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…
The Sisters Hemmingway, by Annie England Noblin
This is an ARC I’m reading for the blogging I do for The Girly Book Club. It’s the story of three sisters who are going back to their hometown for the first time in years for the funeral of the aunt who raised them. I’m enjoying this one so far. I will have a review posted here when the book comes out in February.
Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be, by Rachel Hollis
Self help type books aren’t really my thing, but a few girls from my book club were raving about this one, so I decided to give it a chance. It’s not really doing much for me, honestly, although to be fair, that may be because large chunks of it are related to parenting and I’m sitting here happily childless like, “…can’t relate.”
I recently finished reading…
Britt-Marie Was Here, by Fredrik Backman
This was my second book by Backman, the first being A Man Called Ove. I really enjoyed this novel, although perhaps not as much as A Man Called Ove. Both books have a lot of similarities; a curmudgeonly older protagonist who is lonely and finds love and meaning in an unexpected place. I will have a full review up soon.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, by Hank Green
I’ve always found John Green’s work to be overrated (sorry if you love his books, but they’re just not for me), but I was a bit curious about what Hank would produce. I was seriously pleasantly surprised by this one. What a fun, weird novel! This is categorized on GoodReads as YA, but I’d consider it more New Adult, and I think it can be enjoyable for a wide age range. Read my review here.
Salt for Air, by M. C. Frank
The author sent me a copy of this for her upcoming release. I haven’t written a review yet because I’m still kind of gathering my thoughts. It’s a YA novel about a lonely teenage girl who finds herself face to face with the subject of her fanfiction. This wasn’t really for me, but I can see it appealing to Twilight‘s fanbase. Review to come soon.
Muse of Nightmares, by Laini Taylor
This was the sequel to Strange The Dreamer and definitely a worthy follow-up in my opinion. Excellent character development, immersive world building, and the answers to many questions left from the first book make this a page-turner. If you’re new to the series, read my review for Strange the Dreamer here. My review for Muse of Nightmares is here.
The Dreamers, by Karen Thompson Walker
This was an ARC for a book coming in January. I had really mixed feelings about it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, but when I got to the end and looked back, the story felt really thin and lacking in resolution. The novel is about a mysterious sleeping sickness that breaks out in a college town. It was lovely with dreamy, lyrical writing, but I wanted answers at the end that I never got. Nevertheless, it felt worth reading.
House of Gold, by Natasha Solomons
This is a title coming later this month which I received through NetGalley. (This is a repeat from last week’s WWW Wednesday, because I’m terrible at TBRs. But I totally mean it this time.)
“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.”