Hello bookworms!! Welcome to this week’s WWW Wednesday — 8 June 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?
You know, I was thinking about actually doing a WWW Wednesday for each Wednesday I missed since 11 May… which IS three week’s worth. But then I realised that I’ve barely been reading, so there’s actually no point. So, welcome to the three-week condensed version!!
Let’s see what I have been reading!
11 May – 7 June 2022
I did a reread of Solitaire to inspire me back to reading in the last week of May. And while I totally smashed through this in 3 days, it was still a time.
I have to say, I only vaguely remembered the plot of this. And I mean “vaguely” in the very loosest of terms. The story was A LOT. But in a weird way where not much actually happened, and yet also a lot of things happened.
If you’re unaware, Solitaire is Alice Oseman’s debut novel. I read it when it first came out in 2014, and honestly, if I had read nothing else by Oseman, I’m not sure I’d read any more. It’s so much darker than anything else she has written.
This book definitely needs some content warnings, because I don’t remember the depression, self-harm, eating disorders, and verbal abuse that is in it. But I do think it has its place in the Heartstopper-verse. In the timeline, this one comes somewhere in the middle of Heartstopper Volume 4, and before Radio Silence.
So, my plan for June, as per my June TBR, is to just read whatever the hell I want. Because I just need to get back into reading again.
So, I started off with Set On You by Amy Lea. It’s a cute enemies to lovers romance, with a body-positive message, and it was super cute. (Apart from the cyber-bullying and depression…)
My only fault with it is that the romance was a bit predictable. But honestly, this is exactly the kind of book that I needed to read (and within 48 hours) to kickstart my reading again.
I believe this is Amy Lea’s debut novel, so I’m interested to see what she comes up with next. Fingers crossed she will be another Olivia Dade!!
Yep, more of the trashy romances. This one is Heart Stopper by Michelle Hercules, and it was … fine. It was on par for my normal 3-star “good” rating, but then the ending ended… like, really quickly. In fact, it felt like we were in the middle of tying things up nicely, and then BAM ― book was over.
I mean, it’s not like I was expecting a literary masterpiece, but still, a bit more closure on their MANY issues would have been nice.
But, like I said, it was fine. Exactly the sort of trashy new adult romance novel I wanted to kick-start my interest in reading again.
Also, I thought this would be in my ‘currently reading list’, but I finished it at 11:30 last night… so I’m technically in between books at the moment!!
I’d love to say that I am still reading The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake. Because I really just want to read and love this book. Like, I just want to enjoy this book and these characters SO MUCH that I was forcing myself to read this.
But I don’t. In fact, this book is the reason that I didn’t read anything for two weeks.
So, for now, I am setting this one aside. Which is actually making me really sad. Why can’t I love this story?!
Side note: Is anyone else finding the characters to be total sociopaths, and the plot to be non-existent, or is it just me?!
Since I am technically in between books right now, this list is kind of fluid. My next read will depend on what I feel like picking up this afternoon… But I think I’m in the mood for something dark and twisty!! So, this is the shortlist…
- Book of Night by Holly Black
- A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova
- The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh
- Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones