It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.
- The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie: I’m continuing on my Poirot reading and, so far, this has been one of the more interesting ones. I’ve only just begun, but I’m loving the mystery in this! I’m also loving that Hastings is back. He may be completely obtuse, but he’s my favorite, haha. The friendship between Poirot and Hastings is one of my favorite things in these books, so I always miss Hastings when he’s not around. Anyways, I’m really enjoying this one so far.
- The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna: I’ve started in on one of my most anticipated reads of the year and, so far, it’s living up to expectations. Of course, I’m only a few chapters in, but this is just as cinematic and vivid as the first one! I feel like this book is going to contain a bit more action than the first since, ya know, there’s a war going on and I am ready for it. I’m excited to see how this one turns out.
- The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa: As predicted, this book made me cry 😭 I knew it was coming and it did not disappoint. This is such a tender, sweet book that definitely pulls on the heart-strings. I loved getting the POV of Nana, the titular cat in this story. It read very much like how I imagine my own cats think: sassy and sarcastic, haha. I also loved learning the stories of all of Satoru’s friends as he makes his journey through Japan looking for someone to adopt Nana. This is a quiet story, but it left a mark.
- A Universe of Wishes edited by Dhonielle Clayton: In an effort to try and clear my Netgalley shelf of some of my older e-ARCs, I finally read this short story anthology! It’s filled with short fantasy stories all centered around the concept of wishes and magic. I had a lot of fun reading this, though there were certainly some stories I enjoyed more than others. I especially enjoyed the stories by Kwame Mbali and Tochi Onyebuchi, they both got 5 stars! There was a little something to love in all the stories, though, and I loved all the representation that is part of this collection. This makes me want to check out more anthologies that come from We Need Diverse Books!
- Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega: Well, this book has guaranteed that I will pick up anything Claribel A. Ortega writes! This was such a fun, creepy read and I loved every second of it. I loved all the bits of Dominican culture that are peppered throughout this book. The friendship between Lucely and Syd was a joy to read. And the spooky, witchy atmosphere was on point! The fact that there’s a host of cats named after the characters from The Goonies is just the cherry on top. Shout out to the audiobook narrator, Almarie Guerra, for giving her all to the meows of Chunk 😂 Seriously, though, she did an incredible job and made me love the book that much more.
- The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James: I’ve wanted to read this book for awhile and, as it happens, it’s the book of the month choice for one of my Goodreads groups. I’m always up for a good thriller and this one promises to be an interesting one. It focuses on a true crime blogger interviewing a woman acquitted of two murders and maybe biting off more than she can chew. I’m excited to give it a go!
- Alliana, Girl of Dragons by Julie Abe: I received an ARC of this Japanese Cinderella retelling from the publisher and I’m so eager to read it! The cover is lovely and I’m always instantly interested in a book that has dragons. This book sounds absolutely enchanting! I do love a good whimsical, magical middle grade and I have a good feeling this one will deliver.