#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 22 February, 2017

bookcrossinglogoSo quick question. Does anyone here do Bookcrossing? It’s that thing where you register a book and it gets a unique ID which you write on a little bookplate and then you leave it in a public place and hopefully the person who picks it up will register it and you get to see where your book travels.

I’ve known about it for ages but I’ve only just joined. I “released” my first few books this morning to an “official” crossing zone, so a place where other users actively look. It looks like my state, for all its tiny-ness, has a very active Bookcrossing community, which is quite exciting. I did make a pact with myself though, that I would release a few books before I go about capturing any and giving myself more books to read.

Anyway, that turned into a bit more than a quick question. But let me know if you’ve ever done it! On with the blog hops!


Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday! This is a weekly blog hop hosted by yours truly. If you’re a writer, you are very welcome to join us by posting an excerpt from your WIP that somehow relates to the date. You can click the blue guy on the right of this blog to be taken to the link up.

I haven’t written much so far this week, as I’ve become stuck on a slow scene. I am tempted to just leave it for Future Emily to finish/fix in revisions. Future Emily won’t be too happy but that’s also Future Emily’s problem.

I have four paragraphs following on from last week’s snippet. Clara is letting the bad guys think she’s going with them, in order to let Max and Jana (Max’s aunt, and to Clara’s knowledge at this point, her godmother) get away. Max knows this is the plan because they were able to communicate telepathically, but Jana doesn’t.

She looked at the four strangers. “I get the feeling that even if we got away from you now, you would keep coming after me,” she said. “So I decided to come with you. After all, in the first words you spoke to me, you told me more about where I come from than these guys ever have.” She jerked her head towards Max and Jana and saw Conrad smirk at the dig. Max kept his expression neutral, but Jana began to open her mouth to argue.

“It’s fine, Aunt Jana,” she said. “I know it was ‘for my protection’” – she did air quotes as she spoke the last few words – “but I’m tired of not knowing anything. And if this does all fall apart, I can magic myself back to you, right?”

She tried to give her godmother a reassuring look. Locking eyes with her, she sent her thoughts through to her.

This is part of my plan. But do feel free to object out loud.

And now it’s time for WWW Wednesday! This blog hop is hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for this week, and just answer the three questions.


What have you recently finished reading?

traitortothethronecoverI finished Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton and while I figured out the twist right at the end before it was revealed, it was nonetheless a really fun book! Usually I’m not one for in depth political intrigue, but there was just enough in this one. And very little romance, which also worked for me.

I posted my Traitor to the Throne review here and you can also read my review of The Mesmerist by Ronald J. Smith here.

What are you currently reading?

fearlesstravelersguidecoverI have started The Fearless Traveler’s Guide to Wicked Places by Peter Begler. It’s quite slow-going and while I am liking it, I’m not sure it would keep an actual middle-grade reader interested. My reading speed also slows right down when I’m reading something slower-paced, so it might take me a little while to finish.

cornerofwhitecoverI also began A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty on audio yesterday. This has been on my Australian Women Writers Challenge TBR for a while, so when I saw it available on Overdrive, I picked it up. It has various narrators, but one of them is Fiona Hardingham, who I just recently listened to narrating The Dark Unwinding.  She’s got a lovely, silky voice that’s really easy to listen to.

What do you think you’ll read next?

adverbscoverI’ve got a couple of ARCs still pending but one of them has been on NetGalley for a year after its publication and the other is not published until  the end of April, so I feel I can let them both sit for a while. After 3 ebooks, I’m rather hanging out for a physical book. I think it untoldcoverwill either be Untold, the second book in the Lynburn Legacy series by Sarah Rees Brennan or Adverbs by Daniel Handler. They’re the two things I’ve currently got out from the library, so it would be good to get through them and then return to working through things I own.

What are you reading this week? 🙂

~ Emily


26 thoughts on “#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 22 February, 2017

    • Emily Witt says:

      I hope you like it! I didn’t read the back blurb properly so I was expecting things that weren’t actually in the book and as a result was actually a bit disappointed. I think knowing what I was in for with book 2 probably helped.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      There was something I thought was going to be a cliffhanger, but then there was a new chapter following it where that thing was explained. There’s definitely a new direction the story is going in, but you’re not hugely left hanging.


  1. faithrivens says:

    Great excerpt. It can be hard to move through those slower scenes. I’ve been leaving Future Faith quite a mess to deal with with Heralding at the moment ;P
    I like knowing that the romance isn’t so prevalent in Traitor to the Throne. I prefer subtlety in fantasy books.
    I’m also hoping to get to The Fearless Traveler’s Guide before March 1st, but I don’t think I’ll make it!
    Happy Reading 🙂

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  2. Hayley at RatherTooFondofBooks says:

    I used to do BookCrossing quite a few years ago and I loved it. I used to live in a city where there were other active BookCrossers and there was a place where we all regularly used to leave books and they were often taken and journaled. I also used to leave books in the wild (on park benches etc) and did have a few catches over the years. I stopped doing it in the end because life got in the way and I moved to a different city etc but I’d definitely recommend it. I still get the occasional email now where someone has journaled a book I released a decade or so ago and that always makes me happy when it happens. I hope your books find happy owners who check them in on the website. 🙂
    Here’s my WWW post: https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/2017/02/22/www-wednesday-22-feb-what-are-you-reading-today/

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    • Emily Witt says:

      That sounds so awesome! I saw some where the journal entries were years apart and thought that must be great to see happen to one of your books. I have a feeling I picked one up years ago, but I never registered it and I think just left it again at the same spot. It had some kind of “I’ve been left in public for someone!” bookplate anyway.

      Thanks for visiting!

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I, um… actually really liked the Sultan? It was really great hearing his point-of-view. I mean, don’t get me wrong, he’s ruthless and awful, but I thought he did make some good points, like that “Idealists make good leaders. They do not make good rulers.” I also loved Rahim.

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  3. debbiemcgowan says:

    Ah, the old air quotes. What I really like about this story (or the snippets I’ve read, at least) is the constant discovery of what people do/don’t know about each other, particularly Clara.

    I looked at BookCrossing a few years ago, but it hadn’t really taken off in the UK at that point. I should look again.

    LOL at FutureEmily. Good luck when you catch up with her! 😀


    • Emily Witt says:

      I just had a look and there are over 1000 books currently ‘in the wild’ in the UK on Bookcrossing at the moment. Some regions are of course more popular than others. But maybe it is worth a second look?


  4. Yvo says:

    I know the feeling of pending ARCs… I have so many of them, but sometimes I just want to read one of my ‘own’ books instead. Untold sounds great! I hope you will enjoy your books this week. 🙂

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I’ve been requesting a lot more than I usually do – I’m usually quite conservative. I’ve currently got three active ones and three pending requests, which is a lot for me! But yeah, they can wait a little while!

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