Pausing for WWW Wednesday- 05/06

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

What are you currently reading?

Rumblestar- Abi Elphinstone

Cover illustration by Carrie May. Logo designed by Phillip Knowles

I’ve kept my patience whilst those around me have oohed and ahhed and declared it amazing, wonderful and all the superlatives, I’ve even kept my cool when due to a mishap my Rumblestar copy needing reordering but now I finally have a copy I’m so excited to find out the story in these pages.

I’ve tried not to read detailed reviews so I go into this blind all I know is there is a boy who hates risk and a girl who hates rules and it takes place in the same world as EverDark and I am so excited!!

What did you recently finish 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 really enjoyed this book and am annoyed at myself it took so long to read it!! Jennifer Killick kept me guessing to the very bitter ending whether everything that happens to these newly blended step siblings was real or imagined

A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder-Holly Jackson *

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

This was such an exciting and inspiring book about a girl’s increasingly perilous investigation into the disappearance and murder of a local teenager some 5 years ago.

Modern, exciting and fresh.

The Secret Summer – Ali Standish (Orchard Books) *

Book cover for the secret summer
Cover Illustrations & design by Thy Bui

I wasn’t sure if this was just going to be a ‘Best Summer Ever’ book at first but then suddenly it clicked with whispers of nostalgic tales of Endless Summers and Judy Blume books polished to tear-jerking perfection with fable-like nestled stories.

This is known as August Isle in the US and is well worth a read for its exploration of self and the secrets we hide from others and ourselves.

Review coming soon.

The Boy who Flew- Fleur Hitchcock

Book cover for the Boy who flew
Cover Artwork by Ben Mantle

When Athan’s beloved friend Mr Chen is brutally murdered there is a wicked duo after their flying machine and Athan is determined to protect it. As the nefarious Colonel Blade wheedles into Ma’s trust to gain control over Athan, he begins to lose hope of getting through this alive let alone flying.

Richly evocative and cinematic in its grit and grime of Victorian Bath. I really thoroughly enjoyed this book.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Read aloud with Littlefae?

Book cover for Cinders & Sparks

I’ve got a couple of fun and playful illustrated Early Chapter/ Low Middle Grade books Cinders & Sparks by Lindsey Kelk & Pippa Curnick* and Nelly The Monster Sitter: The Squums at No322 by Kes Gray & Chris Jevons* to try out so I’ll probably read those for a little fun and hopefully Littlefae will be interested in these as they are both quite highly illustrated b&w books.

Lilyfae

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit- Judith Kerr

#PinkRabbitReadAlong is organised and hosted by @AnnalieseAvery and @authorontheedge on Twitter to celebrate the legacy of Judith Kerr, one of the most beloved children’s authors who passed away in May.

By reading or rereading her memoirs of her childhood escape from the Nazis and how her life changed as a refugee in the 1930s we honour her memory and keep her stories alive.

The readalong begins Saturday 8th June with a live chat being hosted on Wednesday 26th June to discuss feelings and thoughts.

I will also be getting stuck into my TBR, with books such as on my Six For Sunday List and I’m still debating on whether to join up with the #20BooksOfSummer challenge or just read in between books I’ve dedicated to.

Have you read any of these?

What are you reading?

Books marked with a * I have received for review purposes through a review scheme. This does not affect my opinion.

17 thoughts on “Pausing for WWW Wednesday- 05/06

  1. I’m so excited for Rumblestar- unless anything changes drastically in the next few hours which is unlikely, it will be my next read. I’m currently about 100 pages off finishing the the Cantankerous Molly Darling, and the last thing I finished before that was Midnight at Moonstone (which I enjoyed but not as much as I’d hoped to)
    Loved AGGGTM and Mo, Lottie and the Junkers, and have the Secret Summer on my TBR so I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually! Your recommendation has bumped it up in my priorities a bit 💜
    Amy x

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    1. I’ll admit I wasn’t quite feeling The Secret Summer the first couple of chapters but then suddenly it was like the screen going from b&w to colour in The Wizard Of Oz suddenly there was something there and I NEEDED to know why things had gone wrong between Miranda and her mum and her mum and the isle.
      I can see what you mean about Moonlight at Moonstone, it’s very much a young reader book but I don’t mind that, but it does feel a little lost in time in places too. (Her phone usage and battery for one!!)

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    2. No I get that, I enjoyed it but I can see why the leaps Of faith regarding the grandfather and maybe the experience of the writer can make it less enchanting than the idea- I think I was carried away by the concept!

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  2. Glad to hear you liked A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder! The Boy Who Flew sounds super cute.

    You totally should sign up for #20BooksofSummer! I should be posting my TBR for it … tomorrow, hopefully. xD I just need to finish sorting out what I want to read because wow am I bad at sticking to TBRs LOL.

    Happy reading!

    Here’s my WWW post.

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    1. That’s my problem it’s picking 20 and not getting too distracted. I can thread them in between books I have to or new purchases I can’t wait for – 20 shouldn’t be a problem for me in 3 months- it’s which 20!!

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    2. Ha, I hear you! I’m usually really bad at staying on track, too, so I think I’m going to make this my Summer of ARCs. That’ll help me stay on track. Also, I fell behind on my ARCs when I took a mental health break, so this seems like a really good excuse to catch up. xD If you’ve got ARCs, that might help. You can always leave some “freebie” blank spaces in your 20. 😛

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    3. That’s true, I currently have just a handful of MG/ early chapter commitments so it’s perfectly doable but that may change at any time!
      So not too much pressure, BUT I do have a whole load of reviews to tidy up for posting in the next few weeks as books I’ve been sitting on for AGES are finally published!
      Luckily I wrote the reviews it’s just adding the bells and whistles.
      I hope you’re feeling better after your break and excited to read again! 💜

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    4. Ahhh, yeah, I have … like … no, you know what? Never mind. I don’t want to count how many reviews I have. It’s just … a list, okay? A very depressing list. xD I do enjoy writing reviews. It’s just sometimes hard to find the time lol.

      Sometimes waiting to post a review is hard, isn’t it? Especially if you really liked a book and want to shout at everyone about it lol.

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    5. Yes! I like to post close to publication after asking some authors about it, but I’ve been so excited for one young MG book coming out tomorrow since I read it right at the beginning of March as I know it’s going to inspire so many children who may not have thought books were for ‘them’ before.
      The reviews can be difficult I agree, sometimes the words pour out, sometimes they don’t!

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  3. I absolutely loved Rumblestar – Abi is such an incredible talent. I’ve loved all her books. I have Mo, Lottie & the Junkers from the library and The Boy Who Flew on my TBR. I’m taking part in the #20 Books of Summer but will definitely be reading others in between. I’m hoping to do lots of reading when I get summer holidays. Until then, work is ridiculous so I might not read as many as I’d like to!

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    1. Yes, I can imagine with work. I’m thinking about putting together a list of backlist and older purchased books in my box and seeing how long it is!!
      In a way it may be a good idea because then I have accountability to read even if just a list on my phone!!

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    2. That’s a good idea. I’m worried with all the new books I’m buying, some older ones which I’ve bought will get left behind. I’ve read the first book in a few series and haven’t got round to reading the second, something I really need to rectify! I’m finding writing reviews for non middle-grade books is taking me longer – not good since middle-grade ones take me hours! I’ll hopefully get quicker as I get more used to writing reviews.

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    3. I tend to write my reviews in my phones notes app, but sometimes sketch out ideas on paper. If something ‘occurs’ to me or I particularly like a bit I make a note and it helps me frame my review later around what I want to say. But yes takes time if you want to do it Justice!!
      I’m digging through my box of books currently and am adding to good reads to cull to 20- although I may have to cheat!

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    4. I tend to write notes in a notebook – sometimes as I read and sometimes after a reading session. I don’t tend to use most of them in my reviews but they help stimulate my thinking around the book. I hope you decide to do #20 Reads of summer – I’d love to see your list!

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