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WWW Wednesday #16

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

This is another case of ‘Bookstagram made me do it’.

I’ve been seeing so many positive reviews for If I Can’t Have You that when Tandem Collective announced that they were hosting a readalong, I really wanted to take part.

I’m getting Girl On The Train vibes, crossed with You, so I’m really enjoying the story and looking forward to find out what happens with Constance and Samuel.

If I Can’t Have You

What did you recently finish reading?

The Holiday

I binged The Holiday by T.M. Logan over two days, and really liked it. (Although I felt like the synopsis was a teensy bit misleading about the story’s contents.)

Slay

I also read Slay by Brittney Morris, which was so good, and The Less Dead, by Denise Mina, which I didn’t enjoy so much.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’d just started Angels and Demons when the readalong started so I’ll be returning to Robert Langdon’s first adventure when I’ve finished If I Can’t Have You.

After that, I’ll be moving onto either The Rules For Perfect Murders or The Damage Done, which is the sixth Inspector McLean novel.

Rules for Perfect Murders: The 'fiendishly good' Richard and Judy Book Club pick

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WWW Wednesday #15

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

Slay is described as Black Panther meets Ready player One, which made me want to pick it up immediately.

I haven’t seen a lot of reviews, but those I have read are filled with praise, and I have to say I’m really liking it so far.

Slay

What did you recently finish reading?

I finally finished Volume One of War and Peace, which feels amazing.

I’d planned to start The Less Dead, but I was seeing a lot of Legendborn on my Instagram timeline so I reshuffled my tbr, and read it and The Switch.

Legendborn (Legendborn, #1)

The Switch

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m planning to choose between Two Can Keep A Secret, and The Less Dead.

The Less Dead

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WWW Wednesday #14

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

I’m this close to finishing Volume One of War and Peace, which is nice since it feels like it’s taken forever.

I also started Die Trying on Monday, the second Jack Reacher book, which will complete another prompt for the When Are You Reading Challenge.

Die Trying (Jack Reacher, #2)

What did you recently finish reading?

It’s taken me a year to get back to the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, but I’m so glad that I did because I loved The Conference Of The Birds.

The Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #5)

What do you think you’ll read next?

My choices are The Switch, Two Can Keep A Secret, or The Less Dead, but this might change.

The Less Dead

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WWW Wednesday #13

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

I’m a little over 100 pages into War and Peace, and also working my way through The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett, which was an impulse buy.

I don’t know why the premise of the Queen secretly solving crimes works, but it just does.

The Windsor Knot

What did you recently finish reading?

Karen McManus’ fourth book was every bit as addictive and brilliant as its predecessors.

The Cousins

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m going to be starting either The Switch, Two Can Keep A Secret (which would be a reread, but after finishing The Cousins, I really want to go back to Karen McManus’ previous books), or The Less Dead.

The Less Dead

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WWW Wednesday #12

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
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What are you currently reading?

Aside from this gem by Stuart MacBride, I’m still to finish up War and Peace, Antigone, and Bloody Scotland, which is a collection of short stories set in iconic Scottish landmarks.

The plan is to get them finished by December, so fingers are crossed that I can start the new year with no overlap.

A Dark So Deadly

What did you recently finish reading?

I’m indecisive over how I feel about the first Jack Reacher book. I thought Reacher was an interesting character, but I guessed the ending a good few hundred pages before the reveal, mainly because the plot reminded me of a film (I won’t say which one because I’d spoil the book but it does have Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in), and the person behind the goings-on in Margrave felt so obviously dodgy I was surprised it took Reacher as long as it did to figure out what was happening.

I still want to read Book 2, though, so I haven’t abandoned hope yet.

Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)

What do you think you’ll read next?

Technically this is a current read, but it’s what I’m hoping to get back to when I finish A Dark So Deadly.

War and Peace

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WWW Wednesday #11

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

I’ve read classic novels before, but this is by far my most ambitious.

War and Peace

What did you recently finish reading?

I’ve read 50 books this year so far, which is well over last year’s total, so I’ve started slowing down a bit.

I have four books left in the Inspector McLean series, which I’m hoping to finish before Book 11 is released at the beginning of next year, which I think I should manage if I continue to space them out as I have done up till now.

Prayer for the Dead (Inspector McLean, #5)

Also finished was Camino Winds by John Grisham. I used to read a lot of his books, so reading this new one was kind of nostalgic.

The story was interesting, but I felt like I’d cheated by not reading the previous Camino book, which was referenced quite a lot in this one. And I was quite disappointed that Bruce didn’t do much investigating as suggested in the synopsis, so I’m not sure I even want to find out what happened in the previous book.

Camino Winds

It’s been a couple of months since I read the second Murder Most Unladylike book so I thought it was time I got round to Book 3.

First Class Murder (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, #3)

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m excited to get started on The Thursday Murder Club, which I’ve seen loads of positive reviews for. That means To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before will be getting postponed (again) but after trying to read Save The Date last month, I’m in no rush to get round to another YA romance.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
The Thursday Murder Club (Thursday Murder Club, #1)
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WWW Wednesday #10

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

I’m almost a third of the way through Inspector McLean 5, and marvelling at the fact that I’m still reading the same series and didn’t abandon it after Book 2.

Prayer for the Dead (Inspector McLean, #5)

I also started Ducks, Newburyport since it sounded like a good book and I wanted something to read alongside Prayer For The Dead.

Turns out, when it said in the synopsis that it takes place while a housewife is baking, it really did mean that- so this giant stream of consciousness is going to be waiting a while for me to get back round to it.

After I skipped a few chapters to find out if there’s ever a paragraph break, I decided to start War and Peace because it’s been on my tbr list for a while and it suddenly looks a lot easier to get through in comparison.

War and Peace

What did you recently finish reading?

I really enjoyed the sequel to The Way Of All Flesh. Raven was a much better character this time, and so was Sarah, so I think I’m going to be preordering Book 3 when we have more information on its publication date.

The Art of Dying (Raven, Fisher, and Simpson, #2)

Good Girls Die First was like a cross between Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and Stephen King’s It, and for me, that crossover didn’t work.

The main problem I had was that I didn’t invest in any of the characters, so didn’t care when they started getting killed off during the night, or when their guilt overwhelmed them and they confessed to what they had done (which would mean they would be dead within hours.)

Good Girls Die First

What do you think you’ll read next?

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
Camino Winds
The Thursday Murder Club (Thursday Murder Club, #1)
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WWW Wednesday #9

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

I found myself picking this up at the weekend as my next read after finishing Arsenic For Tea, and I was hooked within a few pages, which was a pleasant surprise.

There’s a lot going on in the story, but it’s enjoyable and pretty addictive.

Quichotte

As testament to my laziness, the same day I started Quichotte, I also started The Art of Dying, because my copy of Quichotte was at the other side of the room and I didn’t want to go and get it.

In my defence, there were a lot of blankets, and I was cosy.

The Art of Dying (Raven, Fisher, and Simpson, #2)

And surprise surprise, there’s a third book: Conviction. This was started because it was eye-level with me when I was reaching for Art of Dying, and I’ve been wanting to read it since I got it, so I gave in and did just that.

Conviction

What did you recently finish reading?

I loved The Flatshare so much I’ve decided it’s been my favourite book of this year. What pulled me in was the trope of Tiffy and Leon flatsharing in a flat which only had one bed (which as we all know, in the world of fiction, can lead to lots of shenanigans), and I stayed for the Post-It note conversations, Tiffy’s quirky personality, and Leon’s adorable awkwardness.

The Flatshare

I also finished the second Murder Most Unladylike novel, which was as good as the first, if not better given the raised stakes.

Arsenic for Tea (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, #2)

What do you think you’ll read next?

My next 3 reads will hopefully be one of the following: the 5th Inspector McLean novel, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, or Camino Winds.

Prayer for the Dead (Inspector McLean, #5)
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
Camino Winds
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WWW Wednesday #8

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

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What did you recently finish reading?
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What are you currently reading?

Progress is slow-going with Milkman. I mentioned in my last weekly wrap up that while the story is interesting, the narrative style is very different from what I usually read- which in itself isn’t a bad thing, since it’s always nice to try something new- and so I’m finding myself reading no more than four or five pages at a time.

Milkman

I didn’t think I would become attached to any of the characters when I started reading Wolf Hall, but I’m more than two thirds of the way through the second book in the trilogy and I almost don’t want it to end.

Of course, I still have The Mirror and The Light to read when I finish Bring Up The Bodies, but it’s been an incredibly addictive and vivid story, and although I knew going into the first book what happened historically, the cast of characters have been brought to life by Hilary Mantel, and I think reading the final page is going to be bittersweet.

Bring Up the Bodies

Fair Warning is the first book I’ve ever read by Michael Connelly, so I’m trying to refrain from judging it before I get to the end.

The plot featuring DNA and the world of genetics is one I’ve come across before a few years ago in a book by Michael Crichton (he of the Jurassic Park series) and I was left feeling creeped out by the questions he asked throughout the story, so I’m hoping this one ends better.

Fair Warning (Jack McEvoy #3)

What did you recently finish reading?

Eight Detectives was a Netgalley arc I didn’t feel it would have been fair to review since I couldn’t decide how I felt about it.

It had an interesting premise behind it, and I enjoyed that we got to read the short stories written by one of the characters who is an author (hence the eight detectives mentioned in the title) but there was a LOT of mathematical talk that resulted in me skipping paragraphs, which I felt made the idea of the two characters (the author and the literary agent) discussing the formulas which can be applied to mystery novels redundant.

But that might just be me, as I’ve seen plenty of positive reviews on Netgalley and on Goodreads.

Eight Detectives

The fourth Inspector McLean novel was a little bit different from the rest of the series in its tone (and the obvious lack of the supernatural, which is a key part of the books) but I enjoyed it from first page till last and I’m looking forward to getting on with Book 5.

Dead Men's Bones (Inspector McLean, #4)

What do you think you’ll read next?

The sequel to The Way Of All Flesh has been on my shelf since January, so I thought it was time I got round to it. I’ve only seen one review of The Art Of Dying, and it was a positive one, so my fingers are crossed that Book 2 lives up to the standard set by Book 1.

The Art of Dying (Raven, Fisher, and Simpson, #2)

It’s been a few weeks since I finished the 4th Inspector McLean book, so I’d like to move on to Book 5.

Prayer for the Dead (Inspector McLean, #5)
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WWW Wednesday #7

I can’t believe my last WWW Wednesday was all the way back in May.

Well, okay, I can believe it, because it’s me. And it’s pretty much standard by this point for any whims I get to be productive to be short-lived. But still, May. And almost two months have passed since then.

Like everyone else, I’m going to be relieved when 2020 is over, not least because trying to keep tracks of the day of the week, or what month we’re in, is a hassle.

On a slightly more positive note, I’ve been working on some new blog posts this week. That includes catching up on the books I haven’t reviewed, and getting a start on those to come so I don’t have to Google what happened because I’ve forgotten most of the plot by the time I get to the end.

So while I’m doing that, here’s this week’s WWW Wednesday.

It’s hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

It’s taken me ages to get back to this series, so it’s nice to return to Edinburgh again to find out what Tony McLean’s up to since his last outing in Hangman’s Song.

Dead Men's Bones (Inspector McLean, #4)

What did you recently finish reading?

There doesn’t look to be much of a theme with these three novels, but they all fall under the mystery genre. And I enjoyed them equally, so there’s that, too.

The Way of All Flesh (Raven, Fisher, and Simpson, #1)
Domina (Maestra #2)
Lost Girls (D.I. Kim Stone, #3)

What do you think you’ll read next?

Technically I’ve already started Bring Up The Bodies, but I’ve stopped it until I finish Inspector McLean Book 4, because I found myself struggling to get into it- which I’m finding strange since a lot of people seem to prefer it to Wolf Hall.

The other two on my list- Camino Winds & To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before– aren’t set, so I might end up reading something completely different.

Bring Up the Bodies
Camino Winds