WWW Wednesdays #210 – February 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.


My first blog tour of the year was getting very close, so I’m currently reading The Pumilio Child by Judy McInerney so I can get my post in place before the tour starts on the 25th. I also started reading the Peter Grant sequel Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch. I’m really enjoying it so far and I would have finished it already if we wouldn’t have been out of town… I only brought my kindle as I don’t like possible damage to my physical versions. 😉


1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (DNF at 51%; 0/5 stars) REVIEW 24/02
WARNING: Unpopular opinion ahead! Sadly this turned out to be my very first DNF of the year. Why? There were various reasons, but the main one is this: I absolutely could not stand the writing style. The endless metaphors, the short sentences, the wacky grammar, the 1 2 3 4 numbers… It seemed like every single word and page was destined to annoy me to the limit and I simply reached a point where I couldn’t take it anymore. I feel sad for reacting this way to a story I know so many seem to love, but that doesn’t take away that Shatter Me and me definitely didn’t get a long.

2. Colombiano by Rusty Young (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 28/02
I have a special interest in the war on drugs and Latin America related stories, so when I saw Colombiano I immediatedly knew I had to read it. Colombia has a special place in my heart as it gave me three wonderful months of memories during my time in Cartagena as well as being the place where I met my hubby. Colombia has a complicated history though and Rusty Young does a fantastic job portraying the struggles between the Guerrilla, army and Autodefensas. It’s a huge book with over 800 pages, but it’s worth ever single minute of your time as facts and fiction are mixed in Pedro’s quest for justice for the death of his father.


Since I wasn’t able to read that much during the last week, the books that are up next are the same as the previous WWW… The NG ARC The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson is probably up next, a story with a gorgeous cover and one I’ve been looking forward to for months. I also want to read Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson and The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn as my next backlist titles. My new TBR jar pick is still Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson.


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21 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #210 – February 20th

  1. I have a copy of The Woman in the Window that I got from Book of the Month and still haven’t read. Now I don’t know if I want to read it after all the controversy with the author. Have you seen all that drama? Ugh.

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    • I think I’ve seen some of it, but I don’t remember all the details and you’ve made me curious now… I already started it so I will finish, but I always hate when there’s controversy with the author. Such a shame.

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  2. Oh dear, I had a suspicion Shatter Me may not be for you but I thought it would be the second half which would be the problem. I was ok with the writing in the first half, it’s odd and disjointed but I thought it worked for the character. Believe it or not it does become more coherent as it goes but given it then moves into heavy on the romance at really inappropriate times territory DNF-ing is probably a wise decision.

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    • Oh dear, I really stopped at the right time then! I had an early allergic reaction to the hint of a love triangle so I guess that worked as a hidden warning then. 😉 Oh well, at least now I’m sure this series isn’t for me.


    • Same here! I was ready to request even without reading the blurb, and when I saw it was set in Spain during the Spanish Inquisition I was sold. Fingers crossed it’s as good as the cover!


    • I’ve seen other extreme reactions to Shatter Me… I think it’s just one of those books you either love or hate depending on how you react to the writing style and characters. Wintergirls was a great read though.


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