Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To participate, just answer the following three questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m currently reading…
Muse of Nightmares, by Laini Taylor
The sequel to Strange the Dreamer is finally here! If you haven’t started reading this series, I can’t recommend it strongly enough. Laini Taylor has such a magical voice and a beautiful gift for storytelling. This is a YA fantasy series, but definitely translates well to an adult audience.
Salt for Air, by M. C. Frank
This is an ARC which I received from the author; the book is set to be released October 23. Seventeen year old Ellie is shocked to find herself face to face with the subject of her fanfiction; no, not the actor from the TV show… an actual merman. So far, this book feels like a good fit for fans of Eliza and her Monsters.
The Dreamers, by Karen Thompson Walker
This is an ARC of a January release which I received from NetGalley. The novel has (fittingly enough) a really dreamy feel to it. A mysterious sleeping sickness breaks out on a college campus which causes the sufferers to fall into what seems to be a normal sleep… except for the fact that they cannot be woken.
I recently finished reading…
Dead Ringer, by Kate Kessler
In case you missed it, here is my review. This is a mystery/thriller novel about a serial killer that targets twins. The concept seemed to have a lot of potential for a really creepy book, but this one fell flat for me.
The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah
I also have a review up for this one. The Great Alone follows the story of a young girl named Leni as she moves to the Alaskan wilderness with her parents. Her father is is Vietnam veteran with severe PTSD, exacerbating his violent temper. Leni is coming of age in an environment where she feels little safety inside or outside her home.
Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik
I haven’t posted a review for this one yet because I’m still kind of mulling it over. I had seen this book hyped up all over the book blogging community, but I didn’t like it as much as I’d hoped. The story itself was enjoyable, but I had a hard time connecting with Novik’s writing style and I felt like there were too many POV characters.
House of Gold, by Natasha Solomons
This is a title coming later this month which I received through NetGalley.
“From the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford, an epic family saga about a headstrong Austrian heiress who will be forced to choose between the family she’s made and the family that made her at the outbreak of World War I.
Vienna, 1911. Twenty-one-year-old Greta Goldbaum has always hungered after what’s forbidden: secret university lectures, unseemly trumpet lessons, and most of all, the freedom to choose her life’s path.
The Goldbaum family has different expectations. United across Europe by unsurpassed wealth and power, Goldbaum men are bankers, while Goldbaum women marry Goldbaum men to produce Goldbaum children. Greta will do her part.
So Greta moves to England to wed Albert, a distant cousin. The marriage is not a success. Yet, when Albert’s mother gives Greta a garden, things at Temple Court begin to change. First Greta falls in love with her garden, then with England, and finally with her husband. But when World War I sends both Albert and Greta’s beloved brother, Otto, to the front lines–one to fight for the Allies, one to fight for the Central Powers–the House of Gold is left vulnerable as never before, and Greta must choose: the family she’s created or the one she was forced to leave behind.
Set against a nuanced portrait of World War I, this is a sweeping family saga rich in historical atmosphere and heartbreakingly human characters. House of Gold is Natasha Solomons’s most dazzling and moving novel yet.”