“Give me your hat.”First line in The Bone Ships by R. J. Barker
Hi, guys. I hope you’re all doing great. Today I’m using WWW Wednesday to give you a reading update. WWW Wednesday a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and it’s meant to give you all a little insight into my reading this week. I’ll answer the 3 questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish?
- What do you think you’ll read next
What did you recently finish?
I made my way all the way through The Bone Ships by R. J. Barker, which I gave 4 stars. My enjoyment level went down a little bit towards the end due to reasons I have difficulties putting into words. I already reviewed the book for my August Reading Wrap Up, so go check it out if you missed it.
I also just need to draw attention to how much I love this book’s first line: “Give me your hat.”
You don’t need to read much further into the book to know that it’s not only a great, snappy line but also incredibly impactful. A more fitting first line for this book doesn’t exist.
What are you currently reading?
My commute book is The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley, which I’m halfway through at the moment. I haven’t been able to decide what I think of it so far. It’s very odd. A lovely comment on last week’s post told me it had a very slow beginning, and that has definitely been the case. It hasn’t been a problem for me, although there are moments where it gets a little too description-heavy. I also think I might have just reached the point where it gets really interesting.
My favorite thing so far has been these small moments of humor sprinkled throughout an otherwise very serious story. They are very minor moments, but I really like how effective they still are in terms of lightening the mood and relationships between the characters.
On Saturday, I made the spontaneous decision to start The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen, which is the sequel to The Merciful Crow. I’d forgotten it was published in August and figured I better finish this duology before I forget too much from the first book. I was in a rare need for an audiobook because I’m spending my late afternoons watching the Tour de France (our commentators are morons, so I need to have the tv muted unless I want to throw stuff at it).
I’m 54% into the audiobook, and I’m not really loving it. I keep wishing for the book to turn into a dual-perspective story because I think I’ve had enough of that MC now. She a little too annoying and doesn’t otherwise have many appealing character traits. I’m a little confused because I don’t remember having a problem with her in the first book.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I have about 10 books I should be starting this next week, so I need to force myself to make a decision now. I have The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson from the library, so that will have to be a priority. An old popular YA fantasy that I’m anxious to see what I think about. The second book I plan to start is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is a reread. It’s my favorite in the series, so I have been anticipating this since I started this series-reread.