WWW Wednesday (14th October 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 The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab….again! But this time, I have a gorgeous hardback instead of the eARC. I’m reading it really slowly, really noticing and absorbing all the messages. I have even put sticky tabs in for my favourite quotes! This book is heart-breaking and comforting all at the same time and I love it with everything I have.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo for the second time. This time, I read it really slowly like I’m doing with Addie and honestly enjoyed it even more. Leigh’s show not tell world-building is exemplary. Galaxy Stern is one of my favourite characters and I really can’t wait to see where her story takes her in the next book. Do check out the trigger warnings – this one has a lot. You can check out my review if you want to.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I think I’m going to read From Blood and Ash, but that may change. I also really want to read The Broken Earth Trilogy and do a Jade City re-read since I just purchased Jade War. We will see where my mood takes me!

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

In other news, I do not have COVID, so I’m back at work loving life. Hope everyone is doing well.

WWW Wednesday (7th October 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 Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I absolutely love this book, and on this re-read I’m going slowly in order to take it all in. I’m a big fan of the protagonist, Alex Stern. She’s had such a rough life but is really doing the most. It is a. ADULT horror though, so don’t go into it without reading the trigger warnings as there’s plenty of graphic descriptions.

What did you recently finish reading?

Welcome to another of my favourite books of the year. It didn’t start too strongly for me but by the end it left me eagerly anticipating what happens next. The protagonist, El Higgins, is so easy to get behind. She’s got walls up for good reason, and she had really heart-warming character development during a tense, deadly plot. You can read my thoughts in my review, which has actually turned into one of my more popular reviews!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Okay, so I don’t often re-read books with this small of a gap in between, but I can’t help it with this one. Now I have a physical copy I am so excited to be absorbed in Addie and Henry’s world again. It’s also a Book Coven book club pick along with A Deadly Education so looking forward to discussing both of them with my friends.

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

In other news, I do not have COVID, so I’m back at work loving life. Hope everyone is doing well.

Playlist: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

It’s October – you know what that means? The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue publishes this month! Are you excited? This is my favourite book of all time and I can’t wait to read it again. You can see my review of the eARC here where I gush about all the reasons I love it so much. I’m also really excited for the movie that was just announced – with none other than V.E. Schwab herself as the screenwriter.

Since I already posted a review, I thought I’d try something new in the spirit of Blogtober and create a 15-song playlist of music that reminds me of this book. No explanations, just the tracks. So here we go. Sorry there’s not much artist variety, I go through music phases and since Folklore came out I basically haven’t stopped listening to Taylor Swift. I even did a folklore book tag!

  1. Find Me – Sigma, Birdy
  2. Peace – Taylor Swift
  3. Open Your Heart – Birdy
  4. Cardigan – Taylor Swift
  5. (Un)Lost – The Maine
  6. Last Kiss – Taylor Swift
  7. What a Difference a Day Made – Jamie Cullum
  8. Wildest Dreams – Taylor Swift
  9. Liability – Lorde
  10. Halo – Beyonce
  11. Making the Most of the Night – Carly Rae Jepsen
  12. Youth – Foxes
  13. Hurricane – MS MR
  14. Warmth – Bastille (acoustic version on YouTube please!!)
  15. Soul Survivor – Rita Ora

Yes, my music taste is basic af, and I don’t think any songs could truly capture how much this book spoke to my soul.

Got any music recommendations? Whether they remind you of Addie LaRue or not, drop them in the comments.

P.S. I have a nasty persistent cough and I’m waiting on [redacted] home-test results. No fever & I can still smell and taste things, but better to be safe!

ARC Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

I can’t even begin to describe how this book made me feel. Understood? Seen? Nothing has ever quite got me like The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I have enjoyed V.E. Schwab’s other books, but they’ve never hit my quite like this. There is something special here, and I am going to treasure this feeling for a while!

Rating: 5 stars (the best 5 stars I have ever given)

So what is this beautiful book about? Addie LaRue, a 23 year old woman from a small village in France, makes a pact with the devil in order to save herself from an unhappy life tied-down going nowhere. She trades her soul for immortality, but there’s a catch – everyone she meets will forget her almost as soon as she leaves them. One day, she meets a boy in a bookstore who remembers her, and everything changes.

I honestly can’t explain why I love it so much. The words spoke to me in a way that hasn’t happened since Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I was gripped with Addie’s character immediately and couldn’t get enough. And then along came Henry, a character that I love with all my heart, who I see myself in, who I just want to give the biggest hug. Reading his chapters had me in pieces, and with his entrance to the story the book became the best thing I’ve read.

It’s not just the characters – the plot is intricate, spanning multiple time periods and settings across the world. The writing is absolutely V.E. Schwab’s best work and the standard is already high. I feel like this is a more personal story which elevated it about her others for me. It is deep, I can already imagine the details a second read will reveal.

My heart hurts but I am also so happy to have read this book. Huge thanks to V.E. Schwab for writing this masterpiece that will be very hard to forget. I can’t wait t get my hardback version to really treasure those pages. Thanks to NetGalley and Titan Books for the advance copy.

You can find a review from my friend Meaghan over at Paragraphs and Pages here.