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WWW Wednesday – October 21th 2020

It was Felling night, and the usual crowd had gathered at the Waystone Inn.

First line in The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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?

Absolutely nothing. Here’s a cute dog instead:

What are you currently reading?

I’m still working on the beast called The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss because for all of my efforts, I’m only 36% in. There has been a shift in the story which I’m grateful for. Not that it has gotten incredibly exciting, but at least we’re doing something new. Since last week’s update, I’ve experienced being immensely frustrated with Kvothe as a storyteller a couple of times. Whenever we seem to be getting close to some exciting events, we jump forward and barely dedicate a page to those events. WHAT?!? We have to hear about every single menial thing of his everyday life, and when something finally happens, HE SKIPS IT?? I’m sorry, I just don’t understand. But well, the writing is still great so it isn’t difficult for me to continue reading. But it’s going very slowly.

The second big book of the week is still Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but I only have about 150 pages left of that one. Those are going to go by quickly, I expect.

What do you think you’ll read next?

It’s crazy, but I finally got The Shadow Rising from the library! The timing is horrible because I’m really not feeling another huge book right now. But I’m going to start it and see how it goes.

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WWW Wednesday – October 14th 2020

The Home Office telegraphy department always smelled of tea.

First line in The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

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?

My first read of October turned out to be a contender for best book I’ve read in 2020. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley turned out to be a book that just worked for me on so many levels, so I naturally rated it 5 stars. It takes place in the same literary universe as her other novel, The Bedlam Stacks, which I also recently read. In Watchmaker, we’re following characters in a Victorian London, but it’s mixed with quite a lot Japanese culture with some flashbacks even taking place in Japan. It felt quite unique to me and added a lot of color to the story. However, my favorite thing about the book is the writing style. Pulley counts on her reader to catch onto hints and figure stuff out on their own. Characters “say” a lot outside of dialogue, and I love interpreting these little signs along the way.

It’s funnily enough also a book I could find quite a few flaws in if I decided to be really critical, which I can only assume is the reason behind its preposterously low rating on Goodreads (3.73). What can I say? I loved reading it and have been thinking about it every day for the past week.

What are you currently reading?

My commute book is The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, book 2 in the Kingkiller Chronicle. I feel like I’ve been reading a lot, but I’m only 17% in. It’s such a big book! So far it’s fine. It’s incredibly meandering and I think it’s only getting worse. It’s interesting enough, but it’s all going in circles, so I’m really hoping for a change of scenery soon.

I’m also still working on my reread of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and I’m currently at 43%. In case you noticed then, yes, the two books I’m reading are both over 900 pages, and yes, I’ve made a mistake.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m paying for that previously mentioned mistake, so I doubt I’ll be starting anything new within the next week. I do plan on taking a break from The Wise Man’s Fear at some point, but I really want to get a good chunk of it done first. It shouldn’t be a secret, though, that I’ve been eyeing the sequel to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street for a few days now… but I should wait. Probably.

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WWW Wednesday – October 7 2020

I’m halfway to the nurse’s office when I hear the gunshots.

First line in The Nephilim Protocol by J. D. Kloosterman

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 recently finished The Nephilim Protocol by J. D. Kloosterman, which I rated 2 stars. You can find my review of it in my September wrap up.

What are you currently reading?

My commute book is The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley, which I’m 62% into. This is the second book I’m reading from this author after I really enjoyed The Bedlam Stacks last month, and I think I’ve found a new author to add to my list of favorites. I’m loving this book so much! It’s a beautiful story so far, with characters (and an octopus) I would already die for. It also takes place in a beautifully described Victorian London, which is just always a win. I try to read it slowly so savor this amazing atmosphere, but I’ll probably finish in a few days.

I’ve also been working on my reread of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, so now I’m at 23%.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m positive my library hates me. They’re not giving me any of the books I’ve been waiting for, even though I’ve been first in line for almost two months for some of them. It’s making it very hard to plan my reading. I can get ebooks though, so I’ll finally be starting The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.

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WWW Wednesday – September 30 2020

The storm howled out of the west like the terrible voice of God, shouting down the heretics who doubted the coming Apocalypse.

First line in A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden

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?

Well, technically I didn’t finish it because I decided to DNF A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden after reading 53%. I was frustrated with a lot of things about it without outright hating the book. It has very beautiful writing, but I feel like the author was more preoccupied with setting the scene e.g. showing the landscape, describing a culture, than actually using that scene to further the story. It became a little repetitive since it’s a story with a lot of travel. New scenes to describe all the time.
I also stopped because I could tell it was leading up to an event I didn’t want to happen. Like, that would have made me hate the book. Now I can just stay happily ignorant.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently working on a book I’ve accepted for review called The Nephilim Protocol by J. D. Kloosterman. It’s a YA Fantasy about a half-angel boy who is being held prisoner on an island along with many others of his kind. It sounded really cool, but the reality is that I do not like it. There is a surprisingly big amount of racism and sexism in this book that make certain parts of it quite uncomfortable to read. If you ignore those parts (it’s difficult), then the book does show some potential, as I can see how it’s trying to fill the gap in the YA Fantasy market for books with male protagonists. I just wish it had a different angle and focused more the angel aspects.

I guess I’m also reading The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley, but I’ve literally only read one chapter. I’m already tentatively loving it, though, because that writing style just pulls you in, and I can’t wait to dive in further.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ll probably start Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix just to get it going.

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WWW Wednesday – September 23rd 2020

It was not quite dawn when Magnus Bane rode into the low clearing with death on his mind.

First line in The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare

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’ve been good this past week. I finished two books and the first one was The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare. It’s the second book in the Eldest Curses series, but there’s a major time-jump from the first to the second. I ended up rating it 2.5 stars, and that might have been a little generous. I don’t see the point. This one should have been a novella, or it should have been written right after The Mortal Instruments ended. Now later books have told me that the characters are going to be fine and are not going to go through any major character development so why should I care?

I also just finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which means it’s time for me to write another Lost in Translation post. It’s going to be a very long one this time.

What are you currently reading?

I’ve picked up A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden, but I’m only 10% into this Viking-esque story. However, we’ve already hit the first plot twist. Not one I particularly liked, though. It tricked me into thinking that the story was going in one direction but then changed completely. I was so invested in that first direction already, so now I have to adjust my expectations.
It partly takes place in Denmark, which is a huge reason why I wanted to read it. What I want to say in connection to that is that so far, the author has been name-dropping a lot. It’s cool enough for me because I know the meaning and significance behind the names… but I doubt many other readers will.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Well, I’m still waiting for The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan from the library. I have no idea what I’m going to pick up next if not that one. I might just go down to the library this weekend to take a look around and find something at random.

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WWW Wednesday – September 16th 2020

Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.

First line in The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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 finished The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, which I gave 3 stars. It was such a middle-of-the-road book for me that I don’t have much to say about it. There wasn’t anything I loved or hated in particular. I do see some potential in the series and that ending kind of forced me to continue.

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare, and I’m 32% into that one. It’s weird. It makes me think about how the main critique of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is that the characters act older than their age. In The Lost Book of the White, it’s the same problem but in reverse. The characters are adult but act like teenagers because it’s YA. So yeah, the characters aren’t that great but so far the plot has kept me intrigued, so I’m still excited to continue reading and see where that goes.

I’m also still working on my reread of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I’m 60% in so I might be able to finish that before next Wednesday.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m hoping the library will come through for me and give me The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan, book 4 in Wheel of Time. If that doesn’t happen, I’ll start A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden. I’ve read a lot of YA fantasy lately, so I’m in need of something adult.

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WWW Wednesday – September 9th 2020

Fie was taking too long to cut the girl’s throat.

First line in The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen

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?

Two books! First I finished The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley, which I posted my review of yesterday. I ended up rating it 4 stars because it was such an enjoyable read. It contained many of my favorite things in books such as deep friendships and a slow-moving plot. I was also very intrigued by the themes surrounding disability which the book explored and it opened my eyes to some new aspects.

I also finished The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen, the sequel to The Merciful Crow, but sadly couldn’t give that one more than 2 stars. Everything was just wrong. All side-characters were pretty much reduced to glorified extras, and everything was about the MC instead. That was a shame because her main personality trait seemed to be “angst”. That gets boring pretty fast. Also, the magic system in here seemed to develop in a very convenient way. There weren’t really any hard rules explained about it so it just worked the way the characters wanted it to work. That’s probably my least favorite fantasy trope.

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, which I’m 52% into. I don’t know what to think other than I enjoyed the very beginning of the book. It introduced an intriguing world and some character dynamics I’m very interested in seeing more of. Unfortunately, I was then spoiled for the big mystery of the book because I glanced at a supposedly spoiler-free review on Goodreads… so now I’m kind of bummed. But well, I’m trying to enjoy it anyway, but have to admit that some of the excitement is gone.

I’m also working on my reread of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which I’m 22% into. It’s my favorite in the series, and for some reason, I always forget why until I pick it up and can’t stop reading.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m considering taking a short break from The Kiss of Deception, and pick up The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare. It’s the second book in The Eldest Curses series and I’m craving some Cassandra Clare.

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WWW Wednesday – September 2nd 2020

“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.

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WWW Wednesday – August 26th 2020

“Thorngroves shrouded Greenhallow Hall.”

First line in Drowned Country by Emily Tesh

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 finished Drowned Country by Emily Tesh, and no one should be surprised by the fact that I gave it 5 stars! It was so beautiful. It was different in voice and tone compared to the first book because of a POV change, but it worked so well. It meant that it dealt with some of the same topics but were able to explore them from a new angle. The characters are still brilliant and it was tough saying goodbye to them.

I also finished The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune. A highly loved book that I only gave 3 stars… sorry. It’s a very, very sweet and adorable story. I agree with other people on that but I couldn’t help but think that that was all it was. There’s not much else to it. I also personally don’t like reading about children, and they turned out to be the main focus of this book so I was quite bored. But yeah, I think it’s the sort of book that adult readers who love Middle Grade would really enjoy. Highly recommend if that’s you. It’s just not me.

What are you currently reading?

Only reading one book at the moment but what a book it is! The Bone Ships by R. J. Barker has swept me off my feet and I’m only halfway through. It has such intricate world building that flips some of our standardized norms around, and I’m so intrigued. I also really have to pay attention because there’s so much to learn about this world. It has been so well developed so far. I enjoy the characters as well which is surprising to me because I wouldn’t describe a single one of them as likable.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m so addicted to The Bone Ships at the moment so I’m going to just be reading that one for a little while. However, before next Wednesday I’ll have started The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley.

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WWW Wednesday – August 19th 2020

“Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.”

First line in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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 finished two books this week! The first was Burn by Patrick Ness, which I already have a review up for. I loved this book for its portrayal of humanity and for making historical issues relevant to today’s society. And it has some bad-ass dragons in there, too.

I also completed my reread of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I’ll have a Lost in Translation post up about it very soon.

What are you currently reading?

I’ve started The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune, which I’m 44% into. Sorry to say that I’m not completely won over yet by this book that everybody seems to love. I’m enjoying it well enough, I’m just not… loving it. I’m also very annoyed by that fact that the jokes are getting explained. I know it’s a minor thing but please stop.

Of course, I’m also reading Drowned Country by Emily Tesh. I’m writing this Tuesday evening and I fully expect to be done with this novella by Wednesday. It’s so wonderful to be back with these characters and this magical world. I’m going to be devastated when this is over.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Bone Ships by R. J. Barker. It’s a book I know very little about so very excited to see what all the fuss is about.
I might start a second book but right now I have no clue what to pick.