Pause for WWW Wednesday 29/05

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

What are you currently reading?

Mo, Lottie and the Junkers – Jennifer Killick Illustrated by Gareth Conway (Firefly Press)

Book cover for Mo, Lottie and the Junkers
Cover illustration by Gareth Conway & designed by Kathryn Davies

I’ve wanted to read this Youthful mystery from Jennifer Killick for ages and to ensure no longer books I covet shall slip. So I’ve made myself a rule that even if there are books committed to read I will still try to intersperse books in my TBR too.

I’ve been sucked into this story of a newly blended family and a mystery regarding Mo’s old house, an ice cream van, strange boys in pictures, secret warning notes and Mo’s dad’s disappearance.

What did you recently finish reading?

Potkin & Stubbs– Sophie Green Illustrated by Karl Mountford (Piccadilly)

Book cover for potkin and Stubbs
Cover design by Nick Stearn, cover and text illustrations by Karl Mountford

This is such a great book! Full of mystery and ennui and drizzly rain like all the best black and white film noir movies of cynical anti hero detectives and fiesty dangerous women against a smoky backdrop of rain and torment.

Lil Potkins is on the story, any story, but she just about comes up with the scoop of the decade when she comes across a ‘Have you seen my toy’ poster and a very cold mysterious boy that launches a thrilling investigation across a murky underworld of the city revealing a nefarious crime and a partnership I want to see much more from.

I Cosmo – Carly Sorosiak (Nosy Crow)

Book cover I Cosmo
Cover illustration by Ben Mantle design by Elisabetta Barbazza

Oh this is such a sweet and tender novel that if you have any dogs will make you want to snuggle and cuddle them tightly and have a moment of shiny eyedness at how wonderful they are.

I adored this tale of a family falling apart narrated from the perspective of the family dog.

Review coming closer to date

Birthday– Meredith Russo (Usborne)

Book cover for Birthday
Cover image by Gabriel San Roman

A dual narrative of two teens born the same day and how their lives are entangled in each other whilst their lives seem to shoot in different directions.

Told in a One Day style across the afternoon and evenings of their shared birthday, we see the story develop over the years.

Coming of age story? Check, but with a LBTQIA twist. One of the children Morgan is transgender and struggles with the revelation believing she will be spurned by those she craves the acceptance and love from.

What do you think you’ll read next?

A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder-Holly Jackson

Book cover for A good girls guide to murder
Cover by Lizzie Gardiner

I have an unripped copy of A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson and I intend to read it because I absolutely adore a good crime fiction thriller!

Have you read any of these?

What are you reading?

16 thoughts on “Pause for WWW Wednesday 29/05

  1. Glad you’re liking Mo, Lottie and the Junkers- I loved that! You already know my feelings on Potkin and Stubbs and I, Cosmo, but I also loved A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder when I read it earlier this month- it’s been ages since I’ve read such an enjoyable YA mystery.
    I’m currently rereading Model Misfit (which is one of my favourite books), I last finished I, Cosmo and I’m not sure what I’ll be reading next- I’m thinking maybe Midnight at Moonstone to get another one back to library or maybe Cantankerous Molly Darling if it arrives today.
    Amy x

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    1. AGGGTM has been in my mind for ages as I always enjoyed adult crime fiction/thrillers but that was tainted by a few gratuitously nasty books when Tinyfae was born (Karin Slaughter just about broke me with Pretty Girls plus a few others) and now I only read a few books by authors I’m happy with their style (though Slaughter did dial it back in subsequent books) and I found after reading The Sharp Edge Of a Snowflake and Potkin and Stubbs how much I missed crime fiction just need it without the anxiety!!
      Midnight at Moonstone is a lovely relaxing read if you fancy something uplifting with a twist of magic!

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    2. There is a little bit of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder I fear could upset you (it definitely brought a tear to my eye even though it didn’t impede my enjoyment at all) – I don’t want to spoil it for you but I’m happy to DM what it is if you want 💜
      That sounds lovely- depending on what happens with this review copy I may well go for that as I’ve just been feeling very blah health wise and I feel like I need a few comforting reads!

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    3. I can deal with most things, I’m well seasoned in crime fiction and crimes against women and girls usually makes me outraged/angry than triggering but this Pretty Girls took the biscuit, like nightmare fuel- much much worse than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Murder/torture room. It was a put it in the freezer book.

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    4. Oh I didn’t mean it in that way 💜
      I meant I have read some horrible things and been ok but some things got so competitive to be shocking they crossed the line which is why I stopped reading anything in that genre except a few favourite British crime authors but I would hope that YA by definition wouldn’t go ‘there’- though who knows I could be wrong.
      💜💜 thank you so much for caring 💜💜

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  2. Tempted to try Potkin and Stubbs, Im not sure Mo, Lottie and the Junkers is for me. I definitely need to give myself a kick up the bum to start throwing some YA back into the mix, though not sure about Birthday. I like the way you say it’s written over one day, but I’m never too keen on contemporaries.

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    1. Mo, Lottie and the Junkers is very youthful with silly childlike dialogue in places (though in a nice way.)
      I enjoyed it for the different narrative and the meshing Of the silly with horror-sci-fi and the way it keeps you guessing whether it’s true or not all the way to the end. I’m quite interested to see the next book too- it’s straddles the funny and genuine thriller quite well.
      Birthday is pretty heartbreaking (lots of wobbly breathing) but uplifting at the same time- it was really really hard to read as a mum as I just wanted to cuddle them and tell them it’s ok.
      I’m being picky with my YA now, the topic or genre has to grab me. This one is contemporary but isn’t at the same time there’s a wistful nostalgia too.


    2. I think Birthday is a good read to know as an #ownvoices experience and for anyone to read for empathy, compassion, resonance and understanding.
      It’s not happy clappy, it’s brutal in places but you root for the characters to have a happy ending.


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