#WWW Wednesday – 09 December, 2015

Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a weekly blog hop hosted by Sam over at A World of Words, in which we answer three questions about the books we’ve been reading this week. Click the link to share your own post.

  • What are you currently reading?

Nothing, really, because everything is Todd and Viola and everything hurts. (See next question)

Well, I have started The Invisible Library, but it’s not grabbing me, and I’m finding things to do other than read it. It has an awesome concept, but the writing is just dull and not engaging. While I technically started this before I finished Chaos Walking, it does basically have the job of being the book I read after reading Chaos Walking, so… it already had a difficult job. And it’s not doing it very well.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Monsters of Men, the third in Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy yesterday. As Todd would say, stupid effing book. I won’t say much, because then I’ll probably start crying again. God. Talk about emotional trauma. As you know because I’ve talked about it in the last several WWW Wednesday posts, I was listening to the audio books of this series, but I’ve decided I’m going to read the print versions as well. In a while. Need to recover first.

I also read the three Chaos Walking short stories: The New World, which is a prequel and follows Viola through classes on the convoy through to when her spaceship crashes and her parents die; The Wide, Wide Sea, which focused on the first settlers in the ocean settlement of Horizon, where Mistress Coyle was originally the Mayor; and Snowscape, which was set after Monsters of Men and made me well up all over again due to a revelation in the final paragraph.

This is the kind of series that sort of makes me want to start writing fan fiction again, but where would I even start?

I did start More Than This, also by Patrick Ness, and realised by the end of the prologue that I need to read something lighter before I go back to his work. I’ve got the audio book reserved and it will apparently be available on December 17. I am driving up to my parents’ place for Christmas on the 22nd, so that might be when I get to it.

Two book reviews went up this week, too. The Golem and the Djinni (which I loved) and The Haunting of Hill House (which was okay). This Friday my slew of Patrick Ness reviews begins with A Monster Calls, followed by the three Chaos Walking books. I’m going to go on a review hiatus, since Christmas and New Years both fall on Fridays and my review days are Fridays and Saturdays, but I’ll be back with more in the new year.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t knoooooooow. I was thinking about working my way through my GoodReads TBR list from earliest-added book to most recent, so maybe I’ll still do that. Puppet Parade has been on my list since July 15, 2012. I should also actually read some of the Christmas stories I’ve got on my holiday reading list. I don’t know.

Anyhoodle, I’ll stop taking up your time with my angst about fictional characters, and leave you to your regularly scheduled Wednesday. Toodles!

~ Emily

25 thoughts on “#WWW Wednesday – 09 December, 2015

  1. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    I know what you mean about More Than This. I read the opening chapter and found myself on the verge of tears (again. Damn you, Patrick Ness). One of the most arresting openings I’ve read in a while.
    I also understand what you mean about books suffering from coming after something you’ve read and thought was great. I read Station Eleven after The Martian and it was such a sudden change in tone, direction and style, I think it impacted negatively on my experience of the second book.
    I haven’t read the Chaos Walking short stories but will have to look into it now 🙂
    I found The Invisible Library entertaining enough and the concept was interesting. It got better as it went along, but was still confused. I’m hoping the sequel will be better.
    Thanks for visiting my WWW (https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/www-wednesday-9th-december-2015/) and I’m looking forward to all those Ness reviews!


    • Emily Witt says:

      It didn’t help that I get a bit queasy reading about injuries like the ones Seth was enduring. And yet, as a first aid officer at work, I rocked up to assist a guy who had fallen and hit his head on the gutter in our car park and was covered in blood last week without batting an eyelid.

      That’s been my main problem, everything I’ve tried starting today has just felt so different in style and tone that it’s just all felt completely off. I’ll give the Invisible Library a bit longer. It may also be that I haven’t had time lately to really commit to it properly. I’m only getting a few pages in at a time, which doesn’t help, either.

      The short stories are great in that the build on the history and culture of New World in a way we didn’t really get to see in the books because we were stuck in one location. More Spackle! And Mistress Coyle being really bloody sneaky but kind of awesome? And Viola needs all the hugs. (I actually read them in reverse order, so this was basically my thought process).

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      • Claire | Art and Soul says:

        Off to put the short stories on my to read list now before I forget (head like a sieve…). Mistress Coyle was such a brilliant character. On the one hand you couldn’t trust her as far as you could throw her. On the other, it was great that there was someone as devious and smart as Mayor Prentiss on the “other side”.


      • Emily Witt says:

        I kept foolishly trusting both of them at times! The Mayor even had me feeling bad for him, and I really should have known he was playing us all, but he was so damn sincere about everything. Though even if he had managed some kind of redemption, I would never forgive him for killing Davy like that.

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  2. Sam says:

    I had similar thoughts on The Hauntingbif Hill House. It didn’t do too much for me. I liked We Have Always Lived in the Castle more. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!


    • Emily Witt says:

      I have We Have Always Lived in the Castle on my TBR. I actually did get it out from the library, but I read a few similar books leading up to it, so I was in the mood for something a little different. I’ll get to it, though.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Cathy says:

    Patrick Ness has passed my by – an age thing I expect – but I just googled him. Pretty impressive CV. Thanks for calling in at my blog earlier and hope you have a great Christmas break.


    • Emily Witt says:

      I still read a lot of YA, and his name has been popping up on several blogs I follow lately, so I decided to check his work out. In the three weeks since then, he’s become one of my favourite authors. He definitely deserves all the awards he has.

      Thanks for stopping by, Cathy! 🙂


  4. cleopatralovesbooks says:

    Oh it sounds like you’ve been through the mill with your reading – I’ll look out for your reviews. Thanks for visiting my Wednesday post earlier :-)https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/this-week-in-books-december-9/


      • Yvo says:

        Haha if his other work is just as good as The Knife Of Never Letting Go, I’m sure I will be doing the exact same thing once I finish those books. Hopefully I will be able to read at least More Than This soon since I already have a copy!


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