WWW Wednesdays #60 – October 14th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I finally did it: I started reading the book that has been on my TBR pile the longest! And The Mountains Echoed is just as good as Khaled Hosseini‘s other books so far, so I’m still not sure why it took me this long to finally pick it up. I’ve also started reading On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta… I’m not that far into the story yet, but it is yet another title I have been wanting to read for a while now.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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I managed to finish no less than six titles since last week, so I’m pretty much a happy camper. Most of them were on my original October TBR so it looks like I might actually complete the list!
* Somehow I have never read a graphic novel before, but Through The Woods by Emily Carroll was hauntingly beautiful and the perfect introduction to the genre.
* My next read was The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, a truly inspirational read about how we have become obsessed with time over the centuries.
* I then read Firebolt by Adrienne Woods, an ARC and fantasy story about dragons I absolutely loved. I will have to continue the series soon since the ending was a mayor cliffhanger!
* I was in the mood for a good crime story, so I picked up The Night She Disappeared by April Henry up next. It was a quick and entertaining read and just what I was looking for.
* I managed to finish The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern next. I really enjoyed this read and the descriptions and prose are more than beautiful. The odd pace did prevent me from finishing this read quickly though.
* The last book on the list was the only one I was slightly disappointed by this week: My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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As soon as I finish And The Mountains Echoed, I wil start reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I have been wanting to start this series for ages now and I’m really looking forward to read it. I should read The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey first though since I have been starting way too many new series without reading sequels… And I have a new ARC, Ochoco Reach by Jim Stewart, pending as well. The last one, The Valentine Circle by Reinaldo DelValle, is my latest TBR jar pick I will most likely put on hold until I’ve finished most books on my October TBR.

BOOK REVIEW: Through The Woods – by Emily Carroll

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Title: Through The Woods
Author: Emily Carroll
Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror, Paranormal
First published: July 15th 2014
Finished reading: October 7th 2015
Pages: 208
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“It came from the woods. Most strange things do.”

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I have to confess: this is the first time I’ve read a graphic novel. Sure, I’ve read a few comics and stuff when I was younger, but I guess you can say that otherwise I’m pretty much a graphic novel virgin. As soon as I saw the cover of Through The Woods though, I knew I just had to read it. The illustrations Emily Carroll created are just so beautiful and really made this read something special. With the five short stories being delightfully creepy and the drawings matching the haunting atmosphere just right, this is what you call the perfect Halloween read. Not all five stories are equally terrifying, but I enjoyed reading every single one of them. I liked the illustrations of A Lady’s Hands Are Cold the best, The Nesting Place the scariest and to my surprise in My Friend Janna one of the characters my name! Not only doesn’t that happen that often, but it also appeared during a pretty creepy scene.

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In short, if you enjoy reading creepy graphic stories with beautiful illustrations that you can stare at for hours, Through The Woods is an excellent choice.

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This is a collection of five spooky graphic stories that are basically fairy tales gone wrong.

In Our Neighbor’s House you can travel to your neighbor, but it’s not certain you can return home…
In A Lady’s Hands Are Cold a newly married couple lives in a house with a terrible secret and the wife starts to hear creepy voices…
In His Face All Red two brothers go into the woods to kill a monster, but one of them is tormented by jealousy…
In My Friend Janna two friends pretend one of them can speak to ghosts, but their tricks come back to haunt them…
In The Nesting Place a girl visits her brother and new fiancé, but the woman has a terrible secret…

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I do think not every plot is that strong, but the illustrations of Through The Woods more than make up for it. They are just so beautiful and make a perfect match with the haunting stories. Each story is scary in a different way and I really enjoyed reading all of them. The first one, Our Neigbor’s House, works perfectly as an introduction and the last one, The Nesting Place, is the scariest story by far. All in all this graphic novel by Emily Carroll is the perfect Halloween read!