Welcome to WWW Wednesday/This Week in Books
I’ve combined the two weekly memes into one. WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.
WWW Wednesday questions are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
Today’s list should be called These Couple Weeks in Books because it’s been a while since I played. But here’s my list, full of all sorts of genres:
What I’m Reading:
I got this out of the library because I was looking for a fast read before New Years so I could finish my Goodreads challenge. It’s a cute series about teenage thieves but it didn’t matter – I was still one book away from finishing my challenge. 🙁 Oh well. I’ll kick butt next year!
What I Finished Reading:
Here’s where it gets busy.
Thanks to Claire at Art and Soul for her Patrick Ness reviews. He was an author I’d never noticed before but now I’ll be reading everything I can get my hands on. I started with The Rest of Us Just Live Here.
Blurb – What if you aren’t the Chosen One?
The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?
What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.
Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.
Mikey has his quirks which is interesting to read about, but what I liked is that the book was like a Buffy episode going on in the background and Mikey and his friends were the innocent bystanders who calmly watched the end of the world, knowing the
Scooby Gang ‘indie kids’ would save the day. I liked the premise. Looking forward to reading the Chaos Walking books – I got the first one for Christmas!
I feel that I need to explain myself with this choice.
When I was in my early twenties, my favourite drink of choice was white zinfindel, that sweet, pretty pink coloured wine that went down as easy as a cool glass of water on a hot summer’s day. Many a night I over-indulged in the pink liquid, thinking myself as a true wine connoisseur. Ernest and Gallo was my favourite.
When I was younger, I used to devour paperback novels, the kind – well, let’s just call them smut. The Danielle Steele, the Judith Krantz, the Jackie Collins – you know the type.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
These days I prefer my wine more full-bodied, like a Californian Chardonnay or a nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington state. My tastes have evolved, matured, both in my wine and my reading habits. Not to say the Gallo wines aren’t as popular as ever – they’re just not for me. The same goes for Danielle Steele, et all. Best-selling authors, incredibly popular – just not for me anymore.
It was with a sense of nostalgia that I picked up the latest Jackie Collins’ at the library last week. I had been saddened to hear of Ms. Collins’ death last year since her novels did play an important part in my literary history. So well I saw The Santangelogos sitting on the shelf, I thought why not give Ms. Collins a final farewell.
But unfortunately that one goes in the Did Not Finish pile. I don’t think I got fifty pages into it; early for me to give up on a book especially from an author I have a history with, but no. Couldn’t do it. Why, you ask? If you’re a writer, you’ve undoubtedly heard the advice, show don’t tell. I don’t think Ms. Collins ever really learned that lesson. A perfect example of telling, not showing, which makes it pretty painful to read. RIP Ms. Collins. You provided lots of entertainment for me when I was young and for that, I’m grateful.
Blurb – Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.
I want to love Rainbow Rowell. I did love Eleanor and Park and I hear of her new releases with breathless anticipation – will she be able to repeat the magic? Carry On was no exception, but I was slightly hesitant when it first came out. I enjoyed Fangirl, but didn’t feel the love of E & P. I couldn’t get into the characters. But since Carry On is loosely based on Harry Potter fan fiction, then why wouldn’t I give it a try?
3 stars, and that’s only because the story picked up around the three-fourths mark and started flying. Other than that – eh. Which is really too bad.
This is the latest J.D Robb book, and if you’ve read any of the many in the series, you know what to expect. I don’t even know what to call them – cop procedurals? Mystery? Thriller? Romance? Fun characters you care about? It’s got everything and I like them.
Blurb – After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey’s new assignment with the DSG – surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission – is thought to be “a quiet end,” he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life.
But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn’t: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia.
When Vasily Petrov, a colonel in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service posing as a diplomat with the Russian U.N. Mission, mysteriously disappears from a Russian oligarch’s party in Southampton, it’s up to Corey to track him down. What are the Russians up to and why? Is there a possible nuclear threat, a so-called radiant angel? Will Corey find Petrov and put a stop to whatever he has planned before it’s too late? Or will Corey finally be outrun and outsmarted, with America facing the prospect of a crippling attack unlike anything it’s ever seen before?
This one I really liked. Nelson DeMille writes a good thriller for those not looking for the political jargon and techno mumbo jumbo of a Dr. Who episode. It’s fast paced, gets to the point and the protagonist John Corey is quite lovable for a smartass.
Blurb – The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy is nothing less than a dream come true for both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule.
Bitter and disillusioned, he joins the fledging Rebellion–putting Ciena in an unbearable position between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she’s known since childhood.
Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes ever find a way to be together, or will duty tear them–and the galaxy–apart?
If you don’t already know, I am I huge Star Wars fan. I love the movies, the books, the action figures, the LEGO – you name it. I’ve been saving this one for right before the new Star Wars movie came out in case I could learn something about the plot. It was ok – I’ve read much better Star Wars novels, but unfortunately, since Disney bought the rights, they are not seen as ‘canon’ and have no relation to the new movies. Too bad, because there were a few really good ones. Like I said, this one was okay, although I did learn how that Star Destroyer came to be on Jakku.
What I’m Going to Read Next:
I really have no idea. I got a few interesting books for Christmas, all of which I’m eager to read. I’m not looking forward to having to pick. What do you think?