WWW Wednesday (2nd September 2020)

Hi friends, it’s time for WWW Wednesday again. So, what’s it about? This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Here are my answers to the three Ws!

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. I am loving the premise, loving the execution. It gives me a strong feeling of nostalgia for YA of the past whilst bringing characters with loads of depth and important messages of colonialism and race. This book is legendary! It builds on King Arthur and makes it contemporary with some cool magic systems and a college setting. Definitely pick it up when it releases in the UK on 1st October. I can’t wait to see how it ends.

What did you recently finish reading?

The last book I finished is The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim. It follows a mother daughter Korean and Korean-American pair through flashbacks and present times in a murder mystery and plot full of family secrets. It’s wonderfully executed and made me feel so much for the characters. I did guess the way things would work out but it didn’t take away from the book at all. Margot learns so much about her mother than she never new and it broke my heart to know that they would never have a close relationship. The flashbacks into Mina’s life are the best bit of the book in my opinion as she struggles with moving to America on her own with the grief of losing a husband and daughter. So good, I cried.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I think next I’m going with Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman. It’s a sci-fi that I don’t know much about – but I love Malorie’s Noughts and Crosses series and standalone contemporary Boys Don’t Cry. She’s honestly an amazing children’s and YA author who I read extensively from my school library as a teen. If you haven’t ever read a Malorie book you should absolutely pick one up! Also I love the cover of this one.

What do you think of these choices? I am so excited to make more progress on my to be read.

Top Ten Tuesday (Books That Make Me Hungry)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is Books that Make Me Hungry (They could have food items on the cover, foods in the title, be about foodies or have food as a main plot point… they could be cookbooks or memoirs, etc.)

1. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. I cannot get enough of this book with it’s gorgeous descriptions of spicy foods that the main character Emoni instinctively puts together. One of my fave books of 2019, this one is a must read for any food lover.

2. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Honestly this one is full of cinnamon roll mentions and it’s got to be my favourite pastry. The main character, Hannah, loves them a lot and they’re a key feature in the story, where Hannah’s life is told in two parallel worlds based on one decision she makes.

3. Sourdough by Robin Sloan. It has food in the title, right? Love this book set around sourdough and the tech world. It even fits with my blogs bread theme. It is a short read but wonderfully cute and inspiring. Go after your dreams like the main character, Lois.

4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. This is one of my favourite YA fantasies, and it definitely has some excellent descriptions of the local food. It centres on Shahrzad, a young girl who sacrifices herself to the boy king known to murder his wives after one night. What follows is one of my fave love stories – definitely a duology that you must check out.

5. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. Who wouldn’t want a Kitchen that could make everything you asked for? Also, you won’t ever find a Kitchen as cute as the one in The Starless Sea. You can see my review here to find out more about this perfectly mind-boggling story full of stories.

6. The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim. I just finished an eARC of this beautifully sad mother-daughter story. A book full of mysteries, I was gripped from start to finish. It also has amazing descriptions of Korean dishes that makes me really want to try them! This book is published today, you should check it out.

7. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. In this book, Rachel Chu meets her boyfriend Nick’s family for the first time. Only thing is, he forgot to mention they are super rich. They spend the summer in Singapore, amongst all the family gossip – but will their relationship survive? There are some great food descriptions in this book – especially the street food in Singapore!

8. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. You’d think a book about a poison taster would make you anything but hungry, but in this book a sweet called Criollo plays a big role, and it’s based on chocolate! Even with the threat of being poisoned, a book where chocolate has such a big presence is enough to make me crave it.

9. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Another weird choice but Celaena Sardothien has such a sweet tooth and has a great love of cake – particularly the chocolate kind. This series is really popular, and only gets better in future books so it’s best to persevere!

10. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin. Finally, we’re left with one of my favourite contemporary romances, Ayesha at Last. In this book, Ayesha’s Nani teachers her and the love interest, Khalid, to cook. It’s adorable and definitely a beautiful story about Muslim characters with very different perspectives on life. If you like romance, definitely give it a go and fall in love just like I did.

There we have it, books that made me feel hungry. Have you read any of these books? Some of my favourites are definitely in this list and I’d encourage you to check them out.