WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – August 18th, 2021

“They were thirteen the first time they broke into the toy factory.”

First line in The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

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?

Too much, so I’ll keep it brief.
First up is Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb which I gave 4 stars. I’ve been very excited to find out how this series compares to Farseer which I love so much. Ship of Magic was a fine start but also a very slow start, and so far it isn’t beating Farseer for me. My review is going up on Saturday, so I don’t want to spend too much time on it here.

I also finished The Wicker King by K. Ancrum, which was another 4 stars. It was such a short book that I read it in one sitting (that sitting being a 3-hour train ride). It dealt with some very serious themes of mental illness and neglect, which I found very interesting. However, the extremely fast pace of the story prevented me from completely connecting to the characters, so I doubt it’s a story I’ll be able to recall much from in two months.

Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell got 5 stars because that book was just beautiful. I loved how Rowell developed the characters, and the many deep conversations they had made me unable to put the book down. It deals with some complicated emotions but the book is still filled with so much love and deadpan humor. Of course, a book with a magic system based on the power of language is always going to work for me.

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce, which probably is one of those books I should have read a long time ago but here we are. I don’t usually read books meant for young teens but I’m keeping an open mind, so even though I’m not blown away by it, I’m still enjoying it. Still struggling to get used to that omniscient narrator, though, because I usually read books that stick to one character at a time. There are some appealing characters in here, though, that I really like and the friendships are also so sweet.

I’ve also read 15% of The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, and I really don’t know what to think yet. It’s been a very chill start to this book where I’ve just read about the girl January growing up. A dog has been introduced so I guess I can’t hate the book now. Other than that, the writing style isn’t clicking with me completely, but maybe I just have to get used to it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ll be starting another series, The Winnowing Flame by Jen Williams. The first book is The Ninth Rain.

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4 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – August 18th, 2021

  1. Oh my gosh, you’re reading Alanna!!! 🥰🥰 Even if you don’t end up loving it, I am beyond excited!!! I’m actually really interested to see how reading it as an adult for the first time will shape your perception of the book, since I think it’s highly possible I might be nostalgically blind to its faults… 🤩

    Also, I think I’ve discovered that we should learn Dutch – I found a copy of Harry Potter when I inevitably ended up in a book shop today, and that thing is a Lost in Translation treasure trove! My German-based Dutch-guessing skills are at least good enough to tell that they renamed almost everyone! The Dursleys are the Duffelings, Neville is Marcel, literally everyone except Harry got new last names… It was absolutely hilarious, and now I’m not sure whether we really should have judged the Danish and German translators as harshly as we did 😂

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    1. Yes you actually convinced me to read it 😁 I just finished it and even though it isn’t 5 stars, I’m still happy I read it. I can see why you love Alanna so much 😊

      And omg the Duffelings and Marcel (Neville looks like the monkey from Friends in my head now 😂). But Dutch can’t be that hard to learn. It kinda sounds like Danish anyway 😄 But it’s surprising! I wouldn’t have guessed that the Dutch versions were that weird with how much English they speak.

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      1. I’m so glad it didn’t end up being too disappointing and that you can see Alanna’s merits 🥰 I think you hating her would have hit me much harder than your Addie LaRue disapproval 😁

        And yes! I never would have guessed the Dutch had it in them when they’re basically the best English speakers in Europe after the UK and Ireland! 🙈🤣

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