WWW Wednesday 30/3/22

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

What are you currently reading?

The Light in Everything by Katya Balen

I have only just started this, but I love Katya Balen’s writing so I know I’ll enjoy this. Based on the synopsis I think I might rank least favourite of the three she’s done so I’ll be interested to see if I can be proved wrong!

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

OK, how long have I been going on about this for?! But I’m finally starting it! Admittedly I hadn’t factored in quite how much I had going on during this week off so I’m not sure I’ll be able to binge it as I’d intended but I’m definitely starting it this eve!

The Balloon Thief by Aneesa Marufu, audiobook read by Nikki Patel

I’m starting this this morning. I was, very lucky to be gifted a physical copy of the book by the author when she came into work to sign our copies, but as I’m ready for a new audiobook before I’ve managed to get to it I’m going to sneak it in this way instead! It sounds great (my only misgiving is that there’s definitely going to be a bit of a romance…!) and the cover (and edges) of the finished copies are gorgeous too!

What have you just finished reading?

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, audiobook read by Erin Tripp

I was a bit unsure of what I’d think of this because it’s short stories, but the way they’re all connected really brought it together for me and I enjoyed it. I think listening to it probably helped too, as the narration acted as a sort of constant as well.

The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill

I loved The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, so I was pretty sure I was going to love this too and I did! An utterly magical tale of ogres, dragons, kindness and community. It says something that I liked it despite it centring on orphans, which as lots of you will know, is one of my least favourite MG tropes!! But this definitely does it differently!

Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle, audiobook read by Noel Arthur

I’ve mixed feelings on this, and I wonder whether, despite the audio giving it a much more authentic voice than I’d have read it with, I’d have been more drawn into this if I’d read it as a physical book rather than listening to it, where I often felt my attention wandering.

It’s certainly a powerful and important story, even more so from being seen through the eyes of a young narrator. At times, I couldn’t fail to be moved, shocked, angered and horrified. Unfortunately, though, at others I was distracted and less than gripped.

What will you read next?

I’ve only just started these books so I’m not sure! Though I’d like to get to the new Starfell from Dominique Valente and The Way Back by Gavriel Savit soon.

What are you reading at the moment?    Have you read any of these?


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  1. I’ve got the Ogress and the Orphans and am definitely looking forward to reading it – nearly Easter holidays! I’ve only read The Space We’re in by Katya Balen and really need to get to October, October! I was almost going to buy The Balloon Thief based on the sprayed edges alone, so looking forward to seeing what you think.


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