WWW Wednesday: 26/06/19

Title in white on purple puddles

WWW Wednesday is three quick questions, hosted by Taking on a World of Words, that provide a quick reading update. Everyone and everyone is welcome to join in!

I know I said, about two weeks ago, that I was trying to pace myself and not push myself to post everyday, to read a book a day, and that’s true. I’m not reading a book a day (and it’s a massive relief. I’m enjoying my books far more now). However, I have a backlog of reviews and other posts, hence posts everyday.

As for this WWW Wednesday, I realised I hadn’t done one in about a month, and there’s a lot to talk about!

1. What are you currently reading?

I have a shocking three books on the go at once, and I’m trying to finish them desperately because it’s too many to keep up with, even if they’re three different mediums. I can’t keep that many stories separate in my head at once.

Book cover for THE DRAGON REPUBLIC. A black and white brushstroke-painting of a girl with her arms flung behind her, with a phoenix's wings emerging from her back beneath the title

First up, we have my physical book – THE DRAGON REPUBLIC, by R. F. Ruang. It’s the sequel to THE POPPY WAR, and my first publisher-sent ARC!

I’m really enjoying this absolute chuncker of a book (and kills your shoulders in a bag). If you loved the brutal, grimdark tone of the first book, this has all that in spades once more. The consequences of Rin’s actions to end the last war play out, as she’s fights to control her magic and guilt, while everyone around her wants something from her.

Book cover for WHAT SHE FOUND IN THE WOODS. Title taking up most of the space against the silhouettes of a few tall tree trunks

On ebooks, an eARC of WHAT SHE FOUND IN THE WOODS (Josephine Angelini) is on the go. It’s not the thriller I thought it was (I seem to be making a habit of this!). It’s a contemporary first and foremost, which isn’t my normal cup of tea. I think I might DNF it, as not even the unreliable narrator is keeping my attention. The worst part is that it has my two least favourite tropes in it, one of which appears twice (insta-love and a semi-love triangle). I have ebooks stacking up unread on my kindle, which I’d rather read.

My final book is an audiobook, which is a really rare medium for me. I can struggle to process auditory input, and can’t focus on sound and anything else that requires brain power. However, I’m the midst of moving, so I’ve been listening while packing, as that’s a pretty mind-numbing job.

the seven husbands of evelyn hugo

The audiobook is THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO, by Taylor Reid Jenkins. I’ve heard so much about this book, so I thought I might as well try it out in audiobook (as Audible offered a free credit!). It’s interesting, for sure, looking at Hollywood and what it took to get famous there. I’m not sure how much I’m actually enjoying it, simply because it’s so tied up with a really dull task.

Apparently there’s three different narrators, but I’ve only heard two – though that’s mainly a deductive guess. Monique and Eveyln both narrate different sections, so I’m guessing the narrator is different for each.

2. What did you recently finish reading?

Cover for RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard. Inverted silver crown dripping blood above the title

I recently reread the entire Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard, from the first book (RED QUEEN) all the way through to the newly released companion, BROKEN THRONE. It was a slightly manic I need to read all these books before I pack, which convinced me that I had to stop trying to read a book a day. Regardless, it was a lot of fun.

I love returning to worlds once everything’s released. I love the world – a fantasy-dystopia blend – as well as the incredibly high stakes and all the twists and turns.

Book cover for SORCERY OF THORNS by Margaret Rogerson. Girl with wind-whipped blonde hair holding a ruby-encrusted sword. Thorns climb up her arm

I also finished SORCERY OF THORNS, by Margaret Rogerson (review coming tomorrow). I adored this book, buying a finished copy three chapters into the eARC. If you haven’t read this book yet, please go get a copy. There’s magical libraries, books that turn into monsters, sorcery, demons, banter and characters that will steal your heart. I’m hoping that there will be a sequel, because I want more time with Elizabeth, Nathaniel and Silas – plus the ending leaves the world wide open for more adventures and I have to know if that final line means what I hope. Pretty please?

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

A colourful stack of books next to an old marmalade jar

I have, to no one’s surprise, a pretty stuffed TBR. However, I think I might bypass my TBR jar for now in an attempt to finish reading my YALC books before the event (end of July). I am down to five unread books (THE PAPER & HEARTS SOCIETY, by Lucy Powrie; THE DEVOURING GRAY, by Christine Lynn Herman; EVERYDAY SEXISM, by Laura Bates; and A JIGSAW OF STARS AND FIRE and WOLF LIGHT, by Yaba Badoe). I can easily finish them in time, but then I’ll be faced with the horribly touch choice of which books I take with me. By my calculation, I have 35 books by authors who’ll be there, but there’s no way I can take all that. I’m putting off the decision as long as I can…

What are your reading plans?

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