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WWW Wednesday 14th June 2017

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WWW Wednesday

I won’t have an update in two weeks because I’ll be on holiday (can’t say I’m sorry… 😛 ). Prepare for a monster update when I’m back! I’m planning on doing a lot of reading by the pool <3

This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

Norma Jean’s School of Witchery: Book 1: Jewel

I was looking forward to this one but unfortunately it’s not quite living up to expectations for me. There are a few consistent issues with it which make it difficult for me to enjoy it, such as the lack of punctuation in speech and the run-on sentences. I’m just over 50% through it now and I haven’t seen any character development, but there’s still time. It’s a shorter book than expected, so I’m getting through it quickly and will finish it tomorrow.

Blurb:

Jewel has a problem. She’s in a witch school and can’t get the most basic spells to work. Her true magical talents must remain hidden. That might be hard to do with a killer on the loose. Murder, mayhem, and magic with a little romance along the way.

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What I recently finished reading

Becoming Lili

I’m not going to go into too much detail now because my review will be up tomorrow (or you can find it now on Goodreads), but I enjoyed this one! It’s not my usual genre, but it was lovely to see Phyllis become Lili, and affect everyone else around her in such a positive way!

Blurb:

Never has an ugly duckling turned into such a beautiful swan…

An ugly duckling girl, Phyllis is bullied viciously at school and is unloved at home, a lonely teenager, longing for so much more from life …

Suddenly, a random encounter with a stranger, offers her a chance to have it all … if only she has the courage to change, to grasp the opportunity with both hands.

In the years that follow, as her dreams of attaining friends and beauty are realised, others join her on her journey to Becoming Lili. She realises, even when you seem to have everything, sometimes, the one thing you really want, is the one thing you just can’t have.

Becoming Lili is an epic, heart-warming tale of aspiration, friendship and love set against a backdrop of the vibrant 90’s, and is packed full of unforgettable characters you will instantly fall in love with.

The Light Fantastic

This was everything I wanted from a Discworld novel <3 It was a little sad to see things end and people go their separate ways, but I’m hoping some of them will make appearances in later books. I’m really looking forward to what else the Discworld has to offer!

Blurb:

‘What shall we do?’ said Twoflower.
‘Panic?’ said Rincewind hopefully. He always held that panic was the best means of survival.

As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld could do with a hero. What it doesn’t need is a singularly inept and cowardly wizard, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world, or a well-meaning tourist and his luggage which has a mind (and legs) of its own. Which is a shame because that’s all there is…

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What I think I’ll read next

The Dragon Sleeps

This is still my first planned holiday read! Once I’ve finished Norma Jean’s School of Witchery I’ll start this one, and I’m really looking forward to it now <3 I haven’t read a mystery novel in a while, and I’ve only heard good things!

Blurb:

A Dragon statue. An ancient sword.

What treasure is worth killing for?

It’s 1927 in Victoria, Australia. A hedonistic time after the Great War
when young people knew they could enjoy life without the threat of war hanging over them. A time when women have more options opened to them.

There is a weekend house party at Thornton Park and Alexandra Thornton thinks it will be a good time to break the news to her father that she wants to be an antiques dealer, like him, her grandfather and great-grandfather before her.

Only a small number of people are invited. Amongst the guests are Zhang Huo,
the Chinese antiques dealer who, with his son, has brought a Ming dragon statue from China for Thomas Thornton.

Benedict Archer, who is manager of Thornton Antiques in Melbourne and who has
been secretly helping Alexandra learn more about her family business, is also invited. Alexandra asks Benedict and Edith Blackburn, her friend since childhood, to be with her when she approaches her father.

When Edith claims that Benedict is in love with her, Alexandra can’t believe it.
In all the time they’d been at Thornton Antiques together, he’d never said
a word. Now, Alexandra looks at him differently.
Can it be true?

Then a body found in the orchard and, before the weekend is over, a priceless artefact is stolen. Alexandra is determined to discover how these things are connected to the Ming dragon and the antiques her great-grandfather brought
with him from Hong Kong so many years ago.

What secret has remained hidden atThornton Park for the last eight years?

Reflections

This is my second planned holiday read! I’ve been in love with Morgan’s books since I read Touch earlier this year, and am excited to read a full-length novel by her <3

Blurb:

“Rama would trade almost anything for the chance to become someone else, even for a little while.”

In the small, rural town of Aldale, West Virginia, Ramachandra “Rama” Ganeshan wants nothing more than to avoid dressing rooms for the rest of her life. After a brutal assault destroys her confidence and self-esteem, she yearns to be someone else . . . someone pretty, popular, and loved—until multiple girls in town are found murdered.

After stumbling across her beautiful classmate’s body and a terrifyingly familiar face in the murderer, Rama encounters a group of shapeshifters who know more of the killings than they let on.

Only by earning the shapeshifters’ trust and becoming one of them will Rama be able to help serve justice.

But first, she must learn to love herself and confront her painful past—and find the courage to investigate the violence.

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Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!

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8 Comments

  1. Sam Sam

    It’s always fun to read another genre! I hope you enjoy your future reads. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      It’s one of my goals for this year to read outside my usual genre more, and so far it’s been a very good decision 🙂
      Always happy to play a long, Sam! 🙂

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      I can definitely recommend it 😉

  2. Becoming Lili, what an absolutely gorgeous cover! Good enough to frame and hang on the wall…

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Isn’t it just? It’s absolutely lovely <3

  3. Emily Witt Emily Witt

    Sorry to hear Norma Jean’s School of Witchery isn’t working for you – the cover looks really cool!

    I really need to read The Colour of Magic and the Light Fantastic again. I read them when I was about 12 and I’m sure the humour went way over my head, even if I thought I was getting it.

    Here’s my WWW for this week: https://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/www-wednesday-14-june-2017/

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