I’ve had something of a blog slump recently but I figured WWW Wednesday would be a good way to kick off again. And my review of Rumblestar is going up tomorrow to so I’m back with a bang!
WWW Wednesday is hosted by ‘Taking on a World of Words’ every Wednesday’:
What are you currently reading?
Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll (eBook)
Well, it’s not exactly seasonal but I’ve kept saying I’m going to read the earlier Emma Carroll books I’ve not read yet sbd I’m waiting for either Brightstorm or Murder Most Unladylike to become available from the library, so I’ve chosen this in the meantime.
I’m only a couple of chapters in but I’m enjoying it, I think Emma Carroll is such a talented writer. I always find her books to be so well pitched, always with such a feel of the time and place they’re set in and a great balance between history, friendship and adventure. This one looks to be no different.
The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble (paperback)
I loved Bren MacDibble’s How to Bee (you can read my review of it here) so I was really excited about this and so far I’m loving it.
Like How to Bee, it takes on an environmental issue – fast forwarding into the not at all distant future to create a dystopia where the worst has happened. In this case there’s no more grass left, it’s been killed by a fungus, and food is increasingly scarce.
It’s the characters that make it though – realistic, believable and loveable, they inject a bleak outlook with hope.
08 have you just finished reading?
A Witch Come True by James Nicol (ebook)
No surprises here, but a satisfying and enjoyable ending to the trilogy!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling (audiobook read by Stephen Fry.)
I’ve finished my Harry Potter audio book re-read! It’s been wonderful to revisit Hogwarts and The Burrow, Honeydukes and Hagrid’s hut – like being back amongst friends. There’ve been surprises along the way (some lovely, some less so – Fred!) and plenty I’d completely forgotten about. I have to admit there’s all sorts of things that wouldn’t have bothered me first time round that were a little irksome this time – I could go a while without reading about anyone’s eyes twinkling or anyone gliding anywhere and all the relationship dramas in Goblet of Fire can do one. BUT I still loved them. I’m still looking forward to reading them with Peapod (what better excuse to buy the gorgeous illustrated hardbacks!) and I don’t know quite what to do with myself now I’m done!
The Umbrella Mouse by Anna Fargher, illustrated by Sam Usher
I’ll review this in the coming week or two. I’ll be honest, I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to, but I think that it was very different to what I was expecting and I’d rather got my hopes up for it. I’d definitely still recommend it – I know some readers will love this, but it didn’t end up being my sort of book. Enjoyable but not mind blowing!
What are you planning on reading next?
I love that I can download audiobooks from my library but I’m going to have to get much more organised at reserving them in plenty of time as so many of those I tried are on loan! But I have reserved Murder Most Unladylike and the Moomins for now! Open to suggestions though!
It’ll be a while before I finish Frost Hollow Hall and I did have Murder Most Unladylike lined up next, but I’m going to go for the audiobook of that instead and read Brightstorm as an eBook. I think…!
I was lucky enough to beg a copy of The Wild Folk Rising from the lovely Stevie at Usborne so that has gone straight yo the top of my pile! I loved the first Wild Folk book last year (you can read my review of it here) and have been eagerly awaiting book 2!
Have you read any of these?
What are you reading at the moment?