WWW Wednesdays #157 – October 4th

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 still reading The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman, and I’m still not all that far into it. I normally would have finished it by now, but I’ve been distracted by a new hobby during the last few days. I discovered I absolute love to crochet! I wanted to try a few patterns out of the Snuggle And Play Crochet book I finished last week even though I had no knowledge of the crochet techniques… And it turns out it was easier to learn than I thought! (Or at least the basics haha.) Meet Mr. Red Fox a.k.a. the reason I’ve been slacking on my reading during the last few days. He still needs some arms but I ran out of red yarn. xD I actually made a granny blanket for the zebra I will be making soon as well, but decided to make Mr. Fox first since he seemed to be easier haha.

I haven’t continued with IT by Stephen King yet, but I’m planning to do so soon. I haven’t been reading much during the last couple of days in the first place, so that’s probably why as well.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (3/5 stars) REVIEW
I really wanted to love Heartless and I was sure I was going to after reading the first couple of chapters. The writing is wonderful and take you right to the magical world these famous characters live in. I just loved Cath and her baking; I’m craving to start baking something myself right now (and eating it afterwards of course!). Everything was going great until the love triangle, which positively ruined Heartless for me. After the introduction of this romance trope, the main focus was on this relation and I felt kind of betrayed. Oh well, most people seem to love this story, so I guess this will be yet another unpopular opinion to add to the mix… If you dislike love triangles as much as I do, consider yourself warned though.

2. Murder Game by Caroline Mitchell (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 08/10
I know I wasn’t convinced by the first book of this series, but I loved book two and this third book is just as good as the previous one. I literally finished Murder Game in less than a day and found myself on the edge of my seat the whole time! Fast-paced, well written, suspenseful… An excellent serial killer thriller!

3. Bentwhistle The Dragon by Paul Cude (2/5 stars; DNF at 49%) REVIEW 06/10
Honestly, I’ve tried. I’m not saying the writing is bad and it truly shows just how much time is put into the detailed and extensive descriptions and worldbuilding. The thing is, the pace is supersuperslow and I just can’t get myself to keep interest. One superlong and extensive description after the other kind of had the reverse effect on me and instead of finding myself intrigued by another story about my favorite mythical creature, I was rather bored by it all. I don’t think the age group would be happy with so many descriptions and the lack of action either… All in all definitely not for me, and unfortunately I just couldn’t bring myself to torture myself any further with more extensive descriptions (especially since I found the mystery and ‘dangerous’ situation not all that suspenseful to be honest).

4. The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank (4,5/5 stars) NO REVIEW
I must have read this classic a dozen of times before and I don’t think I can add anything new to all the reviews that have been written about it before… I had my first experience with her diary during high school, where we read the book in Dutch and went to visit the place where she was hiding with her family in Amsterdam. This diary is such a powerful story and really shows what it was like for Jews in hiding during the war… Very intriguing read everyone should read at some point in their lives.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I’m picking up The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland next even though the publish date is still relatively far away… I absolutely loved her previous thrillers and can’t wait to start her newest.  Another ARC I need to pick up soon is Halfway by Lokesh/Anubhav Sharma. And after so many glowing reviews, I’m also reading Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This novel has all the signs of becoming my next 5 star read! My newest TBR jar pick is still Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.


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30 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #157 – October 4th

    • I guess it depends on the crochet pattern… I personally found the youtube tutorials very useful! I’m a lefty and I didn’t understand the vage instructions in the book, but following the youtube videos was easier than I thought. I’m hoping to continue with IT soon so I can watch the movie soon! I hope you will enjoy that one.

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    • Thank you! I did crochet a bedspread two years ago but found out afterwards I didn’t use actual crochet stitches for it… So it was mostly learning the proper crochet techniques which did make it easier. 😉 I’m looking forward to Lilac Girls!

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    • The projects are absolutely adorable! Lots of different animals and also a girl/boy doll, all with options to turn it into a lovey… Perfect gifts for newborns or small children. (Which is why I requested a copy on Netgalley in the first place 😉 )

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  1. Waw that looks great! So crochet isn’t too difficult or are you just a natural? I have an amigurimi book but still haven’t been able to get the technique ;-). I love stuff like this though :-). The Secret Mother sounds like an interesting read to me! I hope you get into Eleanor Oliphant like I did.. she’s a bit weird and all so maybe some readers can’t really connect with her, but I found a bit of myself in her so that makes it easier :-). Happy reading!

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    • I did crochet a bedspread two years ago but didn’t use actual crochet stitches for it (don’t ask how it turned out looking good haha). I struggled with the instructions of the proper stitches in the book, but I found watching youtube tutorials made it a lot easier learning the techniques. Especially since I’m a lefty haha. Youtube videos to the win! 😉
      I love weird quirky characters so I’m hoping to connect to Eleanor Oliphant! I’m pretty sure it will be a high rating for me as well. Fingers crossed… And I can’t wait to read The Secret Mother! Especially since I loved her previous thrillers. Happy reading!

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    • The Rules Of Magic seems pretty slow so far… I hope it will pick up soon! And I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about Eleanor Oliphant. Happy reading!

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  2. Mr Red Fox is adorable!! Nice job! I have yet to pick up that throw blanket and continue on, but you are inspiring me to do so soon.
    I have been wanting to re-read Diary of A Young Girl myself. I think I read it in junior high…yikes.

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    • Thank you! I’m definitely happy I was able to pick it up that fast… I’m planning on making a few loveys with different animals as a gift to a few friends who are either pregnant or have small kids; one is due next week so it looks like Mr. Fox will have a new home soon. 😉
      And it’s interesting to reread Diary Of A Young Girl as an adult! I last read it as a teenager and it does make you react differently to Anne.

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  3. Crocheting sounds like it would be fun to learn. Heartless has been sitting on a desk in my office for months, I should really just finally read it and “Queen of Hearts” by Colleen Oakes that I bought at the same time.

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    • It’s definitely a fun hobby! I now understand why so many people love doing crochet haha. I hope you will have a better experience with Heartless if you do pick it up! Happy reading.

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    • Thank you! Crocheting clockwise is a lot easier for me as well; I’m sure my first project would have turned out different otherwise haha. I still remember the scarves I have tried to knit in the past. xD The granny blanket is quite easy though (I think it’s listed as beginner) and the youtube tutorials help a lot as well.

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    • Same here! I truly despise love triangles… A lot of people say it’s not as bad in Heartless though, so maybe my strong reaction was a personal one.

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  4. New hobbies are always exciting. It’s just too bad most of them don’t also allow you to read.
    I’m sorry about Bentwhistle the Dragon but I’m glad the rest of your reads are working out.
    Thanks for visiting my WWW post and happy reading!

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