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 Silent Patient
by Alex Michaelides
This Thriller was my Book of the Month pick for January. There’s been so much buzz around this one, and I’m super intrigued so far!
by Miriam Toews
This is a NetGalley ARC (pub. date April 2, 2019) about a group of Mennonite women struggling to decide what to do in the aftermath of sexual violence in their community.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
by Heather Morris
I’m definitely in the minority opinion on this book, but it’s really not working for me. The story itself is fine (although, being based on a true story, that really no credit to the author) but the writing style feels really mechanical and detached to me. Apparently the story was originally written as a screenplay, and I feel like knowing that has made some of my stylistic issues with it make more sense.
I recently finished reading…
Queenie, by Candice Carty-Williams
This was a NetGalley ARC (pub. date March 19, 2019) about a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman named (you guessed it) Queenie. Queenie is in the midst of a downward spiral for most of this novel, coping with a miscarriage and loss of a long term relationship through lots of casual sex with people who couldn’t care less about her emotional well-being or even her sexual pleasure. Needless to say, this isn’t an effective coping mechanism for her. Full review won’t be up until the publication date, but I rated this one four stars.
Severance, by Ling Ma
Severance is a post-apocalyptic novel about Candace Chen, a Millennial living in New York who immigrated to the US from China as a child. This book has a really interesting mix of things going on, from the science fiction aspects (a mysterious fungal infection which has rendered most of the population zombie-like) to the exploration of culture and the experience of immigrants. A full review will be up tomorrow!
Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver
I adore Barbara Kingsolver, and as much as I personally loved this novel, I do understand why it has very mixed reviews. This book is a mixture of contemporary and historical fiction, following the stories of two families living in the same place over a century apart. Kingsolver explores themes surrounding societal upheaval and family drama. At times, it can be a bit dialog-heavy and long-winded, and I think that was the bulk of the reason for some negative reviews. Personally, I was really invested in the characters, and these issues didn’t get to me. Full review here.
by Marie Lu
I wasn’t super crazy about the first book of this series, but I was intrigued enough by the ending to want to continue. Both books have pretty solid averages on GoodReads, so I’m trying to be optimistic about starting this one.
Here’s the synopsis:
Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.
Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.
Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?