This meme is hosted by Sam at 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?
To join in on WWW Wednesday, 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:
Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser
When a group of neighborhood women gathers, wine in hand, around a fire pit where their backyards meet one Saturday night, most of them are just ecstatic to have discovered that their baby monitors reach that far. It’s a rare kid-free night, and they’re giddy with it. They drink too much, and the conversation turns personal.
By Monday morning, one of them is gone.
Everyone knows something about everyone else in the quirky small Ohio town of Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance. Kristin was a sociable twin mom, college administrator, and doctor’s wife who didn’t seem all that bothered by her impending divorce—and the investigation turns up more questions than answers, with her husband, Paul, at the center. For her closest neighbor, Clara, the incident triggers memories she thought she’d put behind her—and when she’s unable to extract herself from the widening circle of scrutiny, her own suspicions quickly grow. But the neighborhood’s newest addition, Izzy, is determined not to jump to any conclusions—especially since she’s dealing with a crisis of her own.
As the police investigation goes from a media circus to a cold case, the neighbors are forced to reexamine what’s going on behind their own closed doors—and to ask how well anyone really knows anyone else.
I requested a copy of this book on NetGalley over the weekend and was approved for it sometime on Monday. So you can imagine how surprised I was when I woke up yesterday morning and saw an email asking me for my review! I mean, I had the e-galley less than 24 hours… The publishers can’t possibly expect me to read and review a book that quickly, right? As it turns out, I made a mistake and didn’t look at the release date before requesting it on NetGalley. This book hit stores yesterday. So I am prioritizing it above all of my other ARC’s and hoping to get the review posted ASAP.
I just finished reading:
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone—and love someone—for who they truly are.
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.
Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.
All The Bright Places was one of my absolute favorite reads from last year, so I was really looking forward to reading Jennifer Niven’s newest book. Unfortunately, Holding up the Universe fell kind of short for me. I think the biggest issue I had with it is the romance, which was completely unnecessary and felt more like a plot device rather than true romantic chemistry. I just didn’t feel any sparks between the characters and would have preferred for them to stay friends rather than forcing a romantic storyline However, I absolutely LOVE the character Jennifer created with Libby – she’s funny, witty, smart, and oh so tough! I would love to have just a fraction of her inner strength and self confidence. Overall, I gave this book 3/5 stars.
What I’m reading next:
Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari
Ari Sullivan is alive—for now.
She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.
Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids-future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous—and Ari may not be the only intended victim.
This is another ARC from NetGalley. I was actually approved for it a while ago, but the release date isn’t until June and I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’m hoping to pick it up next, after I finish Not That I Could Tell.
That’s all for my WWW Wednesday for this week. What have YOU read this week?