I’m Reading Some Great Books This Week

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

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

This week I have a good mix of all the genres I review, so hopefully a little something for everyone to look forward to ❤️. If you haven’t read any of these books, I pose a question after each because I love bookish discussion.

Currently Reading

Genre: Mystery Thriller
Review will be posted on January 16, 2020 as part of a blog tour organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. It is currently available on Amazon.

Book Blurb

Five different people. Five separate lives. Sixty minutes to bind them for ever.

Hassan, Jim, Shuna, Dan and Nadia come from very different worlds. If life were straightforward, their paths would never cross. But our lives are rarely that simple and, as the clock ticks away the minutes of a single hour on a July morning, fate draws all five together in a headlong rush towards disaster.

Who are the heroes and who are the villains?

My Thoughts

I’ve literally just started this novel but doesn’t the blurb sound interesting? Reviews have been good – mostly 5s and it’s only 268 pages. I have high hopes that this will be a thrilling read!

If you like mysteries, what are some of your favorite mystery novels/authors?

Just Finished

Genre: Science Fiction
The review will be posted on January 15, 2020 and the book will be released the day before on January 14th.

Book Blurb

A solitary ship captain, drifting through time.

Nia Imani is a woman out of place. Traveling through the stars condenses decades into mere months for her, though the years continue to march steadily onward for everyone she has ever known. Her friends and lovers have aged past her. She lives only for the next paycheck, until the day she meets a mysterious boy, fallen from the sky.

A mute child, burdened with unimaginable power.

The scarred boy does not speak, his only form of communication the haunting music he plays on an old wooden flute. Captured by his songs and otherworldly nature, Nia decides to take the boy in to live amongst her crew. Soon, these two outsiders discover in each other the things they lack. For him, a home, a place of love and safety. For her, an anchor to the world outside of herself. For both of them, a family. But Nia is not the only one who wants the boy.

A millennia-old woman, poised to burn down the future.

Fumiko Nakajima designed the ships that allowed humanity to flee a dying Earth. One thousand years later, she now regrets what she has done in the name of progress. When chance brings Fumiko, Nia, and the child together, she recognizes the potential of his gifts, and what will happen if the ruling powers discover him. So she sends the pair to the distant corners of space to hide them as she crafts a plan to redeem her old mistakes.

But time is running out. The past hungers for the boy, and when it catches up, it threatens to tear this makeshift family apart.

My Thoughts

I have never read a science fiction novel that is so rich and colorful that it is almost poetic, but The Vanished Birds is exactly that. It packed a subtle but definite punch with plenty sci-fi gadgetry and an emotional plot that takes it to a whole new level.

How do you feel about Sci-Fi novels? I feel like this genre has a more narrow audience, do you think that’s true?

Reading Next

Genre: YA Fantasy
Review and release are both on January 21, 2020

Book Blurb

Ziva has one memory of her parents, made the day they abandoned her on the streets of New York City when she was three years old. They left her with only a memory and a promise that she had a great and terrible destiny.

Fifteen years later, Ziva discovers that destiny includes powers that she doesn’t understand and can barely control. Her magic attracts vicious, otherworldly monsters, and eventually compatriots to help her fight them. Sayer and Nasira know the secrets Ziva doesn’t; that Ziva is descended from Egyptian royalty and in possession of ancient magic passed down from the time of the gods. They promise to teach Ziva to control her magic and to give her the family she’s always yearned for.

But trouble is brewing in the world around them; darkness is descending on Hitler’s Germany, threatening World War II. As the last heir of a revered Egyptian queen, Ziva is the only one with the power to prevent another costly global conflict. As Ziva navigates her newfound abilities and makes a connection with Anubis and other Egyptian gods, the Nazis are hunting for the ultimate weapon, and Ziva has caught their interest.

My Thoughts

I haven’t read a YA fantasy in a few weeks, so I’m really looking forward to sinking my teeth into this one. Reviews so far have been pretty good and that cover! I love the cover!

Do you prefer YA, epic, or urban fantasy? What are some of your favorite fantasy novels/movies?

What is your WWW Wednesday? If you have a WWW blog post, feel free to leave the link in the comments ❤️

23 Replies to “I’m Reading Some Great Books This Week”

  1. I hope you enjoy all of them! My go to authors for mystery/thrillers are David Baldacci (favorite: Will Robie series, and Hell’s Corner from the Camel Club series), Lisa Scottoline (Rosato and DiNunzio series), and sometimes Lisa Gardner (D.D. Warren series). And yeah, I do think that sci-fi has a bit of a smaller audience compared to other genres, or it might be that they aren’t hyped as much as other books.
    Happy reading 🙂

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    1. I love David Baldacci and Lisa Scottoline! I don’t think I’ve read any Lisa Gardner yet though. I will have to make note to look her up. ❤️

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  2. Ooh, books thoughts and questions. Can’t go wrong with those! 🙂

    I like the sound of Sixty Minutes and will be looking forward to your review. Mystery/suspense/thriller is my preferred genre of reading. Without a doubt my favorite authors are the writing team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I’m also a big fan of Kevin O’Brien, Tana French, and Shari Lapena.

    I used to read a ton of sc-fi in my younger days. Not so much now, but let a good book catch my eye, and I can still happily devour the pages.

    I admit that I don’t really care for YA. I’ve read some of it, but it’s much lower on my reading list. I do like urban and epic fantasy, especially the latter. For decades that was my preferred genre as both reader and writer. I’ve gotten away from it, but still have fond memories of many, many books. Despite having read LOTR several times, my ultimate favorite fantasy series is the Cold Fire Trilogy by C. S. Friedman. I’ve read that one more than once, too.
    And I did love Harry Potter–both the movies and the books!

    Fun post today, Tessa!

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    1. I’ve read LOTR and Harry Potter several times too. Love escaping to those fantasy worlds. And you know I am also a fan of Preston and Child. Their books are always so thrilling!!

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    1. Fantasy is so great to escape into, isn’t it? I love all types of fantasy too. When someone asked me what type of fantasy books I liked a few months ago. I was like, “What? You would differentiate? If it’s fantasy, it’s great” (or at least has the potential to be great)❤️

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      1. It really is! ahh yes that is totally how I look at it, I just can’t choose a favourite because they are all so amazing-if it is in any way fantasy then 9/10 I will love it because fantasy is just a brilliant genre and is, as you say, perfect to escape into!💜💜

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    1. I kind of saw it like an impressionist painting- kind of obscure and subtle. But this is exactly what makes it a slow read that people will probably love or hate.


  3. I have a love/dislike relationship with fantasy. There’s a certain amount of fantasy I like in my books, but if it gets too much, I stop liking it. That’s what happened to me in the Throne of Glass series; I love the first two books,but then it got too fantastical and I couldn’t enjoy it.

    Happy reading! Here’s my link: http://booksonthebrain.blog/2019/12/18/www-wednesday-21/

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    1. I wonder if you’d like Urban Fantasy better since it’s magic but in the real world. I love when a story that’s another genre has a little magic in it ❤️

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  4. Ohh I really liked the sound of The Vanished Birds when I saw it in your post last week. I’m so glad to see you ended up liking it so much. I hope you have a great week 🙂

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  5. Wow, you are reading some great books this week! The Vanished Birds sounds so fascinating and reading that blurb makes me want to pick it up right now 😍Thanks for putting it on my radar! Hope you continue to have a fantastic reading week 🙂

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