I’ve sort of skipped over this post for almost a month now, because Wednesdays have just been super super busy! But since I had the worst luck today while trying to make it to an interview 1.5-2 hours away, I now have some free time which I had not planned for. I will try not to sounds too depressed while I write this post of you guys!
Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
So, here we go!
My WWW list has changed a little since my last post! Which, I think, is why I maybe didn’t make any of these posts for a while. They would have been repetitive and boring. I envy people who can read faster than me! Haha.
But anyway, I don’t know much about Cauchemar, as I only started reading it yesterday evening. What I can tell you is that I am happy it is in third person, and that I am generally in love with Louisiana, swampy settings. There is already a lot of mystery, and some trouble brewing, and I am only 25 pages in! But, since I can’t really say any more, I will provide the Goodreads description below:
Gripping, fast-paced, gorgeously written, and with unforgettable characters, Cauchemar tells the story of 20-year-old Hannah, who finds herself living alone on the edge of a Louisianan swamp after her adopted mother and protector dies. Hannah falls in love with Callum, an easy-going boat captain and part-time musician, but after her mysterious birth mother, outcast as a witch and rumoured to commune with the dead, comes back into Hannah’s life, she must confront what she’s been hiding from — the deadly spirits that haunt the swamp, the dark secrets of her past, and the nascent gift she possesses.
Like the nightmares that plague Hannah, Cauchemar lingers and haunts.
Another book which I am currently reading is Six of Crows! I cannot begin to tell you how much I’ve been wanting to read this book. I have, however, been keeping it on the back burner because 1) I’m trying to finish the books which I have received in exchange for a review, and 2) I was waiting for Six of Crows to become available at my local library (because I have it as an e-book, and I just do not enjoy the experience of reading an e-book as much as reading a physical book).
Due to all of these reasons, I am not very far in, but I can already tell you that I love this book, and will love this series as a whole. Unless Bardugo cruelly butchers my heart near the end or something. I can also tell you that this book is also written in the third person (YES!) and that I am really loving the world in which it is set, as it is the same world in which the story of The Grisha series took place! Here is the description from Goodreads, in case any of you are unfamiliar with this book (although I feel like I’m the only one in the world who hasn’t read it yet):
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
In addition, I am also (very slowly) making my way through the bonus stories from The Grisha series, and I am currently on “The Demon in the Wood”. These shorts are really great, especially if you’re suffering from a post-Grisha hangover!
There is a lot of background information provided in these short/additional stories, and although they are labelled as temporally coming before the actual trilogy, I would recommend that you read them after, due to spoilers which they contain. Don’t read any of the descriptions either!
I have yet to review The Conjoined, so I will not say too much here (haha, sorry!) But, I can say that while this book took me a bit of time to read (if you kept track of my Goodreads updates at all, haha), this was not because the book was slowly paced, or bad, or anything negative like that. I was simply busy with Christmas shopping, meetings for work, blogging, etc. I also have a tendency to get sucked into my phone or laptop for hours on end, checking on emails, social media, and my blog. And when I was able to overcome these distractions, there would be other things which would pull me out of “the zone.” This, therefore, left me little time to actually sit and read this book. What I ended up doing when I was almost halfway into the book, is that I just read from like 11 pm (when my parents and boyfriend were asleep, and therefore unable to interrupt, haha) and I just read until the very end, which was around 2:30 am or so. This worked out for the best too, because it became quite intense around that point in the book anyway, so I would have been distressed if I’d been interrupted. My review for this book is coming soon! I promise!
The book which I’ll be picking up after Cauchemar is Tyrants and Traitors by Joshua McHenry Miller! While I know almost absolutely nothing about this book (as I have not opened it yet), based on the description I am assuming that this will be like a sort of re-telling or spin-off based on some of the Biblical stories which I grew up with. The giant part, especially, reminds me of David and the Goliath. And then there is the Israel part as well. I apologize if I am wrong! Again, I have not read this book yet, so I have not idea. But in either case, I am very excited to dive in! Also, look at that awesome cover! Here is the Goodreads description in case you want to get more of a feel for it!
“Find the traitor hiding within Israel,” the seer warns Niklas, “or our nation will be enslaved and your hometown slaughtered.”
So, no pressure.
Niklas, a fifteen-year-old shepherd, spent his whole life dreaming of revolt against the hygiene-adverse Philistines, but when the all-but-impossible mission is thrust upon him, he starts to rethink the whole hero business. What chance does the daring schemer have when lions, the Mad King, and a literal giant stand in his way?
As Niklas races to uncover the hidden traitor, conspiracies and armies converge on the nation—with his hometown directly in the crossfire.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING MY POST! HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS BEFORE? WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? WHAT HAVE YOU RECENTLY FINISHED? ALSO, WHAT’S NEXT? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!