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.
- Juniper & Thorn by Ava Reid: I started this gothic horror a few days ago and, so far, it has me hooked! I’m taking my time reading it because this feels like a story that you need to settle into. No rushing through the pages with this one and I’m perfectly okay with that! It lets me enjoy the beautiful writing and the interesting setting. Current vibes? I feel like I’m gonna love this.
- Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes: I just started this last night and I stayed up way past my bedtime because I just wanted to keep reading. The synopsis instantly made me think “Dead Space in book form” and, so far, that is absolutely true. And I ain’t mad about it! This is perfectly creepy and I’m loving that were flashing from the present to the past when the events of the book actually take place. The spooky vibes are incredible and I can’t wait to continue reading.
- The Last Session Vol. 1: Roll for Initiative by Jasmine Walls (illustrated by Dozerdraws): I received an e-ARC of this graphic novel and, y’all, I LOVED IT! I mean, this book was basically written for my nerdy little soul. It follows a group of LGBTQIA+ individuals who met in high school and bonded over playing a D&D-like game together. The graphic novel focuses on them attempting to finish their first ever campaign, but with the addition of a new player, the DM’s partner. I loved how this was a mix of nerdy fun and character growth that reminded me so much of my own D&D friends. The art is gorgeous, the story is fantastic, and I want to get my hands on more!
- The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle: Well, this was a wild ride! I have to admit, I haven’t read much Lovecraftian horror. Mostly because H.P. Lovecraft was kind of terrible. But this was incredible! It made me want to rage at the world and it had me riveted to the story. Watching the development of Charles Thomas Tester to Black Tom was so unsettling, which is absolutely what I want from horror. And there was a line near the end that sent a legitimate shiver down my spine. I’m glad I finally read this classic and now I want to read more from Victor LaValle.
- Ariadne by Jennifer Saint: I’ve heard so many great things about this book and I’m finally going to read it. Mostly because it’s the book of the month for one of my Goodreads groups, but also because I’ve been wanting to read it ever since it came out. Mythology retellings are some of my favorite things and I feel like this one will be no different. Besides, I’d love to see the Minotaur’s tale through the eyes of his sister, Ariadne.
- Jade City by Fonda Lee: I am woefully behind on my 22 books in 2022 TBR, so I’m going to try and rectify that in July. First up: Jade City! This is another book where I’ve only heard incredible things about it but have been taking forever to pick it up. I’m really looking forward to getting into this story of feuds, politics, and magic. I think I’m going to love it!