WWW Wednesday 3/4/19

WWW Wednesday is hosted by ‘Taking on a World of Words’ every Wednesday’:

What are you currently reading?

The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

I mentioned last week how I’d chosen to read the e-book of this (from the library) on my phone so I can read in bed without waking Peapod!

It’s been a perfect choice for these overnight reading and feeding sessions. It’s fairly short (I should finish it in the next couple of nights, if not overnight tonight) and an easy read that maybe won’t be in any of my ‘Top….’ lists but is nevertheless very, very enjoyable.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J K Rowling, read by Stephen Fry.

I’m still really enjoying the Harry Potter audiobooks and this is one of my favourite books in the series. Mostly because it makes me so angry (Dolores Umbridge especially, but Cornelius Fudge and Percy Weasley, I am also looking at you!) but also because of The Order itself which is filled with some of the best people. (How under-rated is Lupin in the series?!)

Rumblestar by Abi Elphinstone

I feel so lucky to have been sent a proof of this, I have been looking forward to it for ages having read her books and, though I’m only a chapter in, it is well and truly living up to expectations! Magical!

I’ve got the proof version, but the real cover (designed by Carrie May and Jenny Richards) was revealed on twitter last week and it’s stunning. I’m a big fan of a map in a book and this has that feel on the cover.

As an Abi Elphinstone aside, I found out this week that she has a picture book coming out in late October too! How flipping exciting!

What have you just finished reading?

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi.

I don’t even know where to begin trying to talk about this book! It was fantastic, in both senses of the word. I’ll be reviewing it (as best I can!) this week or next, in the meantime I’ll leave you with the knowledge that it was excellent but with the advisory note to redd it in big chunks if you csn – it’s much easier to follow than if you’re only managing little snippets at a time!

What are you planning on reading next?

I’ll definitely be continuing with Harry Potter on audio. I’ll be starting Half Blood Prince this week.

I’m going to read the next Apprentice Witch book – A Witch Alone – as an overnight ebook too!

It’ll be a while before I finish Rumblestar, so I don’t know what physical book will be next. I have an absolute stack to get through! Scavengers by Darren Simpson and the final installment in Alice Broadway’s Ink Trilogy, Scar, are both hig on the list though.

Having finished Gingerbread, I’d also really like to find time (hahaha, I know!) to read some of the adult fiction titles sat patiently waiting on my shelf too, but I have no idea yet how I’ll manage this!

Have you read any of these?

What are you reading at the moment?

18 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday 3/4/19

  1. So glad you get to read Rumblestar (of course I’m green with envy!!) I was about to start Apprentice Witch when The Hand, The Eye and the Heart arrived so my witchy adventures are yet to come as I’m happily wrapped up in non-binary Mulan currently!! Looking forward to seeing what you think though!

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      • The hand the eye and the heart is all types of gorgeous, Mulan is possibly my favourite Disney Princess and I loved the Chinese language film made of the Mulan legend too- so a retelling is just gorgeous and the non-binary twist is compelling too. I’m now going to have to read everything Zoë Marriott has written!!

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    • It’s weird. It is magical realism in a way, but not in the way you’d normally expect a MR book to be. There’s also quite a contemporary feel to it and a lot of indirect social commentary, satire and humour. But it’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea!


  2. So glad you’re enjoying Apprentice Witch, and you’re making me even more excited for Rumblestar than I already am!
    I’m currently reading Paper Avalanche and it’s BRILLIANT. YA contemporary though, so I’m not sure if you’d love it…
    Amy x

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    • No, might not be my thing. If I ever get caught up on my TBRs I want to branch out to make myself read more of them but at the moment I have too much that I REALLY want to read to read anything I’m not 100% on.

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      • That’s totally fair! I def read more MG, but I do like a contemporary YA now and then. I read the odd thriller and fantasy, but not v many I don’t think! Id you do end up reading Scavengers next I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts; I caved and bought it in a bookshop because the dedication made me cry, even though dystopia is not usually my fave… 🙈

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  3. I’ve heard a lot of people enjoy the HP series on audiobook (though I’ve not listened to them myselves). The narrator seems to have done a really good job!

    I’d never heard of Rumblestar, and I’m not quite sure what it’s about, but it looks like something I’d be interested in! Looking forward to finding out more about it.

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday post.

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    • It’s narrated by Stephen Fry and he does a brilliant job.
      Rumblestar is a new MG fantasy adventure set in the ‘unmapped kingdoms’ from one of my favourite MG authors. I’m not far in yet, but it promises magic, an evil harpy, more mythical creatures, chaos and an unlikely pair of ‘heroes’!

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      • That all sounds great! I mean, who can say no to chaos, a world full of magical creatures, and unlikely heroes? Sign me up! I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for that one. 🙂 Sounds like something my daughter might like, too (and it’s in her reading range).

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      • Oh, definitely give it a read with your daughter then – in fact I highly recommend any of her books! Sky Song was wildly popular, I preferred her Dreamsnatcher trilogy but all are brilliant! Hope you and your daughter get chance to give her a try!

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