WWW Wednesday (January 27th, 2021)

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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Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home and livelihood is taken away. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.

They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.

The Salt Path is an honest and life-affirming true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.

I just started The Salt Path and I am intrigued. I am already connecting with Raynor Winn’s writing and her story. So far I have a feeling that my prediction that this will be a five star read for me is correct! It isn’t often that I don’t love a blend of memoir and nature writing.

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Coming home dredges up deeply buried secrets…

Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences.

The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home.

Kieran’s parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn.

When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away…

I started the audiobook for The Survivors this morning (thank you Libro.fm!). Can you believe this is my first book by Jane Harper? I know that her books are so loved and I have had them all on my TBR for ages. I am excited to finally be reading something by her and to see what I think. I am only a couple chapters in, so it is too early to give you any of my thoughts!

Just Finished

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If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can’t just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

It has been years since I read The Hate U Give and it has remained a favourite. I did wonder if I had built it up in my head, but reading Concrete Rose has just solidified both The Hate U Give and its prequel, Concrete Rose, as all time favourite books. No one can make me emotional in quite the same way that Angie Thomas can. Maverick will go down as one of the most memorable characters of all time and I love that we got his backstory and now have a deeper understanding of his character in the first book. Loved it!

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Welcome to Amontillado, Ohio, where your last name is worth more than money, and secrets can be kept… for a price.

Tress Montor knows that her family used to mean something—until she didn’t have a family anymore. When her parents disappeared seven years ago while driving her best friend home, Tress lost everything. She might still be a Montor, but the entire town shuns her now that she lives with her drunken, one-eyed grandfather at what locals refer to as the “White Trash Zoo,” – a wild animal attraction featuring a zebra, a chimpanzee, and a panther, among other things.

Felicity Turnado has it all – looks, money, and a secret that she’s kept hidden. She knows that one misstep could send her tumbling from the top of the social ladder, and she’s worked hard to make everyone forget that she was with the Montors the night they disappeared. Felicity has buried what she knows so deeply that she can’t even remember what it is… only that she can’t look at Tress without having a panic attack.

But she’ll have to.

Tress has a plan. A Halloween costume party at an abandoned house provides the ideal situation for Tress to pry the truth from Felicity – brick by brick – as she slowly seals her former best friend into a coal chute. With a drunken party above them, and a loose panther on the prowl, Tress will have her answers – or settle for revenge.

I listened to the audiobook thanks to Netgalley, but it was a robotic narration so I can speak on the quality of the actual audiobook. Mindy McGinnis is one of my favourite authors, and while I did like The Initial Insult, it was not my favourite from her. I think if I had a deeper understand of the Poe story she was inspired by, I would have appreciated it more. This book is dark in the way that I expect her books to be dark, but I felt like the time jumps affected the pacing and the fact that the book ends without any questions being answered was disappointing. I didn’t realize this was the first in a duology going into it, but I still think that more should have been revealed in this first book. That said, I will pick up the sequel!

Reading Next

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There’s nothing like a Black salesman on a mission.

An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother’s home-cooked meals. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of Sumwun, NYC’s hottest tech startup, results in an exclusive invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty-sixth floor.

After enduring a “hell week” of training, Darren, the only Black person in the company, reimagines himself as “Buck,” a ruthless salesman unrecognizable to his friends and family. But when things turn tragic at home and Buck feels he’s hit rock bottom, he begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America’s sales force, setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game.

I was sent the audiobook of Black Buck thanks to Libro.fm and have joined a buddy read for the book on Instagram. All I know is that it is satirical novel and that it is being compared to The Wolf of Wall Street. I am definitely intrigued!

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27 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (January 27th, 2021)

  1. I can’t wait to read Concrete Rose, I haven’t read it yet but I’m planning to re-read The Hate U Give after I read Concrete Rose.

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