WWW Wednesdays #176 – June 27th

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 reading Saigon Dark by Elka Ray, an ARC I’ve had pending for way too long now. It’s still early days, so I can’t say much about it yet. I also started with Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios, the last pending book on my June TBR. I loved her other book and I’m really excited to finally read this one! Although I’ve heard it’s a pretty tough read.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (3/5 stars) REVIEW 06/07
Oh hello unpopular opinion review! I guess we meet once again… I truly wish we wouldn’t have crossed paths this time around though. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda has to be one of my all time favorite YA books, so of course I was fully expecting to love this story as well. I’m still kind of shocked I ended up having this reaction, but I guess it is what it is. More about the why in my shorties review.

2. The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite (4/5 stars) REVIEW 05/07
If you are looking for a well written, engaging, twisty and surprising psychological thriller, The Perfect Friend is just the book for you. Trigger warnings are in place for abuse, (mental) illness, eating disorder and some sensitive scenes, but overall nothing too shocking to handle. This is not the easiest read and there is no doubt you will find yourself tangled in a web of lies and secrets along with the main character. I always love it when a story manages to mislead me! I also really liked the relationship between Alex and Carrie and how the story unfolded. All in all a very solid read.

3. The Border by Steven Schafer (5/5 stars) REVIEW 06/07
The writing style managed to put me under its spell and I couldn’t let this story go until the very end. Ever feel like putting everything on hold until you reach the final page? That is what happened while I was reading The Border. This is not a happy story and the characters truly struggle; some parts are truly heartbreaking and make sure you have some tissues at hand just in case. But this realistic rendering of the four Mexican teens trying to cross the desert to reach the safety of US territory is simply sublime.

4. The Year Of The Snake by M.J. Trow (2,5/5 stars) REVIEW 01/07
This was actually a buddy read with the wonderful Nicki @ Secret Library Book Blog… I was really looking forward to this one since I can’t seem to find that much historical fiction reads with an ancient Rome setting, but sadly this one didn’t hit the mark for me. While the general idea behind The Year Of The Snake sounds promising and has a lot of potential, I ended up struggling considerably with the story itself. Thanks again Nicki for making this ride more bearable! The story wasn’t all bad and has it’s positive points, especially in the second half when things become more intense. But between the chaotic feel, lack of proper plot, too many POV switches, crude language and lack of connection to both the writing style AND characters, it definitely wasn’t an easy read for me.

5. Her Mother’s Grave by Lisa Regan (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 19/07
I really enjoyed the first two books of the series, so deciding whether to read book number three was an easy one. And I have to say Her Mother’s Grave is the strongest book yet of this series! Lightning speed pace, excellent writing, dark, twisted, disturbing, suspenseful… Oh yes there is a lot to love here. I loved how big a role the personal life of Josie Quinn plays in this book and you will be in for a whole lot of shocking plot twist bomb surprises along the way!

6. When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (3/5 stars) REVIEW 08/07
I really thought I was going to love this story, and in a way there are a lot of things to love here. This is just another case of the magical realism and me not being able to connect rather than a story not well written. The writing style is beautiful, lyrical and something to fall in love with on its own. The main characters are both so unique, mysterious and fascinating that you cannot help but feel for them. I LOVED the Spanish elements included as well as the queer references and Sam and his ‘bacha posh’ life. This is an ode to unique and quirky characters. But. I really struggled with the magical realism in this one and I wasn’t a fan of the Bonner girls at all.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I’m reading One To Watch by Rachel Amphlett next, both because I need to catch up with the series ASAP and I want to find out what happens next. I also want to read The Library At Mount Char by Scott Hawkins soon; I’ve had that title on my TBR for way too long now. And I haven’t read a Stephen King in ages, so of course I have to remedy this and I’m picking up Misery soon. My new TBR jar pick is Thin Wire by Christine Lewry, a memoir about a woman addicted to heroin and her mother. I’m having a feeling it’s going to be a tough read, but the blurb sounds pretty good.


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20 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #176 – June 27th

    • Yeah it does show I was cooped up inside all week… I’m on antibiotics right now so fingers crossed I’ll be back to normal soon. 😉 xx

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  1. I’ve got Misery and the Library at Mt Char on my own TBR though both of them have mixed reviews among my friends… I’ll be interested to see what you think.

    if you’re looking for historical fiction set in ancient Rome, have you read any of Lindsey Davis’ books? She has a couple of different mystery series both set in that time period. They’re quite short and light-hearted if you’re looking for something like that.

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    • Yeah I’ve seen mixed reviews as well… But I’m looking forward to see how I will react to them. I hadn’t heard of Lindsey Davis’ books before! I’m definitely going to check them out. Thanks!

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  2. Can Mother’s Grave be read as stand-alone? I want to read it! Looking forward to your thoughts on Bad Romance. I would love to hear about King’s Misery if you choose it!

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    • You will miss some background about the main characters and their relation, but I guess it can be read as a stand-alone as well. The other books are definitely worth reading as well though! And I can’t wait to read both Bad Romance and Misery soon.

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  3. Bad Romance was so good, but I agree, it was pretty hard to read at times. I am so happy that you loved the Border. It was so hard to read sometimes and so heartbreaking. I loved it though and I still think about it all the time, especially with the stuff going on right now here in the US with border control and all of that.

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    • I’m definitely bracing myself for Bad Romance! The box of tissues is ready haha. And I’m so glad I finally picked up The Border! One of my 2018 favorites… In a way it’s strange there aren’t more books written about this theme with everything that is happening right now.

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  4. Misery is literally the only King book I’ve read although it was a very long time ago (20+ yrs). I’m pretty sure I liked it.

    I wasn’t as keen on Simon vs (liked but didn’t love) but I did like Upside of Unrequited. I think I could just relate a bit more.

    Can’t believe someone else has read The Border. I was starting to think I was the only one. Such a great (and emotional story).

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    • I haven’t read a lot of King books either (maybe five or six or so?), but somehow Misery wasn’t among them. The blurb sounds intriguing so fingers crossed! Being able to relate to The Upside Of Unrequited definitely helps; good to hear you enjoyed it. And it’s so strange The Border isn’t more popular! Definitely a case of underhyped books, because it’s a brilliant story.

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  5. Congrats on getting through so many books, and such a mixed bag at that!
    I absolutely loved The Library at Mount Char although I will warn you that it’s not quite magical realism but there’s definitely some relatively unexplained magic that you’re expected to just accept, so heads up about that.

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    • I guess being under the weather does have it’s advantages… More time to read! xD I’m still sad I wasn’t able to enjoy Upside more though.

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