WWW Wednesday: 20th September 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

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

I haven’t been able to focus on anything much this week so I’m not really reading anything right now. I am however still listening to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This is the pick for this week’s real life book club which meets tomorrow so I’m no doubt going to be listening to it at every possible opportunity to get it finished in time. I haven’t been a fan of many of the book club picks so far but I am absolutely loving this one. It’s just so funny and clever and a little bit sad. I can’t wait to find out how it ends.


Recently Finished

I’ve been a little bit all over the place for the last week as I’m getting the bathroom and boiler in my one bed flat replaced. I’ve had to spend quite a bit of time tidying and cleaning and am currently living in box city and stressed out of my mind (I assume anything that can go wrong will go wrong). I have however managed to finish two books.

There's Someone Inside Your House

The first of these was YA horror There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins. Perkins is probably better known for her cute contemporary romances so I had my doubts over whether she could pull off horror but actually I think this was more or less a success. It is pretty heavy on contemporary romance (there’s a lot of kissing and …) and it’s not particularly scary, it’s much more gory, slasher than creepy or spooky but I did enjoy it. There’s plenty of diversity which is always great and while there are a few faults with the horror side of story the rest is good.

The Red RibbonThe second book finished, The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington, was also horrifying in a very different way. It’s the story of a teenage girl Ella and her time spent in Auschwitz. She manages to find work as a dressmaker but her future and her survival depends on whether she can continue to produce beautiful outfits for the guards. I have to admit that while I’ve heard many stories about Auschwitz this was completely new to me. I’d no idea they used the prisoners to make fancy clothes.

This was a really engaging read but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. I just didn’t quite connect to it. I do think it’s an important story that needs to be told but I didn’t feel it.


Reading Next

Due to my current stress levels I’m kind of tempted to ditch my TBR and just read whatever the heck I want. I do however want to try and get to Invictus and Cold Blood at some point.

Cold Blood (Detective Erika Foster, #5)Invictus

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: 13th September 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 ReadingThere's Someone Inside Your House

I seem to have been reading nothing but YA sci fi for the last week (more below) so I decided to abandon my plan to pick up Invictus next and am currently reading YA horror There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins instead. I’m around halfway through and for the most part enjoying it. It’s not as creepy as I hoped, it’s more a slasher style horror (kind of like Scream), but there’s also quite a bit of romance in it which I’m really liking. Perkins does write great romances.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

On audio, I started listening to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This is actually my next real life book club book but I didn’t have time to read it so I’m multi tasking and listening to it on the move. I haven’t gotten particularly far (probably only a couple of hours in) but I’m really loving it. The narrator is brilliant and I think I’ll be looking out for more of her books as well as the authors.

I’m still fighting my way through ARC mountain so The Fireman by Joe Hill is still on hold for the moment.


Recently Finished

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)

I’ve been making great progress on my TBR again this week with three more books finished (let’s not mention the books I added). The first of these was the book I was midway through last week, The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee. This is the sequel to The Thousandth Floor, which finished with a bit of a cliffhanger, so it’s been one of my most anticipated reads and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a futuristic thriller about a group of teens who live in a thousand story high tower in Manhattan. As in the first book the story begins with a death and then flashes back to the events leading up to it to reveal what and why and most importantly who.

It is such a frustratingly addictive read. The author throws so many twists in that you are truly guessing up to the very end and even then expect another red herring. I may have screamed I was soo frustrated at one point. I did however really like how the characters and the relationships developed. One character in particular surprised me. My full review will be up later this week.

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)The second book finished, Nyxia by Scott Reintgen, was also a YA sci fi, this time with 10 teens on a spaceship heading for another planet. They’ve been chosen for a very special and lucrative job but there’s a snag, only 8 of them will actually get the job and the money. They have the length of the journey to beat the others in a series of individual and team challenges.

As you can probably tell just from this the story is pretty similar to Ender’s Game or that bit in Divergent where Tris has to compete to stay in Dauntless. It is an enjoyable read but it’s not particularly original. You can read my full review here.

Bloody Scotland by [Anderson, Lin, Brookmyre, Chris, Brown, Gordon, Cleeves, Ann, Johnstone, Doug, MacBride, Stuart, McDermid, Val, Mina, Denise, Robertson, Craig, Sheridan, Sara, Thomson, E S, Welsh, Louise]

The final book finished was Bloody Scotland, a collection of twelve short stories by twelve Scottish crime authors. Each story is set in a different iconic Scottish building from Edinburgh Castle to Stanley Mills. There’s murder, revenge, Vikings and even a siege and most stories are exactly the right length for my daily commute 🙂

I should have a review up later this week but in the meantime I posted a Q&A with one of the authors, the brilliant Denise Mina, as part of the blog tour which you can find here. Despite some of her responses I’ve been assured no animals were harmed as part of the Q&A.


Reading Next

For some insane reason I’ve decided to get both a new bathroom and a new boiler installed next week (does it really matter if the boiler’s making weird noises and my shower is leaking) so I suspect my reading and possibly blogging time will be drastically reduced. I am however hoping to get my current reads finished and maybe make a start on one of the following ARCs (I’m determined to hit that 80% feedback ratio this month)

Cold Blood (Detective Erika Foster, #5)The BreakInvictus

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: 6th September 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

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)Yet again I seem to be in the position of juggling a few different books at the moment but I’m mostly reading The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee which I received from NetGalley. It’s the follow up to The Thousandth Floor which I read last year and really enjoyed. It’s classed as a YA sci fi as it’s set in New York in the year 2118 but really it’s all about social maneuvering and back stabbing with a bit of blackmail on the side. I’m not sure I particularly like any of the characters but it definitely makes for some interesting reading.

Bloody Scotland by [Anderson, Lin, Brookmyre, Chris, Brown, Gordon, Cleeves, Ann, Johnstone, Doug, MacBride, Stuart, McDermid, Val, Mina, Denise, Robertson, Craig, Sheridan, Sara, Thomson, E S, Welsh, Louise]I was asked last week to join the blog tour for Bloody Scotland, the book, so I’m also working my way through it at the moment. For those who don’t know Bloody Scotland is an annual crime writing festival held in Stirling. This year they’ve joined up with Historic Environment Scotland to produce a collection of short stories. Twelve of Scotland’s top crime writers (including Chris Brookmyre, Stuart MacBride, Val McDermid and Denise Mina) were asked to write a short story set in one of twelve iconic Scottish buildings. I’ve been dipping in and out of this and very much enjoying. There’s a good mix of stories and I can confirm that the story set in Edinburgh Castle is seriously disturbing.

I’ve had to prioritize ARCs over the last week so I’m afraid I still haven’t made any progress with The Fireman by Joe Hill. I’m not abandoning it but it does look like it’s on hold for a bit.


Recently Finished

The Border

I seem to have got my reading mojo back this week and finished off four books. The first of these was The Border by Steve Schafer, a story about four Mexican teens forced to try and make the crossing into America. Illegal immigration is definitely a hot topic at the moment so this book seems particularly relevant. It definitely makes you see things from a different perspective and I’m sure challenges a few people’s views. It’s a dangerous journey that a lot don’t make so there are more than a few harrowing moments but there’s also hope, a few laughs and even some romance. I didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. You can read my full review here.

Alex and ElizaNo one can say my reading tastes are not diverse as after a contemporary story about Mexican teens just trying to survive I moved on to historical romance Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz. It’s a fictional account of the romance between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schulyer and is quite a sweet and enjoyable read with a surprising number of similarities to Pride and Prejudice (but obvs not as good).

The third book finished this week was completely different yet again. I’d been anxiously watching the letter box and at long last my copy of Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart finally arrived from Readers First. Genuine FraudNeedless to say I couldn’t resist starting it more or less immediately and as it’s one of those books that you can’t put down I ended up finishing it the same day. I think I still prefer We Were Liars but this is a really great read. You can read my full review here.

The fourth and final book finished was the audio book of the final part of the Hunger Games series Mockingjay. It’s been fantastic listening to these books, there was so much I’d forgotten. It may however have been a mistake to listen to the end while driving (I may have gotten a little upset).


Reading Next

A ridiculous number of ARCs sitting on my NetGalley shelf seem to be getting released this month so I think my next reads are going to be the following:

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)The BreakThere's Someone Inside Your HouseCold Blood (Detective Erika Foster, #5)

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: 30th August 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

The BorderI started The Border by Steve Schafer on Monday so I’m around a third of the way through and really enjoying it. This was one of those books where the publisher asked me via NetGalley whether I’d be interested in reading it and I thought why not. It’s about 4 teens in northern Mexico who after their whole families are killed have to go on the run to stay alive. With Mexico not being safe they decide their only option is to try and make the crossing into the states.

As far as my other reads go I’ve made absolutely zero progress with The Fireman by Joe Hill over the last week. It’s a big heavy book and I’ve been travelling a lot so I couldn’t really face carrying it around with me. I’m also still working my way through the audio book of Mockingjay, the final book of the Hunger Games.

 


Recently Finished

Charlotte Says (Red Eye)

Despite having a few more bookish events over the last week I still managed to squeeze in plenty of reading (I think I’ve avoided the slump I was heading for) and finished off three books. The first of these was YA horror Charlotte Says by Alex Bell which I’d received from NetGalley. I really loved this prequel to Frozen Charlotte and I think it may actually be the better book. I don’t know if I’d just gotten used to the author’s style but the writing seemed a lot better and while there were less scares (I knew what to expect from those creepy little dolls) I found it a lot more gripping and completely impossible to put down.

LightningAfter last weeks Top Ten Tuesday post on my favorite reads during the 80’s and 90’s I started feeling very nostalgic and couldn’t resist a re read of Lightning by Dean Koontz. I was huge fan of Koontz when I was a teenager and Lightning was far and away my favorite. It’s one of those books I read over and over again but haven’t touched in over a decade so was a little worried it wouldn’t be as good as I remembered.

It was definitely a blast from the past and all of those emotions came flooding back as I was reading. It is a little bit dated now but I think it’s one of those books I will always go back to.

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst NightmaresIn need of something completely different, the third and final book finished this week was A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland. I received this from Readers First and despite some initial reservations I absolutely loved it. It’s about a girl Esther who suffers from anxiety and comes from family who all have phobias. Esther believes the family are cursed and that their phobias will kill them so with the help of sort of friend (sort of mugger) Jonah she decides to face her fears one at a time to try and break the curse.

I was initially worried this was taking mental illness too lightly or that it was going to be one of those love cures all type reads but thankfully it’s not. It is dealt with in a way that’s a little bit funny and ridiculous at times but also very real. As someone who has suffered from anxiety since my teens I could really relate to Esther and a lot of her feelings and reactions mirrored my own. The key message was definitely ask for help and don’t try to cope on your own. I’m hoping to have a review up later this week.


Reading Next

I seem to have a load of ARCs which are being published at the start of September that I haven’t as yet read so I really should prioritize them. I think I’ll therefore be reading one or two of the following:

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)The BreakAlex and Eliza

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: 23rd August 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

The FiremanI’m kind of juggling three books at the moment which is not going particularly well as I almost always focus on one and completely neglect at least one of the other two but the physical book I’m reading, The Fireman by Joe Hill, is such a big book I can’t face carting it around with me (my bag is heavy enough).

I started it on Friday last week and have only managed around 100 pages so far but what I’ve read has been really good. It takes the usual typical apocalypse type story and flips it around to ask the question what if you were one of the “bad guys”, the one who is infected with the horrible highly contagious disease that’s going to kill you? What would you do to stay alive, and what if you found out you were pregnant?

Charlotte Says (Red Eye)The ebook I’m making a lot more progress on is another horror,  Charlotte Says by Alex Bell. I’ve just been in the mood for a good creepy horror story so when I spotted this on NetGalley I couldn’t resist requesting (I’m saying nothing about the number of books on my shelf). I only read the author’s previous book in the series during the week (more below) but thought I’d take a chance and I’m so glad I did as it’s just the creepy type of horror story I love.

The third book I have on the go is the audio of the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay. I’ve been gradually working my way through the series this year and started on this last week. It’s been a long time since I read the books so it’s been great to listen to them. My memory of the films is fresher so I’ve been surprised by all of the little differences.


Recently Finished

The Accident

I had a bit of a busy weekend (Edinburgh Book Festival!!!) but did end up spending quite a lot of time on trains or hanging around stations so I managed to finish three books this week. The first of these was The Accident by S.D. Monaghan which I’d received from NetGalley. It’s a thriller about a man who catches his wife cheating on him and decides to confront the other man, leading to “The Accident”.

I haven’t had a chance to write a proper review but thought this was a really good thriller. It certainly starts incredibly well and really hooks you in (yep I shouted at the characters for doing silly things) but I did feel like it dipped in the middle with one or two too many flashbacks slowing the pace down. There are plenty of cliffhanger chapter endings which do keep you reading and it does pick up again towards the end so definitely an enjoyable read.

The TreatmentThe second book finished this week was also a thriller but this time of the YA variety. Another NetGalley pick, The Treatment by C.L. Taylor is about a girl who receives a note from her brother that suggests the reform school he has been sent to is less about reform and more about brainwashing. When no one believes her she’s forced to take matters into her own hands and infiltrate the school to get to her brother.

I think this is Taylor’s first YA story and it’s a pretty good attempt. It’s definitely very readable and I finished the whole story in a few hours. I would have liked something a bit more invasion of the body snatchers and I do think some things were a little too convenient but it certainly kept me engrossed.

Frozen Charlotte

The third and final book finished this week was Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell. It’s a very creepy YA horror story about a girl, Sophie, who goes to stay with distant relatives who live in an old schoolhouse on the Isle of Skye. There are some tiny little dolls that might be evil, characters with issues, strange noises and visions and just lots of general spookiness. I do think there were some issues with the writing (it’s lacking a little subtlety and depth) but it did creep me out which is probably the most important thing.


Reading Next

I have a few more book events coming up over the next week so may not have a lot of reading time but if I manage to finish my current reads I think I’m going to try and pick up either The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey or ARC of Invictus by Ryan Graudin. There is a possibility I will be looking for something completely different so may end up picking up The Break by Marian Keyes or A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland.

The Boy on the BridgeThe BreakInvictusA Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

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: 16th August 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 ReadingThe Accident

I just started reading The Accident by S.D. Monaghan yesterday and I’m already around a third of the way through and absolutely loving it. Despite supposedly having a NetGalley request ban in place I couldn’t really resist this one. It’s a thriller about a man who discovers his wife cheating on him and accidentally kills the other man (it’s in the blurb so not a spoiler). It’s one of those books where I really want to shout at the characters for doing silly things (as obv’s I know better how you go about covering up a murder).


Recently Finished

Yesterday: The thriller of the summer

I managed to get myself back on track with my reading this week and finished three of the books on my TBR. First up was Yesterday by Felicia Yap which I’d received from NetGalley. I was really excited about this story set in an alternate reality where the majority of the population can’t remember any further back than yesterday. I’ve always been fascinated by stories about memory and I liked the idea that this was building in a murder mystery. Unfortunately it didn’t quite work for me and I found it a bit of a struggle. I almost gave up on it a few times but managed to stick with it and it did pick up towards the end. You can read my full review here.

Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles, #1)The second book read was Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff. I have to confess I hadn’t heard of this book or even the author until I saw that she was coming to the Edinburgh Book Festival and doing a session with Alwyn Hamilton on strong female characters in YA. Needless to say I couldn’t resist buying this, the first book in her Red Abbey trilogy.

It’s a YA fantasy about a girl named Maresi who is a novice in the Red Abbey. The Red Abbey is a kind of sanctuary for girls and men are forbidden from setting foot on the Island where it’s based. When a new novice arrives however she is pursued by the men who abused her and the Sisters and novices have to stand together against them.

It’s a great story (albeit a little slow in the beginning), with a very strong feminist message but the real highlight for me was definitely the world building.Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)

The third and final book finished was Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. Landy is another author I’m hoping to see at the book festival so I wanted to read at least one of his books and given I feel like I’m heading for a slump this seemed perfect. It’s probably more middle grade (it’s about a 12 year old girl who teams up with a sorcerer/detective/skeleton) but it’s easy reading and really funny. I found myself giggling away as I was reading so I doubt this’ll be the last book in the series I read.


Reading Next

This coming weekend I’m going to a few events at the book festival (have I mentioned that 🙂 ) so there are a few final books I’m hoping to squeeze in if I get a chance, The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey and either The Fireman or NOS 4R2 by Joe Hill. I also managed to get my hands on ARCs of Charlotte Says by Alex Bell and Invictus by Ryan Graudin so may try to at least start one of them.

NOS4R2The Boy on the BridgeCharlotte Says (Red Eye)Invictus

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: 9th August 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 ReadingYesterday: The thriller of the summer

I took a major detour from my reading plan last week (more below) but I’m back on track and currently reading Yesterday by Felicia Yap. This popped up on NetGalley and as soon as I heard it was about memory I couldn’t resist requesting. I’m not sure why but I find stories about amnesia and anything to do with memories absolutely fascinating.

At the moment I’m around 20% through and have to admit I’m not entirely convinced about the combination of murder mystery and alternate reality.


Recently Finished

Artemis

So it’s safe to say I went a little bit off track with my reading last week and decided to just read whatever I felt like (it was bound to happen eventually). I seem to have been reading a lot of thrillers and YA fantasy so I needed something completely different. It was also way too tempting having  Artemis by Andy Weir sitting on my NetGalley shelf.

I haven’t read The Martian but it’s definitely one of my favourite films. I get the feeling that Artemis is another book that would work incredibly well as a film. The story is set in a city on the moon (Artemis) and follows smuggler Jazz as she attempts to pull off a major heist. It’s a very clever book with a main character who may not be wholly likeable (she’s rude, morally grey and alienates everyone) but is brilliant fun to read. It’s too early for a review but I’d definitely recommend.

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy, #1)After Artemis, which did require a bit of concentration (it’s kind of techie), I felt the need for a bit of romance and a story that would let me more or less just turn my brain off. I’ve been participating in a group challenge on GoodReads and a few of my teammates recommended Ilona Andrews so as I already had Burn for Me it seemed like a good idea. Unfortunately it was possibly too good an idea as I blasted my way through both it and the second book in the trilogy White Hot. I do have a tendency to get addicted to paranormal romances.


Reading Next

I’ve really got to get back on track with my NetGalley reads and I have a few more book signings coming up so next up will probably be The Scandal by Fredrik Backman or Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff. I’ve also been very tempted to finally pick up Now I Rise by Kiersten White. I bought it a few weeks ago but haven’t had a chance to read it yet and I really, really want to.

Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles, #1)The ScandalNow I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #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!!!