WWW Wednesday/AWOL for a while 9/10/19

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

What are you currently reading?

The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods by Samuel J Halpin

I’m just a couple of chapters in but I’ve really enjoyed how the scene’s been set and the mysterious history and rules of it laid out. Both Poppy and Gran seem very likeable too. It seems to have a feel of Perfect about it, we’ll see…!

How to Rob a Bank by Tom Mitchell (ebook)

It’s safe to say this isn’t one I’d have chosen myself, and while other books I may not have picked up otherwise have been a pleasant surprise in that respect, I’m just trying yo get through this one. It’s not completely awful but it’s not for me.

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (audiobook read by Philip Pullman and full cast)

I am absolutely DYING to start The Secret Commonwealth but having reread (listened to) La Belle Sauvage I really, REALLY wanted to reread this too. Plus, it fits with the timeframe with La Belle Sauvage set before the original trilogy and The Secret Commonwealth set after it. So, SC is on hold and I’m listening to His Dark Materials first.

At first I wasn’t sure about the ‘full cast’ aspect of this and Lyra did NOT sound like my Lyra, but I have got used to it and am really enjoying it being read this way now.

What have you just finished reading?

High-Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson

This took me a few chapters to get into, but once I did I really loved it. Easier to solve than other recent mysteries, notably MMU (I actually figured it out! Unheard of!), but just as compelling and Nik and Norva were a great detective duo. I can’t wait for another mys-Tri-ry (see what I did there?! Groooaaan…!)

Jemima Small vs The Universe by Tamsin Winter

This was a bit of an unrateable for me, which was a nice surprise really as I really thought I’d hate it! But I didn’t. I liked Jemima and the other characters well enough but the whole fat-but-clever thing felt a bit…safe. I don’t know. Like, it didn’t matter that she was fat because she was a genius. I’d have preferred her to be solidly average, but where’s the story in that I suppose?

That said, the hurt and low self esteem caused to Jemima and her ‘Fat Club’ friends both intentionally, by bullies and the general public, as well as unintentionally though thoughtless comments or things intended to help that make them feel worse, is all incredibly sensitively and realistically written.

A book that’s likely to speak straight to the hearts of many readers because of its themes of physical appearances, bullying and family, it also has plenty of moments of real happiness and a positive, optimistic feel and would make a great ‘tween’ read.

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

Just as brilliant as the first time around, and Michael Sheen is a fantastic narrator.

What will you read next?


Pullman all the way! It’s just a, question of The Secret Commonwealth or Northern Lights…


I have these to get through in the next two weeks…

That isn’t going to happen but I’m going to try and read as many as I can (place your bets please?!) I’m going to say I’ll manage , which means very limited blogging both posting and reading! So apologies now for going awol for a bit. I’ll be back with a stack of reviews on the other side! Wish me luck…!

Have you read any of these?

What are you reading at the moment?


8 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday/AWOL for a while 9/10/19

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  1. Glad you’re enjoying Peculiar Peggs, and that you didn’t absolutely hate Jemima! Good luck with the rest if the reading challenge- there are some I really loved there. I just finished Sealed with a Kiss, I’m currently reading the Somerset Tsunami (I love it!!) And then next I’m probably going to read Invisible in a Bright Light because I’m on the blog tour.
    Amy x

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  2. Glad you’re loving the Peggs, I enjoyed the dynamic of Poppy and Erasmus!! Good luck with this reading challenge!!! I’ve been reading some spooky books currently and now weighing up whether to read a Somerset tsunami or my last (for now) required book so then I’m FREE to read anything

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    1. I’m loving Poppy and Erasmus! I’d read my last ‘set’ book if I were you – I can’t imagine not having a backlog of books to read though!! Looking forward to new Emma Carroll too though it’ll probably be ancient by the time I get to it!

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      1. I’ve already decided to be sensible and started reading The Pearl in the Ice! And it’s not a chore either so far I’m enjoying it!
        I have a whole Pile of books I want to read (teetering including Frostheart, The Grey Girl, Tsunami, monster who wasn’t, Velvet Fox etc) not to mention moving onto Death in the Spotlight and I have about 20 reviews in the notes app to edit too. But that feeling of choosing is calling me so I’m clearing the decks!

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      2. This makes me feel do much better about the stack of both books and reviews I have waiting as always!
        Enjoy The Pearl in the I’ve, I haven’t read The Wolf Princess (have you?) so keen to see what you make of this one.

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      3. Glad to be of help!! ☺️
        I’ve not read the Wolf Princess but it is sitting on my trolley bottom shelf (higher priority than the box but lower than top shelf) so if I enjoy this it may be promoted up the TBR.

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      4. It works for me as there’s less rigidity of what must be read in what order but it means that the most necessary books are kept in clear view!!

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