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?
I started reading To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo on Sunday evening and as I’m writing this (Tuesday lunchtime) I’m around 80% of the way through and really enjoying it. It’s very little mermaid-ish but a bit more bloodthirsty which I’m loving but I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s going to be a favourite.
I’m going to see the author tonight where she’s taking part on a panel on YA sci fi and fantasy along with Elizabeth May and Sasha Alsberg.
I’m also still working my way (very slowly) through Why We Sleep by Matthew P. Walker. I’ve never been very good at getting enough sleep as I’ve picked up the worst bits from both my mum (waking up at 4am) and my dad (staying up way later than I should watching crap telly). I’m hoping this may help me get into some better habits.
I’ve had a brilliant reading week mostly thanks to a weekend of doing very little (I took a break from the whole house hunting thing) and managed to finish three books. The first of these was In Bloom by C.J. Skuse which I’d received from NetGalley. It’s the sequel to Sweetpea and the best way I can find to describe it is as a combination of Dexter and Bridget Jones. It’s got that diary type format and follows the day to day life of MC Rhiannon, her relationships with family and friends, flirtations and brutal and bloody murders. It’s pretty dark and twisted but very, very funny. This time Rhiannon’s pregnant so there’s also all of the horror of that too 🙂
After In Bloom I picked up A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers. I started it when I woke up on Saturday morning and had it finished by mid afternoon. I just loved it so much I couldn’t put it down. It’s a follow up to The Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet but is more of a companion to it rather than a sequel as it has a different setting and characters. Like it’s predecessor it’s a bit of a slow burner but I did really love the characters and there were some parts which absolutely broke my heart. I posted a teaser from it yesterday and honestly just flipping through the pages made me all emotional.
The final book finished this week was Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. I’d been slowly working my way through this for a while (I was worried it’d be triggering) but decided on Sunday morning just to sit (or that should probably be lie in bed) and read it. It’s kind of difficult to describe as it’s a kind of mixture of self help and memoir but it did make for fascinating reading and Haig is wonderfully honest and open about his experiences of anxiety and depression. It’s not prescriptive, there are no fix all cures but rather an acknowledgement that everyone is different but you are not alone in how you’re feeling. It left me feeling pretty positive and upbeat.
The third book in the Wayfarers series, Record of a Spaceborn Few, came out yesterday so I’m very tempted to read that but I’ve got another author event on the 2nd August in Edinburgh and haven’t read any books by two of the authors. Next up therefore will be the The Mermaid and Spare and Found Parts. My reading is feeling a little heavy on the sci fi and fantasy at the moment so I may also try to sneak a little romance in too with Challenge Accepted.
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 ❤