WWW Wednesday 03/06/2019

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?

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I’m currently reading…

readingThe Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
I was nervous about starting this book because it’s rather long (almost 800 pages) and has a 3.90 average on Goodreads. (I’m increasingly finding that I’m not super likely to enjoy any book with an average rating of less than 4. Maybe I’m overly picky.) It’s still early, but so far, I’m enjoying it. The Goldfinch follows the story of a boy named Theo in the aftermath of his mother’s death in a terrorist attack.

Before She Knew Him
Peter Swanson
William Morrow books was kind enough to send me a free copy of this one, and I’m so excited to read it! I’m only one chapter into it right now, but the basic premise is that the protagonist, Hen, suspects her neighbor of being a murderer. It’s supposed to be a fun and twisty thriller.

Lost Roses
by Martha Hall Kelly
I received a NetGalley ARC of this April 9th release. Lost Roses is a historical fiction novel which takes place during WWI, and it is a prequel to Martha Hall Kelly’s last novel, Lilac Girls. It’s still too early for me to give much of an opinion on this book, but I do highly recommend Lilac Girls. 

I recently finished reading…

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As Long as We Both Shall Live
by Joann Chaney
Two words: big nope. I’m so glad I didn’t get this through a publisher because I would feel really bad about the review it’s going to be getting. This was probably a two star read for me. It’s a domestic thriller with a Gone Girl vibe, but not remotely of Gone Girl quality.

The Last Romantics
by Tara Conklin
This was my first novel by Tara Conklin, although I understand House Girl did very well. I read this for the Barnes and Noble book club, and I’m glad it was for a book club meeting, because I’m not sure I would have read it otherwise. The story didn’t grab me, but the more I read, the more I became enamored with Conklin’s writing style. The POV character is a poet and I feel like she really captured that very well.

The Turn of the Screw
by Henry James
This is a short novella and I don’t be reviewing it (I don’t particularly like reviewing classics as it seems a bit unfair given how much writing conventions change over time) but I didn’t particularly enjoy it. It’s meant to be horror and maybe I’m overly desensitized because I never got a creep factor at all and the story felt very dry to me.

The Huntress
by Kate Quinn
I went into this with really high expectations after reading The Alice Network, and I was not disappointed. The Huntress is a WWII historical fiction novel told from three separate perspectives. One character, Nina, gives her POV during the war, and the other two perspectives take place after. The main thrust of the novel is the hunt for an infamous Nazi known as “The Huntress” who disappeared into the shadows in the aftermath of the war, escaping justice.

Up next…

Beautiful Bad
By Annie Ward
(ARC received from Booktrib.)

In the most explosive and twisted psychological thriller since The Woman in the Window, a beautiful marriage turns beautifully bad.

Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry… That something is really, really wrong with me.

Maddie and Ian’s romance began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son, Charlie; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

American Princess
by Stephanie Marie Thornton
(ARC receive from Berkley Books)

A sweeping novel from renowned author Stephanie Marie Thornton…

Alice may be the president’s daughter, but she’s nobody’s darling. As bold as her signature color Alice Blue, the gum-chewing, cigarette-smoking, poker-playing First Daughter discovers that the only way for a woman to stand out in Washington is to make waves–oceans of them. With the canny sophistication of the savviest politician on the Hill, Alice uses her celebrity to her advantage, testing the limits of her power and the seductive thrill of political entanglements.

But Washington, DC is rife with heartaches and betrayals, and when Alice falls hard for a smooth-talking congressman it will take everything this rebel has to emerge triumphant and claim her place as an American icon. As Alice soldiers through the devastation of two world wars and brazens out a cutting feud with her famous Roosevelt cousins, it’s no wonder everyone in the capital refers to her as the Other Washington Monument–and Alice intends to outlast them all.

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What are you reading this week? Any thoughts on the books listed in this post?  Please feel free to discuss or share WWW links in the comments!

 

5 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday 03/06/2019”

  1. What a nice selection of books. What’s crazy is that the only one of your list that I’ve read is The Turn of the Screw and that was a long time ago. I like your comment about reviewing classics. It is a bit hard to do!

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  2. I’m about to start the darkest part of the forest and I’m in the middle of listening to the last magician, which I’m really loving!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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