WWW: 12th April 2023 (the one with philosophy)

WWW Wednesday is currently hosted by Taking On A World of Words, and asks three simple questions that allows me to chat about what I’m reading, as well as my most recent and upcoming reads!

So far, I’ve managed to read two books that are total opposites in their moods and themes, but that’s okay because they balanced each other out well.

What have you just finished reading?

The Mountain in the Sea is a 2023 sci-fi book that was actually on my April TBR and one of my anticipated releases for this year! It follows a marine biologist as they travel to a privately owned island to study a recently discovered, extra-intelligent species of octopus; but no one has asked the octopus what the think of this. From the description I’ve just given this sounds almost thriller-esque, and it really wasn’t. It was rather a meandering search of what it means to be human, what is consciousness, and what humanity does to each other. It was a very interesting read but not one I can readily recommend.

Book Lovers was also on my April TBR (so congrats to me for sticking to it so well), and was the complete opposite. It follows Nora, an ambitious and ruthless literary agent, on an impromptu getaway with their little sister to a small, rural town. There, she runs into Charlie, a notorious copy editor, and the two have not always seen eye to eye. But their time together leaves them unravelling the narratives they built for themselves and growing ever close. I am not a romance genre girly, but I gave it a go for this book and was pleasantly surprised. Some of it was not for me, but I also enjoyed lots of aspects too.

What are you currently reading?

A Thousand Splendid Suns is currently out on a library loan and only has a few days left so I have to finish it in the next week! I am really enjoying the story so far even though I’m only about 10% in and I can already tell it’s going to hurt.

A Natural History of Dragons is a fantasy story that’s written like a memoir, chronicling the life of Lady Trent and her career studying species of dragons. Its set in an almost pseudo Victorian Britain world with very similar values and sensibilities. I’m only at the early parts of the narrator’s life so I haven’t seen many dragons yet but fingers crossed they turn up soon.

What do you plan to read next?

I have already started both of these and they are on my April TBR, so if I can get round to them and finish them I will have completed a TBR! Which would be incredible and praise-worthy for me so fingers crossed.

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