WWW Wednesday: 29th August 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 ReadingAnd the Ocean Was Our Sky

I’ve somehow ended up juggling three books again which never ends well 🙂 The first of these is And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness. I picked this up from the bookshop last week and it is just sooo beautiful I knew I had to start reading it immediately. I’m a big stalker fan of Ness so I’ve  been anxiously awaiting this story tagged as Moby Dick from the pov of the whale. It is however quite a big book to carry around so I’m only around a third of the way through but so far so good. I just love Ness’s writing and the illustrations throughout are beautiful.

Spinning Silver

The second book I’m reading is Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. I actually started this ages ago but had put it aside as the format of the ARC I’d received was killing my enjoyment of the story (the writing was tiny). I managed however to get a copy from the library on Monday so I’ve picked it up again and am enjoying it so much more (as are my eyes). With the break I had slightly lost the plot a little but I’m getting back into it again and all of the threads are starting to come together which is quite exciting. I am loving how there are a lot of fairytale references but it’s still pretty unique and quite dark.

Dream a Little Dream (Dream a Little Dream, #1)I’ve also started a new audio this week, Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher. I think this might be the first contemporary romance I’ve gotten on audio and it probably wouldn’t have been my first choice when I was hunting for something to listen to but I remembered I got an ARC of this from NetGalley 3 years ago and never actually read it or submitted feedback (oops) so thought it would give me the chance to get it off my shelf. I’m currently around 3 hours in and so far I’m finding it okay. Main character Sarah is kind of annoying me (I want to shake her) which is not ideal but hopefully the story will pick up.


Recently Finished

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

The first book finished his week was A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer, which I’d received from Netgalley. It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and yep I’ve read a lot of Beauty and the Beast retellings but this was definitely a stand out read. I did have a little bit of a wobble at the start, it’s a bit weird and confusing, but it quickly became an addictive and engaging read. I loved main character Harper and I had a very definite soft spot for Commander of the Guard, Grey. It’s way too early for a review but I think it’ll be a solid 4.5 stars.

The next book finished was audio book Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire. This is the second in the Wayward Children series and it’s the author herself who does the narration. I did enjoy it, particularly at the start, but I think I preferred the first book. The narrator has a bit of a tendency to talk directly to the reader which is funny at times but I felt like it stopped me from really becoming engaged in the story.

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)The fact that I couldn’t remember the next book I read and just had to go check probably says quite a lot about Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. It’s not that it’s a particularly bad read, there’s just nothing particularly memorable about it. It sets itself up as this big battle to the death between triplets but that doesn’t really happen. Instead there are three separate stories about each of the sisters, setting up the world, the magic system and introducing the numerous characters. It’s fine, it’s interesting, there’s some great world building but it feels like not very much happens. I also never really understood the reason why these three 16 year old girls had to murder each other and why it’s a generally accepted and encouraged practice.Not So Nice Guy

The fourth and final book read was Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey. Honestly this has just been lurking on my kindle since it was released and I was in the mood for something light and fun. It really is a great read. It’s a friends to lovers story and it’s so nice to finally have a romance without angst or obstacles or whatever. I loved the main characters, I loved the school setting, it made me laugh, it made me smile and I just really liked it.


Reading Next

I think my reading next pile is pretty much the same as last week’s with The Silence of the Girls or Mirage likely to be one of my next reads. I also picked up a copy of City of Ghosts at the bookshop last week so would love to start reading it soon too although I did just get my hands on an ARC of The Towering Sky by Katherine McGee which I’ve also been anxiously awaiting so we’ll see.

The Silence of the GirlsCity of GhostsMirage (Mirage, #1)The Towering Sky (The Thousandth Floor, Book 3)

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 ❤

31 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: 29th August 2018

  1. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on Spinning Silver. I am really intrigued by it but I had mixed feelings about Uprooted in the end and I have a feeling this might be similar.

    Here’s my WWW.

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  2. I love the sound of the Patrick Ness. Moby Dick from the point of the view of the whale…I mean, how could one not be intrigued by that?

    I finished The Silence of the Girls last week and TBH was slightly disappointed. Maybe it’s because my expectations were so high but, for me, one character started to dominate the story to the detriment of another. I’ll be interested to learn what you think.

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/www-wednesdays/

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  3. Great choices! I too have some old NetGalley ARCs that I need to get to. I formally would read one book at a time, but then I got multiple reading devices and now have a least three current reads going at once. I also try to read different genres, so I don’t get confused about storylines. How do you handle reading multiple books at once? Here is what my reading week has looked like: https://greatmorrisonmigration.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/www-wednesdays-august-29-2018/

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    • I usually limit myself to 2 books at any one time, an audio and a read, and make them as different as possible so there’s no confusion. Reading more than one at a time doesn’t tend to work well for me as I always end up focused more on one and the other gets neglected.

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  4. I felt the same way about Three Dark Crowns but I absolutely loved One Dark Throne! I think this is one series that set up the first book to contain all of the conflict, when really it just sets up the rest of the story for the following books. I definitely recommend continuing the series!

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  5. I will be looking forward to your thoughts on Spinning Silver! And I can’t wait to get a copy of City Of Ghosts myself. I hope you will enjoy your books this week and happy reading!

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    • Thank you. Spinning Silver is a bit of a slow read but really good. The descriptions and world building are wonderful. I really hope I get to pick up City of Ghosts soon but there are sooo many books I want to read.

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  6. Lots of interesting books! It’s been a while since I last read a retelling and A Curse So Dark and Lonely looks great. I’ll try to check it out. 🙂

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