The WWW Wednesday meme is 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.
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?
I’ve been trying to juggle too many books lately and making not much progress on any of them so this week I’m paring it back to just one, Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff. I’ve had this book sitting on the shelf for a couple of months now and I’ve also got the audio (I find it easier than the book) so I’m kind of flipping between the two and having a brilliant time. I only started it on Sunday but as I ventured out for a very long walk (partly as an excuse to listen to this) I’m around 8 hours in (13 or so to go). It’s not been that long since I read the first two books so I’ve found it very easy to jump back into the story and the style. Mia is definitely one of the best characters I’ve come across, I’m not sure how I’m going to cope when her story comes to an end. Does anyone know if there’s a support group?
I had a bit of a fight with my laptop last week and didn’t do a WWW post (the laptop won) so this is two weeks worth of books rather than just one.
First up was The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, the third and final book in the trilogy. I’ve read some rather mixed review of it but I liked it. It did feel a little bit rushed and I’m not sure every character got the ending I would have liked but I flew through it and loved every moment.
My focus for reading is not great yet again so decided to stick with some easier reads and picked up A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones next. This has been the year of Darynda Jones as over the last 12 months or so I’ve read all 13 of the Charley Davidson books. They’ve kept me sane and made me laugh through house moves, renovations and changes at work. I had high hopes for this, the first book in a new series, but found myself not wholly convinced by it. It may just be because it’s a first book but it seemed to take a while to get going. It also feels a little too similar to the Charley Davidson books, similar characters, same humour. I did get hooked towards the end and will no doubt read on but it would’ve been nice to get something different.
After A Bad Day for Sunshine I decided to read Karen Swan’s The Christmas Party. Swan is another favourite author so I was looking forward to this however yet again I found myself struggling to get into to story – I’m starting to think it’s me. It was a little bit slow at the start but unfortunately I think my biggest issue was the characters. It’s told from the pov of three sisters and for around the first third I did not like any of them. Thankfully they did start to grow on me and towards the end I found myself hooked but overall this was slow going, and I’m sorry to say, not that memorable.
Thankfully after those not fantastic reads my library hold on The Places I’ve Cried in Public by Holly Bourne came in, so I dived straight in and it did not disappoint. It isn’t an easy read, it’s frustrating and a little bit heartbreaking but it is brilliant. It’s all about a girl struggling to get over what was an incredibly toxic relationship. Bourne does an amazing job of creating very authentic characters and relationships which bring the story to life. It’s an important book, but it’s also a very well written book. I highly recommend if you’re looking for a YA contemporary that’s not all hearts and flowers.
I’ve decided that December will be a bit of a read what I like month (I made a small dent in my ARCs last month) so I’m hoping to finally pick up some of the books I bought ages ago and maybe finish a few series’. Most of the series I am close to finishing seem to be fantasy but as I’m midway through a fantasy right now I think I may go for Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers next. I’m also in the mood for some Christmas reads so may also pick up The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain.
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 ❤