It’s time for another WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, which means I’ll be answering these questions:
- What did you read last?
- What are you currently reading?
- What will you read next?
What did you read last?
Since last Wednesday I’ve managed to read five books and two of them were e-ARCs (woot)!
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky ★★★☆☆
I felt really conflicted after finishing this book. It has a massive almost cult-like following and while I did enjoy reading it, I also didn’t love it as much as I had hoped to with all the hype surrounding it. I really wonder if it’s me reading this book “too late” to really properly connect with it. There were parts that had me fully invested and exclaiming ‘shit, yeah, I absolutely get that’ but there were other parts that left me feeling very confused; especially when it came to Charlie’s character. I couldn’t get a grip on how exactly I felt about him or what I was supposed to feel about him… I still have yet to write my full review but it’s coming (…I hope)!
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine ★★★☆☆
This book was seriously messed up. I can’t remember the last time I felt such an intense and passionate dislike for pretty much all of the characters, save for one, in a story before. Like, I wanted to strangle and sucker punch one of the main characters, Amber, repeatedly until the very end. The story was split into three sections and the first part was told by Amber and the absolute negativity and hatred towards every single thing really grated on my nerves. 😅I never thought it would end, but the story really sped up in the last two sections, and I enjoyed the second part by Daphne the most. It introduced the first twist to the story and really shocked me! I thought the last section was maybe wrapped up a little too quickly, but it was still quite satisfying. I also still have to write my full review for this one… Oops! Hehe…
(eARC) Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn, Claire Roe ★★★☆☆
I liked this crime noir graphic novel although I found it increasingly difficult to connect or even like the main character as the story progressed, and in the end that’s what brought my rating down. I’m a fan of crime stories and thrillers, and so I quite enjoyed the murder mystery in this story and it actually took a much different direction than I expected! You can read my full review here.
(eARC) The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland ★★★★☆
This was an e-ARC that had been sitting on my NG shelf for a few months until I finally picked it up on a whim a few days ago. It was a heartwarming story about Ailsa Rae, who was born with a debilitating heart condition and followed her journey as she waited for a heart transplant and what followed after she finally got a new heart. I liked how realistic the story was and I’m glad that Ailsa’s life didn’t become this ‘picture perfect’ life post-transplant–she had believable struggles and she had a lot of growing up to do. I liked how snippets of her blog was shared and how the author showed how much the support of the blogging community meant to Ailsa. I learned a lot about someone who lives with a chronic illness and about the importance of being an organ donor too. Bonus points that it was set in Edinburgh because you know how much I love that city! You can read my full review here.
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob ★★★★½
I just finished reading this last night and wow, I’m so glad that I read it! This was a graphic novel unlike any I’ve read before and the mixed media format made this an easy and speedy read. It was thought-provoking and a very relevant and important read about issues we face in this increasingly globalised and fractured society that we live in (although obviously focusing on the author’s experience of living in American society). Not only was the presentation of this story unique, I enjoyed the heartfelt and (often) tough conversations the author shared with her son, friends, and family. My review is coming up tomorrow so be on the look out for it!
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading The Devil’s Apprentice (The Great Devil War ) by Kenneth B. Andersen as part of the #UltimateBlogTour with The Write Reads gang! I’ve loved being part of the two blog tours that I joined with the gang earlier this year and I’m so happy to be included yet again for this one. After recently bingeing three seasons of The Good Place last weekend, I’m even more excited to read this as the concept reminds me a little bit (really just a little) of the show. I just picked it up this morning and already I don’t want to put it down. My stop on the blog tour is this Saturday so be on the look out for my post!
What will you read next?
It’s happening friends. I actually did start the audiobook for this sometime last week but I was just not in the right headspace to keep going. But I’m going to give my full attention to Darkdawn after finishing my current read. I know my heartbreak isn’t going to lessen the more I put off reading the final book to this mind-blowing trilogy, so I just need to stop being a weak droog, suck it up and just dive straight into it. O gentlefriends, it’s gonna be one hell of an emotional time!
What are you currently reading? How’s your week going?