WWW Wednesdays #225 – June 5th

WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.


I’m currently reading one of my last pending June ARCs The Woman In Our House by Andrew Hart. It’s still early days, but it seems like a fast read and I’m hoping ot finish it later today. I’ve also started The Confectioner’s Guild by Claire Luana for a challenge… I’m looking forward to the change of genre. I’m also about to start The Marriage Betrayal by Shalini Boland, a title I have been looking forward to as she is one of my favorite psychological thriller authors.


1. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (2/5 stars) REVIEW
The mix between historical fiction and adventure sounded absolutely fascinating and right up my alley, and with so many high ratings I was confident I was going to enjoy the story as well. Somehow, I turned out to be wrong in the end. Warning: unpopular opinion rambles ahead! So… Why wasn’t Navigating Early for me? I can’t pinpoint the exact reason, but there is one thing for sure and that is that I couldn’t connect with this story at all. I know I’m in the minority here since most people seem to love it, but despite the historical setting, WWII references, maths references and the promise of an adventure, basically I couldn’t care less what was happening to the main characters. Both Jack and Early were unable to win me over at all, which is strange especially in the case of Early as I normally love my quirky and complicated characters. I’ve tried really hard connecting to both these characters and this story in general, but I feel I should have just given in and DNFed it instead.

2. And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness (4/5 stars) REVIEW 07/06
Now I’ve had the chance to read And The Ocean Was Our Sky, I still believe the illustrations are the true power behind the story. They really take the writing to the next level and turn this story into something special; it wouldn’t have been the same without them. As for the story itself: I admit things can get a bit confusing and sometimes it felt more magical realism than a fantasy retelling, but overall I really liked how Patrick Ness turned the original Moby Dick story into something completely new and original. The idea of the whales and men both roaming the seas and hunting each other is fascinating.

3. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (4/5 stars) REVIEW 07/06
I’ve been meaning to pick up The Thirteenth Tale for years now, but it was simply one of those titles that kept slipping between the cracks of my enormous TBR mountain… I’m glad I was finally able to dig it out and read it though. It was my first experience with Diane Setterfield‘s work and I already know it won’t be my last. What a wonderful and atmospheric way of describing the setting and characters! It’s true that the pace can be considerably slow at points and there are parts where nothing much is happening, but the power of The Thirteenth Tale is in the different characters, their development and their role in the story of famous author Vida Winter.

4. Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 11/06
I’ve been meaning to read Six Stories for a long time now, ever since I kept seeing those fantastic reviews when it was first published. I knew it was a pretty safe bet I was going to enjoy the story, and I definitely won that round. What makes this story stand out from the rest is the format; the way the story is told in six different stories and podcast episodes. I bet Six Stories would be fantastic as an audiobook! The writing drew me right in and made it easy to fully focus on the mystery around Tom’s disappearance and death. The suspense is subtle rather than constant, fed with a little folklore and a monster story, only to punch you in the gut just before you think things are being wrapped up rather blandly. I definitely didn’t see that suckerpunch coming!

5. We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby (DNF at 42%; 0 stars) REVIEW 13/06
Give me a cat on a cover and I’m immediately intrigued, and a promise of a potentially funny memoir and consider me signed up for the challenge. I’ve been looking forward to pick up We Are Never Meeting In Real Life despite the mixed reviews and despite the fact I hadn’t heard of the author before. Maybe I should have checked out her blog to see if her writing style would be for me, because there is one thing for sure: her writing and me definitely didn’t get along. The humor was definitely not my cup of tea and felt forced… The writing itself too self-important and sex-centered to add anything interesting to the mix. Without doubt not the reading experience I was hoping for.


I have a blog tour stop coming up so I will probably pick up Wolves At The Door by Gunnar Staalesen next. I also can’t wait to finally read my ARC of The Friend Who Lied by Rachel Amphlett!! That will by my last ARC for a little while as well as I’m going to try and only read my own books for the rest of June… I’m ready for a little break. I’m probably reading Queens Of Geek by Jen Wilde soon for Pride month and my TBR jar pick is still The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout.


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22 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #225 – June 5th

  1. I’ve had Six Stories for a while but am yet to read as I’m considering just getting the audio instead. Unfortunately it’s not the author doing the narration though (at least I don’t think it is). I heard him read a bit of Changeling and he was brilliant at it.

    I was pretty much the same with And The Ocean Was Our Sky. The illustrations really lift it into something special. Not my fave book from Ness but still pretty great. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for his next one as I think I heard it has dragons!!!

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    • I admit I haven’t checked out the Six Stories audiobook, but it’s the format that made me think it would work really well as an audiobook… Being a podcast and all. I imagine they used different voices for the interviews, although it would be great if the author himself read at least part of it. The story itself is excellent though!

      Good to hear we had similar thoughts about And The Ocean Was Our Sky! And wow, I SO hope it’s true his next story has dragons!


    • I already imagined it was going to be love or hate depending on how I would react to the writing style and humor… I’m kind of sad I had to DNF it in the end. At least I loved The Thirteenth Tale. 🙂

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    • Oh yay! I’m hoping to have read both before next week as well. And I’m so glad to have finally read Six Stories! I’m currently having my review marinating and hopefully something decent will appear that will do the story justice. 😉 I think it was your review that first put it on my radar, so I guess I have to thank you for introducing me to this author (and basically Orenda Books in general). ❤


  2. I finished reading The Friend Who Lied earlier this week and really enjoyed it so I hope you do too. It was my first by Rachel Amphlett so I’m looking forward to reading her other books. I’m nearly caught up with my June blog tour reading too so like you am looking forward to reading what I feel like over the next few weeks. Hope you read some fab books! 🙂
    Here’s my post: https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/2019/06/05/this-week-in-books-5-june-2019/

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    • That’s great to hear! Her Kay Hunter books are positively addictive so I’m sure you will enjoy those as well. 😉 I’m happy you get to read your own books as well for a while! I’m looking forward to take a little break from ARCs and blog tours and only read what I want.


  3. I remember DNFing the Confectioner’s Guild when I had an ARC of it… but I can’t remember why! I hope you get more out of it than I did.

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    • I ended up having mixed thoughts… I liked the beginning and all the food references, but the story sort of fizzled out afterwards. The cheesy romance probably had a lot to do with it I guess.


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