WWW Wednesday (50) – April 19, 2023

Hello, everyone! It’s Wednesday! That means it is time for another WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. I’ll be answering the following questions:

  1. What did you read last?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What did you read last?

If I See You Again Tomorrow by Robbie Couch – 4.5⭐ – This was a heartwarming time loop story about overcoming loneliness by fostering genuine, healthy connections with others. The romance left a bit to be desired, though. You can read all my thoughts in my review.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – 4.75⭐ – I enjoyed this book. I fell in love with the characters and found the connections to Welsh history/mythology fascinating. I’m really curious to see where the story goes next.

Cataclysm by Lydia Kang – 4.5⭐ – This was a great Star Wars book. It had tons of action and brought together all of my favorite characters from phase two of The High Republic. I wish there had been a bit more intrigue and focus on the Path of the Open Hand, but it was still a really fantastic read overall. See all my thoughts in my review.

Engines of Chaos by R. S. Ford – 4.5⭐ – This sequel was action-packed and full of intrigue. It was so tense, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat. It deepened the world-building in interesting ways and provided a more intimate understanding of the characters. I cannot wait to see how the trilogy ends because this book was definitely setting things up for a phenomenal finale. See all my thoughts in my review.

Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher – 5⭐ – This was my first Kingfisher book, but it definitely will not be my last. I loved everything about this book. It had murder, intrigue, wonderful banter, and an adorable pet. The main couple was hilarious, and they were so clueless about each others’ feelings. lol. It was fun to watch them come together while also fruitlessly struggling to fight their feelings and stay apart. They had such great chemistry, and I loved how they helped each other work through the trauma from their past. Thank you so much to Jordyn from Birdie’s Book Nook for recommending this book to me. If you haven’t visited her blog, what are you waiting for? She has tons of great content and provides wonderful recommendations.

Quest for Planet X by Tess Gratton – 3.75⭐ – I don’t really have a lot to say about this one other than definitely read it after Cataclysm. It adds some context for that book, but it also spoils the ending. It was a fun middle grade story, but nothing really jumped out at me as being super important or exciting.

What was my favorite of the week? I don’t think I can pick a favorite this week. Almost all of these titles were rounded up to 5 stars on Goodreads, and I liked them all for very different reasons. Maybe Paladin’s Grace because it made me laugh so much? I don’t know. I’m just happy I read them all. 🙂

What are you currently reading?

The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang (7%) – I started my buddy read of this book. I’m not very far into it, but I can already tell that it is going to be an emotionally traumatizing read. lol. It’s a good thing I have a support group for this one to help me get through it.

Dragonfall by L. R. Lam (4%) – I’ve only read one chapter of this book so far, but I’m not a big fan of the writing. I hope I like it more as the book progresses, but we’ll see.

What will you read next?

I plan to finish off my TBR for the month (hopefully) and listen to one more ALC this week. I was hoping to be further along with my TBR at this point in the month, but April has really gotten away from me. I’m going to do my best to finish up all my Magical Readathon classes.

Song of Silver, Flame Like Night by Amelie Wen Zhao, Infinity Gate by M.R. Carey, Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey

I hope you’ve all had a great week! What have you been reading? Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments!

8 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (50) – April 19, 2023

  1. Looks like you’ve had a wicked reading week! 😃 It’s always great to have multiple awesome reads in a row. I’ve been wanting to read T. Kingfisher for a while now and this book sounds like the perfect place to start (esp cos it doesn’t look as scary as their more recent works but I don’t know if that’s just cos of the cover, lol)! And yep, Dragon Republic is… so emotionally rough. I need the group’s emotional support, haha 😂 And I hope Dragonfall picks up for you too. Happy reading, Chris!

    • Not to hijack Chris’s comment section here, but all Kingfisher’s books have a tiny element of horror to them, but they’re not any scarier than like…an old school fairy tale. If you’re really worried, I can spoil you for what’s scary about them! 🙂

      • Please hijack away. 🤣 The horror element in this was SO SMALL. I honestly don’t even know that I’d consider it horror. I think you’ve described it really well, and I believe Dini would love this book.

    • Thanks, Dini! I think you’d enjoy this Kingfisher book. The ‘horror’ in it is practically nonexistent compared to the awful stuff that happens in The Poppy War. I’m hoping Dragonfall picks up too. The first few chapters have been nothing but infodumps that aren’t super clear to me, which is disappointing because I was really looking forward to this one.

  2. I hope that Dragonfall picks up for you. I enjoyed it but it did take me a while to get into it. I’ll be interested to hear what you think about Magic’s Pawn. It’s one of my all time favourites and I just love Vanyel. It’s quite old now though so will be interesting to see how it works today

    • Yeah. I’m struggling with Dragonfall. The first 15% or so has felt like a huge info dump, but I still don’t feel like I know what is going on that well despite all the time the characters have spent lecturing me. I’m hopeful it gets better, but the beginning has been rough. I’ve been looking forward to Magic’s Pawn because I’ve heard such great things about it. I’m curious to see how it holds up too.

  3. AHH CHRIS I’M SO SO HAPPY YOU LOVED THE KINGFISHER. The next book in that series is my all time favorite of hers, so I really hope you love it even more. Thanks so much for saying nice things about my blog!

    • Thank you so much for the recommendation! It was the perfect starting point for me to try out Kingfisher’s work. I loved it so much, and I’m really curious to see where the larger mystery is headed.

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