WWW Wednesday

Posted December 11, 2019 by Nicky in Reviews / 4 Comments

The three ‘W’s are what are you reading now, what have you recently finished reading, and what are you going to read next, and you can find this week’s post at the host’s blog here if you want to check out other posts. Check out the link-up post here.

What are you currently reading? 

Cover of The Firebird by Susanna KearsleyI just started Miss Jacobson’s Journey, by Carola Dunn. It’s actually the first in a trilogy of connected books, and I’ve read the second already, so it’s a bit weird to meet Felix as an arrogant young buck… but it’s lovely to meet Miriam and get things from her POV, already having encountered her in a supporting role in Lord Roworth’s Reward. I haven’t read any other romances with a Jewish lead before (I haven’t read that many romances yet, to be fair, so maybe it’s common), and I’m enjoying how matter-of-factly that’s treated, while it also shapes things.

I wish I knew this portion of history a bit better, because I’m a liiiiittle bit lost in terms of the political/military background to the story, which is pretty important in this trilogy.

I’m also still rereading Genevieve Cogman’s books; I’m currently partway through The Lost Plot. Once I’ve finished that, it’s pastures new for me; The Mortal Word and The Secret Chapter will both be new to me. I mostly find it like brain-candy; it’s familiar (so far) and comforting because of it, but the less I think about it, the better. (There have been some contradictions in the world-building and such that break things down a bit if I stop to think!)

Aaaand finally I’m reading Susanna Kearsley’s The Firebird for a group read. I’m finding the flashbacks into the past a little clunky, but so far it’s working okay for me.

What have you recently finished reading?

Cover of The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel HayUgh, I’m not reading that much at all recently, so I’m not sure what I recently finished reading… oh, wait, I remember: the last thing I finished was The Santa Klaus Murder, by Mavis Doriel Hay. I don’t know if I just need a break from British Library Crime Classics or what, but it felt really pedestrian. Mind you, if I recall correctly, I didn’t think that much of Hay’s other book in the series. Maybe I should restore my faith by reading another of Michael Gilbert’s… Smallbone Deceased certainly stood out.

Cover of Wychwood by George MannWhat will you be reading next?

I’m not really sure; I’ve never been good at guessing what I’ll be in the mood for next. Ideally, I need to clear some library books out of my stack, since they’ve overflowed from the “library” shelf and started stacking on the windowsill. Whoops. So, picking at random, I’m gonna try Wychwood next. (Or Hallowdene, if that’s first, but I think it’s Wychwood.)

What are you currently reading?

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4 responses to “WWW Wednesday

  1. It’s Wychwood first 😀

    I’m reading The Bone Ships at last and RJ Barker has finally won me over. Age of Assassins did nothing for me, but this is… quite something. The world building, Nikki. It’s so considered you can smell it. It’s pitch black but not grimdark, and I’m totally absorbed.

    In meatspace my project has gone live and I’m spending my days being mobbed by people needing interaction so I’m exhausted but it’s going better than expected from my desk, so yay! And bigger yay because I’ve negotiated downing tools from lunchtime on Christmas Eve until Twelfth Night. Can’t wait!

    • I did think so!

      Hmm, interesting! I have not really looked at it so far, and I’m going to Portal Bookshop tomorrow, so perhaps if they have it…

      Ooh, a holiday! …What are those like???

      • Have a peek and see what you think 🙂 I’m now all done and will be cheerfully recommending it for the rest of the year as a dark fantasy Master and Commander with sea-dragon/dinosaurs, birdmages and convicts.

        Can’t wait for that holiday. The week went downhill on Thursday, and next week looks set to claim its pound of flesh too so I guess I’ll be earning that time off right up until noon on Christmas Eve…
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