WWW Wednesday (01-31-18)

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?

This week’s post will be short and sweet! I finished one book this week, a fantasy ARC due to be published February 6th.

Tarnished City by Vic James is the second in a series. Set in modern day Britain it is a novel of what would happen if Britain was taken over by an elite Skilled technocracy. Parliament is run by a magical elite, with normal Skilless people being forced into intense labor for a decade of their lives. But there is unrest in the lower ranks, and the people are no longer content to submit their lives and freedoms to the oppressive yoke. The book was a great bridge between contemporary issues and magical realism, and I read the bulk of it over the weekend. I didn’t read the first book Gilded Cage, but it ended up being OK since the book references events that happened earlier and I could piece together the background easily enough.

Audio-wise I wrapped up Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain last night. A virulent alien germ comes to a 48-person town in Arizona. Scientists in a bunker need to find a cure before it reaches the rest of the world. Like yesterday.  A must read for any biologist, the book was terrifyingly realistic. Not really one for sci-fi, I will always make an exception for Crichton.


What are you currently reading?

Currently I am reading The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle. It’s a YA fantasy that’s got goblins, romance, curses, and a Pacific Northwest setting. I’m only 5% of the way through, and already there’s been mentions of coffee and gold. I suspect it will be a fast read, and I am happy to be in the fantasy genre once more.

I have also just started Burmese Days by George Orwell. I read his novels 1984 and Animal Farm, but had never heard of this classic until recently. A book about Imperialism and race, I expect the novel to be just as challenging as his other works.


What do you think you’ll read next?

If I finish The Goblins of Bellwater I will definitely need to finally actually read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. I read the first page and found myself drawn to the unique writing (it reminded me of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders), so it’s really just getting my act together.

On audio will probably be Not A Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters by Brian Donovan (another carry over from last week). It really is the perfect book to read before Valentine’s Day. I like to space out my weighty audio books, so this will be a quick refresher after Crichton and Orwell.

What is on your reading stack? I have been so busy with school I have missed reading posts! Probably a good thing for my TBR, but I do miss my bookish community. 

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25 Comments

  1. Not a Match looks hilarious! I love listening to other people’s dating adventures. Great WWW!

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    1. Yes. It’s great when it’s not you isn’t it? Glad I am an old married lady 😉

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  2. I loved Goblins and I hope you do, too!!

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    1. So far so good! I have really been relating to the older sister

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      1. I related to the younger one and I really enjoyed Ringle’s writing.

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  3. I’m intrigued by the Goblin’s of Bellwater, I enjoy the Pacific NW as a book setting.

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    1. I hope to get there one day! Would love to see the killer whales and Puget Sou d

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  4. I read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest years ago and remember thinking it was amazing.

    Here’s my WWW link: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesdays-31st-january-18/

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  5. I like your picture for WWW!
    I need to go and get Burmese Days from the library and then start reading.

    Here is my WWW link: https://camillesbookishadventures.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-31-1-17/

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  6. You like fantasy by the books you have selected. I read mostly mysteries. Have a good week. My link is
    https://idahobluebird50.com/2018/01/31/wwws-wednesday-january-31-2018/

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    1. I do enjoy fantasy, but general tend to stick with my historical fiction and contemporary. I have been enjoying the break from routine!

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      1. Sometimes it is good to take a break from what you normally read.

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  7. Tarnished City looks and sounds intriguing! I’m reading a dystopian right now and will probably move back to epic fantasy after, but I’ll definitely check it out 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://sarinalangerwriter.com/2018/01/31/www-31st-january-2018/

    Happy reading! 🙂

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    1. Ah another fantasy lover! I do like a good epic fantasy, but it can be tempting to binge read a series when you find a good one!

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  8. It’s been ages since I read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest…and now I want to re-read it!

    Enjoy your week, and here’s MY WWW POST

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    1. That is high praise indeed! Happy reading Laurel!

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  9. I love the cover for Tarnished City! It also sounds like a pretty interesting book. Here’s my WWW post https://www.boundtowriting.com/www-wednesday-january-31/

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    1. Thanks! I will read your post ASAP! 😘

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  10. The Gilded Cage series is high on my list of favs – just finished Tarnished City around Thanksgiving and thought it was just as good or better than the first book.
    https://teripolen.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-what-am-i-reading-amreading/comment-page-1/#comment-11919

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    1. I loved Red Rising so I was pretty sucked in by the premise! I’m glad to hear that the second book was just as good as he first. Some series start to fall off…

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  11. The Goblins of Bellwater sounds interesting!
    Here’s my WWW Wednesday: https://musingsofacoffeeaddictedbibliophile.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesday-3/

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    1. It’s a unique premise for sure! Goblins do t always get attention in fantasy so it’s been a nice change in pace

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  12. I’ve heard about the Goblins of Bellwater and I really want to check it out! Great set of books you got here!

    Here’s my WWW Wednesday:

    https://rabbitearsblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/31/www-wednesdays-12-january-31-2018/

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  13. Emily Wrayburn

    I really like the sound of Gilded Cage/Tarnished City. I might have to check those out.

    The cover of Goblins of Bellwater is stunning!

    Thanks for visiting my WWW post 🙂

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