WWW Wednesday is a meme currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on A World of Words.
The three Ws are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
This is a meme that I’ve wanted to participate in for a while, and it’s been kind of a slow reading month thus far
or at least when compared to my track record and reading speed so my answers to the above questions have been the same for a few days now, making it a good time to finally try it out! (To be clear: it’s not so much that I usually finish a book every few days as that I DNF another book every few days and start a new one. Life’s too short and my TBR too long to persevere with a story I’m not enjoying.)
For someone who professes not to like reading multiple books at once, I seem to do it quite frequently, at least in the past few months. 😅
I’m currently buddy-reading (and really, really enjoying) my ARCs of To Best the Boys and Descendant of the Crane — I wish I hadn’t tried to read both at the same time, actually, because I want to devote my full reading attention to one at a time! The former is kind of The Testing meets The Hunger Games with bonus social issues (addresses sexism and classism), and the latter has been described as Chinese-inspired Game of Thrones. Again, both are amazing.
Additionally, I’m still doing my reread of The Cruel Prince for a new blog series and in preparation for The Wicked King … which I started back in January and have not made much progress on. Oops. (But I guess I know what I’m focusing on over spring break next week!)
Recently Finished Reading
Although I’m nowhere near where I wanted to be at this point in the month
because I never will be high-achieving enough for my own standards, I did manage to get through a few books recently!
Based on Kal’s very enthusiastic recommendation, I absolutely had to give Anna Undreaming a try — especially since the author, Thomas Welsh, was kind enough to offer review copies! It was completely different from what I was expecting and completely different from anything I’ve ever read before; to be completely honest I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to everyone since it’s so dark and cranium-screwy. But I’m definitely hooked on the trilogy and very much looking forward to the sequels.
The other title I’ve recently finished is My Name is Rose. I received a review copy for the upcoming blog tour (through Xpresso Book Tours), so if you’re interested in this story about a girl who leaves a communal-living upbringing to pursue an education and build a family, as well as some juicy family secrets and ensuing minor crises of identity … keep an eye out for my very first blog tour post, which will be up towards the end of the month!
To Read Next
It’s still the Ides of ARC and I still have about 25 review copies to get through, after spending the month so far focusing on reading ARCs — and, unfortunately, losing access to a few due to technical issues with Adobe Digital Editions. (I’ve contacted the publishers but have yet to hear back.)
Based on release dates, the next ARC in line is The Trial of Lizzie Borden. While I don’t really follow news or true crime, I’m fascinated by the stories and psychologies of killers and alleged killers, and apparently this was a highly controversial case. The synopsis also promises analysis of legal documents and the culture of the time, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.
Since The Trial of Lizzie Borden is my last March-release ARC, afterward I’m actually planning to briefly return to backlist titles and catch up on Darius the Great is Not Okay, which is this month’s pick for the Books & Boba Goodreads book club! It has LGBT+ rep, PoC (biracial!) rep, and mental health rep … and I have heard so, so many good things about this book.
Usually I don’t plan my reading order too far ahead to leave some flexibility depending on what I’m in the mood for, so all I can say now is that I’ll generally try to finish off my #ReviewPit books before I get back on the reading challenge grind. And, as I keep having to remind myself, it’s both already March and somehow already March, so there’s still some
but never enough time left to get through more of my TBR this year!
What have you been reading recently? Are you familiar with any of the books on my list? How do you balance ARCs and backlist/frontlist releases?