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.
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?
Here’s this weeks WWW.
I started A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard on Monday morning. I was very lucky to receive this from NetGalley as I have been so excited about reading it. It’s about a 16 year old girl who suffers from an anxiety disorder that means she finds it difficult to speak. She’s introduced to a boy who’s deaf, they become friends and she starts to find her voice.
I’m around the halfway point at the moment and so far I’m absolutely loving it. It’s so rare to find a book that deals with both mental illness and a disability in such a realistic way. I too suffer from anxiety (although not as severely) so I can really relate and despite my terrible synopsis it’s not a “fall in love and be magically cured” type story.
On audio, I’m still listening to The Hunger Games and am around halfway through so we’re into the games. I’ve read it before but it’s amazing just how much of the detail I’ve forgotten
Two books finished again this week, the first of which was The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. This was a book I received from NetGalley and as mixture of Russian history and fairytale I was very excited to read it.
It is beautifully written with some incredibly vivid descriptions that make you feel like you’re there but unfortunately I didn’t love it quite as much as I wanted too. The POV jumped around too much for me particularly in the beginning and it was a little on the slow side meaning that I never really connected or became emotionally invested in any of the characters. I did still enjoy it but it didn’t have the spark. You can read my full review here.
The second book finished was Proxy by Alex London which I borrowed from the library (via Overdrive). It’s a young adult sci fi dystopian about two sixteen year old boys Knox and Syd. Knox is the rich, spoiled bad boy who leads a charmed life. If there’s trouble he’s in the middle of it but it doesn’t really matter because he has Syd as a proxy. If Knox gets in trouble Syd takes the punishment, but then Knox steals and crashes a car and someone ends up dead. The sentence for Syd is severe so both boys go on the run.
I liked this book a lot. It’s not necessarily the most unique of plot lines but the writing is great, the dialogue fantastic and for those looking for more diverse characters in their books this definitely fits the bill. Unfortunately it is a duology so it seems likely I’m going to have to hunt down the next book 🙂 I’m struggling to write a review of this for some reason but will hopefully get one up soon.
I’m still trying to make some progress on my NetGalley ARCs so I think my next read will be either The Breakdown by B.A. Paris or Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, I’m definitely in the mood for a thriller. I also managed to get The Crown’s Game and Spectacles from the library on Overdrive so I may sneak one of those in somewhere too.
Have you read any of the books above or have any other book you’d recommend? Leave comments and links below and I’ll respond when I can. Unfortunately I’m working a lot of hours at the moment so apologies in advance if I’m a little slow in replying and visiting everyone else’s posts.
Happy Wednesday everyone.