WWW Wednesdays #152 – August 30th

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’m finally continuing with Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro despite the fact I just couldn’t get into the story the first time around… I’m planning to finish it before the end of the month for a challenge even if I’m still struggling with it. I’m also about to start I Am Behind You by John Ajvide Lindqvist, one of my last! pending Netgalley ARCs before I can finally fully concentrate on my own books again. It’s a horror story and sounds pretty promising despite the very low Goodreads rating. Fingers crossed!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 
The Missing Girls is a true detective thriller winner for quite a few reasons. Fast-paced, well written, a healthy dose of suspense, one creepy serial killer, plot twists, an interesting character… This third book of the DI Robyn Carter series has all that and more. I really liked the way the social media and cyber bullying theme is incorporated into the story and how it shows the dangers of using those apps. The story definitely ends with a bang though and I will be waiting impatiently to find out what will happen next. Recommended!

2. Little Fire Everywhere by Celeste Ng (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW 31/08
Even though I ended up giving Little Fires Everywhere a slightly lower rating than expected, there is no doubt that this was still a very good read. Both the writing, character development and twists were very well done and turn Little Fires Everywhere into an excellent contemporary fiction read with a healthy dose of drama, secrets and lies. The flashbacks to the past are interesting as well as the way as some sensitive themes as abortion are incorporated. And I just loved the photography elements! Fans of the genre will love this book.

3. The Accident by S.D. Monaghan (3/5 stars) REVIEW 01/09
Action-packed, thrilling, suspenseful, crazy, rollercoaster ride… All words that apply to The Accident and its plot. Fans of action thrillers will devour this story and will especially love the final part, which almost reads like one of those popular action movies. That said, I personally did have some problems with the credibility both of the characters, their actions and the plot in general. It felt almost like too many different angles where squeezed into an already eventful plot and it started to have the opposite effect on me. I wasn’t a fan of the characters either, but I can also see how the right person would love this book.

4. Monsters Of Men by Patrick Ness (3/5 stars) REVIEW 03/09
I was so sure I was going to enjoy Monsters Of Men just as much as the previous two books, but I guess my instincts were wrong. It wasn’t the prose. Besides the slang I still find annoying, the writing was just as strong as ever. I still love Todd and Viola just as much as in the first books. And it wasn’t the fact that Patrick Ness is basically an expert at breaking my heart and crushing my feelings either. I had one big problem with Monsters Of Men: ‘The Return’ and his newly introduced POV. This POV is more lyrical and in a way very beautiful, but unfortunately it left me mostly confused and I had a hard time figuring out the who and what of the things mentioned in those chapters. I actually found myself starting to skimread them at some point… Definitely not a good sign. It’s the main reason I had to lower the rating considerably despite my overal positive opinion about the rest of this final book.

5. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (4/5 stars)  REVIEW 05/09
I kept the summary supershort since I’m positive just about everyone will already be familiar with this classic in the first place. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland is surprisingly easy to read for a classic and quite short as well; I was able to fly through it in a blink of an eye. There isn’t much of a plot to talk about and basically nothing really makes sense, but in the end this story was able to bring a smile to my face and sometimes that is just the most important thing. I do realize now most of the retellings are way more detailed than the original story… Something that has truly surprised me.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

No matter what happens, I’m going to pick up Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab next.  I’ve been suffering for way too long already and it’s been a miracle I haven’t run into spoilers so far in the first place! I also want to read A Different Blue by Amy Harmon soon… I love her books so far and can’t wait to read this one. Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin is also high on my list. My newest TBR jar pick is Flowers For Algéron by Daniel Keyes, a modern classic that I can conveniently use for one of the challenges as well. 😉


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36 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #152 – August 30th

  1. Its seems like we had similar feelings about The Accident. There was just a lot going on at the same time but it was still an addictive read.

    Congratulations on clearing your pending ARCs. That must feel really great. Enjoy your books this week. Happy reading 🙂

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    • Yeah, I did read your review after and thought the same… I guess The Accident is one of those books that could actually benefit of taking out some of the action/plot and making things more simple.
      And it feels great to not have that much ARC pressure anymore! Although I did misbehave and hit that request button a few times recently (although there’s no damage yet because none are approved yet haha). Enjoy your books this week and happy reading!

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  2. I read Never Let Me Go a few years ago and even though it was a struggle I did enjoy it. Hopefully you’ll feel the same.

    A lot of the reviews of the Accident seem to be along the same lines. It’s pretty good but not quite there.

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    • It is going slightly better with Never Let Me Go right now so I’m keeping my fingers crossed it will stay that way… It’s still early days so who knows. And I’ve seen mostly mixed reviews about The Accident out there as well… The story has a lot of potential but was a bit over the top for me.

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  3. Never Let Me Go is one of those books I’ve been meaning to read for a while. Sorry to hear that it’s been a struggle for you, but I’ll be interested in reading your thoughts on it if/when you do finish it.

    And Our Dark Duet! I loved it, even more than This Savage Song actually. It’s darker and more frightening (in good ways, though, if that makes sense), and the ending was devastating but appropriate for that series. I hope you enjoy it, too!

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    • I’m definitely going to finish Never Let Me Go no matter what happens… Things are going slightly better right now so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. And I can’t wait to dive into Our Dark Duet! I’ve decided to do a reread of the first book before, just because I loved it and this series deserves it. 😉 I’ll make sure to be ready for my heart to be broken though!

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  4. I wasn’t a fan of The Return’s POV either. I can see why Ness included him but I think it’s dangerous to include a new POV character in a final book when readers are already attached to the others. Especially when it’s a bit of an experimental POV; introducing Viola in the second book was nowhere near as bothersome.

    Enjoy Our Dark Duet!

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    • My thoughts exactly! It was a pretty risky thing to do in the final book… And by the way, I totally forgot Viola didn’t play that big of a role in book one .Blame it to the fact I read it waaay too long ago haha. I can’t wait to read Our Dark Duet!

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  5. Good luck finishing Never Let Me Go! It can such a challenge getting through books that you’re not enjoying, but I have such a hard time giving up and DNFing books, haha. I’ll definitely be interested to see what you think of Black Eyed Susans. I picked that up at my local thrift store ages ago, but haven’t read it yet for some reason. Not quite sure why 😛

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    • I’m really bad at DNFing books as well… If only done it a few times since I started my blog and only those titles where I really couldn’t take it anymore. Never Let Me Go isn’t nearly as bad of a struggle so far. 😉
      And I have been meaning to read Black-Eyed Susans for way too long already as well even though I’m looking forward to it, so I know what you mean haha.

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      • I don’t like DNFing books because I’m always worried the book will get better after I decide to stop reading it, even if I’m already like 75% through it, haha. Luckily I end up liking most of the books I read anyway though so it’s not a huge issue 😛

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      • Those are my thoughts exactly! I would always wonder if things would have improved just after I stopped reading and I might be missing out… But some books just aren’t worth the struggle. I think I’ve DNFed about five books since I started blogging so that isn’t all that much in all that time. 😉

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  6. Hooray for being able to bet through your pending ARCs on Netgalley. I still have a long way to go with mines. I just can’t help it when I see a book I’m interested in lol. A Different Blue sounds really intriguing. Gonna add that to my TBR.

    Have a great rest of the week!!

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  7. I’m so curious about Little Fires…I’m wondering if I need to try it.
    Yay for A Different Blue and Black-eyed Susans!! I hope you love them both.

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    • Trust me, it has been REALLY hard to not request any new titles… I’m down to 5 and want to keep that number as a maximum, but if some of my pending requests get approved I will have failed already. xD

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