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WWW Wednesday – May 27th 2020

“My name is Rune Saint John.”

First line in The Last Sun by K. D. Edwards

Hi, guys. It’s the final week Wyrd and Wonder which means that that we’re still in a fantasy mood for WWW Wednesday. 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?

The Last Sun by K. D. Edwards which I gave 4 stars. The last half really did it for me. So much was happening so whenever I wasn’t reading it, I wanted to be reading it. There were some interesting relevations concerning some of the characters that make the sequel suddenly have high priority. I might pick it up in June if I can squeeze it in.

What are you currently reading?

I’m still on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets but I only have about 70 pages left. I like it of course, but I really want to move on to book 3 and move out of the Middle Grade category.

My commute book is finally The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan, book 3 in Wheel of Time. I’m 23% in and as usual when I read Wheel of Time, I love and I hate it at the same time. But I’ve accepted it. I don’t have many other thoughts about it so far. I still feel like I’m in the introductory part so not much has happened yet. So far I’ve only been reminded that I don’t like Egwene.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin. I was supposed to read this for O.W.L.s Magical Readathon in April buuuut due to a certain pandemic, I only now got it from the library.

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WWW Wednesday – May 20th 2020

“The clock counted every painful second with ticks as thunderous and regular as a heartbeat.”

First line in Chainbreaker by Tara Sim

Hi, guys. It’s Wyrd and Wonder month which means that every book in this week’s WWW Wednesday is fantasy. 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?

Chainbreaker by Tara Sim, the sequel to Timekeeper and another book to add to the giant pile of ‘middle books’ that I freaking love! The scope of this book and what is sets out to do is incredibly inspiring. Sim clearly had something she wanted to share with her readers, and I really liked how she did it. I’m working on a full review for this and hope to have it up by the end of the week.

What are you currently reading?

The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards which I’m 40% into. And it’s kind of weird. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before and I’m not really sure what to make of it. I’m still enjoying it (I think). I’ve just accepted that it’s weird and I’m just along for the ride. It has funny banter so that’s always a great start.

Sunday evening I was struck with an immense craving for Harry Potter… so I dropped everything else, of course, and picked up Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to continue my reread of the series.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The possibly best thing ever happened this Monday: our libraries opened again! I can get physical books again!
But back to the matter at hand. My hold for The Dragon Reborn came in 20 minutes after the library opened so I can finally continue my Wheel of Time journey.

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WWW Wednesday – May 13th 2020

“Pa was taking too long to cut the boys’ throats.”

First line in The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

Hi, guys. It’s Wyrd and Wonder month which means that every book in this week’s WWW Wednesday is fantasy. 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 managed to finish 3 whole books this past week. The first one was Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth which I already have a review up for. I had some problems with the book that meant that I was incredibly bored while reading. I’m not sure I’ll be reading the sequel.

I also finished The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen which I gave 4 stars. I’m such a sucker for fantasy that has a clear message about real life social injustice, and The Merciful Crow did it in such a cool way. I’ve never read a fantasy book with such a clear-cut caste system and I really liked how that was explored.

Finally, I also just finished Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson. I rated it 4 stars although I always find it difficult to rate novellas. That number is purely based on my enjoyment. I appreciated that it’s important to read. That it actually has a purpose. It includes both character development but also some “lore-info” which I really enjoyed. I often find that novellas are either/or and rarely contain both elements.

(Apparently, I had a thing for blue books this week)

What are you currently reading?

I’m only reading one book at the moment and that is Chainbreaker by Tara Sim. Currently at 21%. It’s great to be reading this series again. It has this certain vibe to it that’s kind of cozy even when it’s serious. I’m also really liking where the plot is going. I’m so intrigued.

(and the blue love story continues)

What do you think you’ll read next?

The only book I have left from my May TBR is The Last Sun by K. D. Edwards, the first book in The Tarot Sequence series.

(I’m going to cheat on blue with red lol)

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WWW Wednesday – May 6th 2020

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

First line in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Hi, guys. It’s Wyrd and Wonder month which means that every book in this week’s WWW Wednesday is fantasy. 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?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and even though it’s my least favorite book in the series, I still had a great time! I mean, Harry has his first sassy moment 3 pages after appearing for the first time, and I just appreciate that so much.

My commute book is Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth which I’m 80% into. Almost done and I’m kind of looking forward to that. Not that I hate it. It’s just… fine. Other than that there are a few aspects about this book that has made me realize that it’s just not “my kind of book”. For one, we have an unlikable main character which I find very rarely works for me. I will finish the book though and I hope to have a full review up by the end of the week.

I’m also listening to The Merciful Crow by Maragret Owen which I’m almost halfway through. I love it! I gotta say that YA fantasy just works for me at the moment. The Merciful Crow is exactly what I need right now. Fast-paced, high stakes, enemies-to-lovers-romance. The social commentary in this one is also so thought-provoking already.

My next commute book will be Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson which is the short story you’re supposed to read after Words of Radiance. After taking a break from this series, I’m ready to get back into it.

If I manage to finish The Merciful Crow, I’ll also be starting Chainbreaker by Tara Sim, the sequel to Timekeeper, and hopefully continue my amazing YA fantasy streak.

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WWW Wednesday – April 29th 2020 (O.W.L.s Week 4)

“Eliza Mirk is the kind of name you give to the creepy girl who clings to her ex-boyfriend for weeks after he’s dumped her because she refuses to accept that he hates her guts.”

First line in Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Hi, guys. Today I’m giving you the final update on my progress in the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon, and I’m doing it through WWW Wednesday. It’s 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 Dark Matter, and now I have another book for the “Popular books I didn’t like”-list. When I updated you last week, I expected to give it 3 stars but the ending bumped it down to 2. It wasn’t as spectacular as I had hoped it would be with such an interesting subject matter. Also still hated the MC. At least it gave me the O.W.L. in Arithmancy.

I also finished Eliza and Her Monster by Francesca Zappia which was a much better experience. I gave it 4 stars and even though it couldn’t compete with my love for Fangirl, it’s still an amazing book. It does a good job of portraying anxiety and doesn’t shy away from showing all the ugly sides as well. This one made sure I got my O.W.L. in Muggle Studies.

Finally, I had to find something for Potions which is a book below 150 pages. I read The Ash-Born Boy by Victoria Schwab which is a prequel novella to The Near Witch which I also read this month. Not really going to rate and review it. Just one I highly recommend if you’ve read The Near Witch.

What are you currently reading?

Guys… I’m reading Harry Potter. I didn’t know how much I needed a reread until I started it. It’s making me want to cry with how good it feels to be back. I’m pathetic lol. I’m even reading my seriously old Danish version so the nostalgia is real! It’s also making me realize that this book was translated in 1999… there are some expressions in there you would never hear today and it’s making me laugh. I’m reading it for my O.W.L. in Astronomy which is going to be my final one. 

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What do you think you’ll read next?

O.W.L.s Magical Readathon might be over but luckily that means that Wyrd and Wonder is starting! The first book I’m going to start is Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth. As the readathon is over, I’m going back to reading two books at a time so I’ll also be starting the audiobook for The Merciful Crow by Maragret Owen.

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WWW Wednesday – April 22nd 2020 (O.W.L.s Week )

There are two things you know.”

First line in Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Hi, guys. Today I’m giving you an update on my progress in the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon, and I’m doing it through WWW Wednesday. It’s 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 Near Witch by Victoria Schwab which I gave 3.5 stars. A very atmospheric story with great writing. However, the plot ended up being a little underwhelming, and the romance was actually not necessary and felt forced. This gave me the O.W.L. in History of Magic.

I also finished Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman which I gave 4 stars. Slowly trying to work my way through all of this man’s books which so far is very enjoyable. Challenger Deep is all serious business and no fun as it explores mental health. I liked Shusterman’s use of metaphors to make this topic accessable to everyone. Nevertheless, I think this book is mainly written for people who suffer from a severe mental illness or know someone who does. This gave me the O.W.L. in Defence Against the Dark Arts.

What are you currently reading?

Currently reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, and I’m 55% into it. I’ve heard nothing but hype around this book so I was very shocked to find out that this author only writes one-dimensional characters. I have several other minor issues with this book but the badly written characters is the main one. I think the concept is interesting enough so I don’t hate the book (yet). I predict I’m going to give it 3 stars which is kind of disappointing as I had expected it to be 5 stars. But let’s see.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m going to start on my O.W.L. for Muggle Studies next and read a contemporary: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. One that has been on my TBR for way too long.
I might also start Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone because I’m depressed and I need something to cheer me up.  

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WWW Wednesday – April 15th 2020 (O.W.L.s Week 2)

“Rather inconveniently, I happened to be invisible that day.”

First line in Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze

Hi, guys. Today I’m giving you an update on my progress in the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon, and I’m doing it through WWW Wednesday. It’s 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 managed to finish two books and it was two polar opposite experiences.
First I finished The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, and oh my god, YES! When I dare to venture out of the fantasy genre, this is the kind of book I want. A heartfelt, character-driven story with impeccable writing. Boyne deploys a very interesting writing style in this book with a lot of dialogue and it just works so well. I can’t recommend this book enough. 5 stars! It also made sure I passed my exam in Ancient Runes.

Lucky enough that I was on such a high when I picked up Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze because I ended up giving that one 1 star. I wasn’t feeling the characters at all as they all felt pretty flat and personality-less. Funny example: apparently, two of the characters were falling in love throughout the story, and I didn’t realize until they said it out loud at the end. Yeah, that’s not good and on top of that, there were so many plot conveniences. But hey, at least I passed my exam in Charms.

What are you currently reading?

I’m halfway through The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab for my O.W.L. in History of Magic. I was actually supposed to read Serpent and Dove for this prompt buuut I wasn’t actually able to get the book (libraries are still closed!!). I’m not complaining though because… Victoria Schwab. It’s her first published book so I didn’t really know what to expect but I’m actually quite intrigued. It’s not perfect but I still see myself finishing this within a day or two. 

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Well, when I finish The Near Witch, I’m actually done with my previously set TBR for the O.W.L.s readathon. So now I’m just going to be reading whatever I can find to fit a prompt for the remaining O.W.L.s. I think I’m going to be reading Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman to fit the Defence Against the Dark Arts prompt about a book set on the sea/coast. 

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