WWW Wednesday #3 | 24th May 2017

You’d be forgiven for not remembering the last time I did a WWW Wednesday (it was back in March, fyi) because I’ve been on the Top 5 Wednesday bandwagon for a little while instead. However, this week, I’ve decided to plump for a WWW post and talk a little about what I’m reading and planning to read soon.

WWW Wednesday is currently hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words so do head over to her blog if you want to see more readers’ WWW Wednesday posts.

The Three Ws are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

 

1. What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading a couple of books because I’m incapable of being a monogamous reader. The first is Changeless by Gail Carriger, the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series, a paranormal fantasy series in which vampires, werewolves, and ghosts are accepted as part of Victorian society and indeed form part of Queen Victoria’s Secret Council. It’s steampunk-y and it’s overly “British” (in that sort of inaccurate, stereotypical way) and it’s jolly good fun, you guys. However, I wasn’t completely feeling it one day when I wanted to read something before going to bed so I’ve also recently started reading Howards End by E.M. Forster, after a pleasantly successful time reading another of Forster’s novels, A Room with a View. Howards End tells the story of three different middle-class English families (the Wilcoxes, the Schlegels, and the Basts), all of whom represent a particular “grade” of middle-class life at the time. Their lives obviously intertwine in interesting ways and I’m enjoying it so far!

 

2. What did you recently finish reading?

As mentioned above, I recently finished reading A Room with a View by E.M. Forster and was very pleasantly surprised by not only how quick of a read it was but also how enjoyable it ended up being. (I did a review on it, if you’re curious!) Likewise, unsurprisingly, I also recently finished (re-)reading Soulless by Gail Carriger, the first book in the Parasol Protectorate series. I re-read that one so I could pick up the later books in the series as I never did got around to continuing onward with the series the first time that I read Soulless. And, lastly, I finished reading The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill, a book set in Depression-era Montreal, about two creative and imaginative orphans who grow up in the underworld of the city but reunite eventually to put on a show involving clowns and chorus girls and their special talents. It’s disgusting and spellbinding all in one, I loved it, and (though I will struggle to articulate it) I’m going to be putting up a review for it soon so stay tuned!

  

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Providing I manage to finish both of my current reads, then I hope to pick up the third book in (yes you’ve guessed it) the Parasol Protectorate series, Blameless by Gail Carriger to continue on with the roll I’m on with that series. However, I’m sure that at the same time I’ll want to have another book on the go so, if I’m brave/stupid enough, I’ll possibly pick up the next ASOIAF book, A Dance with Dragons: Part 1 by George R.R. Martin. I want/need to keep going with the series, whilst I still remember what happened in the previous volume. If I’m not quite brave/stupid enough to start that tome, though, I’m inclined to pick up another non-fantasy (just to balance things out), maybe Decline and Fall or Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. We shall see!

  

Ok, that’s all the time we’ve got, folks  I hope you enjoyed this insight into my current reads. Do you have a WWW Wednesday post of your own? Please link it below if so (or answer in the comments), I’d love to hear your responses.
Have you read any of the books I mentioned – how did you like (or not like) them?
Until next time – happy reading!


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WWW Wednesday #2 | 22nd March 2017

Exactly a month after I did my last WWW Wednesday, I bring you another! (You have to admit: this is a sort of consistency… just not the regularity the meme originally suggests.) Whilst you can always find out what I’m reading via Goodreads (mainly because I update my page number obsessively in case my bookmark falls out of my book, true story) it’s nice to pause, mid-week, and reflect how the week is going and, mostly, what I’m reading at the moment. WWW Wednesday is currently hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words so do head over to her blog if you want to see more readers’ WWW Wednesday posts.

The Three Ws are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

 

thesongrising1. What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Samantha Shannon’s The Song Risingthe third book of seven in her Bone Season series. I’ve been anticipating this for so many months and I’m so glad that Samantha pushed back the release to make sure the story was as wonderful as it possibly could be because, boy, was it worth the wait. Attending YALC last year and getting to meet the author reignited my love for the first two books in this series so once the pre-order link came up, I knew I had to have it as soon as I could get my grubby little hands on it. I’m really enjoying this instalment in the series as the action is now moving away from Scion-controlled London and exploring other parts of the UK (such as Manchester and Edinburgh), which is completely my jam because dystopians that only focus on one city/place always leave me wondering how everyone else out there is faring – this is answering that query!

 

themimeorder

2. What did you recently finish reading?
Since I was planning to pick up The Song Rising, I made sure to re-read The Bone Season and The Mime Order first since it’s been a few months since I read them (ok, re-read them, I’m obsessed, what can I say?). I’m very grateful for that decision because it cemented in my head how much I love the second book, The Mime Order, and I definitely picked up on things in it that I must have just skimmed over when reading it for the first and second times. Third time’s a charm! If it wasn’t obvious… I completely recommend this series.

 

smoke3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you saw my recent blog post about my TBR Jar project then you will have seen that I picked a book from there to read next, and that was Smoke by Dan Vyleta. I’ve been meaning to read it for months, the concept sounds super intriguing so, despite some not so favourable reviews, I’m going to give it a go asap. Because I’m incapable of just reading one thing at a time I’ll also probably be listening to the audiobook of either J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince or Clariel by Garth Nix. I’m feeling a little bit neglectful of my classics too so I may (and it’s a very big “may”) pick up something extra like Emma by Jane Austen or something Dickens (super specific, I know, but hey I have many to choose from!). I don’t do monogamous reading, as you might have realised.

Ok, that’s all the time we’ve got, folks  I hope you enjoyed this insight into my current reads. Do you have a WWW Wednesday post of your own? Please link it below if so (or answer in the comments), I’d love to hear your responses.
Have you read any of the books I mentioned – how did you like (or not like) them?
Until next time – happy reading!


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WWW Wednesday #1 | 22nd February 2017

Well I thought I’d mix things up a little here on The Terror of Knowing by bringing you a mid-week reading update (of sorts) in the form of WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words. This isn’t a new meme by any means but it is a meme that’s new to me and, having seen it a couple of times over at Cátia’s wonderful blog, I thought I’d join in since it’s simplicity greatly appeals to me!

The Three Ws are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?


1. What are you currently reading?

I’m currently doing a re-read of V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic to try to prepare myself for reading the third (and final) book in the trilogy (disclaimer: I will never be prepared). Likewise I’m re-reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix via listening to the audiobook as narrated by Stephen Fry on my train journeys to/from work every day. I’m allegedly also still reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy but as I’ve not actively read any of it (not a single word) for close to a month, I’m not sure how accurate it is to say I’m currently reading it.

2. What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished reading Erika Johansen’s The Fate of the Tearling to round off my read of the Tearling trilogy. I adored the first book, loved the second, and had… mixed feelings about the third (whispers I kind of hated the ending), but I’m really glad I finally finished off this trilogy because on the whole I loved the concept and the characters Johansen created. Similarly, in terms of trilogies, I also recently finished re-reading the Old Kingdom trilogy by Garth Nix (though I hear that’s a series now?) with Abhorsen, as narrated by Tim Curry. I would definitely recommend the Tim Curry audiobooks, they’re amazing, and he has a spot-on voice for Mogget! I’m planning to do trilogy reviews for both of these trilogies so, if you’re interested, definitely do keep an eye out for those coming soon on this blog.

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

As I’m currently re-reading A Darker Shade of Magic, it’s highly likely I will read (read: it’s nigh-on impossible I won’t read) the second book, A Gathering of Shadows next, and then move on to the new release – A Conjuring of Light. I’m not emotionally prepared for it to be over, but I also need to know what happens, it’s a difficult bind. Ha, bookworm problems, am I right?

Do you have a WWW Wednesday post? Please link it below if so (or just answer in the comments below), I’d love to hear your responses.
Have you read any of the books I mentioned – how did you like (or not like) them?
Until next time – happy reading!


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