WWW Wednesday (12-20-17)

Hi friends! WWW Wednesday is a meme currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Game plan is simple – answer the three questions and leave a link on Sam’s post. Kind of like Goodreads but more intentional.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

What did you recently finish reading?

Now that school is out for holiday I have more time to devote toward reading, and as such have dove straight into my neglected TBR pile. Since it’s the Christmas season there has been plenty of attention paid toward holiday tales, and I am doing a Seven Books for Christmas series this week, though like any good Christmas story should, many of these can be read at other times of the year and still be just as relevant.

At the beginning of the week I finished The Snowman by Jo Nesbø. The first half of the book was slow, but the story quickly picked up in the second half, and by the end I was tempted to flip to the last few pages of the book just to see what would happen. I felt that some parts of the plot were predictable (I make a game out of trying to figure out the villain when I read mysteries), but in other parts I was blindsided. This was my first book by the Norwegian author, but hopefully not the last.

After The Snowman I visited with the Quinns in Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter Stroll (review here). Set on Nantucket Island during Christmas Stroll the book was filled with the typical drama that makes up any extended family. With a pending visit to the in-laws I had to laugh at the antics of the characters as they reminded me of my own family.

And to round it all up I just put down I Won’t Be Home for Christmas by Amanda Prowse. This romance was a light feel-good novel that reminds me of the books my mom loves to read. There was humor, family, and the beauty that is New Zealand as a backdrop. Review to come later today.

Also on the list of books I read were Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire (review here) and Fredrik Backman’s The Deal of a Lifetime, a short but sweet novella that true to Backman form will stay with you long after you leave the book (review later this week).

What are you currently reading?

33357622I just started Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak. The story follows one family that must spend a week in quarantine together over the holidays after one of the daughters (a doctor) returns home from the red zone in Africa. So far at a quarter of the way in I am undecided on how I feel about the book. Lots of family drama, but I have yet to connect with any of the characters. The premise kind of reminds me of The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Blame it on Bookstagram. After seeing tons of reviews on Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva I took a trip to our library and picked up a copy. I read A Midnight Carol: A Novel of How Charles Dickens Saved Christmas by Patricia Davis a couple years back, which has a similar premise. I’m hoping to see the move “The Man Who Invented Christmas” (trailer here) but will probably wait until it’s out on DVD and watch it then.

I will also be doing a combination of listening/reading Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb over our travels. The reviews look marvelous, and it’s been on my TBR for months now.

What have you been reading lately? Any holiday classics I need to get to this season? If you’re a blogger leave a link in the comments so I can come say hi!


12 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (12-20-17)

  1. Some interesting books in here. I have been looking at The Snowman for a while but I am under strict no buying more books orders 😆 so maybe next Christmas I’ll give it a go.

    I haven’t read any Christmas based books this month so far hopefully will next year I might make it a challenge for myself.


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