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.


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.

3 thoughts so far: 

  1. In 1990, they could apparently imagine a future with cloned dinosaurs, but not wireless internet. This is like Back to the Future having flying cars but not flat screens all over again.
  2. Despite it being established firmly that all the dinosaurs are female, they still refer to some of the dinos (think: the T-Rex) by male pronouns. Because of course.
  3. The way this is told – specifically, the shifting perspectives and the divide of sections by fractals (I understand what fractals are now! … Kind of) – is cool AF.



Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) — Agatha Christie, p. 1934. 

Another library read that I put off for SO LONG…. and then read in less than 48 hours. This one fills the ‘A classic crime story’ square, for Back to the Classics over @ Karen’s Books and Chocolates, a challenge that I’m doing because I wanted to go way out of my comfort zone and read classical books. This is my second book for that challenge, and it makes me super glad that I did it. Definitely inspires me to read more classics!

Rating: ★★★★★ / Review @ GoodReads.


Grace and Fury — Tracy Banghart, p. 2018

FairyLoot‘s book for June 2018 is a gem, and it’s not published until the end of July 2018! I couldn’t resist starting it the day I got it, as it was so small and beautiful, and I finished it the day after. It has nothing to do with Game of Thrones, but the Sansa/Arya feels I got from this book that I totally pictured one of the Mains (Serina) as Sophie Turner, despite knowing she was meant to be a soft bodied brunette.

Rating: ★★★★☆ / Review @ GoodReads.


The Girl Who Saw Lions — Berlie Doherty, p. 2008

Yet ANOTHER library read, this one is one of my books for the 21 Books of Summer Challenge over @ 746Books. Because these things are important when you regularly have 10+ books out of the library at one time. This is a middle grade novel IMO (even though my library branded it as YA), and is about an English girl and an African girl, and how they became sisters. I’ve got mixed feelings about this one , but it’s for sure a gut-punch of a read.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ / Review @ GoodReads.



What Happened — Hillary Rodham Clinton, p. 2017.

This one isn’t a book for any of my nine reading challenges  (except for the requisite GoodReads challenge, to which this year I’ve set to 113 books), I just saw this tweet about Hillary using her power of Secretary as State to try and help a divorced child bride and I had SO MANY FEELINGS and had to read it ASAP. Luckily, it was fifty pence on Amazon (plus p&p), and my Book Club Buddy Beks, was down for it being our next book. I’m an English lady but I’ve always been interested in America, and I’m keen to hear from HRC in her own words since she’s such a reserved figure.


thunderDNF Muhammad Khan’s ‘I Am Thunder’ @ page 10 (yes, really). The voices of the MC and her bestie~ were incredibly grating. I probably should’ve stuck at it it longer in the interests of a Muslim writing a Muslim but… honestly, it was THAT grating, and I’d rather read a Muslim woman writing about a Muslim girl anyway. A library book, since returned.renegades

DNF Marissa Meyer’s ‘Renegades’ @ page 189. It’s just insanely slow paced, and honestly I think part of that is down to editing? Like, it did not need to take this long to get this far in the story for sure. The writing was also over stuffed as hell to me. Also, the romance was already predictable and honestly I just didn’t care. I might have stuck at it if there weren’t more than 400 pages left to go… This is another library book, also to be set free for someone else to try ASAP.

Borrowed from the library a whole host of books, most of them YA SFF, and they are as follows…

AND THAT’S A WRAP! Have you read any of these books? What are you reading right now? How are your reading challenges (if you have them!) going? Feel free to friend me on GoodReads!




31 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday, 27 June: Dinosaurs, Poirot & Clinton

  1. I want to read Smoke and Bone. I hope you like it. I loved Orient as well and it’s got me interested in train travel. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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    1. Yeah, Laini Taylor is one of those authors I’ve heard a lot about, but have never read, so when I found her in the library (mysteriously in the SFF section instead of the YA section), I was like YES, and grabbed two of hers. Have you ever read any of her others?

      Yess, Orient was awesome! Love it when classics hold up to the hype.

      Thanks for commenting, and for hosting!!


    1. It really is. I was expecting for it to be really dry and hard to follow, but it’s actually pretty great? Yesss I’m glad you think so! I LOVE GIFS and never get to use them, so here we are.

      Yeah! It seems like one of those books everyone in YA is talking about so I was like WELL HERE WE GO THEN.

      Yeah, I’m hoping to start it relatively soon! I got interested in it because on this podcast I listen to, it says that the next trilogy is from the POV of the daughter of the protag of the first three and I was like ‘well that’s fascinating, SIGN ME UP’. And then I got something awesome inspired by it from FairyLoot and I was like ‘well, that’s fate, then’

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  2. “Dinosaurs, Poirot & Clinton”, I’m here for this title.
    The Jurassic Park book sounds really cool, and made me realise that I’ve never actually read a single book about dinosaurs??
    Also, daughter of smoke and bone is so good! Read the series last summer, and they’re an easy, but interesting and really intriguing read. Have also gotten about a hundred pages into Strange the dreamer, and that’s also a really reaaaally goodbook! Love your www post, can’t wait to see many more!!
    (Also really glad to hear you’re using the library so much, we should all support our libraries!!) x

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    1. Originally it was just ‘www 1’ or something, and then I was like ‘I will never remember which post is which’ SO DINOSAURS, POIROT AND CLINTON IT IS. Clearly someone needs to write something with the three of them in the same place… Which was a joke when I wrote it 2 seconds ago, but now I legit want someone to do Poirot vs. a dinosaur mystery…

      I… think this is like my second book that involves dinosaurs? This MG series I’m into (TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow) involves dinosaurs getting scary intelligent, that’s also really good. But yeah, I’d def rec it if you stumble across it.

      Okay, this is really good to know! I have basically no idea what either of them are about, so I’m looking forward to going in blind on the content, but assured they’re good.

      And thank you!! I’m super looking forward to doing more.

      (Yessss, I’ve got REALLY into the library this year… my only regret is they don’t have a bigger YA section).


  3. First of all, thanks for stopping by my blog today. Always nice to meet new people.
    Michael Crichton was such an interesting guy. A wonderful writer and a good director, too. And he was 6’9! I don’t know how relevant that is to anything, I just can’t imagine being that tall!
    I’ll be back to hear your thoughts on Sec. Clinton’s book. I just don’t have the stomach for it just now. The 2016 campaign seemed to go on forever, and it was so ugly, that I don’t feel like revisiting it. But someday, I’ll read it. And I’d be interested in your perspective.

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    1. It is! 😀 Especially new people who love books…

      Oh wow, that’s crazy, I had no idea he was that tall. I don’t know a lot about him, to be honest, I’ll have to look into him; a lot of his books have some really interesting premises.

      Yeah, completely understandable. It’s taken me a while to feel up to it, and I’m not even American.

      Thank you! And thanks for commenting 🙂


  4. So many good books in this post!
    I didn’t know that Jurassic Park was a book! Glad you enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express, it’s a fascinating murder mystery.Gotta love a good Agatha Christi. I’ve been meaning to read What Happened, but just haven’t got to it yet. It’s still sitting on my shelf. 😀


    1. Yess, I think so! After I wrote it I was like ‘damn, this makes me look like I have more range than I do’.

      I didn’t either! I only found out because it’s one of the books published in the year I’m born. It’s great so far, though, and I think works better as a book than a movie… which might me being biased, since there’s a whole franchise and only a couple of books, but, /shrug.

      It is, yeah! Looking forward to reading more of her, for sure.

      ‘It’s still sitting on my shelf’ should be the rallying people for like 90 per cent of bookworms, for real.

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    1. I will keep this in mind re: Death on the Nile. I’ve bought the first Hercule Poirot because… I’m a nerd and I thought reading them chronologically would be cool, and I’ve also got my eye on And Then There Were None, because that premises seems great. Would you rec reading Christie in order? Or do you think it doesn’t matter much?

      I will check it out now!! … Also I just realised what your blog name is a reference to, love it.

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      1. I don’t think it matters what order you read them in but whatever order you do choose, enjoy! And Then There Were None does have a great premise and a great twist. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is another of my favourites. One of those books where you get to the end and have to go back to spot what you missed…


  5. I love Jurassic Park!! My dad and I would listen to the audiobook on long road trips, and I’ve seen the movie a million kajillion times.

    Laini Taylor is on my list to check out, I really want to read a book by her.

    I loved Red Rising – hope you like it too!


  6. I DNFed Renegades as well and I was so sad because I usually love Meyer’s books! I think in my case it’s partly that superhero books just don’t really work for me, but I agree, it was taking way too long to get anywhere. I also put Murder on the Orient Express off for way too long before devouring it a month oo\r two ago. Now I have more Agatha Christie on my TBR than ever before

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    1. I’m glad it’s not just me who DNF’d that! I… like superhero stuff in theory but now I’m kind of blanking on what books I’ve read that I liked it in. What of Meyer’s other books would you rec?

      Ha, yeah! I’m like ‘now I want to read ALL OF HER’. It was that good.


  7. Great post! Jurassic Park is one of my favorite movies of all time! I always say I’m going to read the book but I don’t want it to ruin the movie for me. Still, I’m glad you’re enjoying it! And yeah Renegades was a really slow, overly long book. I almost quit several times but I ended up kinda liking it. I gave it 3 stars I think. And I really want to read more Agatha Christie. I’ve only read And Then There Were None and I absolutely loved it!


  8. Thank you!! I def want to rewatch Jurassic Park now I’ve read it. I can’t say how well it holds against it just because I don’t LOVE the movie, but I’d guess that it would probably add to your enjoyment, rather than detract from it. I finished reading it and wrote some more about it on my WWW post for this week (https://rlprotagonist.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/wwwweds-death-surprises-tomes/), if you wanna see!

    Yeah. Like, I could see myself liking Renegades but I was like… on balance, am I gonna like it enough to keep reading, especially when I have so many other books to read? I did skip to the end to see what that was like to see if it was arresting enough that I should finish reading, but I was like… nah.

    ahaha funnily enough that is the other Agatha Christie I really want to read! So it’s good to know it’s good.


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