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WWW Wednesday | 31 Mar

Hi everyone! I’m back with another WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The three Ws to be answered are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m actually between books right now! I finished Girl A by Abigail Dean the day before yesterday, and I didn’t get a chance to pick anything up yesterday as it was randomly 23 degrees in London and lockdown is finally being eased – so I went out to sit in a friend’s garden. It was my first time seeing someone other than my boyfriend (who I live with) since before Christmas – how surreal is that?!

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Anyway, I am waiting for a copy of Tall Bones by Anna Bailey to arrive (hopefully today!) and that will be my next read, as part of a Tandem Collective Readalong (so I guess this should be (#gifted). I’ll be posting some stories and content on my instagram as part of the readalong, so feel free to join me over there if you would like to hear more about it! For now, here’s the synopsis:

When seventeen-year-old Emma leaves her best friend Abi at a party in the woods, she believes, like most girls her age, that their lives are just beginning. Many things will happen that night, but Emma will never see her friend again.

Abi’s disappearance cracks open the façade of the small town of Whistling Ridge, its intimate history of long-held grudges and resentment. Even within Abi’s family, there are questions to be asked – of Noah, the older brother whom Abi betrayed, of Jude, the shining younger sibling who hides his battle scars, of Dolly, her mother and Samuel, her father – both in thrall to the fire and brimstone preacher who holds the entire town in his grasp. Then there is Rat, the outsider, whose presence in the town both unsettles and excites those around him.

Anything could happen in Whistling Ridge, this tinder box of small-town rage, and all it will take is just one spark – the truth of what really happened that night out at the Tall Bones…

What did you recently finish reading?

Girl A: Abigail Dean on her shocking debut novel that's taking the book  world by storm | Books | The Guardian

Girl A by Abigail Dean, which was so unexpectedly good! It wasn’t what I expected at all in terms of plot – it was very character-driven, in the best way , and not your typical plot-driven thriller. It follows a girl who escaped from her parents’ house, freeing her younger siblings from their captivity. When we start her story, her mother has just died in prison, causing Lex to have to revisit her past, and through flashbacks and conversations with her siblings, we learn more about what when on in that house. It’s a very dark novel, but it’s not as bleak as I was expecting – and I think Abigail Dean does a very good job of balancing the novel, making it sensitive and not exploitative of trauma.

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Since my last WWW Wednesday past, I’ve also read Luster by Raven Leilani – review here – and Rescue Me by Sarra Manning, a very sweet rom com about two people who fall in love after starting to co-pawrent a dog. My review is still come.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Hmmm, well I still have two books left on my March tbr. These are actually the same two books I put in this section of my post for my last WWW post – I’ve just been mood reading since then. So, I think that I will probably read The Mountains Sing or The Little Stranger next (after Tall Bones), depending on my mood. I’m hoping to get lots of reading done over Easter, so maybe one of these will be in the recently read section this time next week!

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WWW Wednesday | 17 Mar

Hi all! I’m back after a bit of a break with another WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The three Ws to be answered are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Luster: Amazon.co.uk: Leilani, Raven: 9781529035988: Books

I’m currently reading Luster by Raven Leilani. This was always on my tbr for this month, but I made it my next read after it was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction last week. I’ve only actually picked it up once so far, but I managed to read about 1/4 of the novel in that sitting – it’s quite a short book and moves at a brisk pace. Currently, I would say that I think the writing style is fantastic but I find the main character (Edie) quite aloof and detached – though perhaps this is because I’ve only sat down with the book once so far. I’m interested to see if my feelings change as I progress with the book.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale | Waterstones

At the weekend I finished The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale, which is a nonfiction book about a 13-year-old boy who kills his mum in Victorian London. It encompasses his actions right after the murder, his court case and then his life afterwards. As you might know, I’ve read and enjoyed both The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale, but I found this one was probably my least favourite – which was a surprise. I don’t know if maybe I’ve read all of these books too close together (all since Christmas) but I found this one slower than the rest and a bit repetitive. I think I’ll still give it four stars when I write my review, but I think it will have only just edged that.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Mountains Sing: Amazon.co.uk: Quế Mai, Nguyễn Phan: 9781786079220: Books
The Little Stranger: shortlisted for the Booker Prize: Amazon.co.uk: Sarah  Waters: 9781844086061: Books

There are two books left on my tbr for March – The Mountains Sing and The Little Stranger – so we will see what I feel like next. However, I’ve found reading particularly challenging the last few weeks as I have had a lot going on personally, so I will definitely be listening to my instincts and just reading what I feel like.

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WWW Wednesday | 3 March

Hi everyone! I’m back with another WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The three Ws to be answered are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Transcendent Kingdom

I’m currently reading Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (thank you to NetGalley & the publishers for a copy of this book), which is out in the UK on 4 March. So far, I’m really enjoying this one! It’s very different Gyasi’s other book, Homegoing, which I absolutely loved – but that’s not a bad thing. Transcendent Kingdom follows Gifty, a neuroscience PhD student who is studying the affects of depression and addiction. Switching between the present and the past, it also tells the story of her childhood, as part of a Ghanian family living in Alabama. Her writing, as expected, is superb.

What did you recently finish reading?

Every Last Fear: Amazon.co.uk: Finlay, Alex: 9781250268822: Books

My last read was Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay, a thriller which grapples with two mysteries about the Pine family. Did Danny Pine, the eldest son, really kill his teenage girlfriend? A new true crime Netflix documentary thinks not. And, when the Pine family (apart from Matt, our main character), is found dead on holiday, was foul play involved? Or was it an accident? I linked my review if you’re interested in how I found it.

Just before that, I finished Pachinko by Min Jin Lee – I absolutely adored it and I will be posting a very gushing review very soon, I’m sure.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Luster: Amazon.co.uk: Leilani, Raven: 9781529035988: Books

I just posted my March tbr, so you can check that out to see all of the books I want to read this month. I haven’t decided what I want to read next – I think it’ll be very dependent on my mood. Perhaps Luster by Raven Leilani. I’m very intrigued to see if that lives up to the hype.

What are you currently reading? And what do you think you’ll read next?

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WWW Wednesday | 10 Feb

Hi everyone! I’m back with another WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The three Ws to be answered are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently reading The Confession by Jessie Burton, which I’m really enjoying. The novel is a split narrative, between Elise in the 1980s and Rose in 2017. Elise meets the acclaimed novelist Constance Holden and falls in love with her, following her to LA (where they are making a movie of her novel) so they can be together. However, while Connie is thriving, Elise is not. In 2017, Rose is seeking answers about her mother, who disappeared when she was younger. Her investigations lead her to ingratiate herself with Constance Holden, who has become reclusive in her old age.

I really enjoyed both The Miniaturist and The Muse, Jessie Burton’s previous novels, and I’m loving this one so much that I’m wondering why I waited so long to pick it up! Burton has this amazing ability of making all of her characters seem so vividly real.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I missed WWW Wednesday last week, so I’ll quickly recap what I’ve read over the last two weeks. I most recently finished The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale last week, which I very much enjoyed. It wasn’t quite as good as The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, I don’t think, but still really interesting and well-researched.

Before that, I finished Insatiable by Daisy Buchanan. This was an eARC that I was really looking forward to, but I ended up finding very disappointing. Hopefully I’ll get my review up for that soon!

And I also read and loved Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson, which I have miraculously already written a review for!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I have two more books on my February tbr – Bunny by Mona Awad and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I’m looking forward to both of these but don’t know which one I’ll feel like reading most. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read either of these!

However, it was my birthday on Monday and was lucky enough to get a few books as presents, including Luster by Raven Leilani and The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, so I can’t promise I’ll stick to the tbr I set out at the beginning of Feb!

What are you currently reading? How are you finding it? And what are you planning to read next?

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WWW Wednesday | 27 Jan

Hi everyone! I’m back with another WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The three Ws to be answered are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

(All links below are to Goodreads.)

What are you currently reading?

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I literally just finished a book last night, so I haven’t picked up a new book yet. However, I do know that my next read will be Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson. I’ve seen amazing things about this one, and it comes out on 4th Feb, so I want to read it and hopefully post a review before then. According to the blurb, it is a ‘A stunning, shattering debut novel about two Black British artists falling in and out of love’. I can’t wait to be shattered by it, haha! (Seriously though, books that shatter you are the best – see A Little Life!)

I’m also still reading Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall. I’m enjoying taking my time with this and absorbing everything. As I’m reading, I find myself writing down quotes/taking pictures of passages that I feel resonate with me. I’m getting so much from this book, and I also feel like it’s informing conversations I have with other people – which is a really good thing.

Here’s a quote I wrote down the other day:

The reality is that white, mainstream feminism has to confront the idea that the power to do harm rests in women too.

Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism

What did you recently finish reading?

I’ve finished two books in the last week, which I’m very happy about.

The first is The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. This is a novel set on a Norwegian island in the 1600s. When a great storm kills all of the men of the island, the women are left to fend for themselves. As word of what the women are doing spreads, a new commissioner is sent to the island to watch over them, with fears that what they are doing is ungodly. I enjoyed the writing and themes in this book a lot, but I did think the pacing was a bit off and the ending felt very rushed to me – my review will be posting soon on this!

The other books I’ve finished is The Magpie Society by Amy McCulloch and Zoe Sugg. I was really interested in the premise of this book – a death at a boarding school, a mysterious podcast that claims the death was murder, two students who team up to solve it – but it really fell flat to me. Now, I know that I’m no longer the target audience of YA novels, but I really felt like this novel was too surface-level for me? The characters weren’t very well developed, the writing was average, the twists were signposted from a mile away and the entire book felt like set up for the next ones. The way the novel ended particularly annoying – we don’t get any answers at all, it just ends in a cliff hanger for the next book in the series. I think that writing books in a series is a balance, as you have to both have a full plot that ties up at the end of the book, while leaving it open for the next – and this didn’t tie anything up. It was just like the book ended too early. Unfortunately, I won’t be picking up the next book in this series.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Probably Insatiable by Daisy Buchanan – I’m really excited for this one and I’ve heard great things. I’ve got a review copy from NetGalley and am hoping to read and post my review before the pub date (11 Feb). According to the blurb on Goodreads, ‘Insatiable is about women and desire – lust, longing and the desire to be loved’. I’m very on board! (As a side note, I also think the cover is really good and it actually reminds me of The Supper Club – another book I have on my tbr, which I’m very interested in reading.)

What are you currently reading? How are you finding it? And what are you planning to read next?

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WWW Wednesday | 20 Jan

Hi everyone! I’m back with another WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The three Ws to be answered are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall and The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Funny that the latter one wasn’t on last week’s list of what I was going to read next! I just really felt like picking it up.

I’m really enjoying Hood Feminism, which is written in the form of short essays about different areas that Mikki Kendall argues should be part of mainstream feminism. She looks at these areas (lack of education, medical care, living wage, safe neighbourhoods) through the lens of intersectional feminism, focusing specifically on Black womxn. I’ve found all of her essays incredibly insightful, a blend of fact and personal stories – and I will definitely come away from this book with a lot to think about.

I don’t usually read two books at a time, but I find that I best digest these essays reading one or two at a time, and then giving myself the breathing space to really think about them. I’m over halfway through, and I could’ve read more by now, but I really want to absorb what they’re saying instead of rushing through them! I picked up The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave to fill the gaps in between reading Hood Feminism – and I’m really enjoying this too. This novel is set in the 1600s, on a Norweigan coastal village after a great storm killed most of the men in the village. The women have to adapt to survive, breaking social norms at the time. When Absalom Cornet (a witchhunter from Scotland) arrives, he sees a place untouched by God and flooded with evil. The writing in this book is beautiful, and I’m excited to see where it goes.

What did you recently finish reading?

I haven’t actually finished reading anything since last week. I feel like I haven’t had much of a chance to read during weekdays at the moment – work is very busy and by the end of the day I don’t necessarily feel like concentrating on reading. So I made progress with my two books at the weekend, but didn’t finish anything!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I know I didn’t follow any of the things I mentioned in this section last week, but I do think I will read Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson next. This is a debut novel about two Black British artists who fall in and out of love. This is what the Goodreads blurb says:

At once at achingly beautiful love story and potent insight into race and masculinity, Open Water asks what it means to be a person in a world that sees you only as a Black body, to be vulnerable when you are only respected for strength, to find safety in love, only to lose it.

How amazing does that sound?? I have the eARC for the novel (thanks to NetGalley and the publishers), and want to read it before it publishes on 4 February.

So that’s it from me this week! I hope your reading week has been slightly better than mine! What are you currently reading and how are you finding it?

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WWW Wednesday | 2 Nov 2020

Hi everyone! I’m participating in WWW Wednesday again today, which was originally hosted at Daily Rhythm and has been revived by Taking on a World of Words.

The three Ws to be answered are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)

I’ve literally just finished The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon last night, and I think I will move straight on to the second book in the series – The Mime Order – tonight.

The Bone Season is a dystopian novel set in the future, where England is a republic ruled by Scion and where clairvoyant’s exist and are sent to their deaths under Scion law. Paige is a clairvoyant and a member of the Syndicate – the underground voyant gangs in London. In the first book, she is captured, and instead of being sent to her death in the Tower, she is sent to Oxford (a city she thought destroyed), where she finds out there is more to fear than just the Scion government.

I’m excited to start The Mime Order, and interested to see where the series will take us. Given that ‘mime crime’ is a term for the crime the syndicates commit and the book is called The Mime Order, I assume that this book will deal with Paige’s syndicate more, as we mostly just saw them through flashbacks in The Bone Season.

What did you recently finish reading?

Blood And Ash Series (2 book series) Kindle Edition

Before starting The Bone Season, the previous two books I’d read where From Blood and Ash and A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, both by Jennifer L. Armentrout (books 1 and 2 in the Blood and Ash series).

I absolutely loved these and will be posting a review soon! I’ve said this begore about JLA, but her books are so fun and warm and cosy – they instantly lift my spirits! From Blood and Ash was a re-read but A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire was new to me, and it didn’t disappoint!

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Song Rising (The Bone Season, #3)
The Magpie Society: One for Sorrow

After The Mime Order, I’ll probably move on to the next book in the series, The Song Rising. However, it’s possible by this point that I’ll want to take a break from the series, so my other options are potentially The Magpie Society by Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch, or maybe Sisters by Daisy Johnson. These are both on my tbr, so I’ll just see what I feel like! I spoke about these a little bit more in yesterday’s tbr post, if you want to check that out!

That’s it for me this week! What are you currently reading?