WWW Wednesday: 1st January 2020

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.

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 ReadingBitter Falls (Stillhouse Lake #4)

Happy new year everyone!!! I can’t believe we’re in 2020 already, where does the time go? For my first book of the year I’ve decided to pick up Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine, the fourth book in the Stillhouse Lake series. I love Rachel Caine’s writing and this series is definitely a favourite. I’m only around 20% in as I write this and it’s off to a strong start, fingers crossed it manages to keep it up.

I’ve just finished my audio book and am still trying to make my mind up on what to listen to next so I’ve had the second Cat and Bones book, One Foot in the Grave,  on the go for the last few days. I’ve listened to it before but it always makes me laugh so it’s keeping me going till I make a decision.


Recently Finished

The Honey-Don't ListFinale (Caraval, #3)Strangers

Girl at Heart#Awestruck (#Lovestruck #3)Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)

I decided to take a bit of a break from blogging last week (I’m off work for the hols so wanted a break from computer screens) and missed WWW Wednesday so this is two weeks worth of reading. I’ve actually had a great couple of weeks and I think the break may be doing me good as I feel like I’m starting to find the love again. Anyway over the two weeks I finished six books:-

  • The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren – I liked this a lot and pretty much flew through it in a few days. It’s not especially memorable though so while I enjoyed it at the time it didn’t wow me
  • Strangers by C.L. Taylor – This is one that did wow me and I highly recommend trying to get your hands on a copy if you can (I got it from NetGalley). It had me hooked from pretty much the first page and it kept me guessing until the end. Loved it.
  • Girl at Heart by Kelly Oram – I love Kelly Oram and honestly can’t understand why she’s not more popular than she is. This YA contemporary isn’t my favourite from her (let’s face it nothing’s gonna beat Cinder & Ella) but it’s very good. Yes some of the characters are too good to be true but it made me cry (Oram’s books always make me cry) so I was clearly invested.
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray – Whoop!!! It’s taken months but I’ve finally finished it. I do love this series but this book was much longer than it needed to be. There are wonderful characters and I love the way they’re developing but the story could have been a lot tighter. There seems to be an awful lot of social commentary and setting things up for future books.
  • Finale by Stephanie Garber – At last, I managed to read the final book in the Caraval trilogy and it was fantastic. I love the world and the magic, I love Tella as a character and I loved the romance. I did however feel that the ending was a little rushed and I kind of missed the game aspect of the first two books.
  • #Awestruck by Sariah Wilson – I have no idea why I decided to read this, it was a slightly random KU pick, but I really enjoyed it. I literally stayed up till 1am so I could finish it so clearly something about it worked for me. I think I’m just in a bit of a romance mood at the moment as I’ve already downloaded a couple of the author’s other books and plan on binge reading them.

I did also attempt to read the final Throne of Glass book, Kingdom of Ash, but I’m afraid I gave up on it pretty quickly. I think I’ve left it too long as I couldn’t remember who half the characters were and was very confused about what was going on. It’s unlikely I’m gonna go back and reread the previous books so unless I can find a recap somewhere I’m not sure I’m ever going to finish this series.


Reading Next

I snagged a copy of Starsight by Brandon Sanderson in the sales last week so I think I’m probably going to pick it up next as I’ve been eagerly awaiting it ever since I finished the first book Skyward. I also have an ARC of Holly Bourne’s new adult book Pretending which has been calling to me from my kindle. I’m also planning to start either Before the Devil Breaks You or Gemina as my next audio.

Starsight (Skyward, #2)PretendingBefore the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3)Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

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 ❤

WWW Wednesday: 18th December 2019

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.

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

The Honey-Don't List

It’s all change this week as I finished all of the books I was reading last week. On ebook I decided to pick up  The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren, an ARC of which I received via NetGalley. I’ve enjoyed pretty much every Christina Lauren book I’ve read so far so couldn’t resist starting it almost as soon as it arrived on my kindle. It’s very early days, I only started it on Monday night, but so far I’m liking it. It’s reminding me a lot of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, no bad thing as I absolutely love that book.

On audio I’ve resumed listening to Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, I started this a few months ago but put it on hold so I could listen to Darkdawn which I’d borrowed from the library. I was already quite far through when I took a break so I only have around 7 hours to go. It is starting to feel like I’ve been working my way through it for ages though so I think I’m going to make an effort to finish it in the next week.  


Recently Finished

Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3)The Christmas Wish ListIf I Never Met You

I’ve had a pretty great reading week and managed to finish three books, two I loved, one not so much. The first one finished was The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain, a book I’d borrowed from the library based pretty much on the cover. I really wanted to like this book but I’m afraid it didn’t work for me. Maybe it’s my general grumpiness at the moment but I couldn’t find any empathy for the characters. It was all a little too predictable and on the twee side for me.

I suspect it wasn’t particularly helped by my listening to Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff at the same time. I don’t think I could have found a book more different if I tried and The Christmas Wish List just couldn’t compare to the power and emotion in Darkdawn. I absolutely loved it. There are so many twists and turns and so much happening. It is the final book in the trilogy so there are some heavy losses (I was not happy about a few of these) and an absolutely epic ending. I don’t re read books very often but I suspect this will be one I’ll read again.

After the trauma of Darkdawn, something a little lighter (and a lot less violent) was needed so I decided to pick up my ARC of If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane. I’m a big fan of McFarlane so was very excited when my NetGalley request for this one was approved. It’s a fake relationship story, one of my favourite romance tropes, and McFarlane does a wonderful job of making it feel very contemporary and relevant. The characters are likeable (and have chemistry) and there’s a bit of a feminist slant to it which is fantastic to see. I’m hoping to have a full review up soon.


Reading Next

I have only 3 days of work before I finish up for the Christmas break and I’m hoping that with a little more time in the house I can pick up a few of the hardbacks I bought in the last few months and haven’t wanted to carry around with me. It would be good to finish off a couple of series so I’m thinking probably Finale by Stephanie Garber or Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers. I also recently received an ARC of Holly Bourne’s new adult book Pretending so I doubt I’ll be able to resist it for long.

Finale (Caraval, #3)PretendingRecord of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #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 ❤

WWW Wednesday: 11th December 2019

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.

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 ReadingDarkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3)

I’m still working my way steadily through Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff, the third and final book in the Nevernight Chronicles, and I’m absolutely loving it. I’ve been mostly listening to it on audio so that always takes a little longer than reading (especially when it’s 21 hours long) but while I do really want to know how it all ends I don’t want Mia’s story to be over. I think I have just over three hours (100 pages) to go so I expect I’ll be finished by the weekend, although with the end approaching I may need to limit my listening to in the house as there have already been some heavy losses and I suspect the ending may break me.

The Christmas Wish ListI was kind of missing reading an actual book so despite my plan to just stick to one book at a time I have started reading The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain. This was a bit of a random pick from the library (I liked the cover and wanted something light and festive) but I’m starting to think it was a mistake as it’s annoying me and I’ve been avoiding reading it as a result. I should know better than to read this type of book when I’m in the kind of mood I am at the moment. December is always a super busy (and stressful) time at work, so I’m pretty tired and grumpy and suffering from a lack of empathy with the MC’s “problems”.


Recently Finished

Nothing finished this week.


Reading NextThe Honey-Don't List

I should be finished both of my current reads in the next couple of days so assuming I survive the ending of Darkdawn I think I’m going to pick up something lighter and fluffier. I managed to get a copy of Christina Lauren’s new book The Honey-Don’t List from NetGalley (it’s Read Now everyone) so I’m kind of tempted to pick it up next. It sounds like a fun read and will hopefully provide a bit of a reading palate cleanse before my next fantasy read which I think may be Finale by Stephanie Garber.

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. With work as busy as it is I may be a little slow in responding but I promise I’ll get there.

Happy Reading ❤

WWW Wednesday: 4th December 2019

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.

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 ReadingDarkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3)

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?


Recently Finished

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.

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3)A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram, #1)The Christmas PartyThe Places I've Cried in Public

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.

Reading Next

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.

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3)The Christmas Wish List

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 ❤

WWW Wednesday: 20th November 2019

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.

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 ReadingThe Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3)

I seem to be juggling a few books at the moment which is really not like me. The first is The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, which I bought at the weekend. This is the final book in the trilogy and is one that I’ve been looking forward to for a while. I only started it on Monday night and as it’s a hardback I’m only reading in the house so I’m around 75 pages in. So far so good, I loved the first book in the trilogy but was less sure of book two so I was a little bit wary going in but based on what I’ve read so far I do have high hopes for it. I do love main character Jude, she’s unexpected.

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for MenMy library hold for Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez came in on Monday too so I’m mostly reading it on my commute. It’s non fic so fits quite nicely with Non Fic November (even though I’m not really taking part in that challenge). I don’t read much non fiction but this is one that I’ve been interested in ever since I read an article in the Guardian newspaper about it. It’s all about how the data used to design products, test drugs etc generally excludes women and makes for fascinating and slightly frightening reading.

Also on ebook I’m still plugging away at Full Throttle by Joe Hill. I have a tendency to dip in and out of short story collections so I suspect this one will be on my list for a while. And, yes I am also still listening to Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray on audio. Audiobooks are never particularly quick for me either and I don’t think I’ve even hit the halfway point yet.


Recently Finished

Foul Is FairIt Happened on Christmas EveHis Royal HighnessThree Hours

I have very definitely got my reading mojo back this week with a whole four books finished, the first of which was Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin. This is a YA retelling of MacBeth with a girl Jade/Elle out for revenge on the group of boys who drugged and assaulted her at a party. I got off to a slightly shaky start with it because of the writing style but ended up absolutely loving it. It’s dark, it’s violent and it is really, really twisted but completely addictive. It’s too soon for me to post a review but if you go a hunting on Goodreads you’ll find it there.

After the darkness of Foul is Fair I needed something a lot fluffier so went for novella It Happened on Christmas Eve by fave author Kirsty Greenwood and it was just what I needed. It’s light, funny, romantic and really got me into the Christmas spirit (I may have had some Christmas songs playing in the background). My only complaint is that I really want a full length novel from Greenwood, it’s been far too long since Big Sexy Love was out.

Next up was another rom com by a fave author with His Royal Highness by R.S. Grey. Grey’s books are always really tropey but I love them for it. This time around it’s a variation on crush on a teacher (or in this case mentor) but all set in a theme park. It’s a lot of fun but it did also make me a little teary in a couple of places.

Fourth and final book this week was Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton a story about a shooting in a school which coincidentally also had a bit of a Macbeth connection (some of the kids are rehearsing the play in the theatre). I came across this on NetGalley a few months ago and it does seem to be getting a lot of rave reviews but I’m a little more on the fence about it. It’s very well written but there’s something about it that left me a little cold. It is told from multiple pov’s so I suspect it may be that, I often struggle if a book jumps around too much.

Reading Next

My library book hold on Kingdom of Souls came in on Monday (why do they all come in at the same time) so assuming I’m still in a YA fantasy mood after Queen of Nothing I think I will probably pick it up next. After that I’m hoping to switch back to the books on my NetGalley shelf and will probably pick up The Alibi Girl by CJ Skuse or A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

The Alibi GirlKingdom of Souls (Kingdom of Souls, #1)A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram, #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 ❤

WWW Wednesday: 13th November 2019

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.

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 ReadingFoul Is Fair

After quite a bit of dithering, I decided to read NetGalley ARC Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin. I only started it on Sunday but after a bit of a wobbly start when I wasn’t sure if I liked the writing style I am now flying through it. I can be a bit dense at times so didn’t realise this was a YA contemporary retelling of Macbeth despite the clue being in the title. I studied Macbeth at school and while that was a really long time ago this is bringing it all back (in a good way). It may be a little obvious at times (the characters are Mack, Duffy, Duncan, Banks etc) but it’s very cleverly done and I can’t wait to see if the ending’s the same.

I’m also slowly but surely working my way through Joe Hill’s collection of short stories, Full Throttle. I’ve read three of thirteen which were pretty good but nothing stand out as yet. I suspect this one will be on my list for a while.

And, speaking of books on my list for a while, I’m still listening to Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. I have made some progress, think I’ve managed another couple of hours, but it’s a long one so will probably take a while. Thankfully I’m enjoying it and not in any rush.

Recently Finished

A Wedding in December

Only one book finished this week and really I had it finished last Wednesday so I don’t know what I’ve been doing with my time. I think I just had too many books and couldn’t decide what to read so didn’t really start anything till Sunday.

Anyway, the one book I did finish was A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan. I do love Sarah Morgan’s Christmas themed books and this was no exception. I did occasionally wonder if it was a little too sweet and fluffy, I wanted a bit more heat and conflict, but it is the perfect read for the season. Unfortunately I am now going to have to move to Aspen so I too can enjoy a romantic white Christmas. Not sure how good the wifi is there so this may be my final post 🙂

Reading Next

I’m persevering in my plan to read predominantly ARCs this month so I think I’m probably going to pick up either The Alibi Girl by CJ Skuse next or maybe Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo. It’ll probably depend on my mood although I suspect something lighter and less murdery will be needed after Foul is Fair.

The Alibi GirlInto the Crooked Place (Into the Crooked Place, #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 ❤

WWW Wednesday: 6th November 2019

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.

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 ReadingA Wedding in December

I’ve decided it’s time to break out the festive reads so I started A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan on Monday and if I don’t have it finished by the end of today I’ll be shocked. I always look forward to Morgan’s Christmas books, I don’t think it’d feel like the holidays without one (even if I am reading it 7 weeks before). I’m currently around the 75% mark and very much enjoying it. Like many of her recent stories the focus is on family and there are three pov’s but for the first time I feel like I’m equally invested in all of them. I may be slightly leaning towards Katie’s story but only slightly.

Full ThrottleMy NetGalley request for Joe Hill’s latest collection of short stories, Full Throttle was approved on Monday so I’ve also been dipping in and out of it too. I’m incapable of sitting and reading one short story after another so I suspect this is one I’ll be picking up and putting down for a week or two. Having recently watched the Netflix adaptation of In the Tall Grass I have to confess to being tempted to just skip to that one, but will try to resist.

On audio I’m still listening to Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. Still around 10 hours to go so it’ll also no doubt be here for a while but I’m loving it so it’s no chore.

Recently Finished

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11)The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, #12)Summoned to Thirteenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #13)

As I thought my happen, one Charley Davidson book led to another last week and I ended up going on a bit of a series binge and finished the final three books in the series. I won’t go into any details about the books, too much potential for spoilers, but I have absolutely adored this series. They are just such fun (and funny) reads and completely addictive. If I’d owned all thirteen books I probably would have read the whole lot in one go. I’m a little sorry it’s over but I think the way the author finished it was pretty perfect.

Reading Next

I’ve decided to make this month NetGalley November as I’m going to try and stick mostly to ARCs, of which I have far too many. I posted a TBR at the weekend with the books I’m hoping to read so I should maybe try to stick with it, for a little while at any rate. I like to mix up my genres so given the amount of fantasy I’ve been reading lately, I’m thinking I may pick up YA contemporary Foul is Fair or CJ Skuse’s new book The Alibi Girl which I think is a thriller(?)

Foul Is FairThe Alibi Girl

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 ❤

WWW Wednesday: 30th October 2019

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.

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 ReadingThe Wych Elm

At long last I finally made a start on The Wych Elm by Tana French on Monday but unfortunately it seems like French’s writing may be a little too vivid as it somehow managed to trigger a panic attack. This is genuinely the first time that has ever happened to me and there’s a strong possibility that it was a number of different factors that contributed but it has made me a little wary of reading on. I’m already finding old anxieties resurfacing so I think I’m going to put it on hold till I feel less wobbly.

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11)I’ve therefore decided on a slightly safer choice of reading with Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones. The Charley Davidson books always make me laugh and I’m determined I’m going to finish all thirteen books in this series before the end of the year. I only started it yesterday morning but have been making great progress (they’re pretty quick reads) and am around a third of the way through.

On audio I’m still listening to Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. I think I’m maybe 5 hours in so still not even half way through. It is making me laugh a lot though and I’m really enjoying it. Someone really should give the narrator a prize for how unique she makes each character’s voice, she brings the story to life.

Recently Finished

Elevator PitchThe Shape of Night

Two books finished again this week, the first of which was Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay. I tend to be a bit hit or miss with Barclay but was drawn in by the premise of a serial killer using elevators to bump people off. Unfortunately while not a bad read, it never really gripped me. I think I was expecting something with a little more pace and action but with multiple pov’s (something I’m not a fan of generally) it all seemed slow and I didn’t really connect to any of the characters. It does pick up towards the end and I loved the way the author showed the impact on New York but not for me I’m afraid.

Next up I decided to read Tess Gerritsen’s The Shape of Night. I’m a long time fan of Gerritsen so had been looking forward to this new standalone for a while and I actually ended up reading the whole thing in a day, I found it very addictive. I do however have some rather mixed thoughts on it and I was kind of surprised how much this felt like one of Gerritsen’s old romantic suspense reads. It’s definitely heavier on the romance than the mystery and the romance is a bit Fifty Shades. This wouldn’t be a bad thing, I kind of liked Fifty Shades, but the relationship feels abusive making it somewhat problematic. Hopefully once I get my thoughts straight I’ll get a review up.

Reading Next

I’m thinking I maybe need to stick to avoid creepy and violent reads for a bit and maybe go for something a little fluffier. I have a couple of Christmas books on my NetGalley shelf so I may dip into them or I may try to press on with Charley Davidson.

Christmas PartyA Wedding in DecemberThe Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, #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 ❤

WWW Wednesday: 23rd October 2019

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.

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 ReadingElevator Pitch

I managed to get my hands on a copy of Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay on Overdrive/Libby so as there’s only 5 days left on my hold and there are 8 people waiting I thought I’d better read it. I haven’t read many books by Barclay, my Dad’s a bigger fan of his stuff than I am, but I did like the sound of this one (even if I may never get in an elevator again). I’m around a quarter of the way through as of last night and so far it’s been ok. I don’t feel like it’s completely hooked me yet. This could just be me though as I’m still feeling pretty tired and a little ropey, so struggling to focus on anything.

On audio I’m still listening to Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. I think I’m maybe 3 hours in so still quite a bit to go (and we’re not really into the action yet) but I’m very much enjoying it.

Recently Finished

Monstrous HeartThis Is Love (Harmony Pointe, #2)

Two books finished this week, one from my Spooktober TBR (four down, 8 to go) with the other a bit of a wander off track (not sure it was worth it). I’m pretty sure you can probably guess which is which 😀

First book finished was Monstrous Heart by Claire McKenna, an advance copy of which I’d received from NetGalley. It’s not out till next year so I’m not entirely sure how “finished” it is but I ended up very much enjoying it. It has a few problems (nothing is explained or described so if you’re like me reading it is work) but it’s so atmospheric and the writing so wonderful that it’s easy to overlook them. I think comparisons to the Binding are probably fair as while there are some fantasy aspects it’s quite a slow read with a focus on the romance.

After the darkness of Monstrous Heart I did feel l needed something light so when I spied Melissa Foster’s latest book on NetGalley I decided to grab it and read it immediately. I’ve actually never read a book by Foster so This is Love was my first and for the most part I enjoyed it.  It’s a fun romance that reminded me of The Bodyguard movie in terms of story. I did feel like there were too many secondary characters though and I found myself skimming through the parts they were in. I guess they’re from previous books so if you’re a fan you’ll probably be happy to catch up with them but for a newbie I wasn’t especially interested. I also felt it was a little too lovey dovey (and the characters too good) but that may just be me being my usual bitter and twisted self 😉

Reading Next

Gah!!! It’s been on my TBR forever so I really, really need to pick up The Wych Elm by Tana French next. I always do this with French’s books and I always end up loving them once I convince myself to read them. After that I don’t know but I’m thinking maybe The Lingering by SJI Holliday. I’ve been wanting to read it for ages but tend to bump it for ARCs.

The Wych ElmThe Lingering

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 ❤

WWW Wednesday: 16th October 2019

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.

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 ReadingMonstrous Heart

I’ve been having trouble trying to decide what to read over the last few days but after starting and stopping about four different books I think I’ve finally settled on Monstrous Heart by Claire McKenna. This was an ARC I received from NetGalley a few weeks ago and it’s not out for ages so should probably be further down my reading list but it just seemed the kind of book I was in the mood for. I only started on Monday so very early days but I think I’m enjoying it. I have to confess I’m a little confused about what’s going on but I am liking the writing style and am still at the intrigued stage.

On audio I started listening to Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. Again I only started it at the weekend so not made a lot of progress but so far so good and it seems like an appropriate read for the season.

Recently Finished

The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #10)When Strangers Marry (Vallerands, #1)Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)

Three books finished this week, two of which were actually from my Spooktober TBR (three down, 9 to go) so I’m pretty happy with that. First up was The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones. This is the tenth book in the Charley Davidson series and I forgot how much I loved these books. It’s been a good six month since I read the previous book but it was very easy to fall back into the story. My biggest difficulty has been resisting going off to read the rest of the series.

After Charley Davidson I was still in the mood for something light and fluffy so decided to go for historical romance When Strangers Marry. I did kind of enjoy it but I don’t think it was anything special. It did make a nice change to find one that’s set in New Orleans.

The third book finished was Blood Bound, the second Mercy Thompson book, by Patricia Briggs. It’s been a few months since I read the first in the series so I did have my doubts about this but really, really liked it. I think it first came out in 2007, so I was worried it would be a bit dated but it’s really not. It also made for a pretty fantastic Halloween read with ghosts, vampires, werewolves and other creatures. It’s light on the romance and also genuinely creepy in a couple of places. I’m kind of tempted to read on.

Reading Next

I’m still planning to keep plugging away at my Spooktober TBR (I’m determined I will read everything on it) and I think I’m going to try and pick up The Wych Elm by Tana French next. With the Dublin Murders starting on TV, I’m in the mood for one of French’s books. I’d also like to pick up Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve been really looking forward to it so not sure I’ll be able to resist for long.

The Wych ElmWayward Son (Simon Snow, #2)

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 ❤