WWW Wednesday#19

Hello everyone! It’s time for another WWW Wednesday 🙂

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam@ Taking on a World of Words.

To participate, all you have to do is answer the following questions:

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


 

 

What are you currently reading?

 

We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

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Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.

 

 

 

So yes, I am taking a slight detour from my usual YA books. I read Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” a few years back and thought it was creepy and wonderful. I’m in the mood for something a little different than YA right now so I thought I would give this a try. Has anyone read this book?


 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

I seem to be flying through books lately! I read a total of five (five!) books this week. Some were good, some were just okay but nothing really stood out as amazing to me.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury 3/5★

I realllly wanted to love this book and I’ve been looking forward to it for weeks! Unfortunately, it fell a bit flat. It wasn’t as much of a fantasy as I was expecting and it bothered be how most of Twylla’s well-being revolved around her handsome love interests.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz 4/5★

This book was good! Not really slow, but not exactly exciting either. It was definitely a beautiful coming of age, coming out story with an unlikely protagonist. Ari is an angry, solitary teen and his relationship with Dante was lovely to read about. The one thing that bothered me most was the actual coming out scene- it felt forced. Other than that, the writing was beautiful and it was an interesting perspective to read about.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall 4/5★

Ooh this book. The cover is so pretty and it made me expect a cute story. This story wasn’t cute (yes, there were cute parts). This story made me so so uncomfortable to read, in a good way. It honestly gave me anxiety reading about how much Norah struggle with her illness. It was uncomfortable, ugly at times, incredibly honest and hit home more than I was expecting. My one gripe is that the teenage boy love interest seemed a little unrealistic but hey, that happens a lot in YA books 😉

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon 3/5★

There were some aspects of this book that I really enjoyed- the mixed media, the writing style. And it was cute, I did like it. I read it in a few hours. It just didn’t stick with me, you know? It was a cute little story but nothing earth-shattering. I unfortunately already knew the twist so I wasn’t surprised, but I can see how many people would have a negative reaction to it. I definitely still prefer Yoon’s other book, The Sun is Also a Star.

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane 3/5★

Hmmmm. This book was good in parts. It was entertaining, the writing was good and the cover is lovely. I ultimately had an issue with the content and the overall message, I found it to be problematic. I feel like the author glazed over some very serious mental health issues and threw everyone in a feel-good camp that will make all their problems go away. It was a little too ‘happy’ for the seriousness of the content. It was just okay, in my opinion.


What do you think you’ll read next?

 

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Is it too early to say ACOWAR yet?! We officially have 6 days until the release!! If I finish my other book before then I will probably start…

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

 

I am excited to read this book but plan on stopping it immediately if I don’t finish it before ACOWAR…because it’s ACOWAR!! I’ve been waiting a year for this book and cannot WAIT.

What are you all reading this week?

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18 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday#19”

  1. I hadn’t heard of We Have Always Lived in the Castle until I read the book Holding up the Universe by Jenifer Niven. One of the main characters in that book was obsessed with We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I hope you enjoy it. I’ve been meaning to read it for a while now.

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