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    WWW Wednesday #5

    WWW WEDNESDAY graphicWWW WEDNESDAY GRAPHIC 1WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from Taking on a World of Words.

    CURRENTLY READING: A Keeper by Graham Norton

    Who knew Graham Norton could write. I bought this in London Heathrow airport for the last leg of my very long journey back from Sydney last week because I had exhausted every other method of passing time that I had access to. I was planning on picking up whatever book caught my eye first, and this name stood out. I didn’t even realise Graham Norton wrote fiction so you can imagine my surprise. I am a big fan of the man though so I had to give this a try, and I am very pleased with the result. Only about 100 pages into this but I am very intrigued indeed about where it is going to go next.

    RECENTLY READ: Valencia and Valentine by Suzy Krause

    This was a Kindle First in July (I think) and I read the entire thing on the plane from Sydney to London. I actually really enjoyed this, and it is always a welcome addition when you don’t work out every single plot detail before it is told to you in the conclusion. This was quite unique, and I am a big fan of the idea of two story lines running parallel to each other. In fact, this is a similar underlying aspect that I focused on in my own undergraduate dissertation, which is possibly why I enjoyed this so much.

    READING NEXT: I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest

    I came across this on Twitter months ago and pre-ordered it so that I wouldn’t forget about it, and of course completely forgot about it until I arrived home from my travels and it was waiting on me. It has been what feels like forever since I have read a good YA so I’m really looking forward to this one. The synopsis reminds me a bit of Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour which I LOVE so I have high hopes.


    What have you been reading?


    Read my previous WWW Wednesday’s here.


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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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    WWW Wednesday #3

    WWW WEDNESDAY graphicWWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words

    Read my previous WWW Wednesdays here


    The three W’s are:

    • What are you currently reading?
    • What have you recently finished reading?
    • What do you think you will read next?

    the history manCurrently Reading

    I have just started reading The History Man by Malcolm Bradbury today as the last text for my English Literature class this semester on Sixties Britain. I have no comments yet on it because I’m really just a few pages in, but I have been really enjoying immersing myself in the Sixties culture for the past couple of months! It isn’t something I had read much about before so it has made such a welcome change.

    I am also reading The Rule of One by Ashley and Lesley Saunders, which I mentioned in my New In #2 post. It has been slow progress so far, as it always is when I have university at the same time, but I really like the premise of it so I have high hopes!

    Recently Read

    Last week I finished reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black which is probably one of my favourite books that I have read this year. I have had it sitting on my shelf for so long and finally got around to reading it this month, and now I am annoyed with myself for leaving it so long. For better, more coherent thoughts on this, read my full review here.

    I also read The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark, also for my Sixties Britain class, which I loved. It’s a very short book, about 100 pages or so, and totally absurd from start to finish but Spark is an absolute mastermind. It is so incredibly clever and well-done. I had only read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie before, which I had liked at the time (I was in high school) but didn’t have particularly strong feelings about. Maybe I need to go back to it and see if my opinions have changed.

    Reading Next

    I have a couple of ARCs to read over December, including a festive little number called Christmas Secrets by the Sea by Jane Lovering. It is set to be released on the 13th of December, I believe, and my review is coming on the final day of the blog tour, the 22nd, which is perfect timing for some Christmassy reading after the stress of December deadlines! How inviting is the cover design too.

    I also tweeted this a couple of weeks ago:

    …which got so many great replies, which means plenty of reading recommendations for after my ARCs!! I did buy The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle after @_bookprincess_ gave it as one of her book recommendations and it sounds amazing. Click on the tweet to see what other book bloggers suggested!

    What are you reading right now? 


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    WWW Wednesday #1

    WWW WEDNESDAY is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words
    After randomly coming across Books and Sensibility on Bloglovin and deciding to follow Jess’s blog, I also spotted a blog post titled “WWW Wednesday”. It had a cute little graphic and so I clicked on it, to find it was a lovely little weekly post with a very simple idea behind it, and I knew I had to start doing it too.
    • What are you currently reading?
    • What have you recently finished reading?
    • What do you think you will read next?
    I am currently reading I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson. It was specially written for World Book Day 2018 and focuses on a fourteen year old girl with severe cerebral palsy. She can’t walk or talk or communicate at all, but her mind is completely intact. She can see and hear everything happening around her, something which she says people often forget. She relies on her family and her carer for everything, and knows all sorts of secrets about everyone. These are harmless, until someone tells her a secret that changes everything. I am really enjoying this so far and I love how unique the perspective is!
    I have just finished reading A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I have always said I’m not much of a fantasy gal, but this has totally changed the game for me. I don’t want to say too much on this subject right now because I am planning on doing either individual reviews for the books or a series review once I have read Wings and Ruin. If you follow me on Twitter, you will know how much I have been raving about this series recently and how much I feel like I have missed out on by not reading much fantasy romance till now!
    Carrying on from that, I plan on reading book 3 in the ACOTAR series, sooner rather than later. I also want to read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng which has had a lot of hype surrounding it recently, and The Party by Elizabeth Day.
    What are you reading at the moment?
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    Currently Reading #1 — Reading As Party Prep

    Some girls might fake tan the night before a big night out.

    Not me. I have spent last week either curled up in bed after a long day at work or surrounded by bubbles and delicious scents in the bath reading a very appropriate book in the lead up to last weekend.

    It was one of my best friends’ 21st birthdays last Friday, and on Saturday evening she had a party in a function room upstairs in one of the pubs in our home town. And of course, she couldn’t have just a regular party where all the girls wear normal pretty dresses and the boys dress semi-smart but look kinda just how they always look. No, she had to be extra and host a themed party. And the theme she chose was Gatsby. (That’s not a complaint in the slightest – it was SO much fun and great to see everyone really getting into it!)

    When she first started planning in months and months ago, I thought it would be so easy to get a dress and a couple of accessories and I would be good to go. Turns out getting a 1920s style dress in a high street store is not such an easy task, but I managed to find a really pretty coral fringe dress on Asos that did the trick. I wanted a dress that mostly fit the theme, but wasn’t so outrageous that I was only going to wear it the once and then it would be shoved to the back of the wardrobe, never to see the light of day again. My mum did say when it arrived in the post that she doesn’t know if many ladies in the roaring 20s wore short, strapless dresses and shoes like these, but oh well.

    Anyway, it was such a successful night and I felt quite pretty in my tassel get-up. My accessories never arrived in time which was so annoying (I mean, I had months to order them and waited till a few days before…) so I had to make do with some pearls wrapped round the top of my head, and old pearl bracelets I used to wear. Some people went really all out and had the most incredible outfits. Mind you, several vodkas in and I couldn’t care less what I looked like. And have you tried pink gin before? Delicious, but beware. Lethal. Tastes like juice. Slides across the taste buds with far too much ease to be legal. Results in extreme intoxication. (It’s all worth it though.)

    I then finished off my weekend by doing the Crohns & Colitis UK sponsored 10k walk in Edinburgh on Sunday morning EXTREMELY HUNGOVER. I would not recommend doing this in the sweltering heat up and down those Edinburgh city centre hills after leaving the house at 7:30am to make the long journey to the capital, after rolling into the house at 3am with sore legs and feet before the walk even starts from wearing the night before. We did manage to raise around £600 for a cause which is very dear to my heart though! So it was all worth it in the end.

    Hope you all had a good weekend too!

    (“Currently Reading” is a new feature on The Writing Finch where I ramble about a more personal topic sort of related to a book that I am reading at the moment, or that explains why I am reading the book, etc, but it isn’t a book review per se.)