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WWW Wednesday #4


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from Taking on a World of Words.


The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Blythell / Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan / You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

As usual, I’m reading far too many things at one time. The Diary of a Bookseller is excellent for this though, because it is one of those books that you can dip in and out of and never feel lost. I am making the slowest possible progress through it, but I actually don’t mind.  It is written by the owner of The Book Shop in Wigtown, Scotland, which isn’t too far away from my hometown but I have never visited, and this book is making me really want to take the drive down.

I’m also alternating between reading and listening to Hold Back the Stars on my kindle and on Audible. I’ve never really gave audiobooks a shot before, if I am honest, but Jenn from Jenniely gifted me this one so that I could try it! Easing myself in by trying it with a book I also had the e-book version of so I can swap between them if I fancy. So far so good!

And finally, You’d Be Mine is an ARC set to be released in April which I am working with St Martin’s Press and Erin Hahn on, so although the review will be a little while away, keep an eye out for that! LOVING it so far.


Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu / The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells

I’ve really just been doing university required reading recently, including these two texts for my Victorian Gothic literature class, both of which I really enjoyed. Carmilla is a lesbian vampire tale, and I’m sure you will heard at least something about Dr Moreau before and his experiments on animals on the mysterious island.


Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther / Dracula by Bram Stoker

Again, more university reading to do! I have to read Mrs Miniver for my 1930s lit class as I have to do a presentation on it next week (ugh) and then Dracula is also for next week, for Vic Gothic. I’ve read the Liz Lochhead play version of this before, but never the original, so I am so excited to see if it is how I expect it to be!

What have you been reading? 

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  • Reply Zoé O'farrell

    Good Luck with Dracula, It put me in a horrible reading slump, so I hope you find it better then I did! Here is my WWWW

    February 27, 2019 at 2:18 PM
    • Reply thewritingfinch

      Thank you! I am expecting it to be pretty heavy so here’s hoping it turns out okay! Thanks for reading, about to check out yours now x

      February 27, 2019 at 2:19 PM
  • Reply Sarah

    I’m a bit jealous of your university reading. My university reading did not include those books. I really enjoy H.G. Wells. Here is my WWW post:

    February 27, 2019 at 2:52 PM
    • Reply thewritingfinch

      I’ve been really lucky with mine, especially this semester! I liked H.G. Wells so much more than I expected. Thanks for reading and leaving your link! x

      February 27, 2019 at 3:56 PM
  • Reply Fizah Saeed

    You’d be mine is also on my TBR…Happy Reading 🙂
    Here is my WWW post

    February 27, 2019 at 3:54 PM
    • Reply thewritingfinch

      I’m loving it so far! If you haven’t got an ARC, not long till it gets released – April 2 I’m sure! Thanks for reading and leaving your link! Heading over there now x

      February 27, 2019 at 3:57 PM
  • Reply Laurel-Rain Snow

    I like the sound of The Diary of a Bookseller…and always like having a book I can dip in and out of.


    February 27, 2019 at 4:12 PM
    • Reply thewritingfinch

      I would highly recommend it! It’s written in a diary style and describes everything that happens in his book shop each day, the weird things customers do and say and pretentious people that think they know a lot about books, as well as his travels all over the UK to look at book collections people are selling! Well worth a read x

      February 27, 2019 at 4:13 PM
      • Reply Jorie

        Ooh this sounds like the kind of story I’d love as I try to seek out new Epistolary stories every chance I get!! 🙂 Plus it sounds a heap like “The Little Paris Bookshop” which I adored. Top cheers!

        February 28, 2019 at 3:10 PM
  • Reply Ryan

    I read The Island of Dr. Moreau a few years ago; I found it a little disappointing compared to some of Wells’ other books, though I’m curious as to how it will be discussed as a Gothic novel in your course.

    I took a Gothic literature course concurrently with a Victorian novel course one semester (same professor for each too), so there was weird crossover. We read Dracula for the Victorian novel course, but it was taught in the context of the literary period more broadly, rather than as a Gothic novel.

    Here’s my WWW:

    February 27, 2019 at 4:21 PM
    • Reply thewritingfinch

      I did a Victorian literature course last year so have some good background knowledge from that, which is making it so interesting to look at it from a gothic perspective too! I haven’t read any other Wells so I don’t have anything to compare it from there, but we have been looking at it sort of in the context of the age of science fiction as well as romantic imagery (sublime landscape, very plot dominant rather than character, biblical imagery etc). Then we had the most incredible (and mind-blowing haha) discussion on ethics in the novel and with the beast people, and if it is possible to even categorise them as ethical or unethical. Wow this turned into quite a comment. The class has honestly been fascinating!!

      February 27, 2019 at 4:27 PM
  • Reply Sascha Darlington

    I’ve got the Erin Hahn in my TBR ARC pile. Glad to hear you are loving it! 🙂

    February 28, 2019 at 12:57 AM
    • Reply thewritingfinch

      I’m only about a third of the way through but it is living up to expectations so far!

      February 28, 2019 at 1:02 AM
  • Reply Jorie

    Hallo, Hallo Holly,

    I was hoping to kick-off my #WWWednesday posts this year in January; looks like they are going to start running in March. I had too much time lost due to health issues – I love the graphics you’ve put together for this post and you’ve broke down what your reading similarly to me. I love when bloggers write about what their reading and why they are moving into those stories,…

    I have only been seriously listening to audiobooks for two/three years now (started in 2016) as I needed to do something as my migraines were causing me a lot of vexations; esp in the lag between having them and getting back into reading print books. Another thing which helped me greatly was reviewing for Harlequin Heartwarming authors as their copies were in larger font sizes – however, back to #AudioReads – what left me smitten by them are the *narrators!* who give me this immersion experience into those worlds. I have felt so hugged inside the Kay Hunter series for instance, I honestly could believe those characters are *alive!* living out their lives….

    If you ever want to host audiobook blog tours, look @ the feeds for @AnAudiobookworm as most tours give you the audio via Audible. She also has audios for adoption which you can review as well. I used to have Audible as a script but I’m using Scribd this year and I’m loving it! I’ll eventually have Audible back as you can’t dodge the fact they have the ‘other half’ of the audiobooks as they sort of curbed the market. Still. I love Scribd and OverDrive (for libraries).

    I hope you have a good experience and might seek other audios out… I’m getting to the point where I’m having *favourite!* narrators, too! If you want a truly atmospheric listen try “The Cryptic Lines” by Richard Storry and narrated by Jake Urry. I am in LOVE with Urry’s voice… just #wow!

    The Diary of a Bookseller sounds like one I’d love,…

    I was going to read Dracula last October w/ Taylor but we both had to back out… then Mum asked to wait so we could do a buddy read which happily surprised me. I received a lovely copy of Drac for my birthday last year,… one of these years I’ll disappear inside it as I love how Mum wants to sort it out together.

    We are making our way through the #LoveINSPIRED Suspense novels,… with her hours she likes having Suspense to lighten things up a bit and be a lovely ‘time away’ from work. We both love how you can have a wicked good read with the suspense factors never over-reaching to where you can’t survive them.

    Have a wonderfully lovely week of reading and hopefully I’ll join you in March with my own WWW series returning!!

    PS: I fell behind on my Classics readings again,.. *le sigh* – did you join The Classics Club? Its a group for those of us who read the Classics and like to talk about them. Their on Twitter, too.

    February 28, 2019 at 3:07 PM
  • Reply CG @ Paper Fury

    Ooh I want to read You’d Be Mine so I can’t wait to see your review for it then!! And I’m glad you’re enjoying trying audios 😍 I absolutely love them and always have one on the go which is the bessst.

    March 12, 2019 at 12:43 PM
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