WWW Wednesdays #117 – December 28th

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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’ve picked up another (modern) classic as I’m trying to finish a challenge: Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown. It’s turning out to be a fast and entertaining read, so I will probably finish it today. I’m also still reading Point Of No Return by Martha Gellhorn, a Netgalley ARC that has been republished last week but was actually first published back in 1948. I’m hoping to finish it before the end of this year, because it will bring me only one classic away from finishing my last pending challenge. And that classic I’m keeping my fingers crossed will be Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I’m listening to the audiobook version of this one and I’ve made quite some progress so far, so I’m hoping I will be able to listen to the last part while I make preparations for New Years Eve. I’m enjoying this classic so much better than I thought I would!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I finished is The Gift by Louise Jensen. As I’ve said in my review yesterday, I enjoyed this second book even better than her debut novel and she is without doubt one of my favorite new discoveries this year. Her stories are well written, fast-paced, have an interesting plot and basically keep you on the edge of your seat for the duration of the ride. I was hooked right from the beginning and I loved the refreshing angle in The Gift. Without doubt an excellent psychological thriller I can recommend to any fan of the genre!
* I then picked up What Light by Jay Asher, trying to make up for the fact I completely ignored the Christmas themed stories so far. Unfortunately I was quite disappointed by this story. Thirteen Reasons Why was such a strong novel, but What Light was basically a whole lot of cheesiness, cliches and drama wrapped in Christmas lights to make it appropriate for the holiday season. I liked the idea of the Christmas tree lot and I’m sure contemporary romance fans will love this story, but there was just SO MUCH DRAMA everywhere! It almost felt like an overdose, and not in a good way. The prose is easy to read though and it was quite a fast read as well.
* The last novel I was able to finish is From Sand And Ash by Amy Harmon. I finally know why so many people seem to love her work! I really enjoyed reading this historical fiction novel and it has without doubt a very strong plot… The pace slows a bit at points, but you forget all about that when you reach the final part. Make sure to keep your tissues ready! Amy Harmon both writes beautifully and is able to make you feel connected to the characters and the things that happen to them. It’s a haunting story that will keep with you for a long time… If you enjoy reading historical fiction, I can strongly recommend this one.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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Since I probably won’t be able to start any new titles this year (I still can’t believe the year is nearly over!!!), my next reads will be the very first of my 2017 TBR. First up is The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda, which I only haven’t read yet because I needed to read other titles first before the end of 2016. Words cannot describe how excited I am to be reading this one next week! I’ve also been convinced to pick up the Alice In Wonderland retelling Splintered by A.G. Howard next. I have been wanting to read another fantasy story anyway so it works perfectly. The Netgalley ARC Witness by Caroline Mitchell is also on my list… And my next TBR jar pick is still Little Women by Louise May Alcott. (Yes, I’m quite ashamed I haven’t been able to pick up this classic yet.)

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22 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #117 – December 28th

  1. At the rate you’re going, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to finish your reading challenges before the end of the year is up! I want to read Splintered too! Hopefully, that will be soon!

    • I’m hoping to finish at least the Reading Through The Centuries challenge, but that does mean I will have to finish both Point Of No Return and Wuthering Heights before Sunday… I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. 😉 Splintered sounds like an interesting read!

    • Thirteen Reasons Why is such a powerful story! Completely different from What Light though, as it has quite a serious theme. I can highly recommend From Sand And Ash by the way; it’s such a good historical fiction story and the prose is wonderful.

  2. I am sad to hear that the Asher novel was a let down, but thrilled to hear your feelings about The Gift. I picked it up because of you and a few other WWWers and can’t wait to get started. Good luck on finishing your challenge! To be honest, my favorite part of staying up late on New Years Eve (which is a must with my bfs family..) is to be able to read practically uninterrupted to end the year. Hope you have a great week!

    • I hope you will enjoy The Gift as much as I did! It’s such a great psychological thriller… That sounds like a great way to end the year by the way. I don’t think I will be having much time to read myself this Saturday, because down here it’s the tradition to prepare a big bbq with the family and stay up until the early hours together afterwards. Not bad either, although I do hope it won’t rain. 😉 Have a great week!

  3. I’m so glad you enjoyed From Sand and Ash and her beautiful writing. You have to read Making Faces!!
    Can’t wait to see what you think of The Perfect Stranger. I just hope you like it as much as I did. I just got a copy of Witness and hope to read it soon.

    • I’m glad I finally read one of her novels! I have The Bird And The Sword on my January TBR, but I will definitely check out Making Faces as well. And The Perfect Stranger will be my very first 2017 read; I can’t wait to finally pick it up.

  4. I’m hoping you make it to Little Women sometime soon! It’s been in your list for quite a while. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • I know, I’ve been posponing it for way too long… But I’m going to read it in January without failure! Happy reading and thanks for hosting. 🙂

    • I’ve heard listening to the audiobook versions of classics makes you enjoy them better… I will have to read the physical version to check that, but the audiobook version of Wuthering Heights is excellent so far.

  5. I was in the middle of reading Little Women but had to put it aside because I was running out of time to finish my reread of Harry Potter. I’m turning back to it tonight. I hope you get a chance to get to it soon 🙂
    Happy Reading!

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