Pausing for WWW Wednesday- 15/05

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking on a World Of Words that simply asks three questions.

I was on a roll, reading a book a day then I picked up a older book from my TBR (not telling) as I’ve been enjoying reading through my older purchases… and I struggled. It’s taken me 4 days to finish it, reluctantly as I didn’t want to DNF in case it got better and was reluctant to read as I fell asleep reading it quite a few times.

Moral of the story I thought I had learned- don’t read something just because you think you should, or you feel you owe it to the genre.

What are you currently reading?

Book cover for skullduggery pleasant

Skullduggery Pleasant- Derek Landy

This was selected the Toppsta Book Club choice for May, and I’ve never read it.

I’m determined to read it this for the twitter chat on 22nd May so I know what everyone’s talking about so it’s popped to the top of my list.


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Wild Fairies: Daisy’s Decorating Dilemma- Brandi Dougherty Illustrated Renée Kurilla

This is technically one of Littlefae’s books but Tinyfae has started showing an interest in the highly illustrated early reader book basket (Princess in Black is a huge favourite) so that plus fairies meant this is very interesting.

She can’t deal with more than 3 chapters at a time but that’s still very good for a child almost 3 years old!

What did you recently finish reading?

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The Sharp Edge Of A Snowflake- Sif Sigmarsdottir

This is a contemporary YA thriller out end of June in the Nordic Noir style set in the bitter cold approaching Christmas in Iceland partly about the dangers and lies of social media and whether the people behind the curtain are more dangerous than the truth itself.

I had passed over it a few times for other books but when I started it I rather enjoyed it for its directness, and lack of fussy romance it felt like Wallender for teens which is a huge compliment.

Review coming closer to publication

Book cover for Starfell

Starfell:Willow Moss and the Lost Day- Dominique Valente

This is such a fab book! A beautiful balance between character, humour, peril, fantasy and heart. I also adore that there is a seam of social observation that can be mined for discussion or left to enjoy the book.

A classic quest but for not such a classic thing- Tuesday the actual day has gone missing but where, how and why nobody seems to know. The greatest witch in the lands asks young Willow Moss who can ‘find things’ (but don’t find Tuesday like that or you’ll break the universe open!) to help discover why Tuesday disappeared and what can be done for the consequences.

Review coming soon

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A Girl Called Justice- Elly Griffiths

Griffiths is an established crime fiction writer for grown ups but has turned to children’s mystery books.

She has hit the trend running with a 1930s boarding school setting piquing the attention of readers of Sophie Cleverly’s Scarlett & Ivy series, Robin Steven’s Murder Most Unladylike and classic or rebooted Malory Towers style books.

But it doesn’t feel like a rehash or copy. Justice Jones is an interesting little character, very thoughtful and intensely curious fighting the twin flames of a need to know the truth and grief for her mother whilst coping in a less than glamorous school setting.

Looking forward to more in this series.

Review coming soon

Book cover for River Runs Gold

Where The River Runs Gold- Sita Brahmachari

This is just gorgeous. Perfect for those concerned about climate damage and the responsibility we have to the earth and each other.

This is another excellent example of how MG is taking the Dystopian concept and making it about everyday people and emotional change causing children to stand up for what’s right instead of chosen one leading the revolution narratives.

A great companion to ecological discussion such as Swimming against the Storm by Jess Butterworth and Near future MG Dystopia such as The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum

Review coming closer to publication

What do you think you’ll read next?

Book cover for girl who drank the moon

The Girl Who Drank The Moon- Kelly Barnhill

I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, then the lovely bookseller in Mostly Books recommended it to me whilst we were discussing children’s books and I had to have it.

Book cover for Birthday

Birthday- Meredith Russo

This is out May 30th and is a little bit like One Day in that the story progresses on one day each year the shared birthday of Morgan and Eric in the 6 years leading up to their 18th Birthday but with the context that Morgan is trans-female. An #ownvoices tale, I heard about this a couple of months ago and was intrigued and just as I seem to be relaxing about my YA contemporary when suddenly this popped up in my choices I did a little squee.


Have you read any of these?

Which should I read next?

What are you reading?

10 thoughts on “Pausing for WWW Wednesday- 15/05

  1. What are you thinking of Skullduggery Pleasant? I started the first one years ago and DNF it because I just couldn t gel with anything about it. So glad you enjoyed Starfell and A Girl Called Justice; I absolutely loved the former and am very much looking forward to fitting in the latter at some point. I absolutely love mystery books and everything about it just looks and sounds so very “me” that I will be gutted if it doesn’t meet my expectations.

    I’ve just finished Anna at War (absolutely incredible, I highly recommend!), am now planning to read Magic at Midnight as I was sent it unsolicited and it looks very sweet and fun and then I’m thinking I’ll read the Umbrella Mouse. I’m so excited that my exams are finally over and I’ll have more time to read all the wonderful sounding books on my TBR! I feel very strange this morning not having anything else to study for hanging over my head like a threatening raincloud 😂

    Amy x

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    1. If I’m honest I was really hoping for Malamander to win this month. But I’m approaching it with an open mind.
      Elly Griffiths really did well with this it’s as good as a grown up book plot but with slight changes for children, I didn’t guess and I usually guess correctly, there’s a big clue early on which I did pick up on but not enough to make me change my suspects plus the red herrings led me in other directions. REALLY clever. Enough to make me want to pick up her adult crime.
      Congratulations on finishing your exams!! Just breathe and enjoy this window of calm!! 💜

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  2. Another person reading Skulduggery Pleasant! Now I’m feeling like I’m really slacking and should pick it up. Hope it’s a good read!

    I still need to read The Girl Who Drank the Moon, too. I bought it a while ago and just haven’t read it yet, but I’ve heard soooo many good things about it and so many people recommend it. Looking forward to seeing your thoughts on it!

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    1. Georgina and the team at Toppsta putting it on the chat selection is the reason I’ve picked it up, but I may
      find I’ve been missing out!!
      Yes I’ve had the girl who drank the moon in my wishlist for ages so when it was placed in my hands as a recommendation from a whole shelf of fiction I thought it serendipitous- I can be that way with books sometimes!

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  3. I loved The Girl Who Drank the Moon so much and I think you’ll really like it too. Look forward to seeing what you think!
    Interested in your thoughts on skullduggery too – I’ve never read them either.
    I really like the sound of Where The River Runs Gold.

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    1. Another vote for Moon!
      I actually love Where the River Runs Gold, it’s just so beautiful and I love that there’s SO much meaning and conversation to unpick IF you want it, but it’s still a beautiful heart rending story to enjoy if you don’t want to unpick it- it’s aiming for engagement and immersion first.
      Plus it’s a children’s book that grown ups can definitely enjoy and become invested in too.

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