WWW Wednesday: January 17, 2018

Another week has passed and it’s time for WWW Wednesday again!

WWW Wednesdays

Hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words
(formerly hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading)

The Three Ws are:

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

To join in this meme, just answer these three questions and post the link to your responses on Sam’s blog and in the comments below.

I am currently reading:

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin


GoodReads Synopsis:

A debut novel that pulses with humor and empathy and explores the heart’s capacity for forgiveness…

Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers–Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years.

As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie’s life–both professionally and personally–throughout a tragic chain of events in her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick’s unexpected reappearance during a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie starts to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend.

This is an ARC from NetGalley. I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere, but the synopsis sounded interesting. Most of all, though, I absolutely LOVE the cover art. Seriously gorgeous! I’m fairly certain I chose this book for the cover alone, but there are no regrets here. I’m only a chapter in, but thoroughly enjoying the book so far.

I just finished reading:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman


GoodReads Synopsis:

Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

I decided to give audiobooks a try again so I borrowed If I Stay from the library (digitally, of course – I love modern conveniences!). The version I listened to was narrated by Kirsten Potter. Kirsten did a great job narrating it and I really liked the book, but I still don’t think I’m sold on audiobooks. There’s just something about actually seeing the words in front of me that I love and it helps me to stay fully engaged in the story. Plus, I read faster than the narrators, so an audiobook takes even more time out of my already busy schedule. I’m definitely sticking to physical books and ebooks for now, and plan to re-read this book in one of those formats at some point.

What I’m reading next:

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

GoodReads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

I’ve heard so many great things about this book! It’s been on my TBR list for a little while and I requested it from NetGalley, but to be honest, I was fully expecting to be declined. Which would have been fine; I was just planning on buying it for myself when it goes on sale. Imagine my surprise when I opened up my email this morning to a message saying I was approved! I’ve got it downloaded and ready to go on my Kindle, but I’m making myself wait until I finish my current read. I’m super excited to get started!

So that’s my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?


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