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Happy Hump Day! Since Monday, I have been concentrating on my thesis (finally) and I’m getting on nicely, I just wish my fatigue and my migraine would take a back seat as I’m having to take more breaks than I would usually. Grrr haha.

And it also seems like it has been two weeks since I have done a Wednesday catch-up post, I also nearly decided not to do today’s, oops.

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?

Judgement Day (#2 Seekers) by Josie Jaffrey

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I am about 86% into this book and it is all action, and secrets revealed, and I am loving it! I had forgotten how much I loved Jack and now having read The Gilded King which is based afterwards, so many things make sense. I’m going to get this one finished today so I can get my review up tomorrow for its publication date! 

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

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I am taking my time to read this book because although the writing style is beautiful, it is also true crime and therefore, some things are quite heavy. I’m fine with all the themes, but you do need a break from time to time. I’m hoping to finish it this weekend and I know it will be my next 5-star read because I am loving it, it is so interesting and it’s just a brilliant book.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (#1 A Court of Thorns and Roses) by Sarah J. Maas

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I am still rereading ACOTAR with Noly and we finally got a few more chapters read over the weekend. We have been so busy lately so have struggled to find some time, but it’s nice to revisit the series, although this is now not my favourite book because of what happens afterwards (you know). It still really enjoyable, and especially rereading it with someone for who it’s also their favourite book. We are discussing things that I didn’t really think of when I first read it and it is so interesting to see both our thoughts!

Carrie by Stephen King

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I just started this at the start of the week and I need to keep going with it, but so far so good, I am not scared. Ahaha… I know the scared are going to arrive though. I’m reading this book as part of the Stephen King readalong hosted by Hannah and Helen and we are reading it over the whole month, so I don’t have much more to read in this first section. I might cheat and read over though since there seem not to be actual chapters. It’s all very new to me, but I’m hoping to enjoy it!

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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This book is MASSIVE and I didn’t get very far into the first 166-page section when I started this on Monday because I had to put it down. I had it propped on my reading Penguin (no laughing!) and it slid down onto my stomach and nearly squished me (well not really but it hurt ahah). I have always wanted to read this book and I went it with a bit of scepticism because I had no idea what to expect. The good news is that I am enjoying it, the chapters are short, I am not finding the language a barrier and I like reading the notes at the end. Hoping to read more tonight!

Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

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The TWR Gang book club pick for April was this great book that I finished at the end of last week and that despite a large number of confusing elements and things I would have liked to know more about, I loved it. I think this is one of those weird books where you know you need more, but you can’t help but really enjoy it. I adored the writing style, it was great, and I really liked the dark and haunting atmosphere. I think it’s a standalone but also now not sure because of how it ended (tiny little page after the acknowledgements). I’m okay with it being a standalone because I got the ending I wanted and I loved it. I gave it 4.5 stars.

Whispers Under Ground (#3 Rivers of London) by Ben Aaronovitch

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I also finished the third book in the Rivers of London series I have been reading for The Folly readalong with Fiona and some buddies from the TWR Gang. This is such a great series and although this was my least favourite book so far, it is still a solid 4 stars and I enjoyed it immensely. A lot of things in this book made sense for future books and there was also great foreshadowing, it was really well-thought-out and I just love everything about it. I can’t wait to start Broken Homes in the next few days.

City of Lost Souls (#5 The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare

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I finished this one over the weekend too and it was my first finished book of May, yay! This was a very dark instalment in this series and it was very messed up for a minute there with quite a few things that made my eyebrows jump up my forehead. I did end up enjoying it and that ending kind of broke my heart, to be honest, but I still have hope and that’s what I’ll be bringing with me into book 6 (the last one, yikes).

Broken Homes (#4 Rivers of London) by Ben Aaronovitch

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As I just mentioned above, I love this series so much… I don’t know how many times I can say it, but I will keep saying it!! I am very excited to read the fourth instalment. I have also now gotten into the habit of not reading blurbs for ongoing series so I have no idea what this one will be about specifically, but with what happened in the third book, I know we are in for a wild ride. Will be starting it tonight!

City of Ghosts (#1 Cassidy Blake) by Victoria Schwab

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The May pick for the Middle Grade Marvels book club is a book that I already read in 2019 but that I’ll be rereading and it will be the perfect book to celebrate our one-year anniversary! I remember enjoying it the first time around, and I actually think I will enjoy it more this time, so I’m looking forward to starting it for our Saturday discussion.

City of Heavenly Fire (#6 The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare

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The sixth and final book in The Mortal Instruments series is waiting for me on my reading table and I don’t know if I am ready, to be honest. I think this one is going to be really crazy, with lots of action, lots of emotions, and I am both super excited and also really reluctant to start. I haven’t enjoyed this series as much as I had expected to, but it was still good and I’m invested in the story and the characters!

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold

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The pick for the TWR Gang book club is one that I have had on my shelves ever since it was made Book of the Month by Waterstones last year and I have been itching to pick it up. I’m definitely a true crime junkie and I have always been very intrigued by Jack the Ripper but never found the time to learn more. The time is nigh and I am highly excited to finally start it.

Shards of Earth (#1 The Final Architects Trilogy) by Adrian Tchaikovsky

And the final book on this list is the only tour that I’ll be participating in during the month of May (I think) and I also think it is my first science fiction of the year, which is kind of hard to believe but I think it is. I cannot remember the blurb for the life of me, but I’m going to go in blind because I do remember it sounding really cool. I’ve already read a book by this author so I kind of know what to expect but also not at all. I am looking forward to starting it in the next few days and my stop on the tour is the 14th!

That’s all for now, and actually a very long list oops! I hope you enjoyed reading this post, see you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

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