WWW Wednesday – January 20, 2021

WWW Wednesday is a bookish meme run by Sam@Taking on a World of Words.

It asks:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t really have as much space in my schedule to do WWW Wednesdays as I thought I would. It’s amazing how full and then bloated it gets so fast. But I’ve started doing a post on Instagram about my current reads each Wednesday. There isn’t a ton of new material that I put there, mostly my weekly current reads and the same books I review here, but once in a while there might be something new. So, stop by and check it out if you’re interested.


What are you currently reading?

Dragonflies at Night by Anne Marie Bennett

I started reading Dragonflies at Night by Anne Marie Bennett over the weekend. I’ve had it waiting for me for a couple of months, so I didn’t remember what it was supposed to be about, or even what genre it was. It’s turned out to be a contemporary romance about a woman in her early thirties who’s divorced and who lost her parents as a teen (her mother has a prelude at the beginning that broke my heart and made me cry) and is now at a yoga retreat where she meets a famous singer and musician trying to keep himself from being recognized. The romance moves really fast, so I’m wondering what the heart of the story is because I think it’s more then a traditional romance in this book.

One by One by Ruth Ware

I’ve read over and over that One by One by Ruth Ware is a perfect wintry read (most recently by Paperbacks and Planners, who made me think it should be one of my next reads). Since Southern California has been suffering through heat waves and Santa Ana winds for weeks, I decided this nice snowy read my husband got me for Christmas would be perfect. And how lovely it is that it’s also set in January! Perfect, indeed. I’ve read reviews likening it to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which is my favorite Christie novel, so I’m really excited about this one. And dreaming of snow.


What did you recently finish reading?

The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams

The Love Square was not quite as fun and quirky as I thought it might be. Instead I was left rolling my eyes and wanting the story to hurry up and finish. The beginning was boring, the middle was a muddled mess, and the ending was barely enough to make me feel better about reading it. Definitely a case of the premise was more interesting than the execution.

Quaking Soul by Jennifer M. Zeiger, a YA fantasy

After a week and a half of savoring Quaking Soul by Jennifer M. Zeiger, it’s sadly come to an end. This was such a gorgeous, nature-filled read that I felt like I was running around out in nature and I didn’t want it to end. Aimed at all readers, it’s an easy read that really flows, and I loved how every single piece fell into place and nothing was superfluous. It was a wonderfully executed novel from start to finish.

Also, if you haven’t seen already, I’ve decided to invite authors to do readings here at The Lily Cafe and Jennifer has so kindly agreed to be the first. She’ll be here on Monday, January 25 to read from Quaking Soul.


What do you think you’ll read next?

Murder at the Church Picnic by Denise Jaden

Probably Murder at the Church Picnic by Denise Jaden. I read and reviewed the first book in the cozy mystery series last year and loved it. The author was kind enough to offer the next book to me for review, and I can’t wait to get back into it.

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

Or maybe Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers. I was invited to take part in the book blog tour, but won’t receive confirmation until next week. If I’m a confirmed participant, my review will be posted the day after I scheduled in Murder at the Church Picnic, so I’m kind of torn between the two right now. I think it’ll depend on whether I’ll be a participant as well as how quickly I get through Dragonflies at Night.


What about you? What are you reading?

 

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2 thoughts

  1. I’m so glad that my love of the outdoors came through in Quaking Soul! There’s something magical about the forest…any forest, as I’m coming to learn since they’re all different wherever you go.

    1. Loud and clear! Most books just say “tree.” I absolutely loved how almost every tree was identified and brought to life. Really reinforced the huge nature piece of the story and the fact that Na’rina is a dryad. I loved that reading it made me feel like I was walking through a forest.

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