WWW Wednesdays #155 – September 20th

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 currently reading both my latest TBR jar pick Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes and my 800+ pages book for this year It by Stephen King. I’m only a few pages into both so I don’t have anything substantial to say yet… Other than that I’ll probably end up finishing It next month since I want to read a few other titles first.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. The Dollmaker Of Krakow by R.M. Romero (4/5 stars) REVIEW
I was sold as soon as I saw the cover and blurb, and there is no doubt that the writing is just as beautiful as the stunning cover. The Dollmaker Of Krakow is a truly unique story that mixes historical events with a fairytale-like fantasy world and sometimes feels a lot like magical realism. This innocent way of approaching the holocaust is a truly fascinating angle and very well executed; the fantasy elements only add to the overal originality of the story.

2. Beartown by Fredrik Backman (4/5 stars) REVIEW 21/09
It took me a while to warm up to this story and to be honest in the beginning I wasn’t convinced by the multiple POVs and the amount of characters introduced. I’m not a hockey fan and I wasn’t sure if I could handle the prominent role the sport has in the story… But all those worries disappeared as soon as I reached the second half and found myself fully invested. I don’t want to give away too much to avoid spoilers (since the original blurb had a few as well), but some things will happen that will provoke very strong emotions and these feelings won’t let you go until you reach the final page. The fact that there are so many conflicting emotions will leave you wrecked, but fully satisfied. The ending is quite interesting as well, and will make you wonder about how the story started. All in all recommended despite the not that convincing start!

3. A Different Blue by Amy Harmon (4/5 stars) REVIEW 23/09
Even though this wasn’t my favorite story, I still very much enjoyed it and I was surprised there wasn’t as much romance involved as I would have expected. Blue was a great character even though she wasn’t exactly likeable and I love her art and what it symbolizes. I wasn’t a big fan of Darcy though and I could have done without the love triangle… But the writing was excellent as always. Beautiful, raw, strong and emotional story!

4. The Mistake by K.L. Slater (4/5 stars) REVIEW 25/09
I’ve been looking forward to this one… And although it’s not my favorite of the bunch, it is still without doubt a very well written and suspensful psychological thriller. The main problem I had was with the main characters, which I found highly unlikeable… Rose and Garreth made me cringe A LOT. But. The writing is excellent and the situation and consequences of grooming very well and realistically described. I liked the idea of the chapters going back between past and present; showing this way both what happened all those years ago and how this effected Rose’s life even after all those years.

5. Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni (?/5 stars) REVIEW 26/09
I’ve only just finished this one as I’m writing this WWW, and I’m still struggling to decide what to make of this one. The writing style is very engaging and made this story into a very fast read. The whole funeral business definitely gives this story a unique touch and actually adds to the plot as well. I’m still not sure about the characters, but I’m hoping to write something a bit more coherent in the next few days or so.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I’m pickin up Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite next even though it’s recently due next month… I’ve been looking forward to this one. I also want to read Heartless by Marissa Meyer; I’ve been posponing this one for way too long now. Another ARC I need to pick up soon is Halfway by Lokesh/Anubhav Sharma… And I have a new TBR jar pick! Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, a historical fiction read which I have been wanting to read for ages so I’m really happy this title popped up. I can’t wait to finally read it!


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26 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #155 – September 20th

  1. Glad you ended up liking Beartown! I didn’t think I would but I really did. So, IT is also on my tbr, the library wait list is crazy long. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. I’m also waiting on Lilac Girls to come in as well, that one has such outstanding reviews, I’m so curious to try it. Some great reads you have!

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    • I wasn’t sure about Beartown initially either, but the second half blew me away. And I can imagine It being quite popular right now with the movie coming out! It’s going to take a while to finish it, but I’ll definitely do so before Halloween. Sounds like the perfect story to get in the mood for it haha. I’ve heard lots of wonderful things about Lilac Girls and sounds right up my alley, so I’m definitely hoping to pick it up soon.

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  2. Ouuh IT!! The size of it scares me more than what the book might have in store for me. 😛 Have you seen the movie yet? Bloody brilliant. I need to pick up the book and read it soon to see everything that does happen but wasn’t shown on screen! Happy reading. 😉

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    • Haha same here! I’m truly intimidated by the size of it right now and I’m still feeling I will never reach the final page. 😉 I’m not going to watch the movie until I finish, so I’m hoping that will speed things up a bit haha. I’m sure they wouldn’t have been able to squeeze so many pages into just one movie…

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  3. Since I don’t like Mr Mercedes, I’ll probably end up reading IT instead. Flowers for Algernon is a book I saw some time ago but I didn’t think I would like it. I’ve being seeing The Doll maker of Krakow and Heartless on other blogs. It seems I’ll add them to my TBR pile too. It just gets bigger and bigger.

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    • The size is definitely something that has me intimidated as well… It’s going to take a while to finish this monster. 😉 I’m definitely watching the movie afterwards! It sounds GOOD. I hope you will enjoy it!

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