WWW Wednesdays #149 – August 9th

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’ve just started with Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, a title I’ve decided to finally pick up since I needed to read an author starting with the letter ‘I’ to complete my ABC Author challenge. I also need to read Dead To Me by Stephen Edger since the publish date is coming up soon… And I picked another classic to read: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. I still can’t believe I’ve never read this book before! I must have seen the Disney movie a dozen of times when I was little.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard (2,5/5 stars) REVIEW 
Initially I thought I was really going to enjoy this story and the writing style is without doubt enjoyable at first. I can’t point out the exact moment I started to enjoy Beautiful Broken Things less, but there is no doubt that the final part of this story didn’t live up to the promising start. There were certain things that started to bother me: the cliches, some of the characters and the way they act and think, the way important (darker) themes are handled… All in all not what I expected.

2. The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW
Just give one look at that cover and you will get a pretty good idea of what is waiting for you inside. The illustrations of The Little Red Wolf are absolutely gorgeous and will make you happy by just looking at them. They are very detailed as well; full of little drawings inside drawings to discover the longer you look at each page. The story itself is a mix of typical fairy tale and something a bit more darker and haunting, which is why I don’t think it’s suited for the youngest readers… But age 6 and up should be ok depending on how sensitive the child is to tragic themes.

3. Hide And Seek by Richard Parker (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 10/08
If you enjoy reading fast-paced, intense and slightly twisted thrillers, you will definitely be in a treat reading Hide And Seek. This story will have you in its claws right from the very first page and trust me, it will be very hard to stop reading before you reach the final page. Hide And Seek is a kidnapping story with a twist and a LOT of action and suspense. The only thing I wasn’t sure about involved the characters, but that was only minor compared to the rest of the story. Recommended!

4. Sister by Rosamund Lupton (2,5/5 stars) REVIEW 12/08
Part of the problem I had with this book has probably been caused by reading it in Dutch, but I don’t think the language barrier was solely to blame for my negative reading experience with Sister. Between the superslow pace, writing style I couldn’t connect to and characters I never warmed up to, it was quite hard to actually enjoy reading this story. It was a very slow ride and it took me a whole month to reach the final page. The last part did improve considerably and the final twist was a huge surprise that will make you reconsider everything you read before. I don’t think that made up for the rest of the story though.

5. The Ask And The Answer (4/5 stars) REVIEW 14/08
It’s been too long since I read the first book, so I can’t properly compare the two… But what I do know is that I enjoyed The Ask And The Answer just as much as the first book. I had once again the same reaction to the slang the men use in Todd’s chapters, which I found mostly highly annoying. That would be my only real complaint though and I still thoroughly enjoyed this sequel. I’m definitely going to read the third and final book soon now!

6. The Other Girl by Erica Spindler (?/5 stars) REVIEW 15/08
Coming soon…

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I’m probably going to pick up Monsters Of Men by Patrick Ness next because I really want to know how the story ends… The only reason I haven’t already is because I still need to finish my review of book two. I also need to read Girl In Snow by Danya Kukafka urgently and Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan is also high on my list. My newest TBR jar pick is still The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. I’ve been wanting to read this title for ages so I saw it as a sign it was about time I did when I opened the paper. Looking forward to be reading it soon!


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27 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #149 – August 9th

  1. I finished Nocturnes by Ishiguro yesterday and boy, it was… useless xD I couldn’t find a meaning to those short stories! We’re reading Dead to Me at the same time, yay! My review of The Other Girl is coming, I finished it last weekend. We so follow each other, haha! But I can’t decide on what to read next! Happy reading my dear! xx

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    • I’m honestly a bit afraid to be reading one of Ishiguro’s books since I’m not sure if they are for me… (I really needed an author with a last name starting with an I and I had no other options haha) Fingers crossed I will enjoy Never Let Me Go. 😉
      And it’s so funny to be reading the same books roughly at the same time! I’m giving Never Let Me Go a go first tonight and if I can’t get into it Dead To Me will be next. I hope you’ll find something interesting to read next! ❤

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  2. I’ve got my eyes on Dead to Me.. but with a publishing date this close I can’t request it now :-(. Ha you didn’t like Sister either ;-).. it was a very slow and dragging read for me as well.. I have another of her books somewhere but lost my will to pick it up.. although so many people seem to love her writing. The Kind Worth Killing For is a novel I think I’d like to read as well. Great choices, you read so many lovely titles! Happy reading!

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    • I’ve heard mixed things about Dead To Me so to be honest I’m a bit afraid to read it. xD But we’ll see how it goes… I agree the publish date is getting pretty darn close. And you were totally right about Sister! Definitely should have picked up a different title instead. Happy reading!

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    • I can’t wait to start it! I’ll finish my current reads first, but Monsters Of Men is definitely next up (maybe even before I finish The Jungle Book). Happy reading!

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  3. I am still really relieved I listened to the audio books for the Chaos Walking trilogy. It was only much later that I learned about the dialects/strange spellings/etc, which I think would have annoyed me, too. I hope you enjoy Monsters of Men, too! I had a huge book hangover after reading it (lasted about three weeks; I blame Patrick Ness for a couple of DNFs in that period)

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    • Ah I definitely do see an audiobook version would work a lot better in this case! Definitely doesn’t make the weird spelling stand out that way. And I’m a bit afraid to start Monsters Of Men now before I finish some pending ARCs haha; I really don’t need a three week long book hangover. xD

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    • That makes me really curious about the classic now! I’m finishing the other two titles first, but I can’t wait to continue it. And the TBR jar is definitely a great way of reading different books! 🙂

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  4. That’s interesting that you list many titles in each category. I am the same way.. I can’t decide what to read next. I am currently reading Girl in Snow.. I’m taking longer than necessary to finish.. I hope you will enjoy that book! When you say you read 3 books, are they all ebooks? I read 3 to 4 books and they are both ebooks and physical 🙂

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    • I always make lists and end up reading different titles instead haha, but they are good guidelines I guess… I’m hoping Girl In Snow will appeal to me better on the second try. And in general I read mostly ebooks (since I tend to read a lot of ARCs anyway), but sometimes I squeeze in a physical copy as well.

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