Hello, hello and welcome back to another episode of WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, which means I’ll be answering these questions:
- What did you read last?
- What are you currently reading?
- What will you read next?
Since last Wednesday I’ve managed to read: 8 books. I also DNF’d two other books but I’m not including them here. Friends, I’m so proud for not putting myself through reading books I’m not enjoying or have no interest in. 2020 year has been a shady ass year, but at least I’ve learned to DNF 😉 Heh…
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia ★★★★☆
I first heard about this book through Sammie and I get why she raves about it. It was so refreshing to read about African Gods and Black-American folklore, but it also deals with grief in a way that’s relatable for both young and old. Tristan and the whole cast had such strong and unique voices but it was Gum Baby that 100% won me over! I absolutely loved her! It’s super action packed and entertaining, and I can’t wait to read more about Tristan and the Gods in the future! Review to come.
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg ★★★★☆
I went in with zero expectations and ended up speeding through this dystopian thriller that’s West World meets Disney. The mixed media format and compelling mystery made this a fast read, plus I loved our MC: Ana. I was hanging on to the edge of my seat until the end, and while I had hoped for a stronger conclusion, it was still super satisfying! Review to come.
Lies & Lullabies (Hush Note #1) by Sarina Bowen ★★★½
I’m not one for the hidden pregnancy and rockstar hero tropes in romance so I’m surprised I enjoyed this one! The romance was sweet if a bit angsty at times but I liked Kira & Jonas (and the little cutie, Vivi). I loved Adam, Kira’s brother, and Ethan and I’m hoping they get their own story coz I would defo read it 😍 Although I didn’t like Quinn in this book, I’m curious about her story and will be continuing the series! Review to come.
The Darkest Drae Series: 1+2 by Rae Wagner & Kelly St. Clare ★★★☆☆
I have mixed feelings about this series. The writing wasn’t bad and the world building was interesting, but the heroine drove me mental. Her clueless bumbling started off amusing because it seemed intentional. She knew she wasn’t the brightest bulb but as the story went on and there was (imo) zero growth, I ended up laughing at myself for being unable to put the book down despite being super irritated 80% of the time. It’s like one of those books that’s so bad it’s good? You know what I’m talking about! I lost interest by the time I started book 3 (DNF) and I won’t be picking it back up again. Maybe review to come.
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo ★★★★★
There’s a reason this has been one of the most hyped books over the last year and it deserves all the praise it gets. I loved every second of this book and devoured it in less than a day! It was *chefs kiss* perfection! Acevedo’s writing is so evocative and… just beautiful! It also made me crazy hungry so have snacks at the ready if you’re planning to read this in the middle of the night! Review to come.
Xiveri Mates Series: 1 + 2 by Elizabeth Stephens ★★★★☆
So… This is an alien romance series that I saw on Julie’s post and I was…intrigued. Did I ever consider I’d be reading alien romance one day? NOPE! But I can’t lie–I’m not mad at this series and I’m having a lot of fun reading it! 😅 It’s got strong kick-ass black heroines and dare I say it, sexy empowering alien heroes? Yes, it’s true. It’s obviously steamy AF (the full steamy scale+beyond) but the world building is amazing and there’s a pretty good plot! Three books are available so far (they’re on KU if anyone’s interested 😉) and I can’t wait to keep reading these! Series review to come.
Last night I started three books: Fahrenheit 451, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and A Royal Christmas Quandry. I’m reading the last one for a blog tour next week and I’m enjoying it so far! I couldn’t decide what to read for #BannedBooksWeek and started the first two books last night but I think I’m going to stick with Angelou. I know this is going to be a really tough and emotional read (which isn’t what I wanted right now!) but the writing is so compelling and I want to read more. And yes, I got the movie cover for Fahrenheit — I couldn’t resist Michael B. Jordan 😍😂
Blog tour reads. Blog tour reads. Blog tour reads.
I have quite a few coming up, especially in October and I can’t believe it’s already almost the last week of September?! 2020 is speeding by 🙈
How is your reading week going and what are you currently reading? Hope the rest of your week goes well!