WWW Wednesday: 15th January 2020

Title in white on purple puddles

Wow, it’s been a while since I did one of these. July!

I’m back at university, and have just had an exam week so I’ve been reading a lot to cope with that, as reading doesn’t drain me mentally the way revision does.

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!

1. What are you currently reading?


I’m currently reading THE HARM TREE, by Rose Edwards. This is an incredible UK YA fantasy, based in a Norse world. As it comes from one of our teeniest publishers (an indie associated with a university), there’s almost no publicity around it, which is such a shame. It it an incredible book.

Set nine years after a war between princes devastated the land and brought the influence of a foreign empire and its god, two friends find themselves used by opposing sides as the old ways refuse to die and the empire hunts down dissenters.


My current audiobook is SKYWARD, by Brandon Sanderson. As ever, listening to an audiobook is such slow going. The story is interesting, but it’s really hard to concentrate on in this format, particularly if I don’t have the time to listen for long stretches. Frankly, I’m not sure why I bother but I hate packing without something to listen to, which is why I started this latest one.

2. What did you recently finish?

I am about a week ahead, scheduling wise (which is nice as I ease back into uni), so what I’ve recently finished doesn’t match up with what’s been posted!

the last voyage of poe blythe

The last book I finished was THE LAST VOYAGE OF POE BLYTHE, by Ally Condie. This slim YA dystopia honestly felt like a breath of fresh air for the sub-genre. It’s not about overthrowing an evil dictator because a teen incites a rebellion, though you certainly can’t trust those in authority. However, it’s primarily about a girl captaining a gold-dredging ship with raiders waiting to attack and unable to trust her crew. At the same time, she needs to come to terms with what she’s let herself become since losing her best friend/boyfriend to raiders. If you want a short, action-packed read, pick this one up!

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

At the moment, I’m simply going through my York shelves, in an attempt to read my unread books.

The next unread book on the shelf is THE GRACES, by Laure Eve. I honestly don’t know much about this book, other than it has something to do with witches? It was recommended to me constantly for about two months, so I picked it up in July(?) so it’s probably about time I finally get around to reading it.

I’m not a fan of the cover (right) though, it looks more like an ARC cover than an actual book cover. It also lacks a blurb…


However, as I’d like to have (non-ARC) Middle Grade Reviews posted on Mondays for Middle Grade Mondays, I may go through a few MG books first so they’re all scheduled for the month. In which case, my next book will be RUMBLESTAR, by Abi Elphinstone.

This is a book I bought in March, I think, when I was starting to read MG again. A boy who hates adventures stumbles into a magical kingdom and has to help save it if he wants to go home. It sounds fun, quirky and it’s also a much prettier book!

How have your reading weeks been?

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