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’ve finally picked up my first physical copy of the year: No Second Chance by Harlan Coben. I’ve been meaning to tackle his backlist for a while and even the shiny paperback copies with colorful spines didn’t seem to help speeding up the process… Until now that is. I’m looking forward to continue reading it today! I’ve also started Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson as my next kindle read, and I’m looking forward to meet up with Ari Thor again.
- WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
1. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (4/5 stars) REVIEW 31/01
I usually try to read the book before watching a movie or TV show adaptation… But somehow Shutter Island slipped between the cracks, and I actually first saw the movie years ago. My TBR jar thought it was about time to actually read the book as well, and I’ve been looking forward to do so especially after watching the movie again recently. I have to say: I really wish I would have read the book first now! Sure, I still had an excellent time reading Shutter Island, but knowing the ending took away a lot of that wow effect of what is basically a brilliant twist.
2. The Love Song Of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (3/5 stars) REVIEW 31/01
I loved my time with The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry last year and I’ve been meaning to pick up the second book ever since… I’m still not sure why it took me this long to actually do so, but in a way I’m glad I did because I’m having a feeling I would have felt even more disappointed by The Love Song Of Miss Queenie Hennessy otherwise. Why? Well, let’s just say that I ended up having mixed thoughts about this sequel… Especially relating to the main character Queenie.
3. The Big Four by Agatha Christie (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW 06/02
I always enjoy meeting up with Hercule Poirot again and decided to turn book number five into my first classic of 2021. I’m hoping to read quite a few more of these by the end of the year! The Big Four turned out to be another very entertaining read with both Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings in the spotlight. I’ve grown fond of both characters and I love just how instantly you can recognize Poirot makes his entrance by the way he speaks and acts.
4. Lost Souls by Chris Merritt (4/5 stars) REVIEW 07/02
I finally had the chance to read the first two books of this series last September, and I’ve been looking forward to meet up with Detective Dan Lockhart and psychologist Lexi Green ever since. I have to say that this third book was well worth the wait! Once again we have a serial killer investigation and a typical detective thriller being mixed with the psychological as well as the personal lives of Dan and Lexi… And it’s a thriller cocktail that works remarkably well.
5. The Match by Sarah Adams (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 06/02
The Match has been recommended to me by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse and it turned out to be the perfect romance match for me! It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of steamy scenes and adult content in my stories, but it’s also true that I have been craving more contemporaries and romance reads since the first lockdown last year. And it seems like I have found another author that can really make me fall in love with the genre!
6. The Tent by Kealan Patrick Burke (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW 09/02
I needed a novella for the BTB 2021 Bingo challenge and decided to pick up The Tent on a whim as it has been on my TBR for years. It’s been a while since I read a proper horror read, but I’m definitely craving for more now! Kealan Patrick Burke does an excellent job setting that creepy atmosphere, switching between different characters as things turn darker and darker and you slowly start to understand the full scope of this story… I definitely need to pick up more horror reads soon! Recommendations are welcome. 😉
7. The Knockout Rule by Kelly Siskind (3/5 stars) REVIEW 12/02
I got an ARC of this one on a whim as I really liked the sound of the blurb and I’ve been craving more romance reads in the first place… I didn’t realize this was part of a series, but luckily it was really easy to read it as a stand-alone. I have realized that her writing style simply isn’t for me though… And that was even before the arrival of (very!) steamy scenes towards the ending. I wasn’t all that big of a fan of the characters as parts of their personality/issues were repeated over and over again until it got annoying. I also felt that the story was overlong or at least the pace was too slow for me.
- WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?
I’m probably picking up Smoke Screen by Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger next in preparation for the blog tour next month… I’ve been looking forward to this sequel! I also need to finally read Night By Night by Jack Jordan as I’ve been posponing it for way too long now… And I should probably also read Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan for the BTB Bingo challenge. My newest TBR jar pick is still Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, which I’m planning to read early February.