Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.
The questions are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
1. What I’m reading at the moment
24 Hours by Claire Seeber
The blurb: Here today. Dead tomorrow?
My best friend, Emily, is dead – killed last night in a hotel fire.
But it was meant to be me.
Now I have 24 hours to find my daughter.
Before he finds out I’m still alive.
24 Hours is a fast-paced, intelligent psychological thriller that will leave you breathless.
2. The last books I read
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
A dystopian classic. As good as I remembered (very good indeed) although perhaps now I’m a mother, this had an impact for different reasons. Here’s my review.
What it’s about: Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…
The Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
I read these back to back over a few days. They are fine. Well-written, with some original elements. Although I didn’t find them as marvellous as many others have. Here’s my full review.
What it’s about. I’ll give you the blurb for Book 1 to avoid spoilers: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
3. What I’ll read next
Winter by Marissa Meyer
I completely forgot Winter was coming out this week when writing last week’s WWW post! If it’s as addictive as the previous installments of the Lunar Chronicles I imagine I’ll have it finished before the end of the weekend.
What it’s about: This is the fourth and final installment of the Lunar Chronicles series. If you’d like to know more, check out my review of Books 1-3: Cinder, Scarlet and Cress.
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Since I read and loved my first book by Patrick Ness – A Monster Calls – I’ve been working my way through his back catalogue. I also thoroughly enjoyed The Chaos Walking trilogy so More Than This seemed logically the next book of his to read.
The blurb: A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies. Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive. How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place? As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂
And, just in case you missed my recipe this week, I went back to chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate with Malteser Rocky Road.