🍂 Hi guys, I hope you’re having a wonderful day!. here I am with a new WWW Wednesday (originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Taking on a World of Words, where we’ll share the books that I’ve finished, my current and upcoming readings 🍂
This meme tries to answer the following three questions:
🍂 What are you currently reading?
🍂 What did you finish recently reading?
🍂 What do you think you’ll read next?
🍂 What are you currently reading? 🍂
A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab
It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.
Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.
And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.
By the time you see this post, I’ll probably go much further into it but right now, I’m going about 100 pages through and I’m LOVING it. This book begins after only 4 months of the events of the previous book but so much has happened in the characters life already, I really like that. It’s darker than the first one, and explore another face of the characters, also Lila continues to be INCREDIBLE and there are new characters which I’m super interested in, especially Alucard Emery, I want to know what role he’ll take in the plot. It’s a book that has a lot of action from the beginning, so I only hope for the best, besides there is a magic competition happening and that sounds so good !! Super excited to continue reading
🍂 What did you finish recently reading? 🍂
The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta
The spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths, shrouded in the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods.
Danny didn’t know what she was looking for when she and her mother spread out a map of the United States and Danny put her finger down on Tempest, California. What she finds are the Grays: a group of friends who throw around terms like queer and witch like they’re ordinary and everyday, though they feel like an earthquake to Danny. But Danny didn’t just find the Grays. They cast a spell that calls her halfway across the country, because she has something they need: she can bring back Imogen, the most powerful of the Grays, missing since the summer night she wandered into the woods alone. But before Danny can find Imogen, she finds a dead boy with a redwood branch through his heart. Something is very wrong amid the trees and fog of the Lost Coast, and whatever it is, it can kill. Lush, eerie, and imaginative, Amy Rose Capetta’s tale overflows with the perils and power of discovery — and what it means to find your home, yourself, and your way forward.
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Oh, I really wanted to love this book SO BAD and it’s been a disappointment, I honestly don’t feel it’s a case when the book is THAT bad, you know? but the way it’s built is just not for me. It was very difficult for me to understand something of what was happening in it, the POVs are precipitated and aren’t well ordered or marked, so it was difficult for me to be able to move through the reading. On the other hand, it has great sexual and racial diversity, which is amazing!
When I think about it, I’m still surprised that it hasn’t worked for me, it has everything I usually to love, from magic and witches to an atmospheric setting, but I guess these things happen, right?
The Summer of Ellen by Agnete Friis
Agnete Friis returns with a lyrical, suspenseful new standalone set in rural Denmark that moves between the present and the summer of 1978, exploring obsession, toxic masculinity and the tricks we play on our own memory.
Jacob, a middle-aged architect living in Copenhagen, is in the throes of a bitter divorce and the resulting alcoholic binge when he receives an unexpected call from his great-uncle Anton, who is in his nineties and still lives with his brother Anders on their rural Jutland farm—a place Jacob hasn’t visited since the summer of 1978.
Anton asks Jacob to answer the question that has haunted them both for decades: What happened to Ellen?
To find out, Jacob must revisit the farm and confront what took place that summer—one defined by his teenage obsession with Ellen, a beautiful young hippie from the local commune who came to stay with Anton and Anders, and the unsolved disappearance of Jacob’s best friend’s sister. What he finds is that none of these events were what they seemed, though they have affected the course of his entire life.
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So, this is the other ARC that I planned to read this month and I started with it and get to almost half or maybe a little more and I couldn’t really continue, isn’t a book that I was enjoying so I decided to leave it there and not finish it. I hate not finishing ARCs and it’s something that I always avoid doing, but this time I just couldn’t keep pushing myself to continue with something I wasn’t into. After this, I really need a whole day without thinking about reading or touching a book because I felt I was getting into a reading slump but hopefully my current reading would take me out of that state.
I’ll talk more about the book and my reasons to DNFing in my Wrap Up at the end of the month
🍂 What do you think you’ll read next? 🍂
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.
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I’ll probably be starting with this book or maybe I’m already reading it when you see this, I’ll be buddy reading it with Rita 💞 and I’m super excited but at the same time I’m nervous because it’s the first time I’m reading with someone else who is not here with me, like physically, you know? so I hope not to disappoint her and be the best buddy I can. I’ll give the best of myself and I let you know
🎊 I’m Hosting a Book Giveaway!! 🎊
YAAAAAY! 🙌🏻 , guys, I decided to host a TWITTER GIVEAWAY to celebrate for the 3000 followers, here on the blog (by the way, we’re 3088 right now, so THANK YOU SO MUCH, YOU’RE INCREDIBLE! 💞). So I want to make sure everyone is participating and know about this, it will be running until 06/01, so you still have a lot of time to participate to win a book of your choice! 😊
I’ve been blessed to have won many of these contests before so this is also a good way to give back a little of all that love and support. I’m so excited, I hope you check it and GOOD LUCK !!❤️