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:
- What did you read last?
- What are you currently reading?
- What will you read next?
What did you read last?
The Magicians by Lev Grossman – 3⭐ – I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t love it either. The premise was a weird mashup of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, and it just felt like an unoriginal ripoff. Some stories pull off being inspired by others, but this one just changed the names around and smashed things together in ways that didn’t quite work for me with a really weird, uneven pace. It didn’t help that the main character was obnoxiously woe is me and treated women like objects. Some of the elements were cool, though, and I am curious to see what happens next. So, I plan to give the sequel a go.
In These Hallowed Halls by Various Authors – 3.75⭐ – I enjoyed this anthology. The stories were a bit hit or miss, and I’m unsure if all the authors really understood the assignment. However, many of the stories were riveting and gave me the dark academia vibes I was looking for.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt – 4⭐ – This book was slow and plodding with a heaping helping of pretentiousness. The characters were some of the most horrible people ever. There was intrigue, classics scholarship, murder, and ancient rituals. I loved every minute of it, and the story and atmosphere gave me everything I was wanting from a dark academia story. I liked that it was rooted in reality, while also being completely unhinged in very human ways. It explored the darkest aspects of human impulse while delivering a compelling critique of the insularity of the top tiers of academia and society.
What are you currently reading?
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (11%) – I’m so excited to finally be reading the finale of The Raven Cycle. I’ve loved these characters and the story so far and am ready to see how it all ends.
Fall of Ruin and Wrath by Jennifer L. Armentrout (19%) – This has been good so far. It is an easy read, and the FMC and the ‘high lord’ have some really thick sexual tension. 😏 I’m also interested in learning more about the world and the magical powers.
What will you read next?
A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid, Daughter of Redwinter by Ed McDonald (re-read), 10 Things That Never Happened by Alexis Hall
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!