“I awoke in the glow of a young world, when man knew of hunting but not tilling, of stone but not steel.”First line in A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir
Hi, guys. I hope you’re all doing well. WWW Wednesday is 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’ve completed two books in the past week. The first, A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir, which I gave 3.5 stars. For a long while it was on a solid four stars, but some things about the ending didn’t quite do it for me, and it added to the general feeling I had about the plot being a bit weak. I still really enjoyed myself while reading this, so I’m incredibly sad that I have to say goodbye to these characters now. The development some of them goes through in this final book was so beautiful to follow and I want more.
I also finished The Betrayals by Bridget Collins, and oh my god, that was 5 stars! That book took over my life! I’ve made so many mistakes at work this past week because I suddenly figured something out and had to follow that train of thought. You see, there are so many mysteries in this book, and that actually made it quite confusing to begin with. My main thought for the first 70-90 pages was “what the fuck?”. But then I figured out what themes Collins was trying to explore in her own very unique way and I was hooked!
Other than that, it’s very difficult to talk about this book because everything is a spoiler. As you might have guessed, a big part of the reading experience is trying to analyze the small clues you get along the way. I still want to try and write a review for this because it definitely isn’t a book that’s going to work for everyone.
What are you currently reading?
It has finally happened! I’m reading The Martian by Andy Weir. I’m 30% in and really enjoying myself. It is actually the perfect book to read after The Betrayals as that one was very dark and tense. The Martian is still quite dark, but is has that lighthearted humor to kind of make you forget about the darkness. And I’d heard this book described as funny and so was a bit worried whether it would be my kind of humor. It so is! I’ve been smirking so many times already.
As usual, the science parts are going over my head, but I’ve decided just to trust Mark and believe whatever he says. I don’t need to understand it. I’m still very invested!
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’ve had two library books come in so I’ll be starting both Dawnshard by Brandon Sanderson and The Shadow of the Wind by Carloz Ruiz Safón. Dawnshard is a Stormlight Archive novella, and The Shadow of the Wind is a book about books I’ve been meaning to read for forever.