WWW Wednesday, 26 September: Patriarchal Anxiety.

An excuse to talk about what you’re reading, as hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

The Three W’s are…

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

& BONUS: What books I DNF’d & borrowed & bought in the past week.

Books featured here include a whole lot of Non-Fiction, with a sprinkling of YA.

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Why Does Patriarchy Persist? — Naomi Snider, p. 2018. patriarchy.gif

An ARC I got from NetGalley! It’s expected publication is October 15 November 14 (oops), so not long now 🙂 I’m only 29 per cent in so far, but here we go:

3 Thoughts so far:

  • Absorbing. I can really see myself enjoying this all the way through.
  • I love that, right away, it recognises and addresses that patriarchal culture negatively effects both boys and girls.
  • This seems like it’s a short book, so I’ll be interested to see how it manages to deal with such a huge topic in a relatively short amount of words.

Come to a (temporary, gdi) standstill with: Good Omens — Pratchett & Gaiman, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone — Laini Taylor. My brain is just rejecting fiction right now. Does that ever happen to anyone else?

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WWW Wednesday, 19 September: Apocalyptic Internet President.

An excuse to talk about what you’re reading, as hosted by Sam @ samannelizabeth

The Three W’s are…

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

& BONUS: What books I DNF’d & borrowed & bought in the past week.

Books featured here include YA SFF, YA Contemporary and two very different NF about figures in America’s political scene. And YUP, I’m totally pleased with how this week’s title worked out.

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snake.gif Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter— Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, p. 1990.

A reread! This one I’m rereading because it fits the ‘Birth Year’ challenge, and… because I’m working on a Good Omens fanfic /shrug. Which… I’m pretty sure is two different kinds of nerd.

3 Thoughts so far:

  • The humour kind of reminds me of Douglas Adams, a little.
  • Adam Young is still my favourite character in this book. 
  • I recently read something… somewhere, about how Crowley & Aziraphale are the ‘decoy protagonists’ in this book, in the sense that you think it’ll be them that save the day, when actually it’s nothing to do with them at all, really, and they’re more the comic foils. I wish I remember where I read that, because it sounds fun, and makes me think about how layered this book is.

Open Road Summer  — Emery Lord, p. 2014.  tswift.gif

So I’m a sucker for ‘famous people in YA’ tropes, especially when it’s offering me an outside perspective on that (aka, the protagonist being the best friend of a famous teenager who is definitely based on a young Taylor Swift). Also, Emery Lord is one of those names I’ve seen around enough to be intrigued about.

3 Thoughts so far:

  • Wildly misogynistic, thy name is the (female) protagonist. Seriously. I’m about 2/3 in, and this chick slut shames and judges the hell out of literally every female character in her age range, with the sole exception of her best friend (the Taylor Swift like character). It’s… disgusting enough that I’m genuinely thinking of DNFing, even though that’s not something I ever like to do for a book I’ve paid full price for.
  • Taylor Swift character (Lilah, known to her friends as Dee) is what makes this book, TBH. Girl is sweet as pie, and it really goes into how difficult the fame is for her, even though she genuinely loves what she does and is grateful for it. The protagonist’s ‘ride or die’ friendship with her is basically her only redeeming quality for me, so I’m hanging on to that.
  • The romance is just… mildly annoying? Which… I think stems from my dislike of the protagonist. Since her love interest ranges from ‘he’s mostly fine’ to ‘yeah, he’s a good dude’.  But yeah, I’m skimming their love scenes right now because I VERY strongly get the sense that Reagan (MC) is going to be that ex of his he’s just like ‘what was I THINKING?’ about. Which makes it hard to really care about their romance.

darkangelDaughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) — Laini Taylor, p. 2011

This one happened because ‘Strange the Dreamer’ was awesome, and I wanted more Laini Taylor. I was really digging it and then… life happened, and now I’m putting off settling back into it for reasons I can not put my finger on. 

3 Thoughts so far:

  • Prague! It takes place in Prague! This is exciting to me, because most YA books take place in either the USA or England.
  • ‘Every angel is terrifying’ is EXACTLY my kind of angel trope. I have high standards when it comes to angels, and I’m a little wary of angel style romances because of said high standards, but I’m cautiously optimistic.
  • Wishes as a type of currency is awesome.

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WWW Wednesday, 11 July: Women, Mystical Islands of Death & Queer SFF.

An excuse to talk about what you’re reading, as hosted by Sam @ samanneelizabeth

The Three W’s are…

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

& BONUS: What books I DNF’d & borrowed & bought in the past week.

Books featured here include NF, SFF (of both the adult & YA variety) & contemporary adult.

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What Happened — Hillary Clinton, p. 2017.

This one has dominated all my WWW posts so far. Since it’s a Buddy read, and we’re doing a section or two per week.

3 thoughts so far:

  • Such a warm, personal read. This week I read the section about being a woman in politics, and it was a genuine joy to read. This woman clearly loves the hell out of her family, and has great respect for her female constitutes and employees. She clearly cares. She seems very much like the kind of woman who is deeply confident in herself and her own abilities, yet also is quick to shine a light on the achievements of others.
  • A reoccurring theme through this section was HRC being concerned that women would be discouraged from entering politics due to the Presidential Election, and her relief and appreciation that many women are actually being encouraged by it. Her thoughts of responsibility and pride about this is <3.
  • HRC’s thoughts about how people responded to as a First Lady vs. a politician are disheartening as shit. Essentially, she says she was left with the impression that people liked her plenty as a First Lady (except for the part where she changed her name to include Clinton because people had such a huge problem with her just going by her maiden name?), but were like ‘woah sit down’ when she stepped up to the plate herself. Misogynist springs eternal, I guess.

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The Passage (The Passage, #1) – Justin Cronin, p. 2010

A re-read! I first read this book when it came out in 2010 (when I was in university, damn), and I’m rereading it now because I want to finally knock the sequel off my TBR list.. and since it’s been 8 years (omg) and it’s a huge, complicated book, a reread was definitely required before hitting up book 2. Definitely not going to finish this in time for TomeTopple, since I’m only a couple hundred pages in, but… hey, I’m on my way, at least.

GIF chosen because two shady yet likeable men in black suits are featured heavily so far.

3 thoughts so far:

  • Already questioning if this book needs to be as long & as hyper detailed as it is. Which, to be fair, that’s clearly the style, and a lot of the writing is beautiful, and absorbing, but… yeah, it’s a personal taste thing, I think, since I don’t think it’s poor editing, it’s just more detail than I myself necessarily want.
  • And what’s with all the references to sexual assault, like, is this necessary?  I guess it is necessary, because this book is largely about terrible people being terrible, but still, sigh. I guess I’m not crazy about sexual assault almost being used as a shortcut to show that someone is either a) shitty person or b) has been psychologically damaged.
  • I… vaguely feel like I should have more of a clue about what’s happening by 270 pages in. 

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WWW Wednesday, 3 July: Death, Surprises & Tomes.

An excuse to talk about what you’re reading, as hosted by Sam @ samanneelizabeth

The Three W’s are…

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

& BONUS: What books I DNF’d & borrowed & bought in the past week.

Books featured here are a whole lot of SFF, some NF, and the occasional drop of contemporary. With plenty of YA, because of course.

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storm.gifThunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2) — Neal Shusterman, p. 2018. 

Long awaited read! I’ve been wanting this one since it came out, BUT I’ve been making myself wait to buy it until I come across it in a bookstore, rather than buying it on Amazon. Because supporting authors, that’s why. It finally happened this past Saturday (thank you, Waterstones), and I started reading it the next day, using the excuse of Tome Topple, as hosted at @tome_ topple. For my own Tome Topple TBR, check it out here.

3 thoughts so far:

  1. LOVING that the problems from an A.I ruled Earth comes from the humans themselves, not from the all but omnipresent Thunderhead, who is truly benevolent as fuck. I just love the Thunderhead in general? Realllllly hoping it doesn’t fall prey to the maxim ‘absolute power corrupts absolutely.’
  2. The star-crossed nature of Rown and Citra’s relationship is really working for me, when normally that trope makes me #eyeroll. I think it’s because of the mature way both characters handle it.
  3. ‘Arc of the Scythe’ is legitimately the best series title ever.


daphnehilWhat Happened — Hillary Clinton, p. 2017.

Pictured with Daphne, the most cuddliest stalker of my three cats. I went over my reasoning for reading What Happened in my last WWW post. Realised belatedly that if I’d waited until late June to start this, I could’ve used it as my buddy read for Tome Topple, but… shrug.

3 thoughts so far:

  1. To me, this very much reads like a book about grieving. It makes me think that Hillary is doing her best to lead by example, to go into depth on how she is dealing with what happened partly so as to show other people the way to cope.
  2. I have a ton of respect for this woman. Considering everything, she comes across as restrained as anyone can reasonably expect her to be. Her continued humour is an inspiration. She’s much more open about her mistakes than I think many others would’ve been in her position. To me, it’s impossible to think she WASN’T judged so harshly during the course of the campaign in large part because she’s a woman. People are so terrible sometimes.
  3. The insight into the Obama & HRC relationship has been especially lovely.

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Tome Topple Readathon, Summer 2018: I like big books and I can not lie.

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I heard about this one from Wonderfilled Reads. Far as I can tell, the idea behind it is you get the eff over yourself and start reading some of those giant books (500+) on your shelves which you may or may not have been putting off.  It runs from Fun, right? It resets periodically (not sure how often), and right now it’s in its six round, which runs from June 29th ’til July 12th. So… yep, I’m already behind.

It seems like this one is mostly run on Twitter @Tome_Topple (hashtag #tometopple!) & Instagram @thoughtsontomes. Twitter seems to have a lot of reading sprints (never tried that before, and I am both nervous and excited to try) & mini challenges, and Instagram has a ‘photo a day’ for the duration of the challenge.

It was created by @thoughtsontomes, and is co hosted with @booklifesj, @perpetutalpages, @readersrambles & @littlebookowl on Twitter.

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WWW Wednesday, 27 June: Dinosaurs, Poirot & Clinton

An excuse to talk about what you’re reading, as hosted by Sam @ samannelizabeth 

The Three W’s are…

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading? (NOTE: Includes spoilers for what the FairyLoot June book is).
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

& BONUS: What books I DNF’d  & borrowed & bought in the past week.

Books featured here run the gamut from middle grade contemporary to adult SFF, a debut published this July and a oldie from 1934, with just a hint of NF.

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jpark.gif Jurassic Park — Michael Crichton, p. 1990.

This baby, I’m reading for the Birth Year Challenge over @  Hotchpot Cafe.  I got it out from the library months ago, and have been renewing it… and renewing it…operating under the vein hope that if I keep it long enough I will have somehow read the book by osmosis without actually having to read he fucker. BUT NOT ANYMORE! I’m almost half way in, and I’m (surprisingly) really liking it. I’ve already put two of Crichton’s other books to my gigantic to read to get pile on Goodreads.

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