WWW Wednesday: 15th January 2020

The WWW Wednesday meme is 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 ReadingBefore the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3)

I’m having some trouble deciding on my next read so have been rereading bits of my fave books until I do.

On audio I’m still making steady progress on Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray, Think I listened to a good three or four hours. I do still have quite a way to go though and with the fourth book sitting waiting on my kindle I do feel like I need to get a shift on.


Recently Finished

Shades of Wicked (Night Rebel, #1)This Is How You Lose the Time WarThe Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club, #1)

Last week was my first week back at work after the Christmas break and wow, that was a shock to the system. I did however manage to finish three books, all from my backlist, the first of which was Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost. I do love Jeaniene Frost’s books and her writing but I am a little on the fence about this new spinoff series. Main character Ian has never really been my favourite in the other books and it really took a while for me to warm up to him in this. It does have an absolutely stunning ending and I’m totally going to read on but I miss my Vlad.

Despite saying last week that I would have zero concentration for books and would probably be best sticking to romcoms I did for some reason decide to read This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. It’s been sitting on my TBR for a while and I was very much looking forward to it but it was definitely not the right time to read it. It is a wonderful book, original, unique and if you can give it your full attention incredibly engaging and beautiful. But, as someone who was tired, stressed and whose brain was all over the place this was a difficult read. The language is flowery and if I’m honest difficult for me (I had to look up a few words) and the concept not the easiest to get your head around particularly as there’s little explanation and you have to just pick it up as you go. I did like it but I think I’m going to have to read it again at some point in the future when I can give it the attention it deserves.

As you can probably imagine after that book I needed something much, much easier so went for The Bromance Bookclub by Lyssa Kay Adams and boy this book was everything I needed. Funny, cute and very, very sweet. I loved the whole idea of this group of successful men reading regency romances to sort out the problems with the women in their lives.


Reading Next

I made the mistake of going to a bookstore on Saturday where I noticed that quite a few of the books sitting on my NetGalley shelf are actually out in the world already. I feel like I need to maybe make some progress with my ARCs over the next couple of weeks. I’m therefore hoping to pick up the following:-

The Night Country (The Hazel Wood, #2)Just As You AreInfinity Son (Infinity Cycle, #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 Reading ❤

WWW Wednesday: 8th January 2020

The WWW Wednesday meme is 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

Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3)

I got a little bit swept up with the whole Dracula thing at the end of last week, the new BBC adaptation was fantastic, so decided I really had to find a vampire book to read. And, when I think vampire book I think Jeaniene Frost (her Night Huntress and Night Prince series’ are a lot of fun). It therefore seemed a good time to start her latest book Shades of Wicked. It’s set in the same world as the other series’ and there’s quite a bit of character overlap so I am loving it. The main character Ian isn’t necessarily the easiest to like but I’m definitely warming up to him 😉

After some swithering I decided to start the third book in the Diviners series,  Before the Devil Breaks You, on audio and I think this was the right decision as I’m very much enjoying it. I’m loving that all of the main characters have come together even if they do all have their own stories going on. My only gripe is how light Evie and Sam’s roles have been so far as they are my favourite characters.


Recently Finished

Bitter Falls (Stillhouse Lake #4)Just a Boyfriend (End of the Line #2)

I’ve been playing catch up with my blog posts over the last week which has kind of eaten into my reading time but I have managed to finish two books. The first Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine was one of my most anticipated reads. I’m a big fan of Caine’s writing and have been loving the Stillhouse Lake series. However while this started well I felt like it lost it’s way around the middle and started to fall into the same routine as the previous books in the series. I’ll no doubt still read book 5 when it comes out but I’m hoping Caine will change things up.

The second book finished was new adult romance Just a Boyfriend by Sariah Wilson. Wilson is a new discovery for me and I’ve been really enjoying her writing. I wouldn’t necessarily say they’re original or that they particularly wow me but I do find them addictive reading and a great way to spend a lazy afternoon reading. This one is a sort of stepbrother romance, I say sort of because technically the couple at the center of the story were together before their parents even met. There are a few deeper themes running through the story, cancer, drug use and depression but overall it’s an easy read.


Reading Next

Work is going to be hellish over the next two to three weeks, January is always bad, so it’s likely I’ll be reading mostly romcoms as I doubt I’ll have a lot of focus. I’m leaning towards the following:-

The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club, #1)Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered, #1)Just As You Are

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 ❤

TTT: Most Anticipated Books of 2020

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme that was started by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018.  It was born of a love of lists (something I share) and each week participants come up with a list of ten(ish) things based on a theme.

The theme for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020. I’ve actually been trying to focus on backlist books and not new books coming out as I really want to reduce my TBR not add to it but these ones have been on my radar for a while. The links will take you to the GoodReads page, if you want to check any of them out.


Burn

Burn by Patrick Ness (May 2020) – It’s Patrick Ness and it’s dragons do I really need to say anymore… OK, his last couple of books haven’t been my favourites but his writing is always wonderful and the stories imaginative and unique. I can’t wait to see what he does with this.

A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers, #2)

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (Jan 2020) – Technically this came out yesterday but I’m counting it. I absolutely loved the first book in the series A Curse So Dark and Lonely (here’s my review) which was a Beauty and the Beast inspired story and I love Kemmerer’s writing so this has got to be a win-win. Fingers crossed it lives up to expectations.

The Switch

The Switch by Beth O’Leary (April 2020) – I LOVED O’Leary’s debut The Flatshare so have been anxiously awaiting anything by her and this sounds like such a cute story. A pensioner and a 20 something swap places for a couple of months and maybe find love. If it’s anything like The Flatshare I fully anticipate this having a little more depth than the blurb would suggest.

Pretending

Pretending by Holly Bourne (April 2020) – This isn’t out till April but I’ve already been hearing a lot of great things about it. I’m not wholly surprised as Bourne’s first adult novel How Do You Like Me Now? is one of my all time favourite reads. Bourne has an incredible ability to weave current issues into her stories and capture how a lot of women really feel.

Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5)

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire (Jan 2020) – I was absolutely heartbroken when my NetGalley request for this was declined. The Wayward Children series is absolutely brilliant, so I’ve been ridiculously excited about the fifth book in the series particularly as it seems to follow favourite character Jack. I love the world building, the characters and the imagination of the whole thing. Looking on the positive side though a declined request means I can listen to it on audio, which is how I’ve read all of the others in the series.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0)

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (May 2020)  – Like a lot of people I suspect I am both eagerly anticipating and slightly dreading this Hunger Games prequel. It has the potential to be either brilliant or terrible. One thing is for sure, I won’t be able to resist reading it.

The Girl and the Stars (Book of the Ice, #1)

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence (April 2020) – Should I really be starting a new series when I have so many others unfinished (Book of the Ancestor included)? Probably not. Am I going to? Most certainly. I love Lawrence’s stories. I do think I should probably finish the Book of the Ancestor trilogy first though.

The Notorious Virtues (The Notorious Virtues, #1)

The Notorious Virtues by Alwyn Hamilton (May 2020) – Have to confess that cover is a BIG part of why I want to read this book, I mean look at it. That is one stunning cover. I almost don’t care what the stories about. I was however a big fan of Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands trilogy so I have no doubt the content will live up to expectations.

Our Little Cruelties

Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent (March 2020) – I really, really love Liz Nugent’s books. Every single one starts with a killer opening sentence and this one is no exception. I am expecting something dark and twisty with absolutely horrible characters doing absolutely horrible things.

He Started It

He Started It by Samantha Downing (April 2020) – Downing’s first novel, My Lovely Wife was one of my favourite books of 2019 so as soon as I heard about her new one it went straight on my TBR. It sounds just as dark and twisted and I can’t wait to read it.


So that’s my 10 most anticipated books from the first half of 2020. Are any of these on your list or is there a book you’re particularly looking forward to that I should really be adding to my TBR?

Feel free to leave comments below and links to your top ten’s.

WWW Wednesday: 1st January 2020

The WWW Wednesday meme is 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 ReadingBitter Falls (Stillhouse Lake #4)

Happy new year everyone!!! I can’t believe we’re in 2020 already, where does the time go? For my first book of the year I’ve decided to pick up Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine, the fourth book in the Stillhouse Lake series. I love Rachel Caine’s writing and this series is definitely a favourite. I’m only around 20% in as I write this and it’s off to a strong start, fingers crossed it manages to keep it up.

I’ve just finished my audio book and am still trying to make my mind up on what to listen to next so I’ve had the second Cat and Bones book, One Foot in the Grave,  on the go for the last few days. I’ve listened to it before but it always makes me laugh so it’s keeping me going till I make a decision.


Recently Finished

The Honey-Don't ListFinale (Caraval, #3)Strangers

Girl at Heart#Awestruck (#Lovestruck #3)Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)

I decided to take a bit of a break from blogging last week (I’m off work for the hols so wanted a break from computer screens) and missed WWW Wednesday so this is two weeks worth of reading. I’ve actually had a great couple of weeks and I think the break may be doing me good as I feel like I’m starting to find the love again. Anyway over the two weeks I finished six books:-

  • The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren – I liked this a lot and pretty much flew through it in a few days. It’s not especially memorable though so while I enjoyed it at the time it didn’t wow me
  • Strangers by C.L. Taylor – This is one that did wow me and I highly recommend trying to get your hands on a copy if you can (I got it from NetGalley). It had me hooked from pretty much the first page and it kept me guessing until the end. Loved it.
  • Girl at Heart by Kelly Oram – I love Kelly Oram and honestly can’t understand why she’s not more popular than she is. This YA contemporary isn’t my favourite from her (let’s face it nothing’s gonna beat Cinder & Ella) but it’s very good. Yes some of the characters are too good to be true but it made me cry (Oram’s books always make me cry) so I was clearly invested.
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray – Whoop!!! It’s taken months but I’ve finally finished it. I do love this series but this book was much longer than it needed to be. There are wonderful characters and I love the way they’re developing but the story could have been a lot tighter. There seems to be an awful lot of social commentary and setting things up for future books.
  • Finale by Stephanie Garber – At last, I managed to read the final book in the Caraval trilogy and it was fantastic. I love the world and the magic, I love Tella as a character and I loved the romance. I did however feel that the ending was a little rushed and I kind of missed the game aspect of the first two books.
  • #Awestruck by Sariah Wilson – I have no idea why I decided to read this, it was a slightly random KU pick, but I really enjoyed it. I literally stayed up till 1am so I could finish it so clearly something about it worked for me. I think I’m just in a bit of a romance mood at the moment as I’ve already downloaded a couple of the author’s other books and plan on binge reading them.

I did also attempt to read the final Throne of Glass book, Kingdom of Ash, but I’m afraid I gave up on it pretty quickly. I think I’ve left it too long as I couldn’t remember who half the characters were and was very confused about what was going on. It’s unlikely I’m gonna go back and reread the previous books so unless I can find a recap somewhere I’m not sure I’m ever going to finish this series.


Reading Next

I snagged a copy of Starsight by Brandon Sanderson in the sales last week so I think I’m probably going to pick it up next as I’ve been eagerly awaiting it ever since I finished the first book Skyward. I also have an ARC of Holly Bourne’s new adult book Pretending which has been calling to me from my kindle. I’m also planning to start either Before the Devil Breaks You or Gemina as my next audio.

Starsight (Skyward, #2)PretendingBefore the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3)Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #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 Reading ❤

WWW Wednesday: 18th December 2019

The WWW Wednesday meme is 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 Honey-Don't List

It’s all change this week as I finished all of the books I was reading last week. On ebook I decided to pick up  The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren, an ARC of which I received via NetGalley. I’ve enjoyed pretty much every Christina Lauren book I’ve read so far so couldn’t resist starting it almost as soon as it arrived on my kindle. It’s very early days, I only started it on Monday night, but so far I’m liking it. It’s reminding me a lot of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, no bad thing as I absolutely love that book.

On audio I’ve resumed listening to Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, I started this a few months ago but put it on hold so I could listen to Darkdawn which I’d borrowed from the library. I was already quite far through when I took a break so I only have around 7 hours to go. It is starting to feel like I’ve been working my way through it for ages though so I think I’m going to make an effort to finish it in the next week.  


Recently Finished

Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3)The Christmas Wish ListIf I Never Met You

I’ve had a pretty great reading week and managed to finish three books, two I loved, one not so much. The first one finished was The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain, a book I’d borrowed from the library based pretty much on the cover. I really wanted to like this book but I’m afraid it didn’t work for me. Maybe it’s my general grumpiness at the moment but I couldn’t find any empathy for the characters. It was all a little too predictable and on the twee side for me.

I suspect it wasn’t particularly helped by my listening to Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff at the same time. I don’t think I could have found a book more different if I tried and The Christmas Wish List just couldn’t compare to the power and emotion in Darkdawn. I absolutely loved it. There are so many twists and turns and so much happening. It is the final book in the trilogy so there are some heavy losses (I was not happy about a few of these) and an absolutely epic ending. I don’t re read books very often but I suspect this will be one I’ll read again.

After the trauma of Darkdawn, something a little lighter (and a lot less violent) was needed so I decided to pick up my ARC of If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane. I’m a big fan of McFarlane so was very excited when my NetGalley request for this one was approved. It’s a fake relationship story, one of my favourite romance tropes, and McFarlane does a wonderful job of making it feel very contemporary and relevant. The characters are likeable (and have chemistry) and there’s a bit of a feminist slant to it which is fantastic to see. I’m hoping to have a full review up soon.


Reading Next

I have only 3 days of work before I finish up for the Christmas break and I’m hoping that with a little more time in the house I can pick up a few of the hardbacks I bought in the last few months and haven’t wanted to carry around with me. It would be good to finish off a couple of series so I’m thinking probably Finale by Stephanie Garber or Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers. I also recently received an ARC of Holly Bourne’s new adult book Pretending so I doubt I’ll be able to resist it for long.

Finale (Caraval, #3)PretendingRecord of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3)

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 ❤

WWW Wednesday: 11th December 2019

The WWW Wednesday meme is 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 ReadingDarkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3)

I’m still working my way steadily through Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff, the third and final book in the Nevernight Chronicles, and I’m absolutely loving it. I’ve been mostly listening to it on audio so that always takes a little longer than reading (especially when it’s 21 hours long) but while I do really want to know how it all ends I don’t want Mia’s story to be over. I think I have just over three hours (100 pages) to go so I expect I’ll be finished by the weekend, although with the end approaching I may need to limit my listening to in the house as there have already been some heavy losses and I suspect the ending may break me.

The Christmas Wish ListI was kind of missing reading an actual book so despite my plan to just stick to one book at a time I have started reading The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain. This was a bit of a random pick from the library (I liked the cover and wanted something light and festive) but I’m starting to think it was a mistake as it’s annoying me and I’ve been avoiding reading it as a result. I should know better than to read this type of book when I’m in the kind of mood I am at the moment. December is always a super busy (and stressful) time at work, so I’m pretty tired and grumpy and suffering from a lack of empathy with the MC’s “problems”.


Recently Finished

Nothing finished this week.


Reading NextThe Honey-Don't List

I should be finished both of my current reads in the next couple of days so assuming I survive the ending of Darkdawn I think I’m going to pick up something lighter and fluffier. I managed to get a copy of Christina Lauren’s new book The Honey-Don’t List from NetGalley (it’s Read Now everyone) so I’m kind of tempted to pick it up next. It sounds like a fun read and will hopefully provide a bit of a reading palate cleanse before my next fantasy read which I think may be Finale by Stephanie Garber.

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. With work as busy as it is I may be a little slow in responding but I promise I’ll get there.

Happy Reading ❤

WWW Wednesday: 4th December 2019

The WWW Wednesday meme is 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 ReadingDarkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3)

I’ve been trying to juggle too many books lately and making not much progress on any of them so this week I’m paring it back to just one, Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff. I’ve had this book sitting on the shelf for a couple of months now and I’ve also got the audio (I find it easier than the book) so I’m kind of flipping between the two and having a brilliant time. I only started it on Sunday but as I ventured out for a very long walk (partly as an excuse to listen to this) I’m around 8 hours in (13 or so to go). It’s not been that long since I read the first two books so I’ve found it very easy to jump back into the story and the style. Mia is definitely one of the best characters I’ve come across, I’m not sure how I’m going to cope when her story comes to an end. Does anyone know if there’s a support group?


Recently Finished

I had a bit of a fight with my laptop last week and didn’t do a WWW post (the laptop won) so this is two weeks worth of books rather than just one.

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3)A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram, #1)The Christmas PartyThe Places I've Cried in Public

First up was The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, the third and final book in the trilogy. I’ve read some rather mixed review of it but I liked it. It did feel a little bit rushed and I’m not sure every character got the ending I would have liked but I flew through it and loved every moment.

My focus for reading is not great yet again so decided to stick with some easier reads and picked up A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones next. This has been the year of Darynda Jones as over the last 12 months or so I’ve read all 13 of the Charley Davidson books. They’ve kept me sane and made me laugh through house moves, renovations and changes at work. I had high hopes for this, the first book in a new series, but found myself not wholly convinced by it. It may just be because it’s a first book but it seemed to take a while to get going. It also feels a little too similar to the Charley Davidson books, similar characters, same humour. I did get hooked towards the end and will no doubt read on but it would’ve been nice to get something different.

After A Bad Day for Sunshine I decided to read Karen Swan’s The Christmas Party. Swan is another favourite author so I was looking forward to this however yet again I found myself struggling to get into to story – I’m starting to think it’s me. It was a little bit slow at the start but unfortunately I think my biggest issue was the characters. It’s told from the pov of three sisters and for around the first third I did not like any of them. Thankfully they did start to grow on me and towards the end I found myself hooked but overall this was slow going, and I’m sorry to say, not that memorable.

Thankfully after those not fantastic reads my library hold on The Places I’ve Cried in Public by Holly Bourne came in, so I dived straight in and it did not disappoint. It isn’t an easy read, it’s frustrating and a little bit heartbreaking but it is brilliant. It’s all about a girl struggling to get over what was an incredibly toxic relationship. Bourne does an amazing job of creating very authentic characters and relationships which bring the story to life. It’s an important book, but it’s also a very well written book. I highly recommend if you’re looking for a YA contemporary that’s not all hearts and flowers.

Reading Next

I’ve decided that December will be a bit of a read what I like month (I made a small dent in my ARCs last month) so I’m hoping to finally pick up some of the books I bought ages ago and maybe finish a few series’. Most of the series I am close to finishing seem to be fantasy but as I’m midway through a fantasy right now I think I may go for Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers next. I’m also in the mood for some Christmas reads so may also pick up The Christmas Wish List by Heidi Swain.

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3)The Christmas Wish List

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 ❤