WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What have you recently finished?
- What are you reading next?
If you’re interested in information about the trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation found in any of the following books, you can search them on BookTriggerWarnings.com
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
I started this book MONTHS ago as a buddy read but then I got caught up in a bunch of other things and never finished.
This is a reread for me so hopefully I can finish it soon! I honestly don’t remember how much I liked it the first time but dystopian YA might actually be my favorite genre (I know I’ve led a lot of you to believe that it’s romance but I’m not so sure).
I’m looking forward to finally finishing this because I’ve kept my buddy read group waiting for way too long.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
I started reading this back in October and put it down because it was honestly creeping me out. There’s an extremely weird power imbalance between the two main characters that makes me severely uncomfortable.
I’m hoping that the story will get more reasonable as I continue through it because I enjoyed The Kiss Quotient a lot. You can read my review for that book here.
A Bucket List of Sorts by Leah Battaglio
I got a copy of this from the author in partnership with Book Tasters so I should be finishing and reviewing this book within the week!
I think it’s a romance novel, but I’m not quite sure. It’s got promising reviews, so I’m hoping I’ll like it!
In the past week I’ve finished the following books:
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
This was a reread for me and to be honest I don’t think I cared for it much. I was listening to it on audiobook with Rob and I wasn’t really a fan of the narrator, so that might have influenced my decision.
This was a novel that didn’t do a good job at keeping me hooked and I often found myself zoning out while listening. I’ve never read the third book in this series before so here’s hoping it’s more enjoyable!
Tiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu
I got this book from a Bubbles & Books book box and I was excited to figure out what exactly it was about! The main character is a woman who has special abilities and is part of a secret organization for people like her. When she buys and unlocks a mysterious puzzle box, she finds herself face-to-face with a super hot shapeshifter. Chaos ensues.
This book leaned more on the fantasy side than on the romance side, but I wasn’t mad about it. I do think that it bit off a bit more than it could chew and as a result certain plot lines didn’t quite make sense to me.
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
I don’t really read non-fiction books, so I was a bit scared about reading this book. I hoped that since it was marketed as YA it would be more readable, and thankfully that ended up being the case.
I didn’t rate this five stars in the end because a few chapters rubbed me the wrong way–for example, the chapter where he deadnames his cousin several times–and sometimes I felt like there was too much focus on trying to make the last sentence of a chapter a catchy/strong one-liner. Sometimes I felt like that these one-liners ended up taking away from the strength of the overall point.
The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
As usual, Karen M. McManus delivers another wonderful mystery/thriller novel!
This book is full of twists and turns (though admittedly many were predictable) and I loved all of the main characters.
I read this book for a blog tour so you can catch my review here!
Smash It! by Francina Simone
This book had so much promise and I really liked the writing style, but in the end it ended up being 300 pages of people being completely terrible to each other and apologizing over and over again. I really don’t enjoy when I find the main character of a book unlikable and I didn’t like Olivia nor several side characters.
The book also has some offensive/insensitive comments/jokes included in it. In particular, statements regarding a Hawaiian character and an Israeli/Palestinian character.
A Real Royal Christmess by Linda West
This book was a fun and lighthearted Christmas romance and a very quick read. The plot is incredibly unrealistic, but if you’re looking for a nice escape this holiday season–like how we all love to watch A Christmas Prince on Netflix–you’ll probably enjoy this.
It relies heavily on the insta-love trope, so just a warning beforehand if that’s not your cup of tea. I also read this for a blog tour so you can read my review here!
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
Ahhh I love Maggie Stiefvater so much. This book was very slow in the beginning but once it picked up, I couldn’t get enough of it!
Maggie Stiefvater has a way of making me constantly ask “wtf is going on!?!?” in the best type of way. I’m excited to read the rest of this series because I was not ready to let Ronan Lynch go at the end of The Raven King. I will defend that boy to the ends of the earth.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would! Rob really wanted me to read it, but I often find adult books like this wordy and boring. While I did complain to him about there being “too many words” while faking exhaustion, this book was actually pretty exciting.
Heavy trigger warnings for gore, rape, and sexual assault in here. It was a lot more rapey than I thought it would be. Leigh Bardugo has constantly stressed that this is NOT a YA novel so definitely don’t go into it thinking it will be light.
I have a lot of tours coming up in December and Rob’s picked 3 books he wants me to read in December so here are some books I plan on starting within the next 7 days.
Christmas at Moonshine Hollow by Angela Britnell
I’m reading this as part of a blog tour and I’m excited because the cover is so freaking cute!
My tour date is December 7th, so I’ll need to get this started and finished in the upcoming week!
You Never See Rainbows at Christmas by Elaine Spires
This is also a blog tour I’m participating in and it fits right into the Christmas theme. I’ve never really read many Christmas books in December before, so I’m excited to feel the Christmas spirit in my reading.
My tour date for this is December 5th.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
This is one of the books Rob chose for me to read and it’s an absolute beast, so I want to get started on this early on and give myself the entire month to finish.
I’m honestly extremely terrified of the size of this novel, so I’m hoping I can survive it.
Do you see any books you’ve read or want to read? Stay tuned for next week’s installment for an updating on my December reading!
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