WWW Wednesday 25/9/19

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

What are you currently reading?

Frostheart by Jamie Littler

I’ve interrupted my reading challenge to try and speed through this before the end of the month and I’m nearing the end. Its enjoyable and on the surface contains lots of the things I enjoy in MG but for a reason I’ve yet to figure out it just hasn’t grabbed me. I do like it, it is good but it just hasn’t had that magic “ohmygodyouhavetoreadthisnowit’samazing!!” effect.

A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson (ebook)

After a slow and uncertain start, I’ve really got into this now and am hooked on the “whodunnit” aspect and seeing Pip’s investigation unfold. I also really like Pip as a main character – yes, she’s the geeky schoolwork-over-parties teen trope but it doesn’t feel over-egged and suits the story well.

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield (audiobook read by Juliet Stevenson)

I’ve temporarily paused with this to reread La Belle Sauvage ahead of The Secret Commonwealth coming out next week. I’ll definitely go back to it though.

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (audiobook read by Michael Sheen)

Oh I’d forgotten how much I love this – I’m sneaking a bit in whenever I get chance and am just as immersed as I was the first time I read it. It’s making me super excited for book 2 and also making me want to reread the original His Dark Materials trilogy on audio too!

What have you just finished reading?

Since my last WWW post, I’ve finished a few books I think…

Death in the Spotlight and Top Marks for Murder by Robin Stevens (ebook)

Finishing these has brought me up to date with the Murder Most Unladylike series – you can read a review post if them here. I can’t believe I’ve got no more of Hazel and Daisy’s adventures to read! I was thrilled to see there’ll be an MMU World Book Day book though!

Uki and the Outcasts by Kieran Larwood, illustrated by David Wyatt.

Although it took me a bit longer to get into a Five Realms book without Podkin and co., I was soon drawn right in as usual and really enjoyed this installment. I really liked the way it runs almost parallel to the first books, with lots tying their stories together and plenty to take us back to Podkin’s adventures in the following books but reading really well on its own with some likeable new main characters and a wicked new villain.

Gribblebob’s Book of Unpleasant Goblins by David Ashby

I’m going to try and get a review of this up in the next few days. It’s one I’d not heard of and didn’t know anything about before reading, but it was a great little read – a funny MG adventure that still felt original despite covering many popular themes – friendship, courage etc.

Charlie Changes Into a Chicken by Sam Copeland, illustrated by Sarah Horne

A longer early chapter book, this has all the humour young readers love (with plenty of poo of course, alongside some hilarious French pigeons!) plus plenty to keep parents reading smiling too and some interesting facts along the way – did you know spiders have eight bums for example 😉?!

I wasn’t sure about this one at first but it really grew on me and I think it is pitch perfect for its intended audience. A great start to a funny, new series!

What will you read next?


I will try and finish Once Upon a River, but it’ll probably stay sidelined for a while as I’ll hopefully go straight from La Belle Sauvage into The Secret Commonwealth. I’ve ordered the gorgeous, special edition print copy but I’ll read it sooner on audio plus Michael Sheen is a brilliant narrator.


I’m hoping to find another of the YA titles from my mammoth reading challenge available as an ebook, so maybe Jemima Small vs. The Universe or The Million Pieces of Neena Gill.

Physical copy

So many to choose from (and so many to get through) I think next on my list from my challenge will be The Secret Starling or High Rise Mystery.

Have you read any of these?

What are you reading at the moment?

5 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday 25/9/19

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  1. SO excited thar Jemima is part of your reading challenge!! I highly recommend the Secret Starling, please let me know your thoughts if you go for that. I liked High Rise Mystery too. I’m looking forward to Frostheart 💜
    Amy x

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    1. I’m really looking forward to High Rise Mystery. I’ve definitely got the mystery bug after MMU! I’m intrigued to see your thoughts on Frostheart. I feel like I should gave enjoyed it more than I did but can’t place my finger on why.

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      1. I hadn’t either, only all the twitter hype. I did enjoy it well enough but feel like for a book that on the surface had everything I love in MG I should be more bothered about it, just feels a bit take it or leave it and I can’t place why.

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