I’ve ended up with a lot of scheduled posts happening on Wednesdays recently so it’s been a few weeks since my last WWW Wednesday. It’s been a busy month, full of a huge variety of books, all read in a mixture of ways, and I’m looking forward to March and doing the same.
It seems only fair for me to briefly mention A Court of Silver Flames. As a big ACOTAR fan, I was really excited for this book, only to feel incredibly let down by it. I got about a third of the way through before putting it back on the shelf. Maybe I’ll come back to it, maybe I won’t, but where even I was expecting my most recent finish to be that, it’s something else entirely, as I felt that the premise was quite problematic. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that Nesta clearly has PTSD (this being shown by her behaviour in A Court of Frost and Starlight, and the preview chapters at the end of it) and I could not be more disappointed that the approach SJM has taken to her ‘healing’ is… exercise. There was a huge opportunity for a balanced representation of mental health and its treatment, even in a fantasy setting, but instead by a third of a way into the book that was still all that was happening to ‘help’ her. I’ve spoken openly here and on social media about having C-PTSD (the difference between C-PTSD and PTSD being multiple traumas rather than a singular trauma, in short), and the amount of doctors who have tried to ‘fix’ me by telling me to go for a run is beyond a number I can count. So to see this approach represented by an author I respected in a book I was looking forward to is really disappointing.
I could talk for much longer on this subject, but for now the book is shelved, and I’m reading other things.
WWW Wednesday as always is about three things:
- What have you recently finished reading?
- What are you currently reading?
- What are you planning on reading next?
What have you recently finished reading?
I’ve just finished reading The Girls I’ve Been. I read this book in pretty much two sittings, because it was just so damn good. Full of twists and turns, painful truths, and sharp wit, the book is a brilliant example of a unique novel. A previous con artists stuck in a bank heist with her new girlfriend and her ex-boyfriend turned best friend? Sheer brilliance. I’m always hesitant to give books a rating, but this is easily a five star read.
What are you currently reading?
Right now I’m reading Lies Like Poison. After finishing the above book, I was in the mood for something that would keep me guessing all the while, and I just knew this was the book for it. I read a sample before the book was released, so to finally sit down and actually read the whole book is something I’m really excited to be doing.
What are you planning on reading next?
On Monday, I received a copy of All Girls from the publisher, John Murray, and I think I’m going to jump straight into that one. It’s a book I’ve been highly anticipating and it’s perfect for the mood I’m in at the moment, and the books I feel like reading. I’ve still got a few more days to squeeze in a couple of books to finish this month, and I’m hoping this will be one of them!