Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Wednesday Catch-Up 9th December 2015

Every Wednesday we are linking up with WWW Wednesday, What Are You Reading Wednesday? and Waiting on Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is hosted at Taking on a World of Words and asks 3 questions: What are you currently reading?, What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you'll read next? 
What Are You Reading Wednesday are hosted on It's a Reading Thing and asks;
1. What's the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 or 34% in your e-book and share one complete sentence.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted at Breaking the Spine and is a chance to show what upcoming releases you are excited for! Each week we will take it in turns to choose a book for Waiting on Wednesday and this week was Clare's turn! You can click any of the pictures in the post to go to that books goodreads page.

Ann:

Currently Reading: 
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)The Great Gatsby
I am currently reading Throne of Glass which is amazing. I am also reading The Great Gatsby which is okay but it isn't amazing.
"They rode quickly up the steep hill, the horse jerking and surging beneath her." - Page 34, Throne of Glass
So far I feel like I would enjoy living in this world. I love the descriptions of all the places.

Recently Finished:
Daisy Miller
I have recently finished Daisy Miller which I really enjoyed.

Planning to Read Next:
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)
Next I am planning on reading the rest of the Throne of Glass series because I am really enjoying the first book.



Clare:

Currently Reading:
The Beautiful and DamnedThe Widow's ConfessionCatch Me When I Fall (Dreamcatcher #1)
I was making absolutely no progress with The Hunchback of Notre-Dame so I've decided to put it to one side for now and I am instead reading The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I have a really beautiful copy and it's a relatively short book so hopefully I won't struggle to read it. I am also reading The Widow's Confession by Sophia Tobin. I have only just started it but the first few chapters have been very engrossing and if it wasn't for the fact I needed to sleep I probably would have stayed up all night to finish this already! I am reading Catch Me When I Fall by Vicki Leigh as I have a review copy of the sequel Find Me If You Dare but I am getting through it quite slowly, it's good but for some reason I'm just not reading it very fast. 
"But it was cold outside, with wind around the edges of the tall buildings and December just up the street, so better far an evening together under the soft lamplight and a drink or two of Bushmills, or a thimbleful of Maury's Grand Marnier, with the books gleaming like ornaments against the walls, and Maury radiating a divine inertia as he rested, large and catlike, in his favourite chair." - Page 34, The Beautiful and Damned
I am not sure I'd want to live in any of these worlds. I'd love to visit The Beautiful and Damned, I feel like it would be fun for a while but might not be great long term. In The Widow's Confession at least one woman gets murdered and I'd rather not be so that's out. And in Catch Me When I Fall there are nightmare creatures that try to drive you mad in your sleep and invisible people guarding over you. And I don't care if they are guardians, people watching me sleep without my knowledge would creep me out a lot.

Recently Finished:
Hourglass (Hourglass, #1)Timepiece (Hourglass, #2)Infinityglass (Hourglass, #3)The Infinite Loop (The Infinite Loop, Tome 1)The Beekeeper's Daughter
I finished reading Hourglass by Myra McEntire last Wednesday and really enjoyed it. I have a full review for it posted here. I also read the sequels Timepiece and Infinityglass which I likewise enjoyed. It was a really fun series and I have reviews for the second and third books here and here. Since I had a really slow reading week, for me I then read a comic book The Infinite Loop which I enjoyed although much of the time travel went over my head. And then finally I read The Beekeeper's Daughter by Santa Montefiore last night. It was a very quick and easy read and I did like it although I preferred other of her books that I have read.

Planning to Read Next:
Vengeance RoadHow We FallNeed
I have heard great things about Vengeance Road and I am very excited to read a Western. I did read Walk on Earth a Stranger a little while ago but I feel like this is a whole grittier story. I then want to read How We Fall by Kate Brauning which I am both nervous about and intrigued by. I think this has the potential to be either great or horribly disappointing and I am hoping it is the first. And Need by Joelle Charbonneau is one I am very excited to read soon, I have heard good things about this one as well.


Waiting on Wednesday:

And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga, #1)
And I Darken by Kiersten White
NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
 

Clare: A brutal princess, vengeance, strained love and loyalty. This just sounds like it could be very interesting to read. Also, anything that's compared to Game of Thrones, Graceling and An Ember in the Ashes is definitely on my TBR! This will be released on June 28th.


You can also find us on Goodreads (Ann and Clare) to keep up with what we are reading

16 comments:

Maryna Kohler said...

happy Wednesday guys please go check out My WWW Wednesday post

clairehuston said...

Yay! I'm glad Ann is enjoying ToG and wants to continue with the rest of the series. It must be a bit of a weird contrast reading it at the same time as The Great Gatsby!
I have Vengeance Road on my TBR for the same reasons you're reading it: good recommendations and the novelty of reading a Western! I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for visiting my WWW post (https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/www-wednesday-9th-december-2015/) and happy reading :-)

Cathy Murray said...

I love Scott Fitzgerald but not so much Gatsby although I did enjoy the film - both the recent and the 1970s versions. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier and happy reading.

Sam said...

I'm sorry you're not loving The Great Gatsby. I adore the book and I think the movie was well done. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

Lefty Book Lover said...

Wow, Clare...you got a ton of reading done this week. I am so incredibly jealous. I hope you enjoy all the books you have planned to read.

And Ann, sorry you're not loving The Great Gatsby. I personally am a huge fan! But I also read it for class my junior year in high school, so there was a bunch of analysis and whatnot involved, and as an English major, I personally believe that everything is a trillion times more interesting after you give it some in-depth analysis. I hope you enjoy the rest of the Throne of Glass series. That is definitely a series I've been meaning to pick up!

Lindsay Hill said...

I have The Great Gatsby on my TBR. I absolutely loved the recent movie so I'm hoping I'll enjoy the book too!
Thanks for stopping by my post earlier :)

Emily Witt said...

The notebook that I'm currently using for my own writing has the first page of the Great Gatsby in Fitzgerald's own handwriting embossed on the front cover, but I have to admit that's all the Fitzgerald I've ever read. I should get around to reading the rest one day. I saw The Infinite Loop on your GoodReads when you finished it, and I'm kind of interested in reading it, though time travel often breaks my brain a bit, too.

Andrea Garcia said...

I have throne of glass on my shelf I just have not read it yet. I'm hoping I can get through that series starting next month.
Thank you for sharing!

Clare Stone said...

Thanks for visiting our post!

Clare Stone said...

I hope to read Vengeance Road after the book I am currently reading so hopefully it will be as great as I think it will! I have been pushing the ToG books at Ann for ages so I am glad she is finally loving them! And yeah, probably a bit different from The Great Gatsby!

Clare Stone said...

I am enjoying The Beautiful and Damned but I didn't enjoy Gatsby, although like you I really liked the film (only seen the recent one so far)!

Clare Stone said...

I am actually the opposite with The Great Gatsby - I read it in College and I feel like it just sort of ruined it for me, I loved the film so I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy the book. Maybe I need to retry it!

Clare Stone said...

I loved the movie but I didn't love the book, which is one of the only times I can remember it being that way around! I hope you enjoy it!

Clare Stone said...

I've seen notebooks like that and I've always wanted one! I was very excited for The Infinite Loop and it did fall kind of short but I think a lot of that is just how much I suck at reading time travel, the characters themselves were interesting!

Clare Stone said...

I love the Throne of Glass series and I am glad Ann is enjoying it! Definitely recommend it!

Clare Stone said...

I agree that the movie was done really well! Thanks for visiting!

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