WWW Wednesdays #145 – July 12th

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?

I only started reading The List by Patricia Forde yesterday… Just look at that gorgeous cover! It’s one of my first middle grade reads this year and I’m having a feeling I will be able to finish it very soon. I’m picking up The Breakdown by B.A. Paris straight after since the deadline is only 6 days away; I’ve been putting it off since I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews, but we’ll see how it goes I guess. And I’m actually going to read Sister by Rosamund Lupton in Dutch! Yes, I’m finally going to keep the promise I made in January and try to read a book in Dutch… Fingers crossed it won’t take me too long since my Dutch is preeeeetty rusty. xD

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. Court Of Lions by Jane Johnson (3/5 stars) REVIEW 
I was looking forward to read Court Of Lions as soon as I read the blurb. This novel seemed to combine two of my favorite things: historical fiction and Spain. I have wonderful memories of the city of Granada and this story without doubt triggered them. I enjoyed reading the many descriptions of the city and I loved the historical storyline and its characters. I probably would have given Court Of Lions a much higher rating if it would have been just that storyline… Because I wasn’t as charmed by the contemporary chapters. I couldn’t connect to Kate or the other characters, had a negative reaction to the adult content and wasn’t sure about the cliches either. Her history is without doubt both frightening and intriguing, but reading about it just didn’t work for me. Such a shame!

2. Jeopardy In July by Barbara Venkataraman (4/5 stars) REVIEW
I normally prefer my mysteries to be a little more ‘thrilling’, but every once in a while I like to endulge myself with a cozy mystery. Jeopardy In July turned out to be just the highly entertaining, fast and easy read I was craving and I had a lot of fun reading this story. The writing style is very enjoyable and the case in Jeopardy In July is quite interesting. I’m enjoying to see Jamie Quinn’s character evolve over time and the ending definitely made me wonder what’s next in store for her!

3. Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe (4/5 stars) REVIEW
I know it took me way to long to finally read this book, but I’m definitely glad I did. Although I didn’t LOVE love it myself and some parts were a bit slow, I can’t deny that both the characters and writing style are wonderful. Things only got better in the second half ofAristotle And Dante and I really loved to see their characters develop. The ending was exactly what I wished for while reading this story, although it did feel abrupt and I will be keeping my fingers crossed we will be able to read more about these characters in a sequel soon.

4. Slip by David Estes (3/5 stars) REVIEW TODAY
There is no doubt the concept behind Slip is very interesting even though I’m not sure if the story is actually all that original. With so many storylines and characters the plot feels a bit chaotic at points and it can get a bit confusing, but I guess it does add some dept to the story. The tone was a little off for me as well, but in general this was still a solid dystopian read. Plus, not having to deal with a huge dose of sappy romance was an added bonus!

5. Reported Missing by Sarah Wray (2/5 stars) REVIEW 13/07
I was really looking forward to Reported Missing, but unfortunately I ended up having a completely different reading experience. While the concept sounded really promising, there wasn’t much happening during the story and the pace is considerably slow. This psychological thriller is mostly focused on the character development, but I found myself unable to connect to the main character and this made it really hard to keep interested in the story. In short unfortunately not what I was expecting at all.

6. Little Monsters by Kara Thomas (?/5 stars) REVIEW 16/07
After hearing raving feedback I couldn’t wait any longer and decided to pick up Little Monsters before going back to my regular ARC schedule. And I completely agree this is a highly entertaining and superfast read! I’m still getting my thoughts in order so no rating yet, but I guess you might have already guessed it’s going to be a high one. 😉

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I’m slowly trying to get rid of my NG ARC mountain so I have three more ARCs coming up next: The Lost Book Of The Grail by Charlie Lovett, Girl In Snow by Danya Kukafka and Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. I have high hopes for all three so fingers crossed they will be good! And my newest TBR jar pick is still Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard, which I’m hoping to read before the end of this month.


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23 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #145 – July 12th

  1. SO many interesting books. Breakdown is also one of my next reads though like you I have read mixed reviews. Hopefully, it won’t be so bad.Glad you enjoyed Little Monsters and sorry about Reported Missing . I am not looking forward to reading it though I have to soon. Enjoy your books this week. Happy reading.

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    • I’ve properly started The Breakdown today and the first few chapters seem ok enough… Fingers crossed it won’t disappoint too much. I hope Reported Missing will work out better for you! Enjoy your books and happy reading. 🙂

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  2. So diverse again. The Breakdown wasn’t a bad read for me but I did have big expectations because of all the praise for Paris’ previous novel (which I still haven’t read) so maybe no surprise I expected a bit more than it was. I hope you like Sister, it’s one of the few books I only gave a one star on Goodreads *oops*. If I remember correctly, there was a lot of description in this one about surroundings and so on..

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    • With all those ARCs pending my reading list has become truly ecclectic haha. I haven’t read the other Paris novel either but I’ve heard the praise, so I’m trying to keep my expectations low with The Breakdown to avoid disappointment. I’m only a few chapters in so I’ll see how things go. And I guess I have picked a TERRIBLE book to try my Dutch with then! xD Numerous descriptions in English is already not my thing, so having to read it in Dutch while I’m struggling… This is going to be interesting haha.

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    • I’ve had it on my wishlist for a while and I’ve seen great reviews, so I was stoked when my Netgalley wish was granted! I’m hoping to pick it up some time this weekend. 😀

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  3. I loved Ari and Dante so much. I’m so excited there is going to be a second book. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Little Monsters. Can’t wait to read that one. Nice job on finishing so many books this week! So jealous. This reading slump is kicking my butt! I just want to read ALL THE BOOKS, but I can’t seem to sit down long enough to really get into one.

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    • I’m definitely looking forward to more Ari and Dante! Fingers crossed the rumors are true and the sequel is really coming out later this year. And I hope your slump will end soon! Although I can imagine Leaf is claiming a lot of your time as well. 😉

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  4. The cover for The List is definitely gorgeous! You’ve just reminded me I got Stillhouse Lake through the Amazon First offer or whatever it’s called. I wonder if I can fit it in soon.

    here’s my WWW

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    • The cover of The List is definitely one of my favorites this year! And I’ve heard great things about Stillhouse Lake so fingers crossed we will enjoy it. Happy reading!

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