Hello bookworms!! Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday — 31 August 2022!!
WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the three following questions:
- What did you recently finish?
- What are you currently reading?
- And, what do you think you’ll read next?
Let’s see what I have been reading!
24-30 August 2022
Husband Material — Alexis Hall
I absolutely adored going back to Luc and Oliver’s world in Husband Material by Alexis Hall.
I don’t think it was quite as sassy or bantery as book 1, but that’s kind of what happens when you’re in an established relationship versus when you’re freshly (fake) dating and flirting all the time. But, it has the relationship depth that the first book doesn’t, plus you get to see how they have influenced each other over the years during the course of their relationship. So as far as I’m concerned, the trade offs are absolutely worth it.
Additionally, the struggles that they’re facing are completely different than the ones that you see in the first book. It’s a solid sequel (much like Here’s to Us), and I really enjoyed it!!
Shadow of the Fox — Julie Kagawa
I am still part way through Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa which Soph at Bookwyrming Thoughts picked for me. I didn’t make much progress this — maybe a few pages is all. But I am enjoying it. When I’m not reading contemporary romance books… 👀
I really need to start knocking out some pages on this soon. I think I’ve been letting it lag because I’m worried about potential cliffhangers. And as I’ve previously said, I don’t have the other books in the series, so there would be a delay in between books. (Although this is 100% a first world problem, because I think all the books ARE out. It’s not like I have to wait for publishing dates.
Under the Oak Tree — Suji Kim
I seem to just be picking up more books than I am actually sticking with at the moment — I don’t know why, but nothing is really holding my attention at the moment.
I keep seeing ads for Under the Oak Tree on Manta comics on my Instagram, so I did some digging (because I don’t want to pay for a subscription as I know it’s not finished yet) and I found out that it was a novel first. So I bought the first book on Kindle. From what I can tell there are 5 books all around 250 pages each, and they’re $5 (AUD) each. Which isn’t awful, but it’s going to be $25 (AUD) for the whole story. Although I shouldn’t complain because I pay $9.99 for every FBAA book when it comes out and I don’t even like them.
Anyway, I’m about 160 pages into book 1, and it’s ok. There’s no obvious red flags to the characters, so that’s nice.
No Love Zone — Danbi
And while I was sleuthing, I started reading the webcomic No Love Zone by Danbi because it was finished. It’s also fine…?
This is an enemies to lovers office romance, but it also has a childhood element to it as well. Not that they were childhood friends, but their relationship when they were younger definitely influences their adult interactions.
I guess it’s also kind of a bully-romance. But the characters don’t get off on being a bully, so I would argue that point. For me, bully romances are about control and dominance. And this is more about rejection and retribution.
Maybe it’s me but nothing that I’m reading at the moment is making me either enthused or interested.
Shadowsong — S. Jae-Jones
And because I am a sucker for killing myself with the number of books I am reading at the moment, I also picked up Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones. This is the sequel to Wintersong, which I read earlier this year and was delightfully surprised with how much I loved it. Yes, even though when I read the blurb many years ago I was all “this is a Meeghan book”.
It’s darker than Wintersong, which I’m liking, but not sure I’m in the mood for at the moment. In fact the author wrote a note at the beginning about how she included more about the main character dealing with bipolar like highs and lows when creating music, which I found fascinating.
This one is definitely a “it’s not the book, it’s me”, so I’m hoping when I get out of this slump I will smash through it.
If I can finish any of the above ‘currently reading’ without starting more books, then I think I will be doing well. In terms of what else, there’s more fantasy up there than contemporary, so I guess I’ll be pushing through some happy romance books soon. Maybe that’s what I need to kick-start reading more.
However, I just got my copy of Forestfall (sequel to Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone) in the mail, so I will want to read it sooner rather than later. There are a lot of similarities in the story with Shadowsong though, so maybe I will finish it first. But I also don’t want to wait 3 months if I am in a slump… I guess we’ll see.