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WWW Wednesday

Bonjour tout la monde: welcome to WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words in which we ask three simple questions:

  • What are you currently Reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

So, what have I been up to?

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix. And I am so glad I chose to read this next out of the 4-5 books calling to me from my TBR. As this, as it turns out, has been the perfect read for this time of year. Not only featuring the ubiquitous vampire but the first couple of chapters of observational humour had me laughing so hard, I had to go back and re-read sections. This is going on my list of the best books of the year, that’s how good it’s been so far!

What did I recently finish reading:

I finished reading And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic in record time, this weekend. Here again is another excellent, hard-hitting book that I just couldn’t put down. This is book 2 in Viskic’s the Caleb Zelic series that started with Resurrection Bay. And let me tell you, this is turning out to be one hell of a knock-out series, Caleb is one of those characters you just can’t help but root for. Watch out for my review this coming Friday!

What am I reading next:

Ah, that’s always the though question because, despite having a towering TBR with so many good books on, I never know until the last minute exactly which one of them I’m going to start. Yes, I know, it’s not indecision more that I’m a mood reader and, as such, have quite the eclectic mix in my reading pile just in case. Everything from fantasy and SF through to cozy mystery with some murder and mayhem, as you never know.

And you, what are you currently reading, or planning on reading next?

Top Ten Tuesday

This week our topic for discussion set by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl is, Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them To Me … which in and of itself, might be a left over from last week’s challenge, Long Titles! 

While I’ve read a couple of books recently that were, in a way, recommended to me by people on twitter—I have also read at least 3 or 4 books that someone has recommended to me via the comments after reading a really positive review. Those have turned out to be some of the best reads as well. Because, by then, you have at least read their review and already know what you’re letting yourself in for. 

My thanks to Jake from over at Jake is Reading, Ollie at Infinite Speculations, and Jo from Blue Mood Cafe, for providing me with lots of inspiration and some really great suggestions these last few months.

On the list are:

  • THE PHLEBOTOMIST (SF) — by Chris Panatier 
  • CAPTAIN MOXLEY AND THE EMBERS OF EMPIRE (Fantasy) — by Dan Hanks
  • VELOCITY WEAPON (SF) — by Megan O’Keefe
  • WE RIDE THE STORM (Fantasy) — by Devin Madson
  • BLOOD ON THE TRACKS (Crime) — by Barbara Nickless
  • OVERKILL (Crime) — by Vanda Symon
  • IN THE DARK SPACES (SF) — Cally Black
  • THE LAST SMILE IN SUNDER CITY (Fantasy) — by Luke Arnold
  • RACE THE SANDS (Fantasy) — by Sarah Beth Durst
  • THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB’S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES (Horror) — by Grady Hendrix (on the TBR)

So, there you have my list. What about you, have you had any really good recommendations lately and if so, what where they? 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

If you don’t know about this one, The Sunshine Bloggers Award is a community award where bloggers nominate other bloggers who bring positivity to the community. I was honoured to be nominated by a couple of people over on twitter—Coffee, Book & Candle— and want to say a BIG thank you to Jack, at Jack’s Bedtime Reading, for his nomination! 

Loved, loved, loved his answer but more, he’s set some really interesting questions!


So, how does this all work? Well, the rules are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer 11 questions prompted by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and set the 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award badge on your post and or your blog

And now, drum roll please, here are my answers to Jack’s questions:

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WWW Wednesday

Bonjour tout la monde: WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds where we will answer the following questions.

  • What are you currently Reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

While this is a weekly meme, I think I’ll only be doing it when I’m just about to finish a book—and about to start a new one—which makes more sense, right?

What I’m currently reading:

I’m reading an ARC sent to me by Titan books, the first book in a SF trilogy, Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell, but I’m struggling. What should have taken me about 3 evenings to read, has taken all weekend, and we’re now Wednesday and I still haven’t finished it. It’s not that it’s a bad book, just not a great one. Frustrating to say the least.

What did I recently finish reading:

I just recently finished reading Bitter Medicine by Sara Paretsky, which was an excellent read. You can always rely on Paretsky and her V.I. Warshawski series to provide a thoroughly engrossing read.

What I plan on reading next:

I’m excited to read And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic this coming weekend which, truth be told, has been sat on my TBR for some time now. But, as I joined in to do the #OcTBRChallenge, in which you tackle left over books on your TBR, I’ve managed to read through a few. Some good, some not so great. But at least the pile is shrinking.

And you, what are you currently reading, or thinking of reading next?