Hosted by ‘Taking on a World of Words’, every Wednesday, we ask and answer the 3 W’s:
What are you currently reading?
I need to start timing these WWW Wednesday posts better! Just like last week, I finished my current book – Storm-Wake by Lucy Christopher – in bed with a coffee this morning (there may or may not have also been biscuits!), so technically I’m not reading anything at the moment again! But close enough! Full review is here, but I thought it was wonderful.
What have you just finished reading?
I’ve not got through loads, but it’s been a mystery-filled MG sort of week with:
Kat Wolfe Investigates by Lauren St John (‘Middle-Grade/MG’): This was my introduction to Lauren St John (the shame!) and a very welcome one. While animal stories are generally not really my cup of tea, this was a very well-written, fun mystery with layer upon layer to keep you guessing til the end. It deserves to be hugely popular with its target readers and would make a perfect pressie for any MG mystery/animal fans in your life! You can see a full review here.
Agatha Oddly: The Secret Key by Lena Jones (‘Middle-Grade/MG’): The first in a new detective series for MG readers, this just didn’t do it for me, sadly. I know it will grab others with its mysterious red slime filling London’s waterworks, a sassy and confident female MC and a mysterious underground society, but it just didn’t come together for me.
It’s also been a week for picture books and board books, and there’ll be plenty of posts to follow about these too, but in brief, this week I’ve also read:
Ten Little Robots by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty (picture book) – the latest in the ‘Ten Little…’ series and every bit as bold, bright and busy as the rest. Thumbs up!
Some Birds by Matt Spink (picture book) – simple rhyming text matched with the most BEAUTIFUL illustrations. Such a gorgeous book. There should be a colouring book of it…
100 Dogs by Michael Whaite (picture book) – this one has been buzzing around in my twitter feed for some time so I picked it up yesterday – it’s fantastic! Perfectly executed rhyming text (something which can be so hard to get right), wonderfully detailed and expressive illustrations and as many different dogs as you can think of (well, ok, 100 of them) – absolutely spot on.
Baby Lit A-Z and Alice in Wonderland (board books) – I’d not seen this series before, but I am now on a mission to collect them all! Classic characters in contemporary illustrations teaching everything from colours to weather to the alphabet.
Little Gestalten’s Grimm and Andersen Fairy Tale Collections (fairy tales) – GORGEOUS!! I’ve been on the hunt for a fairy tale collection with just the right illustrations for years now: nothing too old-fashioned, colour, but not too childish and with the right text rather than simplified for children or minute and closely packed for adults. These were shrink-wrapped so I had to take a bit of a punt, but they are perfect!
What are you planning on reading next?
Like last week, that is still a very good question!
I still haven’t started Katherine Rundell’s Into the Jungle from last week (I think it’s becoming one of those that I want to read so much I keep putting it off!) and I still have that whole shelf full of adult fiction to start on, so maybe some of those. Though
But yesterday, I went to the library for the first time in an embarrassingly long time and picked up some books there too, so I may have to prioritise those so that I don’t get side-tracked, forget about them and end up with a stupidly huge fine!
I picked up Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys because I LOVED her book ‘Salt to the Sea (it’s a phenomenal YA/Adult fiction told via several converging fictional narratives based on the true story of the sinking of the German military transport ship the Wilhelm Gustloff in WW2). Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry has been one of those books I’ve meant to read for ages, but not got round to and I think Egg and Spoon might be one of the only Gregory Maguire books I’ve not read: I love his twisty takes on fairy tales.
So, I think Egg and Spoon might pip the others to the post, but what do you think? What should I read next?!
Have you read any of the books I’ve read this week? What are you reading at the moment?
I love the idea of reading in bed with a coffee (and biscuits?). That sounds so cozy! Enjoy whatever you are reading next. I am curious about Egg and Spoon. Here’s MY WWW POST
Defintiely with biscuits! I’m on mat leave, but still waiting for baby to make his arrival, so making the most of a lie in!
Personally, I’d be tempted by the Ruta Sepetys although I don’t have the benefit, like you do, of having read anything by that author before.
Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/www-wednesdays-15th-august-18/
Well, I’ll let you know how it is when I get to it, but I’d highly recommend Salt to the Sea! I’ve ended up re-reading Jungle Book ready to go straight into Katherine Rundell’s Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli.
You’ve been busy! I read YA, but can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve read MG or children’s books. The covers on the MG books are adorable. https://teripolen.com/2018/08/15/www-wednesday-what-am-i-reading-amreading-12/
I love MG! Iy’s been the other way round for me – I’ve made a conscious effort to read more YA this year and I have to admit I’ve been very pleasantly surprised and enjoy it a lot more than I was expecting to, but still tend to prefer either MG or adult.
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I love everything you are reading! I love middle grade and pre-YA books as much as YA. They are often more poignant than adult stories. https://silverbuttonbooks.com/2018/08/15/www-wednesday-august-15-2018/
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Definitely! Love MG books so much – they just have that extra bit of magic to them!
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