WWW Wednesday: 24th May 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

Thirteen Reasons WhyI started reading Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher on Monday and I’m already around half way through. I watched the TV show a month or so ago and found it really engaging (I want to say I enjoyed it but it’s quite heavy so that’s not really the right word). I already had it on my want to read list but the show definitely made me want to read it even more so I was very happy to receive it from NetGalley.

It’s strange reading the book so close to watching the show as you can’t help but imagine the actors as the characters and comparing the two. There are a few differences but even though I loved the show I’m still very much enjoying (argh!! I need to find another word) the book.

No progress on Release by Patrick Ness this week unfortunately. I really need to get back into it.

The second book I’m currently reading is . This is a book I received from NetGalley an embarrassingly long time ago and kept putting off because it’s historical fiction, a genre I’m not overly keen on. I finally decided to read it because it was picked as a Group read over on GoodReads (I nominated it) and I’m so glad I did because I’m absolutely loving it. It’s not an action packed or fast paced story but I’m enjoying taking my time over it and the writing is beautiful. It’s one of those stories where I find myself highlighting huge chunks of text all over the place.


Recently FinishedA Gentleman in Moscow

First book finished this week was A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I received this from NetGalley and read it as part of a group read on GoodReads. It was a little outwith my usual reading comfort zone but I absolutely loved it. It’s begins in the 1920s in Moscow with a man being ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. It’s quite a slow story but it’s beautifully written with some fascinating characters and many touching and funny moments. You can read my full review here.

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)The other book finished this week was Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. This was also from NetGalley (I’m slowly making progress getting my shelf down) but I also got a hardback copy as well. I liked this book a lot and pretty much read the whole thing in one sitting. It’s my first book from this author and her writing style definitely suits me. I loved the story and the feudal Japan elements but it was a little too similar to other YA fantasy stories to be a standout read. My review should be up soon.


Reading Next

Unbelievably I’ve actually read or am reading all of the books on last weeks reading next list so I need some new ones. I also have a week off work so will hopefully have plenty of reading time. I’ll no doubt wait and see what I’m in the mood for but likely I’ll make a start on one or more of the following:

PerfectCarve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)Nemesis (Project Nemesis, #1)The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach: A summer sizzler full of sun, sea and sandStrange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)The Hate U Give

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.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

Teaser Tuesday: 23rd May 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.


This week my teaser comes from Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. I picked this up on Friday morning and literally read the whole thing in one sitting, I enjoyed it so much.


My Teaser

“You don’t know the beginning of me.” She trembled as she spoke. “And…you will never see the end.” It was as close to a threat as she dared.

~ 43% Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh


BlurbFlame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

 

WWW Wednesday: 17th May 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 ReadingRelease

I still seem to be juggling multiple books at the moment which is very unlike me but as of right now I’m midway through two.

The first of these, Release by Patrick Ness, I was around halfway through last week and have failed miserably to make much progress with. It’s absolutely nothing to do with the book itself as I’ve just not been in the right frame of mind and had other books that I needed to read for challenges and group reads. I think I only have around 100 pages left so it shouldn’t take me long once I get back to it.

A Gentleman in MoscowThe second book I’m currently reading is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. This is a book I received from NetGalley an embarrassingly long time ago and kept putting off because it’s historical fiction, a genre I’m not overly keen on. I finally decided to read it because it was picked as a Group read over on GoodReads (I nominated it) and I’m so glad I did because I’m absolutely loving it. It’s not an action packed or fast paced story but I’m enjoying taking my time over it and the writing is beautiful. It’s one of those stories where I find myself highlighting huge chunks of text all over the place.


Recently Finished

ObsessionFirst book finished this week was Obsession by Amanda Robson which I received as an ARC from NetGalley. It’s a psychological thriller about two couples, adultory and obsession. I found it a really engrossing read and when I was reading it literally nothing would distract me. I couldn’t tell you anything about my commutes last week. I did think it was a little on the long side and some variety in voice (there are four narrators) would have been good but otherwise it’s definitely worth reading. You can read my full review here.

I’ve been feeling terrible over the last few days so after finishing Obsession I felt the need for some comfort reading and blasted my way through two sports romances, The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen and Out of Bounds by R.S. Grey. Both were just what I needed although the second was maybe a little OTT in certain places (if you’ve read it, yoga class???).

The Understatement of the Year (The Ivy Years, #3)Out of Bounds (The Summer Games, #2)


Reading Next

I’m determined that as soon as I finish my current reads I’ll make a start on Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. It’s been too long since I’ve read a YA fantasy. I also managed to get my hands on a copy of Thirteen Reasons Why from NetGalley so I want to read it as soon as possible. I watched the TV show a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it so I’m curious as to how they compare.

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)Thirteen Reasons Why

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.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

Teaser Tuesday: 16th May 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.


This week my teaser comes from A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles which I received from NetGalley rather a long time ago but have only now gotten around to reading. I’m actually really sorry I put this book off as I’m absolutely loving it. I don’t tend to read much historical fiction (hence why I put it off) but this is more a character study than anything else and the Count is a fantastically complex and engaging character.


My Teaser

“Manners are not like bonbons, Nina. You may not choose the ones that suit you best; and you certainly cannot put the half-bitten ones back in the box….”

~ 11% A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles


BlurbA Gentleman in Moscow

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel

With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style.

A Gentleman in Moscow
immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

WWW Wednesday: 10th May 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

ReleaseI currently have two books on the go at the moment, the first of which is Release by Patrick Ness. I bought the physical book of this so it’s taking me a little bit longer to read than usual as I’m only reading when I’m at home but I am really enjoying it. It feels quite different from his usual stories and he describes it himself as his most personal book so far so there are a few similarities and scenes from his own past. It’s a lot more real than his other books have been, although there is a side story involving a ghost.

Ness has been on tour in the UK over the last couple of weeks and I was lucky enough to see him in Edinburgh. He has a fantastic attitude and is a strong voice for diversity and YA books so if you do get the chance to see him I’d definitely recommend it.Obsession

The second book I’m reading at the moment is Obsession by Amanda Robson which I received as an ARC from NetGalley (although it’s out now). It’s a psychological thriller about two couples, Carly and Rob and Jenni and Craig who start out as friends but jealousy, obsession and secrets start to come between them when Carly asks Rob who he would go for if he could.

I found this very addictive reading in the beginning but now that I’m around halfway through I’m wondering if it’s maybe a little too long as I’m not sure it can keep the tension for another 200 plus pages.

 


Recently Finished

Spandex and the CityFirst book finished this week was Spandex in the City by Jenny T Colgan which was an ARC I received from NetGalley. It’s chick lit meets sci fi when single, 26 year old Holly somehow becomes involved with local superhero Ultimate Man and his nemesis.

This was brilliant fun and I absolutely loved it. Colgan is mostly famous for her cosy, food related chick lit (Cupcake Cafe, Sweetshop of Dreams etc) which I love but I have to confess I’ve been starting to find repetitive. This is definitely something completely different. It’s quirky, hilariously funny and like nothing I’ve read before. Just don’t read it in public.Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard, #1)

The second book I finished this week was Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren which is a contemporary adult romance set in an office. I was in the mood for a trashy read and had heard good things about this so thought why not. I was a little disappointed by it as I think I was expecting more but it’s an okay read. I just felt like things were a little rushed and kind of repetitive.

If you’re looking for a hate to love office romance I’d recommend you read The Hating Game instead (I love that book)


Reading Next

Similar to last week I think I’ll be doing well if I finish the two books I’m currently reading but I’m participating in a group read of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles on GoodReads so I’ll definitely be starting it this weekend. I’m also hoping to start Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh before it’s released.

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)A Gentleman in Moscow

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.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!

Teaser Tuesday: 9th May 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.


This week my teaser comes from Patrick Ness’s latest book Release. I started this towards the end of last week and while it feels very different from his other books I’m definitely enjoying it.


My Teaser

His chest still burned, so much he couldn’t tell where the anger stopped and the wound began. Because there was always a wound, it seemed, kept freshly opened by a family who also kept saying they loved him.

~ Page 64 Release by Patrick Ness


BlurbRelease

Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

WWW Wednesday: 3rd May 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

Anatomy of a SoldierI’m kind of flipping between a couple of books at the moment because I can’t really settle on any one. I think I’ve been trying to read too much and am feeling a little burnt out.

The first book I’m working my way through is book club pick, Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker. Initially when I heard it was as story about a soldier who’s injured by an exploding IED narrated through a series of objects I thought “oh no!!” but once I thought about it I really liked the idea and so far I am intrigued by it.

Spandex and the CityThe other book I’m reading is Spandex in the City by Jenny T Colgan. This is the NetGalley ARC I can’t resist picking up when Anatomy of a Soldier gets too serious and I need a bit of light relief. Jenny Colgan is one of my favourite authors but this is a bit different from her usual food related chick lit (which I must admit I was getting a bit fed up with). It’s still kinda chick lit but with some superheroes and villains thrown into the mix. I’ve only read a few chapters but so far I’m loving it.


Recently Finished

Things calmed down a little bit at work this week and I had the long weekend so managed to fit in quite a bit of reading and finished 4 books.

Legion (Talon, #4)The first of these was Legion by Julie Kagawa which I received from NetGalley. This is the fourth of five books in the Talon series and picked up where the previous book finished with a big giant cliffhanger. I have been really enjoying this series and this one was no exception. I did find this was maybe not quite as good as the previous book Soldier but I have a feeling it’s building to a big conclusion in the final installment. I am both terrified and excited to read it. My full, spoiler free review can be found here.

Holiday in the Hamptons  (From Manhattan with Love #5)The second book finished was another NetGalley ARC, Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan. It’s the fifth book in the From Manhattan with Love series but could easily be read as a standalone as each book tells a different characters story. I love Sarah Morgan stories and was very excited to receive this. It’s a second chance romance about Fliss (who you’ll know if you’ve read New York, Actually) and her ex husband Seth. It is a little on the predictable side but I still loved it. Morgan writes some great characters and there’s always a real spark. It’s not out for a few weeks so I’m holding off on my review for a bit.

Next book finished was Never, Never part 1 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. This was a re read to meet a task on a challenge so I’m not going to review.

Also this week I finished my audio book Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost. It’s the fifth and final book in the Night Prince series and while I think I enjoyed earlier books more this was still a great listen. It is a paranormal romance but to be perfectly honest it’s the humour I love the most.


Reading Next

I think I’ll probably be doing quite well if I finish the two books I’m currently reading but I’m off to see Patrick Ness in Edinburgh on Saturday so I’d really like to sneak in his new book Release which comes out tomorrow. If I have any more time I also want to read either A Dark so Deadly by Stuart MacBride or Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh both of which are NetGalley ARCs.

A Dark So DeadlyReleaseFlame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

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.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!