“That is my decision. We need not discuss it,” said the man at the desk.First line in Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
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?
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce, which I gave 3.5 stars. Pierce is such a well-known author that I’ve often heard other readers talk about with great admiration, so I’m very happy to finally have read a book by her. It was a fun and fast-paced story with some great friendships that I’m very excited to follow in the next books. My main problem with the book was the large cast of characters who wasn’t all that easy to distinguish all the time. Both because some had very similar names but also because quite a few seemed rather devoid of a personality. At least not a personality we were introduced to in great detail. But I’m still excited to continue with the series.
What are you currently reading?
I’m 68% into The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, and I hate it. And I’m not even sure I can tell you why because it’s like there are a hundred small things about the book that are annoying me to no end. Quirky characters, overly dramatic dialogue, characters from early twentieth century having opinions you can read on Twitter today, the bad guys being one-dimensional because nuance isn’t allowed in this book. But hey, it’s been nominated for a Hugo Award so clearly I don’t know what I’m talking about. It’s taking me forever to read, but I will not DNF. I need to able to rant about this properly in the future.
I’m also working my way through The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams and currently at 30%. It’s interesting. There’s a ton of world-building to this story, so I’m only just getting an idea of where we are and how many creatures could kill the main characters if they fancied. The characters themselves hasn’t really managed to make me invested in them yet, so I’m still feeling a bit indifferent about the book in general at this point.
What do you think you’ll read next?
No idea. I’m in the mood for some rereads because I’ve only done one so far this year, so I might take a look at my shelves and see what jumps out at me when the time comes to pick next read.
3 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – August 25th, 2021”
I’m glad that, despite some complaints, you think Alanna is good enough to warrant reading the next books 🤗 I definitely think Tamora Pierce’s writing improves a lot as the series goes on! Although funnily enough, I always felt that the characters had very distinct personalities – maybe it’s because I’m drawing from different books and not just the first one? It could also be the nostalgia, though… 😅
Also, despite never even having heard of The Ten Thousand Doors of January, your ranting has just made my super-long train journey home a lot more enjoyable! 😂 If you want to complain more about it once you’re done, feel free to go ahead! 😁
(Also, I’m 600 pages into The Way of Kings now, and I think Kaladin is one of my new favorite characters 😊)
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Maybe it wasn’t so much that they didn’t have personalities but more that they were rather loosely introduced if that makes sense. It’s like there were so many minor characters that just blended into one for me because I couldn’t remember the names of everyone 😅 I did start to recognize some of them towards the end, but there was some confusion along the way. I assume it will be easier in the next books.
And I wish I hadn’t heard of The Ten Thousand Doors of January 😒 Don’t worry, I’m definitely not done complaining, so I’m happy someone is enjoying it 😄
You love Kaladin!! 🤗🤗 So happy that I didn’t have to force you to like him 😉
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Obviously no force is needed 😂 When we were first introduced to the characters, I actually thought Shallan would be the one I would fall for, but then Kaladin just became more and more relatable and stole my heart instead 🥰
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