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?
I have started the audiobook for A Psalm of Storms and Silence, which is the sequel to A Song of Wraiths and Ruin. I read a recap on Epic Reads, but Roseanne A. Brown has done an amazing job so far of seamlessly reminding you what happened in book one. I am a few chapters in now and I am reminded why I loved book one as much as I did. I love these characters and the world is so fascinating. Book one had an epic ending and I cannot wait to see how Brown wraps up this story. We need more duologies- they are my favourite!
I am reading an eARC of Extasia, which comes out on February 22nd. Claire Legrand wrote Sawkill Girls, which is one of my favourite YA horror novels, so I am thrilled to be reading a new one from her. I have to say, I am about 10% in and I can already tell that I have never read anything quite like this. Our narrator is nameless so far and she is part of a cult, but it is one that she deeply believes in, though you can see her starting to ask herself questions. It is written in a way that has this tense undertone to it and honestly I had chills from the very beginning. I have a feeling I am going to love this, but I don’t think it is going to be the book for everyone. I will definitely write a full review when I am finished!
Crying in H Mart was one of the most popular memoirs of 2021, and I can completely understand why. I am so glad that I decided to listen to the audiobook of this one, as Michelle Zauner herself is the narrator and I felt such a connection to her. Crying in H Mart is an intense and personal look at grief and mother/daughter relationships in general. I appreciated that Michelle Zauner chose not to sugarcoat anything. This felt so vulnerable! I also love all of the discussions around Korean food and how she turned to cooking for comfort. I think that is powerful. I also found myself googling her band, Japanese Breakfast, and have added a bunch of their songs to my Spotify. I also read a few interviews that Michelle Zauner has done since the release of this book and she opens up more about her relationship with her father since her mother’s passing and I think those are worth reading as well.
Yinka, Where is You Huzband? came out yesterday and I definitely think it is worth checking out! It is being compared to Bridget Jones, which I think is pretty apt. We are following Yinka, who is a 20-something-year-old British Nigerian and is facing a lot of pressure to get married from her family. She decides that she has to have a date for her cousin’s wedding and it sort of goes on from there. Yinka was frustrating but so relatable and I really appreciated her character growth. I thought that the ending was absolutely perfect! There were more conversations about religion than I was expecting, but I thought that was interesting, and what I really appreciated was the use of therapy- it was refreshing. I think a lot of readers will see themselves in Yinka!
Forever Birchwood is actually a middle grade, which is not an age category I read from often and want to explore. Danielle Daniel is actually from my hometown and the book is set here as well. The dedication is to all of the children who swam in one of the three hundred and thirty lakes. That’s me! I am thinking about filming a vlog where I read this book and show you all some of the lakes and the trees, but that will be weather-dependent- this is Northern Ontario after all!