WWW Wednesdays #228 – June 26th

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?

Guess who is finally reading Jar Of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier? I’ve been meaning to do so ever since I saw all those raving reviews last year and I’m definitely excited to be reading it now. I’ve also picked up my TBR jar pick The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout… It’s my first experience with her work and I’m hoping it will be a good one. And I’ve finally started my Spanish reread of the next Harry Potter book I had pending: Harry Potter Y La Orden Del Fénix. I admit book five isn’t my favorite of the series (mostly due to Umbridge) and this Spanish version has a whopping 893 pages so it will take a while for me to finish it… I’ve been reading a chapter or two a day and so far I’m enjoying myself; I’ve missed the Harry Potter world!

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 28/06
I’ve been wanting to try his work for a while now, so I was stoked when I received the news my request for an ARC was approved a few months ago. I mean, the whole the serial killer isn’t on trial, he’s on the jury on the cover instantly makes the heart of any thriller fan skip a beat, or am I wrong? Reading that kind of phrase on the cover gives you a lot of expectations, and those were definitely met with this story. What a ride! While this is actually book four of a series, I’m happy to announce it can be read as a stand-alone as well. A fast, disturbing and shocking legal thriller with a serial killer twist… Oh yes, I’m definitely a Steve Cavanagh fan now.

2. The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW 30/06
I think what made me enjoy The Woman In Cabin 10 was the Agatha Christie like feel of the plot and the whole premise of having a small group of people ‘trapped’ in a small environment and the possibility of something dodgy going on… I have a serious weak spot for those kind of stories. I do have to say that the main character is beyond annoying. Lo Blacklock is one of those spineless and whiny women without a real personality and I didn’t appreciate how her anxiety was used as an excuse for her actions. Things can be said about the credibility of the plot in general, and I also found the ending to be too abrupt and it left too many questions unanswered. I can’t deny I still mostly enjoyed reading The Woman In Cabin 10 though, both due to the writing, the Agatha Christie feel and the travel/Norway element.

3. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 30/06
I think most of you will know by now I’m a huge Fredrik Backman fan, and I’ve been saving Us Against You as it was the final fiction book I had pending and I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I couldn’t resist any longer though, and I’m glad I finally read it. While, like with Beartown, I initially thought it was going to be slowburner for me, things soon improved and this story quickly won over my heart. Then it took hold firmly of that same heart, ripped it out and teared it into a million tiny pieces… I don’t cry often while reading, but this story definitely made my eyes water. Trigger warnings are in place for abuse, rape, alcoholism, LGBT discrimination and violence… Difficult topics, but the author is able to incorporate them realistically and respectfully into the story. Fredrik Backman has done it again! It’s not my absolute favorite, but without doubt an excellent albeit heartbreaking read.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I have a few ARCs left that are pending in July and August and The Victim by Max Manning is next… It’s been on my shelves for a while and I can’t wait to finally get to it. I’m also finally picking up my copy of The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews! My copy is already waiting for me next to my reading chair, although I’m not sure my heart is ready for it. I also still want to read House Of Furies by Madeleine Roux soon. And I have a new TBR jar pick! The Cellar by Natasha Preston; yet another title I’ve been meaning to pick up for ages.


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26 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #228 – June 26th

    • I remember when I first started my Spanish Philology degree I did lots of rereads of MG/YA favorites in Spanish, and that way it’s a lot easier to keep reading even if you don’t understand the full sentence all the time.

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      • Oh wow Japanese sounds so difficult! I had ancient Greek in high school and I soon realized that any language with a different alphabet would be no use for me to learn… I’m somehow unable to get used to it. xD

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      • Ah yes I imagine that being slightly easier… Actually having to write Japanese sounds really hard! I have a friend who studied it for years (not full time though) and still wasn’t fluent in it.

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    • I’m definitely going to get copies of the first three Eddie Flynn books now! I love his character. (And I’m probably reading Twisted some time soon as I already have a copy of that one).

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    • I’m definitely glad I finally read it although it did break my heart… And I’m really enjoying Jar Of Hearts so far as well! I love the fact that it’s set in a prison (or at least so far; I hope it stays that way).

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    • Ah yes it does get annoying! I guess J.K. Rowling was using it as a way to show the typical ‘angry teenager behavior’ but it did get too much.

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  1. I read The Problem With Forever a few years ago and it was my first time reading the author. I’m not a YA contemporary fan, but enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It definitely has some heavy content though.

    I am super excited to see you loved Us Against You! I also really enjoyed Beartown and have been weary about picking up the second book for fear it was going to be a flop.

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    • I’ve been avoiding her books because I’m not a big fan of romance… So far The Problem With Forever is going better than expected (I was expecting the heavy content thanks to warnings), although I’m having the feeling the romance is going to bother me before I reach the final page. xD

      Beartown was actually a slowburner for me, but I absolutely loved the second part of the story. Us Against You is almost just as good as that half! I don’t think you will be disappointed. 🙂

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