WWW Wednesday: 22nd November 2017

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 Reading

I’m currently reading an ARC of How Do You Like Me Now by Holly Bourne. It’s not out until June next year (there’s not even a cover yet) so should probably be further down my reading list but it just sounded like the type of book I was in the mood for. It’s Bourne’s first adult novel (although I have to confess I haven’t read any of her YA books) and is about a 31 year old self help guru who’s life is not going as well as her bestselling book would suggest. I only started this late yesterday but finding it difficult to put down. The MC is not overly likeable but she’s a very real character and reminds me of more than one person I could name.

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)I’m also still listening to the audio of  La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman. As of writing this I’ve just started disc 7 of 10 (this whole CD thing is weird) and I’m still really enjoying it. Michael Sheen does the narration and he’s really, really good. There are a couple of things that are still bugging me a little about the story but they are the same things that bugged me about the original trilogy so I can’t really complain.


Recently Finished

Hold Back the StarsOnly two books finished this week as I ended up having a bit of a Netflix movie marathon over the weekend. Does it count if I watched Mockingjay? Anyway the first book finished was Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan. I received this from NetGalley then realized I already had a copy which I’d found in a bargain bin (sorry) in the newsagents. I obviously really liked the sound of it but couldn’t remember its name.

I did really love the concept, that a couple are adrift in space with only 90mins of air left, but this is definitely a lot more romance than a sci fi as the focus is very much on their relationship. There were parts I loved, parts that made me cry and the world building is incredible. There were just a few things about it that didn’t feel right. I finished it feeling very confused about the whole thing and I’m still not sure whether I would say I enjoyed it or not.

Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake, #2)The second book finished was one of my most anticipated reads, Killman Creek by Rachel Caine, which I received from NetGalley. I read and absolutely loved Stillhouse Lake a few months ago so I was very happy to get my hands on the sequel. I’m not sure I would necessarily say it’s as good but I think that’s more because my expectations were higher rather than anything to do with the story. It’s a really gripping read, the stakes are even higher, and the conclusion is truly epic.


Reading Next

Miraculously I seem to have managed to get my NetGalley shelf under control (well almost) and my feedback is up to 80% so I think it’s time I read some of the bought books I haven’t had time to yet. Probably one of the following:

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)They Both Die at the EndWonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)It Only Happens in the MoviesForest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)Dr. Jekyll and Mr. SeekMemories of Ash (The Sunbolt Chronicles, #2)The BreakLabyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #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 Wednesday Everyone!!!

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WWW Wednesday: 15th November 2017

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 Reading

I literally just finished a book five minutes before writing this post (on Tuesday evening) so while I’m sure I will have picked something to read on my commute this morning I’m not sure what that will be yet (I have plenty to choose from).

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)I do however have a new audio book on the go. I was wandering round the library (cos ya know, 400 books on my TBR is not enough) when I spotted some CDs one of which was La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman. Needless to say I couldn’t resist. I do have the physical book but I just haven’t had the time to read it so this is working out really well.

I’m almost finished disc 3 of 10 and really enjoying it. It’s narrated by Michael Sheen who does an absolutely brilliant job at bringing the story to life. I will definitely be looking out for more books narrated by him.


Recently Finished

My house is an absolute disaster zone, I’ve had quite a few late nights and completely neglected my boys but it’s great news as it means I’ve finally got my reading mojo back. I finished three books over the last week and every one of them has been worth giving up sleep for (who needs it anyway).

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

The first book finished was YA superhero story Renegades by Marissa Meyer which I’d received from NetGalley. It reminded me a lot of X-Men with two groups of people with super powers battling it out for control. It’s full of all of the best superhero type cliches, secret identities, tragic backstory, development (or loss) of powers, high tech gadgets and a bit of betrayal. The highlight for me though was how Meyer had me constantly switching allegiance. She is brilliant at writing sympathetic villains and less than perfect heroes. It does suffer a little from too many characters and a lot of world building and back story but the second half in particular I couldn’t put down. You can read my full review here.

If There's No Tomorrow

Second book finished was another NetGalley pick, If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It’s a YA contemporary and in a not uncommon story is about a girl who makes a mistake that has life changing consequences for her and those around her. I started this on Sunday morning intending to read just a couple of chapters before I got up and ended up reading the whole thing in one go. I just couldn’t stop. It’s an incredibly emotional read and should probably come with a warning (or at least a box of tissues) but I really enjoyed it. It’s not wholly original in terms of plot so not a stand out read but still one I’d recommend if you like contemporary.

Copycat

The third and final book finished was Copycat by Alex Lake. I’d won this in a Goodreads giveaway and started it a couple of weeks ago but had to park it while I caught up on ARCs. I finally managed to get back into it on Monday and ended up blitzing my way through it. It’s about a woman who discovers someone else has set up a duplicate facebook account in her name and is sending emails to friends and family claiming to be her.

It is one of those books that’s kinda frustrating as the characters do silly things you want to shout at them for but it does keep you guessing. The ending was a little rushed and there were a couple of things that didn’t make sense but it was a very enjoyable read.


Reading Next

I finally managed to get a copy of Killman Creek by Rachel Caine (it’s Read Now on NetGalley) so I’m very tempted to read it straight away however having just finished a thriller I’m thinking I should read something else first. I should really be picking up Goodbye Perfect or My Side of the Diamond but I think I’m in the mood for a romance so any recommendations gratefully received.

My Side of the DiamondGoodbye, PerfectKillman Creek (Stillhouse Lake, #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 Wednesday Everyone!!!

WWW Wednesday: 8th November 2017

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 ReadingRenegades (Renegades, #1)

I started reading Renegades by Marissa Meyer yesterday morning and while I’m only about 5% in I am already loving it. I just really like her writing, it draws you instantly, and I’m a big fan of the whole superhero thing so this this is right up my street. Fingers crossed it lives up to expectations.

I also still have Copycat by Alex Lake on the go but have had to pretty much park it while I try to beat publication dates for some of the ARCs I have.


Recently Finished

I got a bit distracted by stalking Benedict Cumberbatch the filming that was going on in Glasgow last week (pic above from outside my office) but I managed to finish three books.

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces

The first of these was YA thriller  Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten which I’d received from NetGalley. I’d previously read and loved the author’s previous book Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls but I think this might have been even better. Honestly it was so good I was picking it up at every possible opportunity.

It’s a dark and twisted story about girl who’s in love with her best friend and is trying to pluck up the courage to tell him when his cheating ex reappears in his life and starts trying to win him back. Girl sets up a fake email and insta to catfish the ex but it all goes disastrously wrong. I posted a raving review at the end of last week with all of my feelings but in summary I loved it and would definitely recommend if you like a good thriller.

Strange Weather

The second book finished this week was another NetGalley pick, Strange Weather by Joe Hill. It’s a collection of four short novels very loosely linked by bizarre weather events. This is the first full book I’ve read by Hill (I started the Fireman but still haven’t finished) and I really enjoyed it. I did prefer some stories to others but each one had something about it I loved. The shorter format was both brilliant and really annoying (I need to find out what happens next). It’s definitely encouraged me to go back and finish The Fireman and also read some of his other books.

 

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black

The third and final book finished was The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr. I read and absolutely adored Barr’s previous novel The One Memory of Flora Banks so I was very excited to receive this from NetGalley a few weeks ago.

Unfortunately while it does have a lot of similarities in writing style I’m not sure I can really say I enjoyed this. There was one really disturbing incident pretty early on in the story that I just couldn’t get past and from there on in I think I was just looking for problems. Something that wasn’t too difficult as there were quite a few things about it that made it uncomfortable reading.

I’m still swithering over whether to review it here but you can find a draft with my initial thoughts over on GoodReads.


Reading Next

I discovered last week that the publication and archive dates for a lot of the books on my NetGalley shelf are a lot sooner than I thought (and than it says on the shelf) so I’ve had to rework my reading plan a lot. I can’t really complain when they’re some of my most anticipated reads 🙂 I think the following will be up next.

My Side of the DiamondIf There's No TomorrowGoodbye, Perfect

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 Wednesday Everyone!!!

WWW Wednesday: 1st November 2017

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 Reading

CopycatI have two books on the go at the moment, the first of which is Copycat by Alex Lake. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway a couple of weeks ago and was in the mood for something different from all of the YA fantasy and sci fi I seem to have been reading lately. I’m not too far through (maybe 100 pages) but I am really enjoying it. It’s about a woman, Sarah, who discovers that someone has set up a Facebook profile in her name and is posting pictures of her and her family. They’re trying to get her attention but why?

It’s definitely one that makes you think about the information you put out there on social media.

Bad Girls with Perfect FacesThinking about this the second book I’m reading, Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten has a very similar theme. It’s a YA thriller about a girl Sasha who catfishes her best friends ex girlfriend when she thinks they might be getting back together.

I received this from NetGalley and wasn’t planning on reading it yet but discovered yesterday that it was published that day (I thought it was a January publication). Anyway, I started it immediately and literally haven’t been able to put it down. I’m already about half way through and will probably have it finished either today or tomorrow. There’s something about the author’s writing which really draws you in.


Recently Finished

I’m pretty much back to full reading speed but have to admit I still feel a little bit off. The books I’ve been reading haven’t been gripping me the way they usually do and I don’t think it’s them. Despite this though I have managed to finish three books this week.

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)

The first of these was Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas which is book six in the Throne of Glass series. The story follows Chaol and Nesryn as they venture to the Southern continent to seek aid so it’s a lot simpler than the previous book. There are quite a few new characters but a couple of the characters from Assassin’s Blade also made an appearance which was sooo good.

I do think it’s longer than it needs to be, it seemed to take forever to read it and there’s a big chunk where not very much happens but it does have some absolutely brilliant moments. I do wish SJM would keep the language consistent though as it really started to get on my nerves. I have nothing against swearing in books but “not giving a sh*t” just doesn’t fit for me.

Cherish Hard (Hard Play, #1)

The second book finished (although technically I finished it before ToD) was Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh. I was in the mood for something light and completely different from all of the fantasy reads I seem to be surrounded with at the moment so when I got approved for this on NetGalley I thought why not.

I’ve only read one other book from this author so this was the first contemporary romance by her that I’ve picked up but I doubt it’ll be my last. I really enjoyed it and think it was just what I was needing. I would have liked a bit more struggle but it’s very sweet and funny so I’m not complaining too much.

The Empress (The Diabolic #2)The third and final book finished this week was The Empress by S.J. Kincaid. I have been desperate to read this ever since I heard The Diabolic was getting a sequel. I actually requested it on NetGalley ages ago but had given up all hope of getting a copy when I was suddenly approved at the end of last week.

I’m not sure I enjoyed it quite as much as The Diabolic but that could have been due to my expectations being higher (and this never ending slump). It is however brilliantly unpredictable, packed full of action and has one of my all time favorite characters Nemesis. She was created in a lab as a bodyguard and killing machine so isn’t always wholly human in her actions. She has very little empathy and next to no conscience. Basically kill first ask questions later. It’s very refreshing to have a main character who isn’t constantly thinking and worrying. In this story though she is starting to become more human and understand just what that means. It’s really good.


Reading Next

My reading next list is pretty much the same as last week’s as yet again I wandered off track. I do really need to pick up Strange Weather and My Side of the Diamond asap though as they’re both due for release. Goodbye Perfect is just one I got from NetGalley and think I might be in the mood for.

Strange WeatherGoodbye, PerfectMy Side of the Diamond

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 Wednesday Everyone!!!

WWW Wednesday: 25th October 2017

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 Reading

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)I’m still working my way through Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas but making reasonable progress. I have a physical copy so I haven’t been carrying it with me when I go out which is limiting my reading time. As I’m writing this I’m about 500 pages in.

So far it’s been really good but not quite great. The story is told from the point of view of just three characters so it’s a much simpler story that the previous book in the Throne of Glass series. At the moment there are a couple of different storylines and I have to admit I’m finding one a lot more interesting than the other.


Recently Finished

Why Not Me?

Another slow reading week (I’ve been watching a lot of TV) so only one book finished, Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. I absolutely love the Mindy Project so when I spotted this on Overdrive I couldn’t resist giving it a try. It’s really a collection of essays on a variety of different topics including friendship, body image, an average Mindy day and meeting the President. There’s a lot to relate to and they are all told with a lot of humor. One story in particular had me laughing aloud on the train which resulted in some strange looks from my fellow passengers.


Reading Next

I’ve been going a little bit nuts on NetGalley (there are sooo many good books starting to pop up) and have been doing a lot of book shopping so my TBR pile is starting to get out of control again (if it ever was in control). I’m going to try and step up my reading a bit but given my current mood I think it’s probably going to be the easier books on my list I pick up. Probably one or more of the following.

My Side of the DiamondGoodbye, PerfectStrange WeatherCherish Hard (Hard Play, #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 Wednesday Everyone!!!

WWW Wednesday: 18th October 2017

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 Reading

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)I actually have two books on the go this week which is a big improvement compared to last week when I was in a serious slump and not reading anything new. The first of these is Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas. I bought this a few weeks ago but had been putting it off as I was disappointed by the last book in the Throne of Glass series.

It’s very early days (I’m about 120 pages in) but so far so good. This book follows Chaol and Nesryn so a lot of new characters and places which I’m just starting to get my head round. I am loving how much simpler the story is in this. The last couple of books in the series had a lot going on and were starting to feel a bit too big in scale for my tastes. This has a lot more focus, one main storyline, one setting so suits me a lot better.

Why Not Me?The second book I’m reading is Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. I was pretty much just scouting around on Overdrive looking for something to read and came across this. I’ve been a fan of The Mindy Project for a while so have been curious about Kaling’s books. This is more a collection of essays on various different topics than one story which does make it pretty easy to dip in and out of. It’s also quite funny and light so it’s perfect when I have a little bit of time.


Recently FinishedThe Scandal

Due to last weeks slump and the fact I seem to have started a huge big book in Tower of Dawn, I only managed to finish one book this week but it was definitely a good one. I’d received The Scandal by Fredrik Backman from NetGalley months ago but kept putting it off because it was different from my usual reads. Turns out that was a big mistake as this book is brilliant.

It wasn’t the easiest to get into in the beginning as there’s no real main character but rather switches between multiple perspectives from page to page but it really is an incredible story of a community where nothing matters more than Ice Hockey. You can read my full review here.


Reading Next

My Side of the DiamondI’ve decided to try and slow my reading a bit as I still don’t feel like I’m totally out of the slump so if I manage to finish my current reads I’ll be doing well. I did receive My Side of the Diamond by Sally Gardner from Readers First at the weekend so if I do manage to finish ToD I think it’ll be next.

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 Wednesday Everyone!!!

WWW Wednesday: 11th October 2017

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 Reading

Ummm…. I’m not really reading any one specific book at the moment. After reading a lot last week I felt like I needed a day off and one day turned into two, then three. I may be in a slump. I’m doing what I usually do when this happens, re reading bits of old favorites and watching movies, until I feel ready to start something new.


Recently Finished

The Rules of Magic

I was on holiday from work last week and the weather wasn’t great (plus my kitty cat wasn’t well) so spent quite a bit of time in the house reading which was sooo good. It’s been far too long since I’ve just spent whole days with a book. As a result I managed to finish 4 books. The first of these was The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman which I’d received from NetGalley. This is a prequel to Practical Magic and tells the story of the Aunts, Franny and Jet and their younger brother Vincent.

It’s probably more family saga rather than a book about magic and witchcraft and it’s a bit of a slow burner. I really struggled with the first half and was pretty close to DNFing but decided to stick with and I’m glad I did as it really picks up after around the 55% mark and turned into a very emotional read. You can read my full review here.

Undercover Princess (The Rosewood Chronicles, #1)

As Rules of Magic left me feeling pretty depressed I decided  Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn would be a nice, light read to cheer me up. I knew very little about the book or the author going in. I requested it based purely on the mention of a character obsessed with fairytales, a boarding school setting and some identity switching. Unfortunately I probably should have investigated further as this wasn’t great. It’s supposed to be YA but reads younger than that. The premise is good and I think it does have potential (and it’s really easy reading) but there’s something that’s just not working at the moment. It’s not published till November so will wait to post a full review.

36 Questions That Changed My Mind About YouOn Friday I received bookmail (yay!!!) as the copy of 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You I’d won in a Readers First giveaway winged it’s way through my door. I’d read the first few chapters of this and just couldn’t resist starting it immediately. It’s probably not a book everyone will enjoy (there are a shockingly high number of people who DNFed it on Goodreads) but honestly I loved it. It’s got a very odd format which is almost like a script for about 70-80% of the story. Literally pure dialogue (or IMs or text messages) with no descriptions, actions or thoughts. Dialogue is usually my favorite part of any story so this just worked for me and it’s so funny. I still teeheehee just thinking about it. You can read my full review here.

The Lifeguard (Point Horror, #3)The fourth and final book read over the weekend was The Lifeguard by Richie Tankersley Cusick. This is part of the Point Horror series and was one of my favorite books when I was younger. I’d actually completely forgotten about it until I was doing a Top Ten Tuesday a few weeks ago about childhood favorites. When I then spotted it on Kindle Unlimited I couldn’t resist. I’m not sure I would still say it’s a favorite but considering it’s almost 30 years old it’s held up pretty well and it was fun to revisit a book I read a lot.


Reading Next

Probably depends what I’m in the mood for but I have many, many choices including the following:

The Boy on the BridgeThe BreakWonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)They Both Die at the EndCopycat

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 Wednesday Everyone!!!