WWW Wednesday #23

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The Ws are the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading? 
  • What did you recently finish reading? 
  • What do you plan on reading next?

Hello! I’m finally writing from sunny Italy. I’ve been in such a reading mood in the past few weeks (when I couldn’t read because of exams) and now that I’m free I am, predictably, not reading as much as I would like. And that’s okay! But I’m hoping to get back on track. I started way too many books and that can be a good thing sometimes, until it’s not. But I’m trying to work on finishing one before starting the other so I can defeat most of my summer TBR +  my “Failed Readathon” readathon TBR.

I hope everyone is doing well and reading lots (or not, whatever you’re in the mood for).

current

📖 So Forward by Mina V. Esguerra  —  e-book // I’m finally reading this romance novella that had me preorder it just from the premise “male bi ex figure skater and female former hockey player get together”. I live for queer m/f romance and so far this is delightful!

📖 The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed  —  e-ARC // this is a historical YA novel that takes places during the Rodney King Riots. It feels weird to read historical fiction that takes place the same year you were born, and because we’re not taught US history in school where I grew up I had to google the events. I don’t really know what to say so far except that this is not a light book, and I don’t mean (just) because of the riots, but I find that the writing is the kind that wants your full attention, so I’m only reading it when I can give it to it. I already see the characters being really complex and it’s not going to be easy to review but I really like it.

📖 You’ve Got Mail: A Cautionary Tale by 黑蛋白  —  webnovel // this is my trashy read of the moment, I’ve mentioned it in my summer TBR already that this is “ancient China grindr” and that’s still a pretty accurate description after having started it fhsdlfdshkl I don’t really know what else to say except that it’s both trashy (and there’s a lot of NSFW pretty early on, the chapters are tagged so you know what you’re getting into with each of them) and the main character is very endearing so I kind of want to keep reading. It’s also quite funny but I kind of don’t really know what to expect in terms of plot or romance because some things happened earlier than I expected and that took me off guard, but I’m looking forward to continuing it (I’m not in a hurry though, also the translation is ongoing)

finished

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📘 Glorious Day by Skye Kilaen  —  e-ARC // I loved this! You can read my full review here.

next

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📕 Depart, Depart! by Sim Kern  —  e-ARC // I’m excited to start this ARC next, it’s a climate dystopia with a trans MC and queer found family so… that’s all I need to know really (I’ll admit the climate dystopia worries me a little because after two uni courses on climate change I feel like I am too inside this topic and could easily end up disagreeing on minor details or even bigger ones, but…we’ll see)

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Have you read any of these? What are you currently reading?

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10 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday #23

  1. Same about not reading as much as I’d want. Recovering from exams takes a while (also, I’m not forcing myself to do things while on vacation dksj), I wouldn’t be surprised if I started reading at a faster pace only when exams start again…

    Agree about “climate dystopia” being worrying (I read more than one book that kind of tried to be that but the results didn’t really make sense? YA specifically seems to not be great at this.) Anyway, I hope the author researched things well and that Depart ends up working for you!

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    1. reading faster when exams start again is honestly a (very dangerous) mood dhslfs but yeah, we’re on vacation and should try to relax, with books too!

      ahhh i finished depart depart today and it was really really good, it didn’t end up actually being a dystopia but more like a climate disaster that could just as easily happen next week or next year (which, frankly, is much scarier than a far in the future setting). In this i really feel like the author drove the point home: this shit is happening NOW. i really think you’d like it if it’s something you think you’d be up to reading (it’s more about queer found family and being jewish but yeah i couldn’t detect any blatant flaw about climate, it’s just…flooding fdhskhs)

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        1. I mean, it’s very hopeful re: the individual (his identity and the queer family he finds) but if you’re looking for a “this is how we fix the climate” book that’s not it? It’s pretty heavy at times (check TWs in my review) but the heavy stuff is less about the climate and more about transness and being Jewish, and the overall message is hopeful (a bit of an open end too but in a good way). I hope that answers your question somehow ddkddjdj (depressing can be a little subjective but in short: it’s not how I’d classify it)

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          1. sounds doable then! I think hope on an individual level is probably the best thing an author can do to balance what’s happening on the outside
            about fixing: no, if anything, one of the books that didn’t work for me about the topic didn’t because it gave a magical solution to the change, which… I get the temptation to do that in a fantasy book but you break the whole analogy

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  2. My reading this month has been slow. I only started reading in the second week of August and still on the same book. Currently trying to finish A Perfect Crime.

    The books you’re reading all sound interesting!! For You’ve Got Mail one, how many chapters does the book have?

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    1. it’s supposed to have 106 chapters and be complete in chinese, but only around 77 are already translated in english! i think they update each week so it’s not so bad (i’m following something else that updates once a month and it’s hell dhsklfhksdh)

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      1. It’s good they’re updating each week and I see that it’s almost complete!! Omg following something that updates once a month is hell I don’t know how you do it. If it’s me I’d probably lose interest already 😅 I’m not that patient enough.

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        1. The thing I’m following that updates so slowly is SO GOOD though (I’ll have a review up sometime in the future since there’s no rush with its update schedule) but yeah I usually recommend waiting because I love binging stuff and I lose patience/interest easily 😅

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          1. Yesss I love to wait for the whole thing to be completed first before I start because I hate having to wait for next chapters so much 😂 I’m looking forward to your review of the book 😍

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