WWW Wednesdays #114 – December 7th

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WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’m close to finishing Kill The Next One by Federico Axat. The story started out strong, but became a little weird later on… Fingers crossed the last part will make up for it. I’m also a few pages into The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and I’m looking forward to continue this classic later today. Finally, I’m about to start my very first Reading Alley ARC: Tipping Point by Tomas Byrne.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* I first decided to switch genres a bit and pick up a contemporary romance read. I wasn’t too sure about 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, but I remember I liked her short Christmas story last year and the travel theme sounded great. YA contemporary romance fans will without doubt love this book, but I have to admit it fell a little flat for me. Sure, the travel bits are quite interesting, but the whole plot just isn’t believable. I mean, why did her parents let her travel to Europe like that in the first place? And the things happening to her weren’t all totally believable either. It is fast-paced though and can be entertaining if you forget about the credibility details.
* I picked up Another Day Gone by Eliza Graham afterwards, and I have to admit I had high hopes for this book. Historical fiction, set during various generations, interesting blurb… It had all the right signs, but unfortunately I had a hard time enjoying this story. I couldn’t get a proper feel for the story OR characters and it was all kind of confusing. It took a long while for it to become clear what the story exactly was about, and those plot twists and suspense around the past were actually annoying instead of entertaining. It seems like a well-researched story and it has a lot of potential, but I couldn’t warm up to the actual story. Most people seem to love it though, so this might just be another case of unpopular opinion review.
* I then finally picked up another classic: The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. I was vaguely familiar with the story, but this is the first time I’ve actually read this classic. It took a while to get into the story, but the second half of the story was without doubt very entertaining. I don’t think it’s my favorite classic, but I definitely enjoyed it a lot better than his other story Treasure Island.
* Afterwards, I FINALLY picked up my copy of This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab. People kept telling me I should just read this one and that I would love it, and they were totally right. ADSOM is still my absolute Schwab favorite, but this one came a close second! Brilliant, just brilliant. The prose is just excellent and I love LOVE the worldbuilding. Like in Shades Of Magic, the worldbuilding isn’t all that complicated, but this simplicity just WORKS. The idea of Verity with its three types of monsters is intriguing, and I loved the main characters August and Kate. Both the dynamics between the characters and their development is very well done and I can’t wait to read the sequel next year. V.E. Schwab has definitely proven to be worthy to be in my TOP 10 of all time favorite authors!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I’m trying to read more books published before 2000 for a challenge, so I might read Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown next. I also need to read both Netgalley ARCs Walk Into Silence by Susan McBride and From Sand And Ash by Amy Harmon soon…. And my newest TBR jar pick is still Little Women by Louise May Alcott., which I will probably pick up closer to Christmas.

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24 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #114 – December 7th

    • If I have to pick favorites it would probably be ADSOM first, then TSS, AGOS and next Vicious… But it’s very hard to decide an order when all books are excellent in the first place. I’m looking forward to both sequels!
      And I can’t wait to properly start The Picture Of Dorian Gray. The fact that you loved it convinces me that I probably would as well. 😉

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  1. Oh no! I really didn’t need to know about Reader Alley. Netgalley is bad enough on its own! 😛

    I’ve had the Picture of Dorian Grey on my TBR for I wouldn’t know how long. I roughly know the story and it’s so short, I really have no excuse to not get around to it!

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    • Haha I know the feeling. I was approached by Reading Alley if I wanted to join, and I just couldn’t resist. The page isn’t as big as Netgalley, but has some interesting titles as well. I’m trying to refrain from requesting more than one at a time until I manage to get the Netgalley 80% though. 😉
      And I’m ashamed to admit I don’t know anything about The Picture Of Dorian Gray, but everybody seems to love this classic so I’m looking forward to it.

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  2. Another week filled with great picks 😀 I need the credibility card in every story I read or I lose interest faster than you can turn a page! That’s why for a long time I did not venture into fantasy and sci-fi because I was afraid I would never find it. I’m glad to now know I was wrong! Not finding credibility in a contemporary romance is a no-no for me. I’m intrigued by The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde. I feel slightly familiar with the story but I had forgotten it was a book, haha! I might give it a try.
    Happy reading!

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    • I can totally relate to that. In most genres I don’t mind low credibility, but if it’s contemporary, romance or mystery/thrillers it can be a huge turn-off. I guess that’s why I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance in the first place haha. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde wasn’t my favorite classic, but it’s still quite an entertaining read. Happy reading!

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  3. I’m very curious about This Savage Song. I’ve seen it a lot – is it part of a series?

    I’m really excited to read Walk into Silence, I hope it’s good!! And YAY for From Sand and Ash!!!! I hope you like it.

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    • This Savage Song is a brilliant read, but yes it’s the first book of a series… I haven’t tried to find out how many books there are supposed be in the future, but the publish date for the second is quite far away next year.
      I can’t wait to read From Sand And Ash! Ever since I read your reviews about her work, I’m dying to start discovering her books.

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