stevens but haven’t made a huge amount of progress as I went to see The Greatest Showman at the cinema and have been listening to the soundtrack on repeat ever since.

Recently Finished

Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie, #1)

In addition to most of my family being ill the weather hasn’t been so great over the last week so I’ve had plenty of time for reading. I’ve managed to finish four books and actually wrote up a few reviews and blog posts (it’s a Christmas miracle).

The first book finished, Between the Blade and the Heart,  was unfortunately one of the biggest disappointments of 2017 for me. I loved the sound of this adult fantasy based on Norse mythology but just never really connected with any of the characters. It was probably a little too heavy on descriptions and world building for me.

EverlessThe second book finished was one of my most anticipated ARCs, Everless by Sara Holland. It’s a YA fantasy set in a world where time is used as a currency, a concept I found fascinating. I wouldn’t say this book wowed me but I did very much enjoy it and for the author’s debut novel it’s pretty impressive.

It felt very fairytale like to me and while the main character did frustrate me a lot (she’s just so naive and trusting I wanted to shout at her) I thought the world building was really well done and there were some very special moments. I will no doubt be reading the sequel when it comes out.

SourdoughAfter Everless I was in the mood for something different so picked up  Sourdough by Robin Sloan. This was an ARC I received from Readers First (although I’m pretty sure it’s already out) and is about a young woman who works as a software engineer at a robotics company. She works long hours with very little social interaction until one night she decides to order takeout and develops an addiction to spicy soup and the special sourdough bread. When the brothers behind the takeout have to leave the country they leave her to look after the starter for the bread and she discovers a new passion.

It’s a really quirky story and I read the majority of it in a day. There’s a great mix of technology, baking, a little bit of magic and a lot of weird. I did find myself relating to a lot of it though and there were moments that made me laugh.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)

The fourth and final book of the week was I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter. I loved her soon to be released Not If I Save You First so it tempted me to read more of her books and this is the first in her Gallagher Girls series about a girls boarding school for future spies. It’s a fun read and as long as you don’t take it seriously or look for a lot of depth it’s a really enjoyable read. I’ll no doubt be reading on in the series at some point.

Reading Next

I don’t have any ARC’s that are due for publication soon but both The Belles and The Hazel Wood are sitting tempting me so I may pick one of them up. I also managed to get a copy of Tess Gerritsen’s latest Rizzoli and Isles from the library so I may pick it up instead.

The Hazel WoodThe Belles (The Belles #1)I Know A Secret (Rizzoli & Isles, #12)

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 Reading!!

30 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: 3rd January 2018

  1. Hi Ali.. I’d say a happy new year but more than that, hope you’re parent get well soon as well as you. 🙂 And as for the books, I’ve been seeing EVerless and requested it from NEtgalley too.. I also just read another book with Water as the currency.. I kinda liked it. 🙂

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    • Happily Ever After was the perfect distraction but finished a lot sooner than I thought it would. Sourdough was brilliant, very unique and quirky. Just the type of read I love.


    • I think it just wasn’t the right kind of read for me. I always struggle with books heavy on description and a lot of new (there are so many different creatures and the world confused me too). I do think it’ll work really well for others. Particularly if you have a bit more knowledge of norse mythology than I do.

      Thank you.

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  2. That’s too bad about Between the Blade and the Heart, but I guess they can’t all be winners all the time for everyone. Sourdough sounds really interesting, though. Not something I’d necessarily pick up, but I love reading about quirky books that are about something I’d never even think about otherwise.

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  3. I’m glad you liked Sourdough. I loved Sloan’s other book, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store and was afraid his second book wouldn’t hold up. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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  4. Time as currency…. While we don’t call it that, I can see how we do that already. I might have to pick up Everless to see how the concept is portrayed here. Neat list.

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  5. I know a Secret looks really intriguing. I love the cover. Will look out for your review. A quick recovery to your parents and you. I hope that you will all feel better soon.

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    • Thanks. I think we’re all on the mend (or at least they are).

      I love the Rizzolli and Isles books so I’ve been not very patiently waiting on this coming from the library. I’m just trying to wedge it into a challenge somewhere.


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