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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WWW Wednesdays: 22 Februrary 2012

Posted by Irish in WWW Wednesday13 Comments

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading asks you to answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next? 
My answers:
What are you currently reading?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Seriously considering marking this one as a DNF as I just can’t seem to bring myself to pick it up and read it. Not sure that they time is right for it.

Partials by Dan Wells. This is a book that Presenting Lenore described as a twisty dystopian that reminds her of Battlestar Gallactica. After reading that I had to push it up my queue and so far I am enjoying it. I love the science aspect of the book but wish there was a bit more about the time before the Break…and what the RM virus actually is…or what RM stands for. I’m not quite 1/2 through yet so maybe those answers are coming. We shall see. 

Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (Audio). Been meaning to read this one for a long while now as several people have recommended it to me. So used one of my credits and have started it as my new audio. So far I like the narration and the opening line…lovely!
What did you recently finish reading?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Audio, 5 Stars).  Absolutely brilliant! I loved this  one so very very must. Will Wheton was an excellent narrator and I just loved all the 80s references. I loved all the talk of the classic video games as it reminded me of my childhood. It was really easy to get lost in this story and its one of the few books that I would actually like to see made into a movie as I think it could be visually stunning – if done right that is.
Switched by Amanda Hocking (Audio, 1 stars). Blergh. I don’t get the hype. Wendy is a very unlikable character. I like strong characters and she was anything but. She mopes about, doesn’t really care about anyone or anything – except a dark and mysterious boy who she is also forbidden to date. And when said boy is removed from picture she mopes some more and doesn’t care if she lives or dies. blah blah blah. Whine whine whine.

The Vittra Attacks by Amanda Hocking (Audio, 3 stars). An interesting short story at the end of the Switched audio. I liked this one better than the main story in the series. Loki is a far more likable character than than Wendy could ever be. What killed this for me was that it would randomly jump into another characters head for the sake of convenience. Which I find to be lazy story telling.

Vesper by Jeff Sampson (3 stars). I had high hopes for this one but in the end this was just a mediocre read. The voice of Emily never felt like a teen girl to me. Instead it read as an adult trying very hard to be a teen and trying to slip in preachy commentary on the perils of underage drinking and such whenever possible. Emily was very self-depreciating and I never connected with her. The random interludes of chat transcript only served to further distance me from the book.

A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, Book 1) by Arthur Conan Doyle (4 stars). I’ve been meaning to read the Sherlock Holmes books for a while now  and was glad that I did. This was a fun little mystery, albeit not as fun as Agatha Christie or a more contemporary one. I did think that the middle of this one suffered when it went into a lengthy description of events in Utah and admittedly I was a bit confused at the turn of events and thought I’d stumbled into a whole new story. I also have to admit that I enjoyed the modern adaptation of this one more as seen in the UK show Sherlock in the episode titled A Study in Pink.

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young (3 stars). Received an ARC of the second book in this series and so thought I’d check out the first book. The main thing that this has going for it is that its a really quick read and I finished it in just a short time. I found that the world/history of the Forgotten really wasn’t fleshed out super well…and many of the scene transitions & dialogue moments were very awkwardly done. The ending though…that’s enough to make me curious about the next book.

What do you think you’ll read next?
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King. This has been on Mt TBR for a long time and I really want to get to it as I’ve heard so many good things. Plus its on my List of Twelve and I really need to stop distracting myself and finish it up. =)
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr. This is part of my List of Twelve books. I’ve enjoyed her other books and have heard good things about this one. Just need more time to read…and to stop getting distracted by other books.

13 Responses to “WWW Wednesdays: 22 Februrary 2012”

  1. Elizabeth

    Wow, you have a lot of books going at once…I admire people who can do that! I’ve only read one Sherlock Holmes myself, Hound of the Baskervilles. I’ve considered reading A Study In Scarlet. I would like to try another Holmes.

    • Irish

      I have book ADD sometimes and so have several running at once…plus my audio which I’ll listen to in the car and at work.

      I want to read more Sherlock Holmes as well and hope to do so soon.

    • Irish

      I didn’t think I’d enjoy Ready Player One as much as I did…I’m really glad that I read it.

  2. Kat Balcombe

    It always intrigues me to see when people don’t enjoy books that the rest of world seems to be salivating over – like Cinder!

    But we aren’t all supposed to love everything, how boring would that be!

    I’ve been looking at Ready Player One for a while, you’ve convinced me to think about it some more.

    Happy reading 😀

    • Irish

      Its not that I don’t enjoy Cinder…its just so very easy for me to put it down. But when I do pick it up to read I am engaged…but there is nothing to really compel me to pick it up.

      I really liked Ready Player One and would recommend it highly.

  3. Angelya

    Wow, you read all those in the last week?! Ready Player One sounds interesting, I’ll add it to my to-reads, thanks!

  4. couchpotatocritic

    At last, a fellow reader to join me in the “meh” section for Cinder! But seriously, I hate that feeling of not being in the right mood for a certain book. It’s the worst.

    I haven’t read A Study in Scarlet, but I have read Hound of the Baskervilles, which was terrifying, and a collection of short stories that were so-so. And I’m so in love with the series! 😉

    Here’s my WWW for this week. Happy reading!