WWW Wednesday: 11th July 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 ReadingReasons to Stay Alive

I started reading Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig at the weekend and am making fairly steady progress with it. As it’s the true story of how Haig managed to get his depression and anxiety under control, I’ve been a bit wary about reading it in case it triggers my anxiety (sometimes just thinking about a panic attack can cause one for me). I’ve therefore just been reading a chapter or two at a time before switching to fiction. It is very good though and I’m loving both how open and honest Haig is and the way he works facts and science in throughout.

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)As I’ve only been dipping in and out of Reasons To Stay Alive I’ve also been readingย The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. It’s kind of a gender switched version of Pretty Woman where main character Stella hires a male escort to help her figure out how to do a relationship as she is autistic. I have to confess I finished this late last night as I loved it so much I couldn’t put it down. The relationship between Stella and Michael was just the sweetest thing ever.

Recently Finished

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #2)

Another slower reading week as I’ve been trying to get my flat cleared so I can put it on the market. I did however manage to finish a couple of books, the first of which was Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence and OMG I loved this book. It’s the second in the trilogy but there’s definitely no middle book syndrome going on as I thought it was so much better than Red Sister. It’s absolutely packed with action and so many twists and turns but what I loved the most is the way it moved the story forward. There is so much character development and a few of the minor characters are really given the chance to shine.

The End We Start FromThe second book finished this week was The End We Start From by Megan Hunter. I don’t know what it was about this book but ever since I heard about it I wanted to read it, despite seeing some rather mixed reviews. At not much over 100 pages it is a very quick read and there isn’t much in the way of details or description but it still somehow manages to make a big impact. The prose is very lyrical and just beautiful to read, even if it’s so sparse it becomes frustrating at times trying to work out what’s going on in the wider world.

Reading Next

Despite a lot of temptation in the form of Ilona Andrews new book I’m trying really hard to stick to myย Summer TBR. I have a buddy read of The Power starting on the 15th so that will definitely be up soon. I also have a couple of author events in a couple of weeks, the first being Becky Chambers and the other a YA fantasy panel discussion, so I should probably read some of their books. I read a few pages of The Falconer at the weekend so think it’ll be up first followed by The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)The PowerThe Falconer (The Falconer, #1)

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 โค

26 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: 11th July 2018

  1. I’m going to read ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’… I think I need it though just like you sometimes I feel like i’ll have an episode just by thinking of it.
    Anyway, great reads. ๐Ÿ™‚ Though I’m not that familiar with your books except for The Kiss Quotient. I’m just waiting for my copy to read it.
    Have a great reading week Ali.

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    • Hmm yeah my coping strategy with anxiety is generally to distract myself by thinking about anything else. I try to avoid thinking about it or reading about it but Haigs book gets some really great reviews and from what I’ve read is more focused on depression so a little safer for me but still finding a lot I relate to.

      There’s been a heck of a lot to relate to in Kiss Quotient too, to the extent I’ve been reading up on autism in women. It’s really fascinating as women present differently so it’s often missed or diagnosed later in life.

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      • I learned to talk to myself whenever anxiety is trying to take over in me. Though we both know it really is always there but yeah distracting yourself is a good thing. at least it’s not the one in control over you. ๐Ÿ™‚

        So weird… you know I read Queens of Geek just recently, it was a very simple book, yet it spoke to me.. the anxiety there was shown/explained properly. And also autism.. D’you know it’s my first time knowing that autism can be diagnosed later in life? I was surprised because I kept on joking to everyone that I’m autistic. Because I can’t spell some words even the simple ones like ‘purpose’… I kept messing up with spelling things. And it takes me a very long time to learn new language and when I do, I usually mix my accents.. hehe.. And it’s very weird because I’m an aspiring writer. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m gonna read Kiss quotient soon. also your review. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • It seems that women are really good at camouflage, imitating others to fit in, and that’s why it’s not always as obvious as for men. I have found it really interesting as I didn’t know much about it at all. It seems there could be lots of people who have no idea they’re autistic but just get on with things.

        I really need to write some reviews. I am so behind as I’ve been enjoying reading so much.


  2. I think I need to read The Kiss Quotient. You’re the second person I know who has read it and totally loved it, and i could totally go for something in that vein right now.


    • I should probably warn you it is pretty much all about the romance but I love a good romance and this just made me smile.

      The End We Start From is a pretty unique read, very internalised, characters referred to by an initial only, few details or descriptions but I do enjoy stories that are different and I found it quite addictive reading.

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      • I will likely pass on Kiss Quotient, then, though I still appreciate the premise.

        I’ll make sure to shelve The End We Start From. I’m up for something out of the ordinary.

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  3. I have noticed some book that are from you Summer Wipeout TBR and to me you are doing well. It will be interesting to find out how people are getting so far in the first post check in.

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    • I’m doing not too badly so far but I usually start off well and then I get tempted by a shiny new book and it all goes a bit wrong. I can’t believe it’s less than a week till the 1st check in though. Time is really flying.


      • I know I canโ€™t believe it either. I would say Iโ€™m exactly like you, so many books get in the way and end up loosing sight of books on TBRโ€™s for challenges.

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    • I have spotted a few less than favourable reviews and I can totally understand where they’re coming from but there was just something about it that made me smile.

      It drove me nuts that they didn’t speak to each other about their issues but it was just so funny and sweet and I loved Stella and Michael.

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      • The writing itself was stellar. I couldn’t believe it was a debut. I think it kinda drug on for me in the middle, and I agree about them not talking about their issues. That’s what frustrated me the most. Otherwise, it was witty, and I loved the writing style.

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