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.
- These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall: I’ve just started this spooky YA horror and, already, I’m entranced! The atmosphere is pitch perfect, the little hints that something is not right have me intrigued, and I’m truly interested in finding out more about our main character, Helen. I’m very much getting an The Inheritance Games vibes, what with her inheritance of this creepy house hinging on her staying in it a full year and some less than friendly relatives who seem upset about the will. But this is definitely got a more paranormal vibe and I am here for it!
- Hide by Kiersten White: I literally just finished the first chapter of this horror novel and, in comparison, I’m not as immediately into it as I was with These Fleeting Shadows. Maybe it’s because I’ve only read one chapter so far. Maybe it’s because nothing has really happened yet. I’m definitely intrigued enough to keep going but the writing hasn’t really gripped me yet. The main character, Mack, certainly seems like she has a Past and I’m interested to find out more about her. Here’s hoping I get more invested as I continue.
- Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett: I had forgotten how much I love the Discworld books and Terry Pratchett’s writing. This was such a quick, fun read that continues the story of a strange, strange world. In it, a young woman named Esk, the eighth
sondaughter of an eighth son, is marked to become a wizard. But, in this world, women can’t be wizards, or so that’s what everyone tells her. Esk is determined to wear a wizard’s cap, though, even as she trains to be a witch. I had so much fun reading this book! The humor and wit of Terry Pratchett’s writing always sucks me in. Now I’m even more excited to read more books in this universe.
- My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones: Y’all, this book was weird and I kind of loved it? It follows a young woman named Jade, who has recently completed her senior year and has been set adrift. She is half-Indian, half-white and all outcast because of (according to her) her near encyclopedic knowledge of slasher films. Jade preys for the day when a slasher comes through her sleepy town of Proofrock and leaves a bloody trail… and then small signs start to suggest she might actually get her wish. This book is told in such a contemporary way that, at times, I almost forgot I was reading a horror novel. But don’t let that make you think this book isn’t frightening! I love how Stephen Graham Jones can mix such a contemporary feel with happenings straight from the classic slashers. It’s a true genre-bender and I loved it!
- Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood: I don’t know what this says about me, but give me a book that is inspired by Jane Eyre and I know I’m gonna love simply based on that fact. The fact that this is a Jane Eyre retelling and it was incredibly well-written with fascinating characters and beautiful world-building meant that I was gone for as soon as I read the first page. This was absolutely stunning! I does have a pretty intense case of insta-love, but Lauren Blackwood wrote it in a way that I was like, “Yeah… you’ve known each other for two seconds, but I get it.” Throw on top of all that the story of a gruff mentor (Jember) and the little, eternally optimistic ragamuffin (Andromeda) he will never admit he loves (BUT TOTALLY DOES) and you have my heart. Top tier trope, y’all, and it was executed beautifully in this book. Finishing this makes me so eager for Blackwood’s next book that comes out early 2023.
- Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant: Now that it’s officially August (aka the month of readathons), I can start in on one of my multiple TBRs, haha. Starting with the older team book for Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller as part of the Trope-ical Readathon! I have to admit to being intrigued by this book for awhile, though it never officially made it onto my TBR until now. I kinda want to see what Seanan McGuire can do with spooky, scary mermaids.
- Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler: As I type this, I’m realizing that I’m reading/will be reading quite a few spooky books in August and I ain’t mad about it! Let’s bring on the spooky season early! I’ll miss the warmth but even my summer-loving self can admit that the cozy vibes during autumn are immaculate. Anyway, I’m excited to read my first Octavia E. Butler novel! I’m also excited to see her take on the classic vampire story.