WWW Wednesdays #120 – January 18th

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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 currently reading Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell over at RivetedLit, and although I’m not that far into the story so far I’m really enjoying it! It’s only up until the 23rd, so this is my priority read now. I’ve also started Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt, which is a very entertaining psychological thriller so far. I’ve also made some progress with Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, although I still have a long way to go before I finish it… I guess I’ve been focusing on finishing some ARCs and other pending reads first?

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I’ve managed to finish since last week is The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about this new story and I was actually kind of afraid to pick it up, but I ended up enjoying this story a lot! I loved the characters and the fact that they are not the typical ‘white-American teenagers’; as an immigrant living in Argentina I could really relate to some of their problems. The prose is excellent as well and just the ending deserved an extra 1/2 star to be added to the rating.
* I then read another pending ARC The Thankful by Jamie Campbell. It’s a historical fiction story about the May War of 1940 in the Netherlands, and without doubt an interesting read. The choice to leave many Dutch and German words without translation is without doubt original, although I do think it would have been a lot more difficult to enjoy the story if I wouldn’t have been able to understand those languages myself. The geography can be quite confusing as well, but those are only two minor details in an otherwise interesting description of the May War.
* I then picked up my Netgalley copy of The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr straight after receiving it, and I completely agree with all the other raving reviews out there. This book is brilliant! I loved LOVED the main character and the fact that amnesia plays such a big role in the story. Sure, there is a hint of a love triangle and she doesn’t seem to care much about hurting her best friend’s feelings when she kisses the boyfriend. Sure, if you think about the plot critically it’s not exactly all that credible. But to be honest, I didn’t really care. Flora managed to win over my heart from the very first page and I loved both the writing and how Flora managed to do so many things suffering with anterograde amnesia like she does. And that ending! I’m already having a feeling this one will appear on my list of 2017 favorites.
* I then read another graphic novel ARC: It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot. It switches between short essays and illustrations that show the reader Ruby’s experiences living with social anxiety and the daily struggles of life with mental illness. I  enjoyed reading this graphic novel and found it really easy to connect to the little stories. The author shows life as it is without trying to hide the ugly parts, and I appreciated the sincerity of it all.
* The last book I finished is Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey, another ARC and quite entertaining psychological thriller. The main character suffers from mild amnesia and has a very messed up past and a history with mental illness and eating disorders; basically the perfect unreliable narrator and an easy victim to anyone who wants to play with her mind. The writing was very enjoyable and the story itself quite intriguing, although I do have to say I kind of already guessed the ending about 60% into the story and it was kind of predictable.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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Next up is probably another Netgalley ARC: Blink by K.L. Slater. Although I have been in the mood for fantasy, so I might pick up either Splintered by A.G. Howard or The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken first. Although if I have to be honest, it will probably be the second that I will end up reading after hearing so many mixed things about the Alice In Wonderland retelling. 😉 My newest TBR jar pick is still The Five Stages Of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson.


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34 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #120 – January 18th

    • Knowing you loved it as well, I was already pretty sure I would. 😉 But I’m so glad I was able to get a Netgalley copy still so I could read it immediately! Flora is definitely one of my new favorite characters; she makes you forget all about possible flaws in the plot. 😉

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  1. Ruby Elliot’s comics crack me up, and I didn’t realize that there was a book coming out- I’m so glad I saw it here! I’ve also been wary about The Sun is Also a Star, but I think you’re tipping the scales towards “I should read it”.

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    • If you like her comics you will enjoy It’s All Absolutely Fine! It was my first experience with her work, but I really enjoyed reading it. And I guess the best way of reading The Sun Is Also A Star is going in with low expectations and just see how it goes… I personally loved it, but I can see why other people would be less favorable. I hope you will enjoy it though!

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    • Definite YES to Flora Banks! I hope you will enjoy it when you get to it. And I’m actually not sure about Splintered myself, especially since the negative reviews basically mention everything I don’t like in a story either. I’ll still give it a go anyway since I already have a copy. 😉

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  2. You seem to have had a wonderful ready week.Quite a number of books and most were great reads. I hope that this week will be just as good. Happy reading and I look forward to your review of Blink!

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    • I actually finished The Darkest Minds yesterday and I really enjoyed reading it! I’m glad I finally gave the series a go…The plot is not that original, but the writing is very entertaining.

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