Wednesday 18 November 2020

WWW Wednesday | 18/11/2020

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words that highlights three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you'll read next?

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill on Saturday and had some pretty mixed feelings about it. At the beginning and for most of the book, I was a little bit bored because I didn't particularly like the main character. Gaia was just very naive and obsessive and I struggled with her personality. I did like the changes that O'Neill made when steering away from the original story of the Little Mermaid, the ending really picked things up and I liked the feminist twist on a classic fairytale. 

What are you currently reading?

I've finally started Shadowsea (The Cogheart Adventures #4) by Peter Bunzl after I said I would at the beginning of the month. I managed to slot it in for my final prompt for the 1000 Doors Readathon; to read a book that remind you of American Horror Story. This doesn't remind me of it necessarily but it is set in a hotel and AHS has a series revolving around a hotel so we're going with my loose link! I'm about 80 pages and I'm really enjoying being reunited with these characters and I'm excited to see where this new mystery leads.   

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai is my current physical read and my non-fiction book for the month. I haven't really felt in the mood to read for the past couple of days mainly because I've been feeling unwell and I've had a headache that keeps coming and going so I'm still only 21 pages into this one. I do like Malala's voice already though and it'll be interesting to hear about her life story. 

Briar's Book (Circle of Magic #4) by Tamora Pierce is what I'm currently listening to on audio although again I haven't made much progress and I've only listened to the first chapter. I'm excited to finish this series off though and Briar has been my favourite character from the previous stories so I'm sure I'll enjoy this one too.

What do you think you'll read next?

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden will be my next physical read and I can't wait to read it. I'm taking part in a readalong for this series hosted by megwithbooks and I've heard nothing but good things about this series. I'm ready to get to stuck into some Russian folklore and wintery fantasy vibes. 
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa's mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa's new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa's stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse's most frightening tales.

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? What are you currently reading and hoping to pick up next? Leave a comment or link your own WWW Wednesdays below for me to check out!

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