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 7 books. Still going with lots of romance but also quite a bit of historical fiction, too!
Taken to Sasor (Xiveri Mates #3) by Elizabeth Stephens ★★½
This story was set apart from the world we’re introduced to in the first two books in the series and I’m sad to say that it’s my least favourite one. While I loved the heroine and the awesome side characters, I didn’t really care for the hero. The high point of this series continues to be the diversity and amazing world building–the intro to alien cultures, social norms, mythology/folklore is all so well done! I’ll be writing mini-reviews for the whole series once it’s finished.
Loathe Thy Neighbour (Roommate Romps #1) by Teagan Hunter ★★★☆☆
Was so excited for a new Teagen Hunter romance because her Texting series is still one of my faves! I enjoyed this but not as much as I’d hoped to. The antagonistic relationship between Dean and River was basically the “adult” version of the playground “I hate boys” and “girls are stupid” crush dynamic and it didn’t really work for me. I just wanted more development in everything! I really liked the side characters though so I’ll continue the series if it’s about them! Review to come.
A Royal Christmas Quandry by Samantha Hastings ★★★½
I was expecting a YA historical romance but got more historical fiction and was surprised by how much I still enjoyed it! The pacing was off at times but the banter between characters was great and the shenanigans were funny. This also sucked me into several Wikipedia wormholes and I spent hours reading up on Queen Victoria, Princess Alice and other royals–fun times! Review up tomorrow.
Teach Me (There’s Something about Marysburg #1) by Olivia Dade ★★★★☆
My first and definitely not last book by Olivia Dade! I loved it 😍 The maturity of our main characters being in their 40s was absolutely refreshing. There was no unnecessary drama but both characters still had a lot of healing to do from past wounds. It was very realistic and it wasn’t hard rooting for Rose and Martin to get their HEA! Review to come.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ★★★☆☆?
I’ve always wanted to read this book but finally picked it up during Banned Books Week as it’s one of the prompts for the 2020 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. I’m still not sure how I feel about it! I liked the story and I felt for Montag, but I don’t think I like Bradbury’s writing 😂 An unpopular opinion, I’m sure. Not sure how to review this or when I’ll review it but I’m glad I read it!
A Bachelor’s Pledge by Penny Hampson ★★★★☆
This was a historical romance that also surprised me. It was more of a ‘traditional clean’ romance a la Jane Austen (with sprinklings of my faves Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion) and I loved it! It’s rich in historical details and had a very authentic tone for the period, and you can tell that Hampson researched the history thoroughly and is very passionate about it! Read my review.
Children (The Ten Worlds #1) by Bjørn Larssen
I just finished this book today and wooh, it was a helluva dark ride! Larssen doesn’t shy way from the raw brutality of the viking world and the Norse gods they worshipped. It was definitely out of my comfort zone but the world building and characterisation were both exceptionally done! I won’t be forgetting Maya and Magni or their stories anytime soon. Review up tomorrow!
I’m almost falling behind on my blog tour reads but I’m *not* panicking yet. First tour read up is I Hope You’re Listening and it’s still very early on but I’m enjoying it so far. I also started Gung-Ho Vol. 1, a graphic novel ARC, which I’m reading as a ‘palette cleanser’ before going all in with the tour reads!
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!