WWW Wednesday (November 24th, 2020)

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words! All you have to do is answers the following three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

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This is the women’s war, just as much as it is the men’s. They have waited long enough for their turn . . .

This was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of them all . . .

In the middle of the night, a woman wakes to find her beloved city engulfed in flames. Ten seemingly endless years of conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over. Troy has fallen.

From the Trojan women whose fates now lie in the hands of the Greeks, to the Amazon princess who fought Achilles on their behalf, to Penelope awaiting the return of Odysseus, to the three goddesses whose feud started it all, these are the stories of the women whose lives, loves, and rivalries were forever altered by this long and tragic war. 

A woman’s epic, powerfully imbued with new life, A Thousand Ships puts the women, girls and goddesses at the center of the Western world’s great tale ever told.

If you are like me and you have been looking for a book that is similar to Circe by Madeleine Miller and The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, you must pick up A Thousand Ships! You get the perspectives of so many characters from Greek myths, and I am loving every second of it. It has the potential to surprise Circe and become my favourite Greek myth retelling.

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Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

I will read anything that N.K. Jemisin writes. So far, The City We Became is completely different from The Fifth Season, and I love that about it. I am listening to the audiobook and the narrator is fantastic!

Just Finished

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Olivia Langley is the human embodiment of Christmas cheer, and she has absolutely no problem spreading it around for all to hear.

Christmas sweaters? She has twenty. Christmas cookies? She’ll take three dozen. Christmas movies? Yeah, she’s seen them all.

So it’s no surprise when she’s put in charge of Loveridge & McGowan’s holiday festivities. Secret Santas? Yep. Ice skating? Of course. Holiday trivia? Duh. Christmas-themed bar crawl? That’s one big jingle bell hell yes.

Kissing her boss at a Christmas tree lighting in front of his ex-girlfriend? Well… it is the season of giving.

And Olivia does not come with a gift receipt. No exchanges. No returns. No refunds. All sales are final.

In an effort to ungrinch the grinchiest man she’s ever met, Olivia enlists herself, Santa’s Executive Helper, to scheme up a plan that includes sleigh rides, snow days, and one too many mistletoe kisses, which certainly gets Asher’s tinsel in a tangle.

She’s pretty sure that she sleighed this whole fake dating thing.

Well… until she realizes there’s nothing fake about her feelings for Asher, and suddenly tangled tinsel, unsolicited Christmas trees, and celebrity heartthrobs are the least of her worries.

I was feeling festive last week, so I was in the mood for some holiday romances. A friends told me that Faking Under the Mistletoe was available for free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, so I decided to give it a chance. It was exactly the book that I needed! I sometimes find that these Christmasy romances lack in the Christmas department, but that was not the case for this one. The main character, Olivia, is obsessed with Christmas, so there is tons of holiday cheer. The chemistry between her and Asher is off the charts and I loved their banter!

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William Reid is nothing special, except for his billion-dollar acting career and his, you know, face. (Apparently, it’s a good one.) Winning ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ was nice, but this Christmas, he has more important goals in mind… like finally winning over his best friend’s little sister, the super-smart and kinda-scary Abbie Farrell.

When a blizzard leaves Will and Abbie alone at Grandma Farrell’s house (if bunking with 27 pets counts as ‘alone’), it’s the perfect opportunity to pull off a Christmas miracle. Convincing clever, frosty Abbie to give Will a chance will take more than mistletoe, but hiding his lifelong crush on her is no longer an option. 

If Talia Hibbert writes a book, I am going to read it, so I was thrilled when I found out she was releasing a Christmas novella! This is a Kobo original if you are having a hard time finding it. Wrapped Up in You wasn’t as Christmasy as Faking Under the Mistletoe, but it was still very sweet. I love friends-to-lovers romances and I am also drawn to books where one of the characters is a celebrity. This book shined a light on how past relationships can affect us and there was a lot of interesting discussion around that. It was also just really heartwarming!

Reading Next

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The average person makes 35,000 decisions every single day. That’s about 34,999 too many for Paige Collins, who lives in debilitating fear of making the wrong choice. The simple act of picking an art elective is enough to send her into a spiral of what-ifs. What if she’s destined to be a famous ceramicist but wastes her talent in drama club? What if there’s a carbon monoxide leak in the ceramics studio and everyone drops dead? (Grim, but possible!)

That’s why when Paige is presented with two last-minute options for Christmas vacation, she’s paralyzed by indecision. Should she go with her best friend (and longtime crush) Fitz to his family’s romantic mountain cabin? Or should she accompany her mom to New York, a city Paige has spent her whole life dreaming about?

Just when it seems like Paige will crack from the pressure of choosing, fate steps in — in the form of a slippery grocery store floor — and Paige’s life splits into two very different parallel paths. One path leads to New York where Paige falls for the city . . . and the charms of her unexpected tour guide. The other leads to the mountains where Paige might finally get her chance with Fitz . . . until her anxiety threatens to ruin everything.

However, before Paige gets her happy ending in either destiny, she’ll have to face the truth about her struggle with anxiety — and learn that you don’t have to be “perfect” to deserve true love.

I am reading this for a buddy read on Instagram, and I am so excited. This sounds adorable and I love the idea of parallel universes. I have also heard amazing things about the anxiety rep in this book, so I am looking forward to that!

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17 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (November 24th, 2020)

  1. A Thousand Ships sounds similar to Circe, but even the cover is similar! I had to double-check to see if it wasn’t by Madeline Miller lmao. all those christmas books… I’m in such a christmas mood right now!

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