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WWW Wednesday // 24th June

Hey everyone!

I didn’t post an update last week because I wanted to post my Kdrama review then and didn’t have the energy to write another post. So that means I have a LOT to update on.

Let’s get to all the book updates.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by 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?

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading two books.

One is Em & the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto which I started a while back. While it’s interesting, it’s not addicting so I’m reading it slowly.

The other book is 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think by Brianna West which I picked up after seeing it on some Instagram post. The title intrigued me so I got it and I’ve been reading a couple chapters every day. Every essay takes only a few minutes to read but has very valuable information. Several essays really made me think.


What did you recently finish reading?

Since my last update, I read the following books:

#1

The first book, which I was reading when the last update went up, is An American Marriage by Tayari Jones which I was “reading” as an audiobook. It was really good. I liked the raw emotions that were so evident through the story, and the author shows just how difficult that situation is. It’s no one’s fault but it’s messed up.

4/5 stars.

#2

The next book, which was also an audiobook for me, is Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender. IT. WAS. SO GOOD. I absolutely loved it. All of it. You can bet that I completely flailed over it in my review.

5/5 stars.

#3

The next book was one that I picked up to cross of a 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman is quite popular in bookstagram because it features a bookish lead who resembles most of us.

It might be just me but I’ve read tons of romance books where the lead is like this and I’m just bored of that narrative. My complete thoughts are on this Instagram post below:

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman was a popular book in the bookish community a while back. Specifically, mostly amongst readers who don't read a lot of romance books (or that's what I've noticed). It's especially liked amongst YA readers. ~ And while there is nothing wrong with that, particularly because this book can be read by younger readers as it doesn't have explicit scenes, that's probably why it was popular in the first place. ~ I've read a ton of romance books over the last few years and many of them were similar to this—bookish heroine, shy, introvert, happy to be alone/with books, hesitant to go out and make connections etc. falling in love with a wonderful guy. The only sort-of new thing in this book is that the guy is also awkward. ~ The female lead in this book is also VERY SIMILAR to Jane from Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. ~ So what I'm trying to say is that while this book was nice on it's own, I've read way too many similar stories for it to stand out. And that is why I rate it only 2/5 stars. Yes the female lead also has anxiety but it's also not that different from a ton of other books. ~ This book is written for the exact reader stereotype (which is me me) but I've outgrown the phase of wanting to see myself in the main characters and hence this book was just meh for me. ~ What are you currently reading/what was your last read? How is/was it?

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2/5 stars.

#4

The Fix Up by Kendall Ryan was a random audiobook pick. I hadn’t tried to read an adult romance through audiobook yet so I gave this a go, especially since it’s short.

And it was SO FUNNY. I couldn’t help but snort or laugh out loud during the “sexy talk” or when the characters said explicit words. This is the first time I’m hearing them so it was very funny. I don’t think romance books as audiobooks are my thing because what I can skim over when reading as an ebook/physical copy is something I can’t properly skip in an audiobook. That makes me focus on everything and hence notice all the parts that I don’t like.

The book’s story was fine, though. The narration ruined it for me.

2.5/stars.

#5

That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert was the next book I picked up because it was recommended by someone on Instagram. I read that it has a male demisexual representation and that was all I needed.

While it has a romance which has quite an age-gap, which I generally don’t like, this book did it well. And I really liked it. I also loved the demisexual representation.

4/5 stars.

#6

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson was recommended by a ton of people because it’s an own voices, Black and queer book. I picked it up without reading what it’s about and was surprised that it’s a memoir since I expected it to be fiction. But I didn’t mind.

It was really good and I highly recommended.

4/5 stars.

#7

The next book I read is also a queer book. Running With Lions by Julian Winters was highly recommended by my friend Sai on Instagram so I picked it up. And IT WAS SO ADORABLE. The characters are precious. I want to hug them and shield them from everything. The book is too good.

5/5 stars.

#8

The last book (!!) that I read in the last two weeks was You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson which is an own voices, Black and queer book. I heard it on audiobook and LOVED it. It’s also quite short so I was able to finish it fast (on 2x speed).

I absolutely stan this book.

5/5 stars.


What are you planning on reading next?

Hopefully, Release by Patrick Ness which I’ve had for a LONG time. One of my book club friends was unhauling books and offered us books if we wanted them. I picked this one because the author has been on my to-read list for long. I recently found out that it is also queer and since I’m trying to pick up more queer books right now because it’s Pride month, I should pick it up now.

Other than that, I’m unsure. I seem to be reading a TON lately, especially since I started audiobooks. Hopefully I don’t go into a slump haha.


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What have you finished reading recently? Have you read any of the books that I mentioned?

6 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday // 24th June”

  1. The American marriage and Felix ever after are both on my Tbr for July/August and I cant help but be even more excited after seeing your ratings!!!!

    Also I love Patrick ness but I’ve never heard of that book so I’m going to check it out.

    Great post xxx

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