#WWWWednesday – September 22nd | What Are You Reading?

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?

I’m reading Falling in Louvre for a Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour. I read a cozy by Leitch in the past and enjoyed it. This romcom is much different than the cozy and the jury is still out for me on how I feel about it at 30% in. I also received The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi in the mail yesterday and am reading small bits as I get the chance. I’ve been looking forward to this third book in a trilogy since I finished book 2 – The Silvered Serpent.

Falling in Louvre by Fiona Leitch

  • Genre: RomCom
  • Print Length: 234 pgs
  • Publisher: Indie
  • Publication Date: July 14, 2021
Bertrand is King of the Pigeons… Unofficially. From his perch atop a gargoyle on Notre Dame cathedral, he surveys his kingdom. He sees Sylvie Cloutier, art lover and ex-antiques dealer, making dinner for her bullying husband Henri, trapped in their loveless marriage like a bird in a gilded cage. He sees security guard, hopeless romantic and bookworm Philippe Moreau cycling through the streets of Paris in his crumpled uniform, late (again) for his night shift at the museum. When Sylvie begs her husband to let her go to work, he gets her a job as an evening cleaner at the Louvre. He thinks such a menial position will dispel any ideas about independence she might have, but his plan backfires when she falls in love with kind, gentle Philippe. They decide to run away together, but there’s a major problem: neither of them has any money. One stormy night in the Louvre, the answer to their prayers falls into their lap… But is it really the solution, or just another, even bigger problem? What follows is a romantic, wistful but madcap adventure through (and under) the city of lights, involving a stolen painting, an art heist in reverse, and Eric Cantona. Will love find a way?

The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi

  • Genre: YA Fantasy
  • Print Length: 400 pgs
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books
  • Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Returning to the dark and glamorous 19th century world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with the final riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever in The Bronzed Beasts. After Séverin’s seeming betrayal, the crew is fractured. Armed with only a handful of hints, Enrique, Laila, Hypnos and Zofia must find their way through the snarled, haunted waterways of Venice, Italy to locate Séverin. Meanwhile, Séverin must balance the deranged whims of the Patriarch of the Fallen House and discover the location of a temple beneath a plague island where the Divine Lyre can be played and all that he desires will come to pass. With only ten days until Laila expires, the crew will face plague pits and deadly masquerades, unearthly songs and the shining steps of a temple whose powers might offer divinity itself…but at a price they may not be willing to pay.

By the time you see this post, I’ll be done with The Last Graduate. I read book 1, A Deadly Education, right before I started book 2 – this book- and I loved both of them. The main character, El, is what makes it for me. She reminds me so much of my youngest daughter who some people call Em.🤣 (Not me, of course – I call her by the name I gave her.)

The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik

  • Genre: YA Fantasy
  • Print Length: 389 pgs
  • Publisher: Del Rey
  • Publication: September 28, 2021
In Wisdom, Shelter. That’s the official motto of the Scholomance. I suppose you could even argue that it’s true—only the wisdom is hard to come by, so the shelter’s rather scant. Our beloved school does its best to devour all its students—but now that I’ve reached my senior year and have actually won myself a handful of allies, it’s suddenly developed a very particular craving for me. And even if I somehow make it through the endless waves of maleficaria that it keeps throwing at me in between grueling homework assignments, I haven’t any idea how my allies and I are going to make it through the graduation hall alive. Unless, of course, I finally accept my foretold destiny of dark sorcery and destruction. That would certainly let me sail straight out of here. The course of wisdom, surely. But I’m not giving in—not to the mals, not to fate, and especially not to the Scholomance. I’m going to get myself and my friends out of this hideous place for good—even if it’s the last thing I do. With keen insight and mordant humor, Novik reminds us that sometimes it is not enough to rewrite the rules—sometimes, you need to toss out the entire rulebook. The magic of the Scholomance trilogy will continue in 2022.

I’m reading Shadow Stained for a The Write Reads blog tour – maybe. I’m going to try to fit it in and do a review, but if I can’t carve out enough time or if it’s not my cup of tea (which is possible), I will just do a promo post so you all can take a peek at it. (I know some of you like darker reads than I do, so you might be interested.) Dave asked me if I could add it in, so I said yes, but when I was first introduced to it, I took a pass because it just didn’t sound like something I would enjoy. But, we will see – never say never, right?

Shadow Stained by Rachel Hobbs

  • Genre: Dark Fantasy Horror
  • Print Length: 362 pgs
  • Publisher: Indie
  • Publication Date: April 14, 2020
For her, it’s her late grandma’s legacy. For him, the mother of all black arts spoils, granting one demon the power of a God. Immortality. When occult-magnet Ruby falls victim to Demon Lord Drayvex’s viperous allure, she loses a sentient dark relic to his light fingers and appetite for power. Like calls to like. But when Drayvex himself loses the relic to a traitor to the throne, Ruby coerces him – the tyrant king with a soft spot for humanity – into helping her save her pokey old world village from becoming a ground zero of mass demonic carnage. Both invested in reclaiming the relic, the one thing Ruby and Drayvex agree on is that it’s in the wrong hands. Co-existing in a precarious arrangement between predator and prey, to save the planet they both love for different reasons, they must become a formidable double-team in the face of an apocalyptic takeover. Now, the fate of both human and demon alike rests with a killer that walks between worlds, and a woman with a curse in her bloodline. “Packed with spine-chilling action, compelling conspiracy, and startling twist. Drayvex is a formidable character, whose confidence, wit and cruelty grab the undivided attention of the audience. ” – Reedsy Discovery ★★★★★

What are you reading this week? Anything that you’re particularly excited about?

19 Replies to “#WWWWednesday – September 22nd | What Are You Reading?”

  1. I’m reading the next book for #ReadingValdemar, and so far I’m enjoying it! The author, Mercedes Lackey, has added some new elements to her world, which she never used to do. The first book in the series was published in the 1980s, and she’s still writing them.

    I also started The Family Plot today, on your recommendation!

    I’m reading Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love for the book club I have with my mom, Biscuit.

    Lastly, I read aloud to my husband every night, and we’re getting near the end of the Australian YA novel Tomorrow, When the War Began.

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    1. I hope you enjoy all those books and I especially hope you enjoy that creepier than creepy family in The Family Plot.

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  2. I’m doing so much editing this week, I’m not reading for pleasure. I need to rest my eyes and brain. Looking forward to your reviews, though. Especially of the last book on your list.

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  3. I had not heard of Falling in Louvre by Fiona Leitch, it sounds like something I would enjoy. I loved the blurb.

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    1. It is very interesting. I’m liking her unique way of writing a romcom, I think. It shocked me at first, but I finally started relaxing into it yesterday.

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  4. I’m reading The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths or trying to. Nothing to do with the book, it is great and I’m loving its first person point of view. I’m still getting used to working full time again, so my reading hours have been cut drastically. I’m looking forward to the school holidays where I can take a break. I’m reading my play to get it ready for filming. I’m so excited about this project and still have to pinch myself that I’m a commissioned writer. Although, I miss the days when I wrote just for fun,

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