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Today I’m finally back with a reading update in the form of a very long-overdue WWW Wednesday post. Before going on hiatus last year, I used to love writing this post every week so I’m trying to get back into that habit from now on! I’m also getting back into some of my more “normal” reading habits, one of which is having 20 million books on the go at the same time. So, keep on reading to find out more!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking On A World of Words.

WWW Wednesday is based on 3 questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Crooked Sixpence (#1 The Uncommoners) by Jennifer Bell

I started this one at the end of the weekend/start of the week for the first section chat with the Middle Grade Marvels book club buddies. I immediately enjoyed this book. It is very unique but flows really nicely and even though it’s quite predictable, I’m just going along for the ride and I’m sure I’m going to love it!

The Ex Hex (#1) by Erin Sterling

I’ve also just started reading this book and just want to continue it straight away. Cosy witchy fantasy romances are not usually my go-to, but they really should be, because I’m having a great time. I’ve read about 90 pages and so far I’m just loving the humour, the witchiness and magic, and the chemistry and tension between the main characters. I really need to continue it soon, but I’m sure I’ll finish it in one sitting!

The Miraculous Sweetmakers: The Frost Fair by Natasha Hastings

I only just started this book last night but I’m already enjoying it. I love reading middle-grade and this one just flows so well and it already feels wholesome. I can tell I am really going to enjoy it and I’m looking forward to continuing it today. I’m on the blog tour for this, so keep your eyes peeled for my review at the end of the week.

You’ll Be The Death of Me by Karen M. McManus

I’m just over halfway through this book and I am liking it. I’ve read all of Karen M. McManus’s previous books and currently reading this one in preparation for starting her final book this weekend for a buddy read. I really like the characters and the multiple POVs and I can’t tell where the plot is going but hoping to finish it in a few days.

Where David Threw Stones by Elyse Hoffman

I read this book for a blog tour organised by @The_WriteReads and within only a chapter or two, I could tell I was going to love it. The writing style is just flawless, it flows so well, the story is both beautiful and heartbreaking and it was just a great read. I gave it 5 stars and you can find my full gushing review here.

Les Longueurs by Claire Castillon

Wow… this was such a hard book for me to read. I got it from my library and it is about a young girl who has been groomed by a paedophile since she was 8 years old. This book was written to raise awareness around this topic and to protect children going through sexual abuse. It is very, very hard-hitting. Written for children, there is an attempt to make words softer, but it still packs a massive punch. It was a very uncomfortable and emotional read, but so well-executed, which is why I gave it 5 stars.

The Very First Damned Thing (#0.5 The Chronicles of St Mary’s) from The Long and the Short of It by Jodi Taylor

A few months ago, I started this series on the recommendation of Fiona from Fi’s Bibliofiles and I fell in love instantly. This historical fiction, science-fiction time travel series ticks all my boxes, so I picked up The Long and the Short of It, the short story collection by this author. I’m following her recommended reading order so picked up this short story ready for A Symphony of Echoes (#2). I really enjoyed this short story and it answered some questions I had. It was just so interesting to see how St Mary’s came to be and how the team was put together. I can’t wait for more adventures in this series! I gave it 4 stars.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I had been reading this with Candyce from The Book Dutchesses for the past week or so and finally finished it yesterday. I am not too sure of my feelings towards this book, to be honest. The writing was really good and fluid, but it was just so weird, it made me feel so uncomfortable and gross in the last 70-100 pages and I found the ending just a bit meeh. I think overall it was okay, but just really bizarre and disgusting (the theme) and I gave it 3 stars.

A Symphony of Echoes (#2 The Chronicles of St Mary’s) by Jodi Taylor

This is the second novel in The Chronicles of St Mary’s series that I mentioned previously and I am itching to start it. I know how it starts because I listened to the first chapter on audio a few weeks ago, so that made me want to continue it even more. I know that they go to Whitechapel to see a certain famous serial killer, so I’m very excited to read it!

Cards on the Table (#14 Hercule Poirot) by Agatha Christie

I’ve been loving the Hercule Poirot series I’ve been reading for the past year and I can’t believe I’m already at the 14th instalment. I don’t know what it’s about as I don’t read the blurbs anymore, but I’m looking forward to this one and it’s going to be a great cosy read for this weekend after the puppies’ long forest walk!

Nothing More to Tell by Karen M. McManus

I’m going to be buddy-reading this one with Stephen from Stephen Writes very soon! We read nearly all her other books together and really enjoyed them all so I’m really looking forward to this final one she has published. This one reminds me of One of Us is Lying, her first book and my favourite of the lot so far, and I love the cold case element to it, so this will be a really great story, I think.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

I’m going to be buddy-reading this book this month and I actually missed the first chat about the first quarter of this book because I’ve been so busy lately. I’m going to try to pick it up in the next couple of days and catch up for the second chat this weekend.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I’ve wanted to read this one for ages and I’m so happy it’s on my TBR this month. I read the first page for a previous First Lines Fridays and really loved how it started, so I will have to pick it up soon. It is quite a chunky book so I might not read it very quickly unless it’s very addictive, but we will see how it goes.

Angie ! (#1) by Marie-Aude and Lorris Murail

This is a book from my local library and it’s also quite a chunky one. It’s a French YA mystery with disability representation which is one of the reasons I picked it up. I don’t really know what to expect, but I’ve heard this is a great author duo and a good book, so I’m going to go in with an open mind and hope to enjoy it.

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

See you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

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