Hey, y’all! I wanted to ease back into the blogging by starting with one of my favorite memes. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where I have to answer three simple questions: what am I currently reading, what I have recently read, and what I want to read soon. I am always reading multiple books at once and queueing my next choices right on my nightstand. So, here we go!
What am I currently reading?
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch:
This has been at the top of my to-read pile for far too long, and I need a good sci fi book in my life right now after binging on some YA and serious fiction books. Dark Matter follows Jason Dessen, a physics professor from Chicago who leads a normal life beside his wife and child… at least, in this world. Following a night out, Jason is abducted and sent to an alternate reality where his life is not his own; he is told that he created a device that allows for people to jump between realities, a device so top secret that those close to him are killed or are killing to protect its secrets. The book follows him as he tries to figure out how to return to his world, and how to survive the one he is currently in. I’m about 50% through this one and while the premise is enticing, and the writing moves so smoothly I barely feel like I’m reading, I still have way more questions than I do answers – and I hope I get them before this book is over.
- Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1) by Kevin Kwan:
One of the biggest pillars of my personal philosophy is that I always read the book before the movie/TV show/other adaptation, and that holds true for this series as well after I saw the trailer pop up on Facebook last week. Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel Chu, an American-Chinese woman, who goes to Singapore with her boyfriend, Singaporean Nick Young, to attend his best friend’s wedding and – more importantly – meet his family. What Rachel doesn’t know is that Nick’s family is essentially royalty in the Asian world – CEOs of international businesses, lawyers of the highest calibers, designers and actors, and their globetrotting/spoiled dependents. She also doesn’t know that Nick’s family doesn’t know about her – at least, not really. When she arrives in Singapore, she is thrust into a world she only distantly knew existed, and expected to thrive in the center of it. I’m kind of low-key obsessed with Asian culture, so I’m so pumped to read this book. I’m 25% in and so far nothing too crazy has happened yet, but I have high hopes.
- Kingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing #2) by Rhiannon Thomas:
Oh, look – another YA series and retelling! No surprises here. I read the first book in the series (A Wicked Thing) almost three years ago now, so my summarization may be a bit off BUT… The series follows the Princess of a far-off land called Alyssiana, a girl named Aurora who was cursed by a witch shortly after her birth and put into a deep sleep from which she can only be awoken with true love’s kiss. So far, this sounds exactly like Sleeping Beauty, right? Like, they didn’t even change the princess’ name. But fret not, for this is where the story starts to diverge. When Aurora finally wakes up, her “true love” is a man she harbors no strong feelings for and who’s kind of a spineless prince unable to help her reclaim her kingdom – that has moved forward in time one hundred years without her. A tyrannical, egotistical king is the new leader of her country, and she attempts to fight him in small ways throughout the book while attempting to reintroduce herself to the world. In Kingdom of Ashes, the story continues after Aurora has left her kingdom in flames behind her and attempts to find support elsewhere to claim back what is rightfully hers. To be honest, I didn’t particularly enjoy the first book, but I didn’t hate it either – so I’m hoping the second book will impress me more than the first.
What have I finished recently?
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Rating: 5 / 5 stars, review posted here
- Roseblood by A.G. Howard
Rating: 1.5 / 5 stars, review coming soon
- 2nd Chance (Women’s Murder Club #2) by James Patterson
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
What do I think I’ll read next?
- Artemis by Andy Weir:
I love space stories, and I especially love when Andy Weir is telling them. The Martian is probably one of my top 5 favorite books of all time, because the writing is spot on, and the humor is so natural and prevalent throughout the book. So when I heard that Weir was composing another novel taking place in space, I had to pick it up… and then put it on my to-read pile for monthsc as it glared at me. Artemis follows Jazz, a lowly porter on the planet of Artemis, where truly only the rich succeed. She is a small-time thief in order to get by, but when a more promising score presents herself, she can’t pass up the opportunity to make a little more money. But one little job turns into a whole conspiracy, and Jazz gets caught up in the wildness of Artemis and the political strings intertwining it. I am so pumped to see where this story goes.
- This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab:
Still at the top of my to-read shelf, and featured in last week’s WWW. I just got distracted by Kingdom of Ashes instead – whoops!
- The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1) by Richelle Mead:
Still at the top of my to-read shelf, and featured in last week’s WWW. I just got distracted by Crazy Rich Asians instead – whoops!
Well – that’s it for this week, folks! Hopefully I make some headway off the “currently reading” and into the “what’s next”!