WWW Wednesday: 23rd May 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

Due to a little bit of a wander off track at the weekend my currently reading list is pretty much the same as last week with the addition of Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.

The Last Family in EnglandThe Count of Monte CristoStalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)Spinning Silver

I have to admit I haven’t made much progress on either the Count of Monte Cristo or The Last Family in England. The first I was holding off on as the buddy read only started yesterday so I didn’t want to get too far ahead (and that’s my story and I’m sticking to it) and the second I’m just too scared to read as I just know something really upsetting is going to happen.

I have made some reasonable progress on Stalking Jack the Ripper and am past the halfway point now. I only have it on loan for about the next 6 days so I’m going to have to get it finished before I lose it. It’s reminding me a lot of Sherlock Holmes for some reason, which is both good and bad.

I only started Spinning Silver on Monday morning so I’m around a quarter of the way through but I’m absolutely loving it. It’s roughly based on Rumpelstiltskin and has that Russian fairytale element to it that I adore. It is however in a weird file format so I’m having to use the Aldiko app on my phone to read it. The writing is teeny tiny so not the easiest to read (thank goodness I’m short sighted) and it looks like it’s going to self destruct in around 40 days but it’s totally worth it.

Recently FinishedAsh Princess

Only two books finished this week, the first of which was Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian. I have to admit I’m a little on the fence about this one. It’s not bad, in fact once I hit the halfway point I did get hooked and found it difficult to put down, but it’s lacking in originality. It’s about a young girl with special powers who has to find a way to defeat an evil tyrant and free her oppressed people. I feel like I’ve already read this and in fact it reminded me a lot of Red Queen. There is some decent writing though and it did generate some feels.

VoxAfter Ash Princess I couldn’t face another YA fantasy and having received a copy of Vox from NetGalley I couldn’t resist reading a few pages. Needless to say I ended up finishing the whole thing the same day. It’s an absolutely fascinating premise in that in this society women are only permitted to speak 100 words a day. Their role is to stay at home, cook, clean, garden and raise the children while their menfolk make the decisions, go out to work. It’s a little similar to Handmaid’s Tale but without the forced baby factory element. I very much enjoyed it. It’s not out till August so unfortunately too early for a review but I would recommend.

Reading Next

Hmm pretty much the same as last week. I think Spinning Silver is gonna take me a while but it’s a long weekend here so hopefully I can make a start on at least one of these.

Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, #2)Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)Cross Her Heart

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 ❀

26 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: 23rd May 2018

    • I have Uprooted but haven’t read it yet so can’t compare but I would recommend. I’m only quarter of the way through and finding the tiny writing a nightmare to read but the descriptions and world are wonderful. I suspect I’ll buy a proper copy when it’s published.

      Stalking Jack the Ripper is good but because I have it on audio I don’t think I’m enjoying as much as I could be. I only really listen for 10-20 mins at a time so am not getting into the story. I’m wishing I was reading it.


    • It is a scarily huge book but it hasn’t been too difficult to read (even though the writing style is a bit irritating). I’m hoping buddy reading will motivate me to keep going.

      I have really got to get to Ace soon. It’s been lurking on my kindle for far too long.


    • I love fairytale retellings and Rumplestiltskin is one of my favourites so I couldn’t resist (plus that cover is sooo pretty). So far I am really enjoying.

      I really liked Vox. Not necessarily the most likeable of characters but had a great premise.

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    • I have got to read Cross Her Heart soon, I saw it on the shelves at the supermarket yesterday.

      I think there’s just a problem with the file for Spinning Silver or at least that’s what my pc said when I gave up trying to get it on my kindle and downloaded the pdf. NetGalley have said they’ll contact the publisher but I couldn’t wait πŸ˜€


  1. I really cannot wait to read Cross Her Heart! I’m sorry you aren’t getting into Jack the Ripper; it was one that I really enjoyed but I read it on my Kindle. I have that issue with audiobooks as well where I just can’t get into them (as I am now with Beartown and have been trying to listen to it for 2 weeks, but I’m stuck at 14% because of narrator problems) but when I switch to the physical book, I enjoy it! I hope if you switch formats, that you like it better! Enjoy your reading! πŸ™‚

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    • I think it depends on the book with audios. They always take me so much longer than reading that it needs to be a story I can just dip in and out of rather than something needing my full focus. If I was reading this I probably would have finished in one sitting.

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      • Oh, definitely! It takes me so much longer with audiobooks than with a physical book, which can get so frustrating. You’re right that it needs to be one you can dip in and out of. They do make housecleaning go faster though, lol! Both Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula were quick reads so if you end up enjoying this one, I imagine you would read it very quickly.

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    • It’ll be worth the wait and to be honest I’m starting to wish I’d waited for a final version. The formatting is killing me.

      Last Family in England is my first Haig so can’t compare. I’m loving the writing but not so sure about the story. It’s from the POV of the family dog and I usually avoid books with animals cos they tend to upset me.

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